The other day I reviewed a new medical reality television show called "Scrubbing In." I didn't like it very much.
A loyal reader, robertl39, commented that an antidote to "Scrubbing In" might be a show called "Call the Midwife."
It's about a midwife in the East End section of London in the 1950s. Fresh out of training, she joins a group of religious and lay midwives providing care for the indigent population.
The National Health Service had just been established, which led to improvements in the care of pregnant women.
I have watched the first two episodes. The show is everything that most medical TV shows are not. The story lines are compelling and tell a lot about the social climate of postwar England. The characters are interesting, engaging, and complex. You will laugh, and you will cry.
The midwives are heroic.
I can't say enough good things about this series. It's available online, and the first season is currently being rerun on PBS.
Since the episodes are in chronological order, it's best to start with Season 1, Episode 1.