“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” is about Lahela Kamealoha, a sixteen-year old prodigy who struggles with balancing regular teenage life and her career as a doctor. The show is based off of popular TV drama “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, but it’s genuine, relatable characters and Hawaiin setting give the show a unique feel. With messages of family, kindness, and coming-of-age, “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” is a fun, heartwarming series that’s great to watch with family or friends.
Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha is intelligent, curious, and kind. Her genuine, friendly, and well-rounded personality makes her instantly likeable for the audience. I really like how despite being a prodigy and young doctor, she still deals with the regular struggles of being a teenager, making the show feel more relatable and realistic. Her mom, Clara, is a doctor as well and is Lahela’s boss. This causes some conflict between her and Lahela, who feels Clara is controlling everything about Lahela’s life. Similar to Lahela, Clara is also intelligent and kind, although she often gets caught up with work and can sometimes be distracted. Lahela’s dad, Benny, is very amiable and kindhearted. He cares deeply for his family, and his authentic personality makes him one of my favorite characters so far.
Although there are only a few episodes that have been released so far, I’ve really enjoyed this show. I like how it contains elements of Hawaiian culture, and how the coming-of-age genre is able to blend well with the drama of the medical scenes. I also like how the main characters are all kind and likeable, and how the cast is diverse. The only thing I don’t really like about the show so far is how it can often feel cheesy at times. I understand that it is intended for families or slightly younger audiences, but many of the jokes, and even a few of the storylines, felt a little forced.
Overall, I really like this show so far. I think it has a good balance of humor and drama, and the characters are both relatable and entertaining. You may enjoy this show if you like shows such as “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” or “The Mysterious Benedict Society”. You can watch the show now on Disney+.