Strong Medicine
GenreMedical drama
Created byWhoopi Goldberg
Tammy Ader
StarringRosa Blasi
Janine Turner
Jenifer Lewis
Philip Casnoff
Josh Coxx
Whoopi Goldberg
Brennan Elliott
Patricia Richardson
Tamera Mowry
Rick Schroder
Nestor Carbonell
ComposerDavid Bergeaud
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes132 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time43 minutes
Production companiesOne Ho Productions
By the Lake Productions
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution
(2000–2001)
(seasons 1–2)
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
(2001–2002)
(seasons 2–3)
Sony Pictures Television
(2002–2006)
(seasons 3–6)
Release
Original networkLifetime
Original releaseJuly 23, 2000 (2000-07-23) –
February 5, 2006 (2006-02-05)
External links
Website

Strong Medicine is an American medical drama with a focus on feminist politics, health issues and class conflict that aired on the Lifetime network from 2000 to 2006.[1][2] It was created and produced in part by Whoopi Goldberg, who made cameos on the series, and by Tammy Ader.[3] It starred Rosa Blasi, Janine Turner, and Patricia Richardson. It was the highest-rated original drama on basic cable in 2001.[4]

Overview

Strong Medicine brings together the worlds of two completely different doctors, Dr. Luisa "Lu" Delgado, and Dr. Dana Stowe. Lu is a single mother running a free clinic in the inner-city. Dana is a Harvard graduate and top female health specialist. The two come together when Dr. Lydia Emerson wants to combine Rittenhouse Hospital's practice with Lu's financially failing clinic to provide the best care for the patients of both doctors.

The staff and its visitors tend to be racially, politically, and economically diverse. A core class/political duality in the episodes' storylines tend to be driven by comparisons and contrasts (and often cooperation) between liberal Delgado, and her fellow women's health practitioner across the lobby, who sees paying patients and generally has more conservative values. When Dr. Dana Stowe leaves, Lu's partners include Dr. Andy Campbell and Dr. Dylan West. The show often places the characters in ironic, soul-searching situations in which they are forced to question the solidity of their personal beliefs or else cause them to fight for what they believe in.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Characters Dr. Dylan West and Dr. Luisa Delgado
Characters Dr. Dylan West and Dr. Luisa Delgado

Recurring cast

Series overview

Main article: List of Strong Medicine episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122July 23, 2000March 11, 2001
222July 15, 2001March 3, 2002
322July 21, 2002March 16, 2003
422June 15, 2003February 15, 2004
522June 13, 2004January 30, 2005
622June 12, 2005February 5, 2006

Home media, streaming and syndication

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Strong Medicine: The Complete First Season, a 5-disc set, on January 10, 2006. The rest of the series hasn't been released in that format due to poor sales and music licensing issues. As of April 2021, the first two seasons of the show are available to watch on the free ad-supported streaming service Tubi in the United States, while the complete series is available to watch in Canada on CTV.ca's CTV Throwback hub. Reruns currently airs on the American over-the-air network Start TV.

First Response spinoff

Near the end of the 2004-2005 season, a special episode "First Response" aired, prominently featuring three new characters: Katie and Zack, both EMTs, and Dr. Vanessa Burke, head of the new Rittenhouse Trauma Center and adopted black sister of Katie. The TV Home website reports that this episode was meant as the pilot to a potential Strong Medicine spinoff series, Strong Medicine: First Response. Such a series would have been the first spin-off to an existing Lifetime original series. Lifetime did not order the new series into production after the ratings for the pilot were not what was expected.

Remake

Three was a Russian remake in 2012.

References

  1. ^ "Breaking News - Lifetime Sends 'Strong Medicine' Into Retirement". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  2. ^ 'Medicine' running out at Lifetime
  3. ^ "Strong Medicine: Season 01 (2000) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (2002-01-31). "Lifetime taking 'Medicine'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ a b "Rape Kit". Strong Medicine. Season 2. Episode 20.
  6. ^ "Pilot". Strong Medicine. Season 1. Episode 1.
  7. ^ "The Hero Heart". Strong Medicine. Season 4. Episode 1.
  8. ^ a b c "Goodbye Slash Rest in Peace". Strong Medicine. Season 5. Episode 6.
  9. ^ a b c "Special Delivery". Strong Medicine. Season 6. Episode 22.
  10. ^ "Discharged". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 6.
  11. ^ "Admissions". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 7.
  12. ^ "Admissions". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 7.
  13. ^ "Contraindications". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 8.
  14. ^ "PMS, Lies and Red Tape". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 16.
  15. ^ "Fractured". Strong Medicine. Season 5. Episode 5.
  16. ^ "Cutting the Cord". Strong Medicine. Season 5. Episode 22.
  17. ^ "Misconceptions". Strong Medicine. Season 1. Episode 3.
  18. ^ "Body Mass Increase". Strong Medicine. Season 5. Episode 13.
  19. ^ a b c "History". Strong Medicine. Season 2. Episode 4.
  20. ^ "Outcomes". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 2.
  21. ^ "Blessed Events". Strong Medicine. Season 1. Episode 15.
  22. ^ "Hot Flash". Strong Medicine. Season 2. Episode 14.
  23. ^ "Shock". Strong Medicine. Season 2. Episode 18.
  24. ^ "Risk". Strong Medicine. Season 3. Episode 22.
  25. ^ "Touched by an Idol". Strong Medicine. Season 5. Episode 2.
  26. ^ "Paternity Test". Strong Medicine. Season 6. Episode 7.