In the beginning of the fall we wrote about how this was the season of the young female doctor with three new shows centered around physicians. We even posed that female TV doctors were the new female TV lawyers. But it is now November and only one of those three shows has not been canceled.
Both Mob Doctor and Emily Owens, M.D. have been cancelled in the last few weeks. Both of these shows featured brilliant young doctors who are baffoons in their personal lives. Well on Mob Doctor it is more the fact that she is working for the mob that makes her personal life a mess. And on Emily Owens, she literally crumbles into a cookie in between life-saving surgeries when she sees her crush and high school enemy. The Mindy Project, which has survived, is also about a talented young Ob/Gyn who is a mess in her personal life.
As Meghan Lewit of The Atlantic wrote that “the single, professionally competent/personally messy woman is a long-running television archetype.” Think of Ally McBeal, Liz Lemon and even Carrie Bradshaw but for some reason this isn’t working for doctors. Maybe we want our doctors to be more competent in all aspects of their lives. it is nice to know doctors are human but we’d prefer them to not act like 13 year old girls, even on TV.