The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy follows Dr. Sleech and Dr. Klak— best friends, intergalactically renowned surgeons, and space aliens, as they try and cure anxiety-eating parasites, illegal time loops, and deep-space STIs.
The adult animated comedy is from Emmy winning Cirocco Dunlap (Russian Doll), and Maya Rudolph (The Good Place), Danielle Renfrew Behrens and Natasha Lyonne‘s company called Animal Pictures. It will premier on Prime Video, February 23rd. The debut will be worldwide on that day. Produced by Amazon MGM Studios, with animation by Titmouse Studios, the series already has a two-season order.
Academy Award nominee Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once) has joined the cast as series regular Dr. Sleech, alongside the previously announced cast members. Dunlap (Russian Doll, Birdgirl, Big Mouth) also serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer along with EPs Rudolph, Behrens and Lyonne.
In Season 1of The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy, “doctors Sleech and Klak take on a highly dangerous and potentially groundbreaking case and, in doing so, put existence itself in jeopardy. Although considering their dismal personal lives, oblivion might be an improvement.”
The show looks like candy-colored, freaky, space medical professionals in a send-up of TV hospital dramas. Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly) there actually is a sub-genre of anime medical shows! They have some of them on https://www.crunchyroll.com. But Hospital is a new kind of show for most audiences. The press release and interviews don’t mention Freevee, but that might be another place to show for what could be a hit series.
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David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.