The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy

The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy

TV-MA

Stephanie Hsu and Keke Palmer teams up in this kooky alien medical comedy

7.0

TV Show

United States of America
English
Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2024
Keke Palmer, Kieran Culkin, Maya Rudolph

TLDR

It’s not quite out of this world, but it’s interesting to see Stephanie Hsu and Keke Palmer get right at it.

What it's about

Specializing in rare sci-fi illnesses, two brilliant alien doctors Sleech and Klak try to treat their patients’ odd pathogens, while looking for opportunities to win grants for their hospital.

The take

With the show transporting us straight into its colorful alien world without context, The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy may not be the best animated sci-fi comedy out there, but it’s fairly entertaining once you get into it. It’s a strange amalgamation of genres, as the workplace issues and medical technobabble are made much more colorful, wacky, and fun with its alien sci-fi, but the show mostly works through the empathizable characters, led here by the comedic personalities of Stephanie Hsu and Keke Palmer. The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy is not quite out of this world, but if you’re a fan of American animated sitcoms, this might be right up your alley.

What stands out

The colorful, sci-fi world allows the show to conceivably have strange, eclectic plot devices like anxiety-eating parasites, lust-inducing mechanisms, conscious species being eaten, and patients literally exploding, but it also sanitizes its potential sting too, allowing us to laugh at the absurdity without much guilt.

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