Dr. Death (2021 TV series)
|Created by||Patrick Macmanus|
|Based on||Dr. Death|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||44–63 minutes|
|Original release||July 15, 2021 –|
Dr. Death is an American crime drama anthology television series created by Patrick Macmanus, based on the podcast of the same name, focusing on the titular Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who became infamous for permanently mutilating his patients, killing two of them. It premiered on Peacock on July 15, 2021. In July 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.
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An arrogant, sinister doctor treats his Hippocratic Oath about the same way he treats his patients. As his malignant narcissism and psychopathy escalate, his fellow surgeons and a young assistant district attorney set out to stop him.
- Joshua Jackson as Christopher Duntsch
- Grace Gummer as Kim Morgan
- Christian Slater as Randall Kirby
- Alec Baldwin as Robert Henderson
- AnnaSophia Robb as Michelle Shughart
- Fred Lehne as Don Duntsch
- Hubert Point-Du Jour as Josh Baker
- Maryann Plunkett as Madeline Beyer
- Grainger Hines as Earl Burke
- Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Geoffrey Skadden
- Dominic Burgess as Jerry Summers
- Molly Griggs as Wendy Young
- Laila Robins as Amy Piel
- Dashiell Eaves as Stan Novak
- Jennifer Kim as Stephanie Wu
- Kelly Kirklyn as Dorothy Burke
- Marceline Hugot as Rose Keller
- Carrie Preston as Robbie McClung
- Édgar Ramírez as Paolo Macchiarini
- Mandy Moore as Benita Alexander
- Rita Volk
- Judy Reyes
- Jack Davenport
- Annika Boras
- Sandra Andreis
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|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Diplos"||Maggie Kiley||Patrick Macmanus||July 15, 2021|
|2||"Ain't No Bum"||Maggie Kiley||Ashley Michel Hoban||July 15, 2021|
|3||"Dock Ellis"||Jennifer Morrison||Evan Wright||July 15, 2021|
|4||"An Occurrence at Randall Kirby's Sink"||Jennifer Morrison||Ahmadu Garba||July 15, 2021|
|5||"The $?!& in the Bed"||So Yong Kim||Matthew White||July 15, 2021|
|6||"Occam's Razor"||So Yong Kim||Sara Pearson & Maxwell Michael Towson||July 15, 2021|
|7||"Feet of Clay"||So Yong Kim||Ashley Michel Hoban & Ahmadu Garba||July 15, 2021|
|8||"Hardwood Floors"||So Yong Kim||Patrick Macmanus||July 15, 2021|
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On October 3, 2018, NBCUniversal announced that Patrick Macmanus would adapt the Dr. Death podcast into a limited series and produce with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy. On September 17, 2019, NBCUniversal announced that the series would be distributed on its streaming service Peacock. In January 2020, it was announced Stephen Frears would direct the first two episodes. In September 2020, Frears was replaced by Maggie Kiley. On July 14, 2022, Peacock renewed the series for a second season with Ashley Michel Hoban promoted from a producer to an executive producer and new showrunner. The second season will focus on Paolo Macchiarini. On October 18, 2022, it was announced that Jennifer Morrison is set to direct episodes 1–4 and Laura Belsey is set to direct episodes 5–8 of the second season.
On August 9, 2019, Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater were cast as Dr. Christopher Duntsch, Robert Henderson, and Randall Kirby, respectively. In March 2020, Grace Gummer, Molly Griggs, AnnaSophia Robb and Chris Sullivan joined the cast of the series. On October 12, 2020, Joshua Jackson and Dominic Burgess joined the cast of the series, replacing Dornan and Sullivan respectively. Later in the same month, Hubert Point-Du Jour and Maryann Plunkett were cast in undisclosed capacities and character name roles. On February 12, 2021, Carrie Preston joined the cast. In November 2022, Édgar Ramírez was cast as Paolo Macchiarini and Mandy Moore was cast as Benita Alexander for the second season. On January 23, 2023, Rita Volk, Judy Reyes, Jack Davenport, Annika Boras, and Sandra Andreis joined the cast in recurring capacities for the second season.
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On May 17, 2021, alongside the release of an official trailer, it was announced that the series is scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2021. The series premiered on July 15, 2021, with an eight-episode release.
In Canada, the show debuted on Showcase on September 12, 2021.
The series had its linear premiere on the USA Network on October 5, 2022.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average score of 7.4/10 based on 25 critic reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it keeps viewers in the waiting room a little too long, Dr. Death remains a horrifying tale of medical malpractice centered around Joshua Jackson's sufficiently unsettling performance." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series an A- and wrote a review saying, "The what and the how are harrowing enough. Dr. Death succeeds by focusing on the people who fought for years to make sure Christopher Duntsch could do no more harm."
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Source: "Dr. Death (2021 TV series)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, February 15th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Death_(2021_TV_series).
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