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New Amsterdam is an American medical drama television series, based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer, that premiered on September 25, 2018 on NBC. The series was created by David Schulner and stars Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher, and Tyler Labine. In February 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season. New Amsterdam follows Dr. Max Goodwin as he becomes the medical director of one of the United States' oldest public hospitals, aiming to reform the neglected facility by tearing up its bureaucracy in order to provide exceptional care to patients.
|Created by||David Schulner|
|Based on||Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital|
by Eric Manheimer
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||14 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Original release||September 25, 2018 (2018-09-25) –|
New Amsterdam is an American medical drama television series, based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer, that premiered on September 25, 2018 on NBC. The series was created by David Schulner and stars Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher, and Tyler Labine. In February 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.
New Amsterdam follows Dr. Max Goodwin as he becomes the medical director of one of the United States' oldest public hospitals, aiming to reform the neglected facility by tearing up its bureaucracy in order to provide exceptional care to patients.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Kate Dennis||David Schulner||September 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)||8.39|
|Dr. Max Goodwin is hired as the new Chief of Medicine at New Amsterdam hospital and starts out his career by firing everyone in the cardio-thoracic surgical department because of their statistics. He asks his fellow colleagues what he can do to make their ability to practice medicine easier and grants all the wishes, much the dismay of the staff that work with him. Dr. Goodwin butts heads with the chief of oncology, Dr. Helen Sharpe, as he believes that she spends too much time on television and not enough time practicing medicine leading him to give her an ultimatum. Max also meets the head of emergency, Dr. Lauren Bloom, who wants to be able to treat as many patients throughout her shift as she can, and Dr. Iggy Frome who is the chief of psychiatric and is dealing with a teenage patient who feels completely abandoned. Dr. Bloom must deal with her fling Dr. Floyd Reynolds ending as he becomes the new head of cardio-thoracic surgery and explains to her they can't have a relationship based on her skin color. Max asks Dr. Bloom to take a biopsy of his throat based on a fear he has.|
|2||"Rituals"||Peter Horton||David Schulner||October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)||7.44|
|Max finds out that he has cancer and looks to Dr. Sharpe for help, although every time she tries to explain things to him he can't seem to make time for her. Dr. Frome and Dr. Kapoor attempt to help a pediatric patient. Dr. Bloom tries to convince Dr. Reyonds that they might have something that is worth while and that not dating her for her skin color is not right. Max must deal with a crisis after his pregnant wife is admitted to the hospital with their unborn child's life in danger. As Dr. Sharpe continues to try to convince Max to make a plan about his cancer diagnosis he continues to try to convince her that although bringing in money to the hospital is important they're in the business of saving lives and that is more important.|
|3||"Every Last Minute"||Jonas Pate||Shaun Cassidy||October 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)||7.04|
|Reynolds begins to build his department as Dr. Sharpe battles skepticism from a patient's parents. Meanwhile, Max helps Bloom find a solution for a pregnant patient in a tough spot, all the while continuing to avoid the reality of his diagnosis.|
|4||"Boundaries"||Kate Dennis||David Foster||October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)||6.27|
|When Max volunteers New Amsterdam to take over for a short-staffed hospital nearby, things get chaotic quickly. Iggy has a crisis of conscience after receiving the news that funding for a garden has been granted and an eager resident learns a secret about Dr. Bloom.|
|5||"Cavitation"||Darnell Martin||Erika Green Swafford||October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)||6.37|
|A journalist visits New Amsterdam to shadow Max and learn about the hospital. Bloom and Reynolds have a major disagreement after she makes a call against protocol and Kapoor deals with issues from his past.|
|6||"Anthropocene"||Michael Slovis||Aaron Ginsburg||October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)||6.66|
|The pressure is on as Max takes on his first annual fundraising gala at the hospital and emotions are high as some of the doctor's families join them for the event. Iggy struggles to break difficult news to his daughter and Bloom and Reynolds continue to deal with the fallout of their argument. Meanwhile, Kapoor and Dr. Sharpe work together to find out what is making a father and son duo so sick.|
|7||"Domino Effect"||Laura Belsey||Y. Shireen Razack||November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)||6.02|
|With a big domino transplant procedure on the line, Max must decide if he can be present in the hospital while also dealing with his illness. Meanwhile, a bond with a patient makes Bloom consider her personal life and Iggy makes progress on a long-standing case.|
|8||"Three Dots"||Jamie Payne||Cami Delavigne||November 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)||5.82|
|Dr. Kapoor is handling a case of, Amy, a young Asian-American that has been suffering from migraine. He refers her to Mr. Frome after medication does not help, saying that the migraines may be stress induced. Her mother however refuses, saying that Amy's headaches are not due to stress. Amy ends up jumping in front of an F train as they leave to go home and ends up back at the ER. Dr. Kapoor, Dr. Frome, and Max work to try to figure out a way to get Amy the help she needs. Max faces his own fears about his cancer when he becomes close to a patient that is a Rabbi. The Rabbi initially refuses his high risk surgery, but decides to move forward with it after Max reveals to him that he has cancer. After Max informs Dr. Sharpe that he want to find a clinical trial instead of moving forward with the planned chemo and radiation, which would hurt his quality of life.|
|9||"As Long As It Takes"||Andrew McCarthy||Graham Norris||November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)||6.26|
|Dr. Sharpe looks in to getting Max in a clinical trial for his cancer. The trial director accepts Max as a patient, but also asks her out on a date after they hit it off well with each other. Dr. Frome deals with a trans teen that is eager to have surgery to complete his transition. Dr. Bloom is confronted about her exhaustion and the errors she has been making in the ER. Sarah, the woman that received Luna's heart is admitted in to the hospital and it is determined she needs a new heart. Max ends up becoming emotionally invested in her case. Max ends up collapsing while alone with his wife watching in horror.|
|10||"Six or Seven Minutes"||Stephen Kay||Laura Valdivia||January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)||5.35|
|Georgia performs a tracheotomy on Max with Dr. Sharpe's guidance and Max is taken to New Amsterdam Hospital. We see flashbacks to when Max and Georgia met, their engagement, and what happened right before he took his new job at New Amsterdam. Everyone is informed by Dr. Sharpe of Max's cancer diagnosis. Dr. Bloom hands Max's case off to another ER doctor and eventually admits to Dr. Sharpe that she is exhausted from overworking and had planned to ask Max for some time off. Meanwhile Dr. Fulton takes over as temporary Medical Director. Dr. Reynolds performs a surgery that Dr. Fulton originally denied and offers to pay for it himself. The doctors realize how much Max has impacted them and the hospital. Max wakes up and decided to step down and go through with chemo, but all the doctors including Dr. Fulton want him to remain as Medical Director while receiving treatment and agree to help pick up the slack.|
|11||"A Seat at the Table"||So Yong Kim||Jidéh Breon Holder||January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)||5.61|
|Max begins chemo, but refuses to sit for the three hour sessions, instead taking his IV pole with him as he continues to work. After a few days he starts to feel fatigued from the chemo and finally admits to Dr. Sharpe that he doesn't want people to see him in a weakened state. At the same time he tries to help save the hospital money by providing a homeless patient, whose frequent hospital visits has costs New Amsterdam over a million dollars in one year, an apartment. He realizes though that the patient simply likes being in the hospital and give him a job. Dr. Frome works with a father whose son experiences hallucinations of a wolf attacking him. Dr. Sharpe tries to confront Dr. Bloom about her admission of being overworked. Dr. Reynolds is forced to admit to something that happened to him while he was an intern in Connecticut that a reporter digs up.|
|12||"Anima Sola"||Michael Slovis||Aaron Ginsburg||January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)||5.76|
|Dr. Frome reports a veteran surgeon at New Amsterdam who he believes is no longer capable of performing surgery. He and Max end up having him stay on in a consulting role. Dr. Sharpe struggles with Dr. Bloom, who is still practicing even after admitting to abusing Adderall. They work on treating a group of vineyard workers that come in with similar symptoms. Dr. Sharpe has trouble putting faith in Dr. Bloom because of her admission and realizes that the relationship and work environment is no longer sustainable. She ends up reporting her to Max. Dr. Kapoor and Dr. Reynolds work together to treat a mother who became blind after spending 9 months in the ICU after giving birth to her daughter. Max begins to feel nausea caused by his chemo and struggles to keep up with his day to day responsibilities. He has his first round of radiation and immediately feels soreness in his throat.|
|13||"The Blues"||Nick Gomez||David Foster||February 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)||5.69|
|Dr. Bloom is required to be evaluated by Dr. Frome and eventually opens up about her family and how she left behind her struggling mother and younger sister to go to school in Washington instead of staying behind in New York to care for them. She reveals that her sister is in rehab and that she feels responsible for what happened. Max tries to find employees at the hospital that are doing obsolete jobs, but does not want to fire them, but find them a new job at the hospital. Dr. Kapoor struggles to figure out what is going on between his son and the woman at the coffee stand he likes. He ends up making the situation worse and breaks down in tears.|
|14||"The Foresaken"||Michael Slovis||Y. Shireen Razack||February 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)||5.58|
|Dr. Bloom is on leave so Dr. Candelario takes charge of the ED and implements new rules including a 10 minute limit to consult and diagnose for efficiency. Dr. Reynolds learns what happened to Dr. Bloom and goes to visit her. Dr. Sharpe finds a drug addict mother and her baby outside the hospital. The mother ends up giving up the baby, who is in withdrawal. Dr. Sharpe becomes attached to the baby girl and even considers adopting her, believing it's a sign from the universe as she desperate to have children, but would have difficulty conceiving. However the baby's father comes to claim his daughter explaining that he only found out about her and his ex after it was too late. Dr. Sharpe learns that Dr. Panthaki has two children from a previous relationship. Max works to save Dr. Fulton's job as Dean, but in the end is unsuccessful. Dr. Fulton tells Max that hiring him as Medical Director was the best thing he ever did and hopes that Max can save the hospital.|
|15||"Croaklahoma"||TBA||TBA||March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)||TBD|
On September 25, 2017, it was announced that NBC had given the production, then titled Bellevue, a put pilot commitment. The pilot was written by David Schulner who was also set to executive produce alongside Peter Horton. Eric Manheimer, the former medical director at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, was expected to serve as a producer. Production companies involved with the pilot were slated to consist of Universal Television.
On January 12, 2018, it was reported that NBC had given the production an official pilot order. It was further reported that Horton was expected to direct the pilot episode. On May 4, 2018, it was announced that NBC had given the production a series order. It was also reported that Pico Creek Productions and Mount Moriah Productions would serve as additional production companies. A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2018 and air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. On June 19, 2018, it was announced that the series would officially premiere on September 25, 2018. On October 10, 2018, it was announced that NBC had ordered an additional nine episodes of the series, bringing the first season total up to twenty-two episodes. On February 4, 2019, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that the series had been renewed for a second season.
In February 2018, it was announced that Freema Agyeman, Anupam Kher, Janet Montgomery, and Tyler Labine had been cast in lead roles in the pilot. In March 2018, it was reported that Ryan Eggold and Jocko Sims had also joined the main cast. On September 26, 2018, it was announced that Margot Bingham had joined the cast in a recurring role. On November 6, 2018, it was reported that Sendhil Ramamurthy had been cast in a recurring role.
On May 13, 2018, NBC released the first official trailer for the series.
On June 22, 2018, a screening of the series was held during Seriesfest, an annual international television festival, at the Denver Art Museum's Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium in Denver, Colorado. The screening was followed by a question-and-answer session with series lead Ryan Eggold and executive producers David Schulner and Peter Horton. It was moderated by Vanity Fair's executive west coast editor, Krista Smith. On September 10, 2018, the series took part in the 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall Television Previews which featured a preview screening of the series.
In the United Kingdom, the series is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Video on February 8, 2019.
The series has been met with a mixed to negative response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 31% approval rating with an average rating of 5.74 out of 10 based on 29 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Overcrowded, overwrought, and overly familiar, New Amsterdam plays more like an exquisite corpse of pre-existing shows than a breakthrough for the genre – though that may be enough for medical drama devotees." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 47 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|1||"Pilot"||September 25, 2018||1.8/9||8.39||1.3||5.70||3.1||14.10|
|2||"Rituals"||October 2, 2018||1.5/7||7.44||1.4||5.42||2.9||12.86|
|3||"Every Last Minute"||October 9, 2018||1.4/6||7.04||1.4||5.43||2.8||12.47|
|4||"Boundaries"||October 16, 2018||1.2/5||6.27||1.3||5.34||2.5||11.61|
|5||"Cavitation"||October 23, 2018||1.4/6||6.37||1.2||5.14||2.6||11.51|
|6||"Anthropocene"||October 30, 2018||1.3/6||6.66||1.2||5.10||2.5||11.76|
|7||"Domino Effect"||November 13, 2018||1.1/5||6.02||1.3||5.27||2.4||11.29|
|8||"Three Dots"||November 20, 2018||1.1/5||5.82||1.3||5.40||2.4||11.22|
|9||"As Long As It Takes"||November 27, 2018||1.1/5||6.26||1.2||5.13||2.3||11.39|
|10||"Six or Seven Minutes"||January 8, 2019||1.0/4||5.35||1.2||5.17||2.2||10.52|
|11||"A Seat at the Table"||January 15, 2019||1.0/5||5.61||1.3||5.46||2.3||11.07|
|12||"Anima Sola"||January 22, 2019||1.0/5||5.76||1.2||5.40||2.2||11.17|
|13||"The Blues"||February 12, 2019||1.0/4||5.69||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|14||"The Foresaken"||February 19, 2019||1.0/5||5.58||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|