Picks and Pans Review: University Hospital

UPDATED 02/20/1995 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/20/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

Syndicated (Check local listings)

C+

What comes to mind when you think of the nursing profession? Hot-tub sessions? Quickies in empty operating theaters? Easy access to controlled substances? No? Well, those kinds of things are what mega-producer Aaron Spelling thinks of. And that's why his mansion in Southern California overlaps three counties while you're wondering if you can make it until summer without replacing the worn-out tires on your car.

Except for that deceptively clinical title, this show about four student nurses is a carbon copy of Nightingales, a short-lived, Spelling-produced NBC series from 1989 about a flock of student nurses who were always shucking their uniforms. University Hospital, you see, is a soap opera with real soap. Once an episode you get a gratuitous shower scene, or—for a healthy alternative—a Lycra-sheathed yoga stretching interlude. Yet the four young leads (Hudson Leick, Rebecca Cross, Alexandra Wilson and Hillary Danner) bring a degree of commitment to this flimsy material that lends it a surprising vitality.

The medical procedures are few and far-fetched. In one episode, a patron in a local deli started choking on his lunch. An orderly from the hospital immediately jumped up and performed an emergency tracheotomy using a butter knife and a drinking straw. Seemed a little overzealous to me. Of course, I'm not a trained orderly.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters