Childrens Hospital
Also known asChildren's Hospital
Created byRob Corddry
Developed by
Narrated by
  • Lake Bell
  • Malin Åkerman
  • Erinn Hayes
Theme music composerAmy Miles
ComposerMatt Novack
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes86 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Rob Corddry
  • Jonathan Stern
  • David Wain
Running time11 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseJuly 11, 2010 (2010-07-11) –
April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15)
Related shows

Childrens Hospital (originally titled Children's Hospital as webisodes) is an American black comedy television series and web series that parodies the medical drama genre, created by and starring actor/comedian Rob Corddry. The series began on the web on with ten episodes, roughly five minutes in length, all of which premiered on December 8, 2008.[1] Adult Swim picked up the rights to the show in 2009 and began airing episodes in 2010.[2]

The storyline centers on the staff of Childrens Hospital, a children's hospital named after Dr. Arthur Childrens. The hospital sporadically (and usually without reason) is mentioned as being located within Brazil despite making virtually no effort to conceal that the series is shot in Los Angeles, California, except for the fifth season, which was set at an American military base in Japan. Corddry is part of an ensemble cast portraying the hospital's doctors, which also includes Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino and Megan Mullally. Henry Winkler and Malin Åkerman joined the cast starting with the second season as a hospital administrator and a doctor, respectively. Zandy Hartig and Brian Huskey recurred throughout the show's run, but were credited with the main cast for the fifth season.

The show ran for seven seasons; its final episode aired on April 15, 2016.[3]


Childrens Hospital is a product of Its webisodes are about 4–5 minutes long, each narrated by mainly Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell) in Season 1, and by Dr. Valerie Flame (Malin Åkerman) in Season 2. The show mocks such medical dramas as St. Elsewhere, House, Grey's Anatomy, General Hospital, Private Practice, Chicago Hope, ER, Scrubs, and Holby City.[4]


Though Comedy Central made a competing offer, the show was picked up by Adult Swim after Corddry decided the comedy style was not suited for the half-hour format Comedy Central wanted. Adult Swim offered half-hour or fifteen-minute time slots, and Corddry chose the latter. The original season one webisodes began airing on Adult Swim on July 11, 2010, in groups of two with a new faux-commercial in between the groupings of two webisodes. The channel then debuted the newly produced season two episodes which began airing on August 22, 2010.[2]

On September 1, 2010, Childrens Hospital began airing on the Canadian television channel G4. In Winter 2013, the show was picked up by Much.[5] In Australia Childrens Hospital premiered on cable on Comedy Channel on January 26, 2011,[6] and on ABC's free-to-air channel ABC2 during May–June 2013. The series began airing repeats on American cable channel TBS beginning October 20, 2014.

Cast and characters

The series revolves around the medical staff of Childrens Hospital, featuring an ensemble cast.

These actors receive top billing in the credits:


"Behind the scenes"

The series occasionally presents fictional "behind-the-scenes" episodes, supposedly chronicling the production of the series. These episodes portray Childrens Hospital as a long-running medical drama and typically feature interviews with the self-absorbed, eccentric cast members (also fictional characters). The first such episodes were presented as clips from a fictional 60 Minutes-style newsmagazine entitled Newsreaders, which was later spun off into its own Adult Swim series. These fictional cast members have stories of their own:


Main article: List of Childrens Hospital episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
Web series10December 8, 2008 (2008-12-08)
15July 11, 2010 (2010-07-11)August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08)Adult Swim
212August 22, 2010 (2010-08-22)November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)
314June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)September 1, 2011 (2011-09-01)
414August 10, 2012 (2012-08-10)November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)
514July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26)October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
614March 21, 2015 (2015-03-21)June 20, 2015 (2015-06-20)
713January 22, 2016 (2016-01-22)April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15)


During the first three seasons, portions of the show were filmed in North Hollywood Medical Center, the same former hospital used for filming Scrubs and several other movies and television programs, until its demolition in 2011.[7] As a parody of the live episode "Ambush" of ER, the season two finale (aired November 7, 2010) was promoted as a live broadcast.



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Despite the low ratings compared to other cable television series, Childrens Hospital still has received its highest ratings to date on its midnight (Eastern Time) slot. On Friday, September 3, 2010, it pulled in 525,000 viewers while the next Sunday yielded 551,000 (in the 18–34 demographic).[8]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Keith Crofford, Nick Weidenfeld, Rich Rosenthal Won [9]
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Nick Weidenfeld, Keith Crofford, Rich Rosenthal Won [9]
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Mike Lazzo, Keith Crofford, Ken Marino Nominated [9]
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Mike Lazzo, Keith Crofford, Ken Marino Nominated [9]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Keith Crofford, Mike Lazzo, Krister Johnson Won [9]
Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rob Corddry Won
Rob Huebel Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Erinn Hayes Nominated

Related projects

The mock television advertisements presented with the Adult Swim broadcasts of Childrens Hospital season one tied into future Adult Swim programs. A commercial for a crime procedural parody led to the show NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle), which ran from 2011 to 2013.[10] Similarly, a commercial featuring Chris Elliott promoting a fictional health drink called "Nutricai" turned out to be a tie-in with an episode of the upcoming series Eagleheart, one episode of which featured Elliott's character joining a multi-level marketing business selling the product.

Some episode of Childrens Hospital featured a fictional TV show called Newsreaders, a parody of the CBS show 60 Minutes; this led to Newsreaders being picked up as its own show on Adult Swim, premiering in January 2013.[11][12][13] Former Daily Show co-executive producer Jim Margolis served as showrunner, developing the series with Childrens Hospital creators Wain, Corddry, and Jonathan Stern.[14]

In 2011, Corddry stated that the cast and creative team of Childrens Hospital were working on doing a movie together, separate from Childrens Hospital, with a different story and characters.[14]

In 2017, Corddry announced that a spin-off series of Childrens Hospital was in development: a global mystery/thriller structured around a season-long serial narrative.[15] The new series is to feature a number of the original cast, and share the comedic tone of Childrens Hospital, but will be unlike Childrens in most other respects.[16] In February 2019, Netflix announced a ten-episode order for the half-hour scripted series Medical Police, starring Hayes and Huebel, with Åkerman, Bell, Corddry and Marino in recurring roles.[17] The series premiered on January 10, 2020.[18]


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  11. ^ Newsreaders: Series Teaser. Adult Swim. November 20, 2012. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. A new spinoff of Childrens Hospital is happening and answers all of your questions about everything, because it's an interview show and that's what it's about. Watch the series premiere January 17th on Adult Swim!
  12. ^ "Shows A-Z – newsreaders on adult swim". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 18, 2013. Premieres Thursday, January 17 […] TIME SLOT: thursdays from 11:59 PM-12:15 AM EST
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  14. ^ a b Morgan, Sam (June 23, 2011). "Checking In With 'Childrens Hospital': Interview With Rob Corddry". Retrieved July 19, 2011. We’re writing a Childrens Hospital movie. It will have nothing to do with the show. It’s really just the same cast and creative team.
  15. ^ Kozell, Isaac (September 8, 2017). "Rob Corddry on 'Ballers,' His 'Childrens Hospital' Spin-Off, and Playing Second Banana". Splitsider. Archived from the original on October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017. I will say that yes, there is a spin-off of Childrens Hospital that has been picked up and is in the works. We’re hard at work on writing it right now. […] And where it [Childrens Hospital] all took place in a children’s hospital, this is going to be kind of a global thriller from country to country.
  16. ^ Sorokach, Josh (September 14, 2017). "Rob Corddry On Inventing Binge-Watching, His 'Childrens Hospital' Spinoff, & Sharing Meditative Moments With Steve Guttenberg". Decider. Retrieved October 2, 2017. Where we shunned continuity [in Childrens Hospital], this is an episodic show that solves a mystery by the end. And what we’re trying to do is actually write a compelling mystery that would be cool without the comedy.
  17. ^ Wright, Megh (February 19, 2019). "Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel to Star in Medical Police Netflix Comedy". Vulture. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
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