Interns (TV series)

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Интерны (Interny)
Genre Sitcom
Written by Vyacheslav Dusmukhametov
Directed by
Country of origin Russia
Original language(s) Russian
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 280
Running time 25 minutes
Original network TNT
Original release March 29, 2010 – February 25, 2016
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Interns (Russian: Интерны, translit. Interny) is a Russian television medical sitcom produced by NTV-Kino, which aired on the TNT Russia channel from March 29, 2010 to February 25, 2016.


The sitcom follows a group of people working at a hospital. The group includes four young inexperienced medical interns, who constantly get into troublesome situations, their mentor Andrey Bykov, and the hospital's staff.

Series overview[edit]

Seasons count
Season 1 September 2011 - November 2011
Season 2 November 2011 - April 2012
Season 3 April 2012 - September 2013
Season 4 February 2014


  • Andrey Yevgenyevich Bykov (Ivan Okhlobystin), the sarcastic and cynic head of the therapy department who combines some features of Perry Cox and Dr House. While he does often say that he hates being in charge of the interns, when asked to fire one he could not pick one, claiming that they are all "equally bad". At the beginning of the first season, it was mentioned multiple times that he is a recovering alcoholic, but he has since been seen drinking, suggesting that this storyline has been dropped. His relationship with Kisegach has caused problems between him and Romanenko. Bykov is very fond of video games, which is often used for comic effect. Bykov has a 20-year-old daughter Alisa from the previous marriage and in the 180th episode, Bykov's son Ilya was born. Bykov is a former biker and is still known in this environment as "Lizard" (Ящер рус.); in several episodes we can see his biker-pals like "Boar". His fetish love for his bike Izolda and a plant Iuseful in emergencies.
  • Semyon Lobanov He is physically big, and often intimidates people (most often his fellow intern Levin). He is often violent, having no qualms about hurting people, particularly those who annoy him. He is a former boxer (master of sports) and in one of the episodes he engages into a boxing match with his patient while the staff of the hospital makes bets. Lobanov often tries to make some money on the side, indulging in somewhat illegal or morally ambiguous activities and always fails due to his irresponsibility and laziness. At the start of the show, he was the only married intern, and his wife, Olga, was a lawyer (in one episode, it was mentioned that she graduated cum laude). The two of them had trouble conceiving a child, and it was revealed that Lobanov's slow-moving sperm was to blame for this. Lobanov's reluctance to quit smoking or drinking led to a rift between him and his wife, and the two filed for divorce in Season 3. In the 180th episode, Lobanov's daughter has been born. In the latest episodes he works in the receiving department and rarely appears in the series.
  • Boris "Borya" Arkadyevich Levin (Lithuanian: Dmitrijus Šarakojis), another intern. Levin graduated from university cum laude and believes that he is by far the most intelligent and medically gifted of the interns. He also considers himself Bykov's favourite. He is socially inept (he always gets himself beaten and tricked by patients and his colleagues), and has trouble making his opinion heard. He is bullied by both Romanenko and Lobanov. He lost his virginity to, and entered a long-term relationship with the Head Nurse, Lyubov Scriabina. She is older (and mormother. Levin is physically scrawny and wears thick glasses. He would like to one day win the Nobel Prize. He left the show during the third season to pursue an internship at the Princeton-Plainsboro Clinic in America (this is an homage to the television series House M.D.).
  • Gleb Victorovich Romanenko (Ilya Glinnikov), Kisegach's son from a previous marriage. He has no desire to be a doctor, but succumbed to pressure from his mother, who financially supports him and with whom he lives. He partied a lot in med school and thus has a lot of knowledge regarding clubs and drugs. He had many one night stands, and had a reputation as a womanizer. He is by far the worst doctor of the four interns. He is crafty and witty, but mostly uses his connections to get by. Since the beginning of the show, Romanenko showed interest in Chernous, and thet Bykov for sleeping with Kisegach, but it is implied that the two have genuine affection for each other. Romanenko has this most antagonistic relationship with Bykov, mostly because of the older man's sexual relations with his mother. He is friends with Lobanov and Phil and they even live together in season 2 and 3. In the latest episodes Romanenko is engaged in a relationship with Sophia, new intern niece of Kupitman.
  • Varvara "Varya" Nikolayevna Chernous (Kristina Asmus), the only female intern, is frequently subjected to derogatory st need a man to get by. Although she initially rejected Romanenko's advances due to his reputation, the two eventually embarked on a relationship, which has since ended, in part due to Chernous developing a crush on Bykov. Chernous is smart and compassionate, and thus is a fairly good doctor, but her overemotional reactions sometimes get her into trouble. In Season 3, she transfers to surgery, mostly because of the much nicer staff. While initially dismayed that Bykov took the news so well (he immediately snapped out of his depression), she learned that he's glad that one of his charges has finally spread her wings to leave the nest.

Comparison and similar shows[edit]

Similarities have been noted between Interny and American shows, for example House M.D. and Scrubs. Although the show is officially original, the parallels are undeniable. Like Scrubs, the show is centered on the lives of interns having to put up with an unreasonable (yet talented) boss. Also, the show has used "daydream" scenarios that echoed J.D's daydreams. Bykov's derogatory comments towards Chernous also echoed Cox's nicknaming Elliot "Dr Barbie". Like Elliot, Chernous revealed that she previously tried to commit suicide. She is also good friends with Lybov Mihaylovna the Head Nurse, like Carla Espinosa was friends with Elliot. Also, Scrubs saw the Head Nurse enter a relationship with one of the interns (Turk) and similarly, Lybov starts dating Levin.

House and Bykov similarly share traits, and parallels between the Huddy relationship and Bykov's relationship with Kisegach are easy to see. Chernous echoes early Cameron, especially with her reluctance to enter relationships and her moral high-ground. Both entered relationships with the less talented sons of renowned doctors, after much pursuit on the part of the men (Cameron dated, and eventually married and divorced, Chase, whilst Chernous had a failed relationship with Romanenko). Moreover, Chernous also developed a crush on Bykov which echoed an early House plotline which involved Cameron being in love with her boss. Interny has referenced these similarities with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, which include a House spoof episode that centred on Bykov trying to get his interns to diagnose a "difficult case" in House's typical style, and many of House's favourite diagnoses were rattled off. This episode also used the House catchphrase "Everybody Lies" repeatedly, for comic effect. It involved Bykov spraining his ankle and walking around with a cane. Bykov also tells a tale about him being a model for House because some American producer was much impressed with him while getting in the hospital several years before. Interny also paid homage to House by naming Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital as the clinic where Levin intends to do an internship.

The prohibition on display and distribution in Ukraine[edit]

On December 9, 2014 the State Agency of Ukraine for Cinema banned showing and distributing the series Interns in Ukraine, along with another 70 films and TV shows featuring Ivan Okhlobystin.[1] According to the department, the ban is related to anti-Ukrainian chauvinist actions of Okhlobystin, and violation of the ban on entry to Ukraine.[2][3] Shortly before the activists, including members of "Boycott Russian Films", protested about the ban.


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