Developed by writer-producer Kourtney Kang (“Fresh Off the Boat”), the show does a nice job of incorporating the central character’s mixed heritage, with one of the doctors (played by comic Ronny Chieng) quipping when the boss cuts Lahela some slack, “男子, I wish I had a White mom.”
Already a well-established member of the Disney family, Lee provides the secret ingredient that gives this “Doogie” its kick, convincing in her mismatched roles balancing teen troubles with the familiar medical-drama scenarios.
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The real model for “Doogie Kamealoha,” 虽然, hews just as closely to any number of Disney Channel franchises, 喜欢 “Descendants,” where the protagonists grapple with growing up through the prism of having something special about them.
While that’s not necessarily the formula for a series that would send you rushing to subscribe in order to watch, as light diversions go, it’s not a bad one to add to the rotation either.
“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” premieres Sept. 8 on Disney+.