It centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.
If all broadcast TV shows are going to be cops, law or medicine, it helps that the new "The Resident"... is, on the basis of its first show, pretty good, with the supporting cast outshining the ostensible star, played by Matt Czuchry.
But what we have here is really two shows in one. There's that dark, fascinating portrait of the modern hospital. And then there's the much more standard, dispiritingly regular drama about a cool doctor with eleven o'clock shadow.