“Boston Med” serves up seriously uplifting moments in the season premiere. The ABC documentary style reality television show earned high grades during the initial premiere on Thursday night. The show will air for just 8 weeks but ABC may have stumbled upon a ratings winner. Those who missed or didn’t watch the premiere of “Boston Med” are mission out on a tasty summer dip of reality meets documentary style hospital drama.
“Boston Med” appears to offer a great alternative to usually low quality summer network programming. The premiere episode of “Boston Med” started with multiple medical situations viewers could easily follow. The drama did build quite nicely through middle portions of the show before finishing with very uplifting moments in the final seconds. The premiere episode of “Boston Med” focused on two women waiting for lung transplants from the same donor, a policeman who was shot in the face and a resident battling the emotional climb in hospital hierarchy. All three stories were captivating and well placed within the 1 hour premiere of “Boston Med”. All three stories unfolded nicely and ended on a relatively strong note, too.
“Boston Med” showed strong promise with a great sense of realism closely matched with crucial insight into the inner workings of a hospital. On the premiere episode, one patient did lose his life with many of the hospital workers trying in vain to remedy the situation. Although we did not get to know the patient, the empathy and hurt expressions from those surrounding the patient was a vicarious tear-jerking experience.
It appears “Boston Med” will have just enough real life drama mixed with the personal triumphs and agony of several hospital employees to keep us around for the duration.The show is well paced and neatly edited. “Boston Med” balances multiple plots without allowing viewers to lose interest. “Boston Med” it’s real “Med-Candy” for those who watch medical drama entertainment. It’s even “Think-Candy” for those who don’t normally watch the genre.
The fact that “Boston Med” is so captivating during each segment probably says a great deal about the potential of the show and the ability to sustain viewers for the long haul. It’s unclear if medical dramas shot in documentary style can have long term success. From the early indications of the “Boston Med” premiere, the show will thrive in the summer and have a long term effect on what’s next in the reality/documentary television genre. In other words, “Boston Med” has the goods to be a huge hit for ABC. Tune in Thursday nights on ABC.