When the promos for the Resident first came out a couple of years ago, I was immediately drawn and excited. I knew Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp from their roles as Logan Huntzberger (Gilmore Girls) and Emily Thorne (Revenge) respectively. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to keep my eye on.
What I didn’t realize initially was how much I was going to enjoy this show. I’m not usually a medical drama type of a viewer, I couldn’t get into House at all and absolutely hated Grey’s Anatomy (not sorry for that one…), so I went into this a little bit wary. I then found myself coming back week after week, hooked by not just the incredible storylines weaved together even through different cases each week, but by the great ensemble that makes up this cast.
Bruce Greenwood stars as the doctor I love to hate, Randolph Bell, Shaunette Renée Wilson and Malcolm-Jamal Warner who stole my heart as Mina and Dr. Austin, and the lovely Jane Leeves as Dr. Kitt Voss make up part of the main cast of the Resident. They each provide viewers with real, raw performances that leave you rooting for them… yes, even the ones you want to hate.
Then, we have our three core leads: Matt Czuchry as the dreamy Dr. Conrad Hawkins, Emily Vancamp as Nurse Nic Nevin, and Manish Dayal as Dr. Devon Pravesh. While the third has only a mediocre performance, this does not affect the overall quality of the series, and instead allows for more focus on the former two. Conrad and Nic have one of my favorite TV relationships of all time. The way their pre-pilot history is explored and pushes the narrative towards what they become as the series progresses is beautiful and leaves viewers wanting more.
As I write this review, I am trying my hardest to avoid any spoilers that could ruin your experience watching the Resident. Instead, I will leave you with this: you will gasp, you will laugh, and you will cry. Some days, you’ll find yourselves screaming at your screens, and on others crying tears of joy for the triumphs of our characters. These characters will start feeling real to you, you will start relating to everything that makes them truly human, and at the end, you’ll keep wanting more.