Picks and Pans Review: Hopkins 24/7

updated 09/04/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/04/2000 01:00AM

ABC (Wednesdays, Aug. 30-Sept. 27, and Thurs., Aug.31;10 p.m.ET)

Show of the week

It's ER and Chicago Hope combined—and it's all true!

Sorry, there's almost no way to describe this superlative six-part series without sounding promotional. From September to December last year, an ABC News crew had constant, close-up access to the doctors, students and patients at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medicine, a hospital and medical school renowned for advanced research and techniques. As if the cutting-edge stuff didn't offer enough dramatic potential, the hospital provides emergency care for the residents of its inner-city neighborhood, which is plagued by violent crime. Thus, Hopkins 24/7 offers everything from delicate organ transplants to gaping gunshot wounds. But most important, it has people who will engage you immediately: Edward Cornwell, a trauma surgeon who attempts to practice violence prevention by warning local youths against drugs and guns; Rick Montz, a ponytailed cancer specialist who disdains conformity but deeply respects the sick; Michael Ain, a 4-ft., 3-in. physician who has a special touch with children and sees performing operations as a fun way to work with power tools; Risa Moriarty, a surgeon-in-training who comes to a career-altering decision during the exhausting course of a 60-hour shift. Not everyone here is a hero; let's just say Hopkins 24/7 does no harm to one's faith in humanity.

Bottom Line: First-class medical coverage

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