It’s time to bid farewell to a beloved, Emmy-winning series known for fine writing, brilliant acting and over-the-top melodrama.
No, not “The Good Wife.”
After seven seasons, Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” aired its last episode Friday.
The comedic series — think of it as “Grey’s Anatomy” if it were written by idiots — followed doctors and nurses in a children’s hospital (with no apostrophe in its name because it’s named after Dr. Arthur Childrens). The hospital is said to be in Brazil even though everyone speaks English.
The program deserves its 2012 and 2013 Emmys in the “Outstanding Special Class: Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs” category because no gag was too stupid to slip into the script, like the name of the recurring rabbinical character, Jewy McJewjew, or the stream of pee that a racehorse hidden in hospital rafters (don’t even ask) unleashed upon hunchbacked chief doc “Chief” (portrayed by a dowdied-up Megan Mullally). That episode was called “Childrens Horsepital.”
The skewering of TV cliches was brilliant: Consider how often a TV doc has said, as sad Dr. Lola Spratt sighs in the finale, “I could really use a friend right now.” A perky Dr. Cat Black replies, “Oh, do you want me to help you look for one?”
Each episode is a mere 11 minutes (give or take) yet contains way more jokes than a typical half-hour sitcom, proving all sitcoms should be cut in half. Think what you could do with the extra time!
The series sprang from the demented brain of actor Rob Corddry, who as Dr. Blake Downs comes to work wearing clown face paint and scrubs with a butterfly-shaped bloodstain. He ended the show because, he told Vulture, “It was time.” I won’t spoil the finale … or, what the heck, why not? The hospital turned out to be a CGI construct devised to distract child survivors of a brutal war.
For those who haven’t watched, Corddry offered guidance: “ ‘Childrens Hospital’ is notoriously hard to find online without paying for it, and that is the result of corporate politics and everything, but I have no problem telling everyone to go watch it on YouTube. … Steal my show.”
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