TV treat­ment

Symp­toms: feel­ing blah and lost. Di­ag­no­sis: TV-in­duced con­fu­sion. Pre­scrip­tion: A dose of Chicago Med.

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Sea­son 1 of med­i­cal drama Chicago Med (2015- cur­rent) is avail­able on in­ter­net stream­ing ser­vice ShowMax. It’s a sib­ling show to ac­tion­driven dra­mas Chicago Fire (2012cur­rent) and Chicago PD (2014- cur­rent), pro­duced un­der the guid­ance of Dick Wolf, cre­ator of the Law & Or­der fran­chise (1990- cur­rent). So as well as be­ing fun to binge on, Chicago Med is re­ward­ing to ca­sual view­ers. “You don’t need to have seen the one to un­der­stand the one you’re watch­ing,” says showrun­ner An­drew Sch­nei­der. Here’s why we’re pre­scrib­ing it:

DOC­TOR DRAMA

Chicago Med’s Gaffney Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter is a new fa­cil­ity and that means they can choose from the best of the best. The staff is driven to com­pete and suc­ceed, but work­ing handin-hand moulds them into a fam­ily, com­plete with loads of sib­ling ri­valry…

• THE “PAR­ENTS”

Chief Of Ser­vices: Sharon Good­win (S Epathta M er k er son)i san urs e-turned-ad­min­is­tra­tor who must bal­ance pro­tect­ing the doc­tors and the hospi­tal.

Chief Of Psy­chi­a­try: Dr Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) has three ex-wives, four chil­dren and a prob­lem with his ad­min. He’s like the “dad” to Sharon’s “mom”. • THE “KIDS”

Head Of ER: nurse Mag­gie Lock­wood (Mar­lyne Bar­rett) is like the big sis­ter in charge. When she says jump, the doc­tors jump, no ques­tions asked.

Chief ER Res­i­dent: Dr Will Hal­stead (Nick Gehlfuss) is a grumpy ex plas­tic sur­geon. His brother Jay (Jesse Lee Sof­fer) is a Chicago PD char­ac­ter.

Trauma Surgery Fel­low: Dr Con­nor Rhodes (Colin Don­nell) is old money, hand­some, bril­liant and mys­te­ri­ous, which makes Dr Hal­stead so jeal­ous!

Pae­di­atric Emer­gency Medicine: Dr Natalie Man­ning (Tor­rey DeVitto) is Hal­stead’s best buddy. She starts the series as a wi­dow and hugely preg­nant. ER Res­i­dent, In­fec­tious Dis­eases: Dr Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) no non­sense at­ti­tude comes from his Navy back­ground.

Emer­gency Nurse: April Sex­ton (Yaya DaCosta) wanted to be a doc­tor but had fi­nan­cial is­sues. She is Chicago Fire char­ac­ter Kelly Sev­eride’s ( Taylor Kin­ney) child­hood pal.

• THE “BABY” Dr Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) is a fourth-year med­i­cal stu­dent who’s still try­ing to de­cide which field of medicine she will spe­cialise in.

MONEY, POWER, MEDICINE

Aside from the doc­tors’ per­sonal drama, the ac­tion in Chicago Med is driven by what An­drew calls the “so­cial or po­lit­i­cal or fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions” of treat­ment. “Medicine is con­stantly evolv­ing and the cost is con­stantly evolv­ing. Bio­med­i­cine is now rais­ing eth­i­cal is­sues and the abil­ity of doc­tors to keep peo­ple alive – those cases make you ask ques­tions,” he ex­plains. For ex­am­ple… • In episode 1, clients of a sur­ro­gate mom have a con­tract that gives them the power to choose be­tween her life and their baby’s. • In episode 8, Dr Charles films a child pa­tient with­out her fam­ily’s con­sent to make sense of her med­i­cal his­tory. • In episode 9, Dr Hal­stead de­fies a DNR (Do Not Re­sus­ci­tate) or­der to save a cancer pa­tient so that he can en­rol her in a new clin­i­cal trial.

From left: Sharon, WiIl, Ethan Natalie, Daniel and Con­nor. Front: April and Sarah. Nurse Mag­gie.

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