“Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.”


Children’s Hospital — TheWB.com

Rob Corddry might have finally found the medium that’s going to make his a household name.1 Corddry wrote and directed this ten episode web series for TheWB.com starring a hot mess of people, most notably Ed Helms of The Office, Rob Huebel of Human Giant, Corddry himself, and Michael Cera (look closely or you’ll miss him).

The unfairly funny show, while in premise a broad parody of Grey’s Anatomy, hearkens back to an era of smarter parodies. Taking advantage of the high stakes of a hospital setting, it uses them solely and deftly to comedic effect. Basically, Scrubs without any of the occasionally maudlin sincerity.

There’s a joke from the much too short lived Clerks cartoon that sums up not only the sensibility, but the context of this show pretty well.

Dante and Randall reminisce while trapped in a freezer.

DANTE
Let’s not forget our most memorable trip of all.

They exit a clearly labeled ‘Burn Ward’.

RANDALL
Ew. Let’s get out of here.

A door closes behind them reading ‘Other Burn Ward’.

Originally, the second door read ‘Children’s Burn Ward’, but ABC said that was too morbid. Luckily, ABC does not control the internet.

Hey Internet! If this is what you have in store for us, then I just have one thing to say to you.

Please, sir, I want some more.

  1. In that, somewhere, possibly in a household, someone will know which one’s Nate and which one’s Rob. []