Best Netflix documentaries of 2023 (so far)

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Emergency: NYC

From the team that brought us Netflix’s hit 2020 docuseries Lenox Hill comes a new documentary series about the fast-paced world of emergency medicine, specifically during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

If you’re not burnt out on pandemic media, then Emergency: NYC is a worthwhile doc showing what first responders and trauma doctors were dealing with during a particularly crazy time in human history. The series doesn’t focus on COVID-related cases so much as on patients affected by the pandemic’s side effects. Many violent crimes occurred during this time as conditions worsened and lockdowns began.

Several Lenox Hill doctors return, including Dr. Mirtha Macri, Dr. John Boockvar, and Dr. David Langer. Medical cases include a teen gunshot victim, an operation to remove a clot from an opera singer’s brain, kidney transplants, and more. Emergency: NYC is an emotional documentary series that aims to show viewers the everyday heroism first responders provide in their regular workday.

It’s sometimes heartbreaking, but more than that, Emergency: NYC is an exhilarating ride that offers a front-row seat to extraordinary feats of medical brilliance while also providing insight into the ordinary lives of some truly remarkable people. It’s like a more realistic and cathartic version of medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and is certainly worth watching.