A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories (2012-2013) is a dark comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, based on autobiographical writings of Mikhail Bulgakov. There have been two seasons of four episodes each. It is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes. It is also available on DVD in region 1/NTSC and region 2/PAL.
A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories is beautifully shot, written, and acted, but it is not for the faint of heart, as there is are rather graphic backwoodsy doctor-y scenes. Taking the unconventional narrative style of the adult doctor participating in his own flashbacks to his first year out of college, the story takes place in a tiny Russian hospital in the middle of nowhere in the early 20th century. The doctor (Daniel Radcliffe) is fresh from med school and finished at the top of his class, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be prepared to handle delivering babies, extracting teeth, and preventing the spread of syphilis with the most rudimentary of instruments, even by the era’s standards. All this is remembered by the adult (Jon Hamm), who is revisiting his notebooks for the first time in years, as he undergoes investigation after being outed for being a morphine addict. The show is dark with the sadness of injury and illness, as well as addiction, but is haunted by a black comedy that will make you howl with disgust and hysterics at the same time.
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Originally posted April 13, 2015