A Young Doctor's Notebook and Other Stories

2012 • Ovation
102 reviews
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Season 2 episodes (4)

1 Episode 1
The hospital learns that the Zemstvo is coming for an inspection, sending the young doctor and Pelageya into a panic as they fear the discovery of a morphine shortfall. They cover their tracks by re-filling the bottles with water, but the arrival of a group of injured soldiers leads to a life threatening mix-up.
2 Episode 2
The young doctor is desperately trying to replace his depleted morphine supply, turning to cocaine and becoming increasingly shambolic. He meets a beautiful aristocrat, Natasha, who invites the staff to a supper, where he discovers she is intelligent and cultured. He becomes besotted, and his new attraction prompts him to leave Pelageya, accusing her of nurturing his morphine addiction.
3 Episode 3
The old doctor visits the young doctor, announcing that he wants to write an opera in an attempt at cathartic self-discovery. He wants to discuss what happened with Pelageya, but the young doctor just wants to talk about Natasha, wondering whether her engagement is a forced aristocratic arrangement. Pelageya becomes seriously ill, and the young doctor is caught up between the two women.
4 Episode 4
Natasha departs, leaving the doctor to drown his sorrows. He wakes to find two Bolsheviks demanding to know where all the medicine is. He sets them on a false path toward the supply train, implicating the white guard. As he realises his mistake he goes after them, but will he make it in time and will he leave those dearest to him to pay for his mistakes?

About this show

Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this wry comedy drama about a young doctor's fledgling career as he begins his new life in a small, backwards Russian village. Based on the semi-autobiographical short stories by Bulgakov, set on the eve of the Russian Revolution, it tells the story of the young medical graduate's turbulent and brutal introduction to his practice, narrated by his older, more experienced self. A Young Doctor's Notebook is a fascinating, original and pitch black comedy with renowned international acting talent that will surprise and entertain viewers in a wholly unique way.

Ratings and reviews

102 reviews
July 9, 2014
If you're in the mood for something strange but delightful -- a dark comedy? A medical drama? A period piece? -- this could be right up your alley.
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Jack Petry
October 16, 2017
This is one of my favorite TV Shows of all time. Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe portray the tortured mind of [fictionalized] Bulgakov on morphine perfectly. One of the greatest authors of the 20th century, one of the most brilliant shows of the 21st.
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Kuro Kumo
December 9, 2014
This is a very dark comedy (some parts not comical) some of the funny points derive from such inflammatory circumstance that I question almost as to why I find it funny. But the exchanges between the old and younger self are well done and written, as well the fiendishness of drug addiction Radcliffe plays an absolutely hopeless person on so many subtle and blantant levels that by the end I am surprised to think he would ever make it to the age that Hamm portrays, I could not have lived with myself.
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