Are Female Doctors The New Female Lawyers On Television?

Cast of The Mob Doctor

On The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling (who created the show and writes it) plays an Ob-Gyn who expects her social life to play out exactly like a romantic comedy. Emily Owens M.D. (played by Mamie Gummer) is thrilled she gets to start her job and put all the politics of high school drama behind her (even thought she has been out of high school for at least eight years) to find that working in a hospital is just like high school complete with crushes and mean girls. And then we have Mob Doctor starring Jordana Spiro. This woman has to pay off her brother’s bad debt by helping the mob. Meredith Grey never even had it that bad.

As for female-focused lawyer shows we really only have Made in Jersey coming about a new attorney born and bred in New Jersey. The boys have been dominating the lawyer shows lately with Suits and Franklin & Bash debuting in the past two years.  Now, yes Grey’s Anatomy has been on since 2005 and then came Private Practice and The CW network also has Hart of Dixie. However, this is an influx of doctor shows and Hart of Dixie should barely count because we only see her with patients once in a while and she wears shorts all the time.

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    • Lastango

      “What is interesting is that most of these characters are supposed to be great at their jobs, but not great at their personal lives.”
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      That is indeed interesting, and what it may tell us is that these shows are the nighttime soaps. Women are the core target audience.
      And having the female characters be experts at their work insulates against criticism. I’m reminded of back when the daytime soaps first got into edgy storylines like crime and drugs. All the perps were white, because minority characters needed to be squeaky-clean.

    • Lastango

      “What is interesting is that most of these characters are supposed to be great at their jobs, but not great at their personal lives.”
      ==========
      That is indeed interesting, and what it may tell us is that these shows are the nighttime soaps. Women are the core target audience.
      And having the female characters be experts at their work insulates against criticism. I’m reminded of back when the daytime soaps first got into edgy storylines like crime and drugs. All the perps were white, because minority characters needed to be squeaky-clean.

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