Hopkins (TV series)

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Genre Documentary
Starring Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Avedis Meneshian, Megan Quick, Brian Bethea, Ann Czarnik, Amber Bethea, Karen Boyle, John Conte, Ashish S. Shah, James Fackler, Tom Reifsnyder, Robert Montgomery, Mustapha Saheed, Ben Carson, Luca Vricella, Andrew MacGregor Cameron
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) Rudy Bednar
Terence Wrong
Editor(s) Pagan Harleman, Faith Jones, Cindy Kaplan Rooney, Valentine D'Arcy Sheldon
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) ABC News
Original network ABC
Original release June 26 – August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
Preceded by Hopkins 24/7
Followed by Boston Med
NY Med

Hopkins is a seven-part documentary TV series set at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (USA).[1][2][3] It premiered in the United States on June 26, 2008, on ABC[3] and is currently[when?] airing in syndication on the We TV Network. The theme for the show "So Much to Say" was written by songwriter Matthew Puckett.[citation needed] The series won a Peabody Award in 2009.[4]

Created as a real-life adjunct to the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy,[1] it follows the professional lives of hospital caregivers and their patients. The show is a follow-up to the ABC Special Hopkins 24/7, from 2000.[5] Boston Med, which aired on ABC in June–August 2010, was produced by the same team behind Hopkins.


The fourth episode of the series featured a young boy with a serious, irreversible heart condition. His heart was barely functioning at a level high enough to keep him alive, and he went into cardiac arrest during a heart biopsy. During a discussion among the boy's doctors about the course of treatment, Dr. James Fackler, a pediatric critical care specialist, was shown saying, "It's my opinion that we should just let the child die." This comment incited controversy among viewers, who considered it insensitive.[6]

In a video on ABC's Hopkins website, Dr. Fackler elaborated on what he meant, explaining that if the boy required a heart transplant, mechanical life support (ECMO) would not keep him alive long enough for a new heart to become available.

The series failed to show the importance of hospital positions other than the main physician. Nurses felt their jobs were undermined because of how doctors were portrayed as lone heroes. Nurses, social workers and clergy were some of the many people who contributed to the doctor's success. [7]


  1. ^ a b Schneider, Michael; Josef Adalian (2008-03-16). "ABC schedules checkup at 'Hopkins'". Variety Online. Reed Elsevier Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  2. ^ Zurawik, David (2008-04-01). "ABC News producer on what makes Johns Hopkins great". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  3. ^ a b "HOPKINS 24/7" (Press release). The Futon Critic. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  4. ^ 68th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2009.
  5. ^ Carman, John (2000-08-30). "Hospital Delivers A Dose of Real Life". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  6. ^ http://www.pallimed.org/2008/07/palliative-care-view-of-hopkins.html
  7. ^ "Johns Hopkins Magazine -- November 2000". pages.jh.edu. November 2000. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 

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