There is a special place in our hearts for New Amsterdam!
This heartwarming, feel-good, tearjerker of a medical series was one of the most promising new shows of the Fall. It was an instant hit and with good reason. Apparently, there is more room for another medical drama, especially if it's a good one.
The first half of the season has been beautiful, emotional, and exciting. New Amsterdam found its groove and has consistently improved over time making it one of the strongest of the new series, and its match-up with This is Us is pure brilliance.
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If you haven't been watching the series, then you're missing out. Below you'll find a list of reasons why we love this series and why you should watch it if you aren't already!
New Amsterdam returns with all-new episodes January 8 on NBC.
You can watch New Amsterdam online here at TV Fanatic if you need to catch up, and you can check out our New Amsterdam Reviews too!
Ryan Eggold's Performance
Ryan Eggold is one of the most underrated actors on television, and there is no one more befitting of a leading man role. The beauty of Eggold's performance is that you can feel his genuine love for this role in his every scene because he pours everything into them. His enthusiastic approach to embodying the bleeding heart, earnest, flawed Max Goodwin affirms his passion and is infectious. Goodwin is a very layered character, and Eggold is nuanced in his approach to what lies beneath a well-intentioned Max. Not only is his performance underrated, but it's some of his best work to date.
Touches on Real and Current Issues
The show loves to take on social issues that affect everyone and shed light on ones that aren't focused on often or portrayed in the best way. So far, the series has beautifully explored mental illness like depression and the stigma in Asian/Asian American communities. It has touched on treating undocumented immigrants. It has provided insight into what the foster care system is like for a teen, and it also has explored the transition process for a trans teen. The show is fresh, current, and not afraid to dig into tough topics.
Freema Agyeman as Helen
Agyeman is an underrated sci-fi goddess, so her role as Helen Sharpe is different than what most are accustomed to seeing her play. Naturally, she's extraordinary as Helen. Helen is portrayed as fierce and powerful, but she's also so beautifully vulnerable and just a little bit broken. The show allows her to be both, which should be simple enough, but sadly isn't, and between being a beautiful crier, and witty, smart, and vulnerable while still holding things back, there isn't anyone else I can envision playing this character and pulling off the range.
Heartwarming and Feel Good
Feels, feels, feels everywhere! There aren't a lot of heartwarming series still on the air, so in that sense, New Amsterdam is refreshing. It sets its heart out on evoking every emotion there is, and it succeeds in that with its likable characters, stirring storylines, and heartwarming and heartbreaking cases. The series couldn't be lined up better than airing behind This Is Us.
Iggy is one of the best characters, hands down. Unlike most medical series, he's the steady psychologist at hand, and because the series doesn't shy away from properly exploring mental health, his cases are the most compelling. Iggy's demeanor is endearing, but also important. The juxtaposition of him being the jokester and the wisest makes him relatable and approachable, which is a valuable image to project of a therapist. Therapists are often viewed as intimidating figures, and not only is Iggy's portrayal spot on, but he also makes therapy nonintimidating and normalizes it.
Supremely Talented Cast
New Amsterdam has one of the best ensembles on television at the moment. Most people probably tuned into the series for Ryan Eggold, and as established already, he's exceptional in this role, but his co-stars rise to the occasion too. It's such a strong, talented cast, and there isn't a weak link in the bunch. The entire cast has fabulous chemistry with one another. As a result, they bring these characters to life, and the series as a whole is enjoyable through and through.