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Tomato, tomahto: The Childrens Hospital team will now serve as Netflix's Medical Police

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Not every bygone series deserves a revival, what with some stories just having already reached their natural conclusions. But then there’s Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, which didn’t tell stories so much as it gutted the very fabric of TV storytelling. A show like that, we’d wager, could go on for just about forever, so it’s with delight that, two-and-a-half years since Childrens Hospital wrapped, we can report that the team behind the cult favorite is returning for a new series on Netflix. Called Medical Police, it reunites creators David Wain, Rob Corddry, and Jonathan Stern with Childrens Hospital denizens Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, and Ken Marino.

Per Variety, Medical Police will follow “two American physicians (Hayes and Huebel) stationed at a pediatric hospital in São Paulo, Brazil,” who “discover a civilization-threatening virus and are recruited as government agents in a race against time and around the world to find a cure and uncover a dark conspiracy.” The ambitious narrative, which sounds as if it will benefit from that sweet, sweet Netflix money, is set to unfold across 10 30-minute episodes.


That’s quite the bump from the 15-minute format of the series’ seven previous seasons, but, lest we forget, Wain has proven himself adept at pivoting between formats. His previous Netflix collaborations, after all, found him spinning both a prequel and a sequel series from 2001's Wet Hot American Summer.

Wain, who will also direct a number of the series’ episodes, celebrated the news—and confirmed Medical Police’s place within the Childrens Hospital canon—with a Tuesday afternoon tweet.

It’s good to see you again, Rabbi Jewy.


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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.