Childrens Hospital

This article is about the American television series. For the type of hospital, see Children's hospital. For other uses, see Children's Hospital.
Children's Hospital
Also known as 'Children's Hospital'
Genre Sitcom
Black comedy
Created by Rob Corddry
Developed by Rob Corddry
Jonathan Stern
David Wain
Starring Rob Corddry
Malin Åkerman
Lake Bell
Erinn Hayes
Rob Huebel
Ken Marino
Megan Mullally
Henry Winkler
Zandy Hartig
Brian Huskey
Narrated by Lake Bell
Malin Åkerman
Erinn Hayes
Theme music composer Amy Miles
Composer(s) Matt Novack
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 86 (TV) 10 (Web) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)

Rob Corddry
Jonathan Stern
David Wain

co-executive producer:
Rich Rosenthal

Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) The Corddry Company
Abominable Pictures
Warner Bros. Studio 2.0
Warner Bros. Television
Williams Street
Original network (2008)
Adult Swim (2010–2016)
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release Web series release:
December 8, 2008
Television series debut:
July 11, 2010 (2010-07-11) – April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15)
External links

Childrens Hospital (originally titled Children's Hospital as webisodes) is a satirical American 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. 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. Malin Åkerman and Henry Winkler joined the cast for season two. Previously recurring Zandy Hartig and Brian Huskey were upped to series regulars in season five, but became recurring cast members again from season 6 onward.

On June 2, 2015 it was renewed for a seventh season, which premiered on January 22, 2016.[3] Rob Corddry announced that season 7 would be the show's final season, and its final episode aired on April 15, 2016.[4]


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, and Scrubs.[5]


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 MuchMusic[6] In Australia Childrens Hospital premiered on cable on Comedy Channel on January 26, 2011,[7] and on ABC's free-to-air channel ABC2 during May–June 2013. The series recently 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:


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Distributor
Web series 10 December 8, 2008 (2008-12-08)
1 5 July 11, 2010 (2010-07-11) August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08) Adult Swim
2 12 August 22, 2010 (2010-08-22) November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)
3 14 June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02) September 1, 2011 (2011-09-01)
4 14 August 10, 2012 (2012-08-10) November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)
5 14 July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26) October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
6 14 March 21, 2015 (2015-03-21) June 20, 2015 (2015-06-20)
7 13 January 22, 2016 (2016-01-22) April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15)[8]


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.[9] As a parody of the live episode "Ambush" of ER, the season two finale (aired November 7, 2010) was promoted as a live broadcast.



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).[10]


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 [11]
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Nick Weidenfeld, Keith Crofford, Rich Rosenthal Won [11]
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Mike Lazzo, Keith Crofford, Ken Marino Nominated [11]
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Mike Lazzo, Keith Crofford, Ken Marino Nominated [11]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Keith Crofford, Mike Lazzo, Krister Johnson Won [11]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rob Corddry Won [11]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rob Huebel Nominated [11]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Erinn Hayes Nominated [11]

Related projects

The mock television advertisements presented with the Adult Swim broadcasts of Childrens Hospital season one would tie into future Adult Swim programs, with a series pickup of crime procedural parody NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle) reported in November 2010,[12] and Chris Elliott starring in Eagleheart, which premiered in February 2011. The fictional health drink Nutricai was prominently featured in the Eagleheart episode "Double Your Displeasure."

In June 2011, Rob Corddry revealed that Newsreaders, the fictional news magazine featured in the world of Childrens Hospital, was picked up for development into its own program.[13] In May 2012, Adult Swim announced Newsreaders as part of its series programming for the 2012–13 broadcast season, with former The Daily Show co-executive producer Jim Margolis serving as showrunner, developing Newsreaders with creators Wain, Corddry, and Jonathan Stern.[14] The show premiered January 17, 2013.[15][16]

Corddry has stated that the cast and creative team of Childrens Hospital are working on doing a movie together, separate from Childrens Hospital, with a different story and characters.[13]


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  3. Petski, Denise. "'Children's Hospital' Renewed For Season 7 By Adult Swim". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  5. Aaron Barnhart (December 6, 2008). "In Childrens Hospital, Rob Corddry has the RX". Kansas City Blog. Retrieved October 14, 2009.
  6. "Childrens Hospital Tuesday and Wednesday 11E/8P on MUCH". MuchMusic. Archived from the original on April 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
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  9. Sandra Kofler (July 12, 2010). "Rob Corddry Spoofs Hospital Dramas With 'Childrens Hospital'". Wall Street Journal.
  10. CH Midnight New (accessed September 16, 2010)
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Childrens Hospital". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  12. Andreeva, Nellie (November 23, 2010). "Adult Swim Picks Up Crime Drama Parody Series With 12-Episode Order". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved July 19, 2011. The network has handed a 12-episode order to Paul Scheer's NTSF:SD:SUV:: which, as the title suggests, is a parody of the ubiquitous genre of crime procedurals. […] The project leapfrogged the pilot stage, going from the clip, directed by Eric Appel, straight to series.
  13. 1 2 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.
  14. "Adult Swim Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever for 2012–13" (press release). Adult Swim. May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  15. Newsreaders: Series Teaser. Adult Swim. November 20, 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!
  16. "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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