Reminiscent of the kind of quality shows seen on The WB, we highly recommend Emily Owens M.D.

4. Emily is sensitive

Like so many of us, Emily has a soft, squishy, sensitive side. She’s not the type to be clinical with patients, she cares. (She’s the antithesis of Dr. House!) When we’re told in our own increasingly-adult lives that it’s “just business” and “not personal” we can’t separate the two. We’re just not so clinical and hard! Some may call us bleeding hearts, but many others will (and I’m being humble) call us their personal angels on earth. You don’t need to loose your compassion as you get older, even if you become a doctor. Emily is in this transitional state. Soon, she’ll learn ways to not get too emotionally-attached, but she’ll never lose  her sense of empathy.

3. It’s not dreary or depressing

Did you find Grey’s Anatomy over dramatic and full of whiney characters? This show seems to straddle down the middle between Grey’s and Scrubs, providing an insightful-yet-comedic series. The voiceovers that Emily have are so, so very wonderful and highly quoteable. (This is the perfect medical series for a teen-based station, but could appeal to so many more dynamics. Speaking of…

2. Kinda nerdy, which is example the role model you wanted

This is a thinking girl/guy’s show. Emily isn’t trying to be a cheerleader with perfect hair. And while those kinds of shows or movies can be fun, sometimes you need to harness a more serious side of yourself. And plenty of us are nerds, right? Humor is amazing, and the writers of Emily Owens M.D. have provided plenty to nourish your angsty soul. Emily sounds like our own inner-monologues, if we had professionals sto write them.

1. Pretty faces with talent! Talent everywhere, basically. Exploding talent, really!

The casting and characters have really won me over. Mamie Gummer is talented, and you needn’t know she is Meryl Streep’s daughter to see that. (I actually took a shine to her in her guest roles on The Good Wife before I ever realized the connection.) And, not to gush, but I must gush. Gummer has really amazing acting choices that elevate the entire show. (My best example is a millasecond from episode two where she’s trying to do a starring contest and eventually turns her face into a cartoon-worthy caricature with deeply furrowed brows. These little facial moments transition the character of Emily from serious doctor to naive young woman with opinions/feelings!)

And we haven’t even mentioned how attractive/amazing Justin Hartley, Necar Zadegan (her character is enjoyable sassy), Aja Naomi King and Michael Rady are. Seriously, King has these amazing eyes that can smize/act an entire scene. And Rady? Guys, I have to confess that I have had a crush on Michael Rady since he was on ABC Family’s Greek. His character on Emily Owens, M.D. boils down simply to a  a tall, dark, handsome guy with a deeply appealing sweet side.  I already know how this story goes, and I still want to watch it. He’ll start to like Emily and she’ll never see it. But he’ll end up becoming one of her best friends before she realizes that he’s more than just her best friend.


  • The poster art. Butterflies! It’s so well done and cute/funny all in one.
  • Creator Jennie Snyder Urman is a female showrunner, and we need more of them. Which means nothing if the show isn’t good, but, it is!
  • Similar (in quality/tone) to: Gilmore Girls, Felicity – other amazing shows.
  • You’ll either be Team Will or Team Micah- there’s plenty of romance that will happen on this show. I’m proud to say that just as I loved Noel Crane (Scott Foley) on Felicity and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) on The Vampire Diaries, I have also gravitated to Micah.

Bottom Line

If you’ve ever felt like the overlooked outsider who’s just so damn cool with so many amazing things going on inside of their head, you’ll love this show.

Grade: A (Very rarely given out, do you read this site? I’m not easily so bowled over!)

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Emily Owens, M.D. airs Tuesdays on The CW. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.

Written by Jessica Rae, find her on Twitter @ThisJessicaRae.