June 8, 2011

Justify My Netflix: Childrens Hospital

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

Childrens Hospital

Today's DVD: Childrens Hospital, 2008/2010 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because this is yet another admired comedy series that I've missed because of not owning cable, in this case a broad satire of nearly every medical-show stereotype that exists, shot in five-minute segments to complement its original 2008 web airing (on TheWB.com) and then its migration in 2010 to the Adult Swim network.

The reality: Pretty hilarious, I gotta say; and that's because show creator Rob Corddry (who also plays the creepy clown doctor Blake Downs) seems to intrinsically know how to best utilize a short format like a web series, cramming together a plethora of zingers, one-liners, and cheap shots at easy medical tropes, but unlike a half-hour show (or God forbid, a two-hour movie), he ends the episodes way before these easily tiring jokes actually get tiring, with extra-punchy results that when watching all in a row like on DVD tends to feel like a normal TV comedy on crack, much the way the hilarious web series The Guild did when I watched all of them in a row on DVD too. Much naughtier than you'd think a basic-cable show would be allowed to be, this is a sweet and guilty pleasure that, much like a rich dessert, seems to suddenly be gone just barely after you started. It comes highly recommended to fans of smart, zany comedy, as well as other Adult Swim shows.

Strangest piece of trivia: Season 3 just started last week!

Worth your time? Yes

Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:58 AM, June 8, 2011. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |