A short series of black humor mixed with drama and a good dose of blood. It’s difficult to describe it because it’s different from any other tv show I’ve ever seen.
The plot it’s based on the works of the Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov, mainly “A Country Doctor’s Notebook”, an autobiographical collection of short stories about his struggle as a newly graduated young doctor, without any experience, in an isolated and rural Russian hospital.
Jon Hamm plays the older doctor, who seeks redemption while reliving his past. He enters his own memories while reading them from his notebook and interacts with his younger self, Daniel Radcliff (a fan of Bulgakov in real life). Both fit perfectly in their roles, no need to say, but I think Daniel excelled in his job.
The second season focuses on the decay of the younger character, as his morphine addiction takes control, but the comedy stays until the end. All moments are packed with alienation, empathy and most of all an irresistible urge to laugh no matter how morbid the situation. It’s also astonishing to realize the evolution of the medical care in the last century, and if you are a medical student like me, it will probably make you think twice before you miss a class…