Channel Surfer: “Emily Owens M.D.”


Story by Emily Albrent, Chief Copy Editor

I have always been terrified of doctors, but I am one for facing my fears, so I decided to watch the new show called “Emily Owens, M.D.” which airs officially at 8 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 16 on The CW, but you can watch the pilot early on YouTube.

The show documents the life of the main character Emily Owens, who has received an internship at Denver Memorial Hospital where she realizes that her med-school crush, Will Collins and her high school enemy Cassandra Kopelson also work. Ownens notices that working at a hospital has the same dynamic as high school, and no matter how hard she trys, she is still the awkward kid trying to look like a cool kid.

This show relied heavily on voiceovers from the main character (think “Lizzie McGuire” just without the random animated character), and I wonder if the show would have been any good without it. Sometimes the voiceovers got a little awkward, such as when she was talking about her crush on Collins. It kind of to the point where I cringed and had to look away.

I think they were really trying to give the audience an insider’s view, or to make the audience feel like they already had a friend in Owens. Which kind of worked, I mean I felt like I understood her character right away. The creators and writers make the characters people who you have probably known or passed by in your life, which adds to the likability.

Regardless, I found the show incredibly relatable. She is dorky like I am, and hated high school. She was a painfully awkward person, who sometimes said things she probably should not have, but at the end of the day, she knew that she just had to like who she was, because she wasn’t going to change.

And the writing for this show is absolutely amazing. I never felt lost, or bored. When someone would try to talk to me, I had to pause it because I didn’t want to miss anything. It’s not like the show is constant action, but it had enough content that I wanted to pay attention. I wanted to follow the story line.

There was a scene when a character mentioned that she was from Wisconsin. Ownes was mentally telling herself to not mention anything about cheese, and I literally laughed out loud.

Am I the only one who gets oddly giddy when Wisconsin (or wherever you are from) is mentioned in a show or movie? Well, whatever, I was super happy, and the fact that she thought of cheese was just hilarious and from that moment on, I was hooked.

Another thing that made this show amazing was the ending. It was so heartfelt and touching that I want to tell you all about it, but I don’t want to ruin it. I mean I actually cried a single tear, sounds dramatic, probably is, but I don’t cry that often, so that is saying something. It just wrapped up the show so well, and with such emotion that I didn’t know what to do with myself for a good 10 minutes.

If they end every show like the way they did with this one, I will be forever happy, and who knows, maybe I might get over my fear of doctors. Eh, that may be stretching it a bit.