Diagnosis: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Diagnosis

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As emotional as it is illuminating, Diagnosis' deep dives into the lives of patients navigating complicated health care systems is at once harrowing and hopeful.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 18

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Episodes

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019
2
Air date: Aug 16, 2019
3
Air date: Aug 16, 2019
4
Air date: Aug 16, 2019
5
Air date: Aug 16, 2019
6
Air date: Aug 16, 2019
7
Air date: Aug 16, 2019

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Tv Season Info

Dr. Lisa Sanders crowdsources diagnoses for rare and mysterious medical conditions in a documentary series based on her New York Times Magazine column.

Critic Reviews for Diagnosis Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Where the series really shines is in expanding the vision beyond mystery and into explorations of how being sick, particularly without much hope for any effective treatment, affects people's lives.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…
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The series wisely stays in the realm of patients without short life expectancies, so weeks or months of research are possible. It also means no overtly tragic endings, even if all aren't perfectly happy.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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Diagnosis isn't magic. Episodes rarely end in a cut-and-dried cure. But their outcomes are extraordinary enough to feel miraculous nonetheless.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Lashay Hamblin's story best captures the theme that underlies every episode of Diagnosis, the weight of the diagnosis itself and the way a doctor presents the diagnosis to the patient-an aspect of medical practice often taken for granted.

Mar 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, while Diagnosis may not be a must-watch, it is one worth watching.

Mar 27, 2020 | Full Review…

The show's brand of entertainment might not be for everyone, but for some viewers, seeing sick people instilled with hope might be a revelation.

Mar 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It has all of the artistry that Chasing the Cure lacks-slow, drifting drone shots over neighborhoods and city streets-but it's also just much more effective at telling stories.

Dec 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The bigger question, though, is why the medical system fails these people.

Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Diagnosis has more than a few tear-jerking sequences.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

While the show offers hope to the previously hopeless, its main currency is anger and sadness.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's entertaining while not being exploitative, which is one of the best things we can say about shows like this.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Created with a sense of duty and service, Diagnosis is a reminder that we all deserve to be heard, with or without a medical degree.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diagnosis: Season 1

  • Oct 11, 2019
    It could be good, but the narrator is really annoying. He states the bloody obvious, just stating what we can see with our own eyes.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Started with very high expectations and this ended up being just a bunch of more woke crap like all new netflix things
  • Sep 07, 2019
    I love the articles in The NY Times that inspired this show. It's an interesting concept. But the shows are much too long. They should cut to the chase and boil them down to a half hour. Too much bathos.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Not great. I've watched all 7 episodes and am pretty disappointed. I realize not all medical problems have a clear cut solution. However, these shows have no real conclusion. We're just left there hanging after becoming invested in outcomes. But only 2 of these episodes have such outcomes where there's at least a hint that recommended treatment is working, where the viewer understands the patient finds a solution for a serious health challenge. That said, Episode #1 where the "crowd" does actually work in the sense that a student at a lab in Italy actually studying the gene that might be -- and is later confirmed to be -- the cause of her symptoms sees the NYT article and calls in. The lab tests her and recommends a diet to solve her problem. As a viewer, I was incredibly frustrated and disappointed to not have better follow up. What was the diet? Why did it work? How effective was it? We don't know! What's the point in spending all that film time on the problem and almost zero on the actual solution. In most all of these episodes, we're left hanging. Even the first two that have something of a solution, we're not told if the recommended treatment worked, details on how it worked, and a followup some months later. In two, the subject ignores the best medical advice and the episode just fades to black. WTF?? Sure, people distrust doctors and, often, rightly so. But what's the point of a limited set of episodes showing people who ignore something that might help them. Again, frustrating and a waste of time for both the series and the viewer. I have every sympathy for people who are suffering but, I hate to say it, the show makes it difficult to really care
  • Sep 03, 2019
    It seems like "RUSS A" was expecting another season of the television series, "House". What he missed is the frustration and anxiety that can go into living with an illness that one has very little understanding for the etiology or cause of. Without a diagnosis, treatments may miss the mark, leaving patients wondering and suffering. This series demonstrates how much a sense of community can ameliorate the pain these patients endure in their daily lives.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    I love this Netflix series, but you probably have to have a certain kind of interest to love it. If you love solving inscrutable problems, and are fascinated by medical issues, then I think you'll love it as much as I do. The doctor at the NY Times is really excellent in this documentary. Her compassion, integrity and intelligence pull every case together. I am on episode 5 now, and prior to this episode, I kept asking myself, when are we going to hear that the doctors are telling this patient that their medical issues don't exist, and it's all of psychological origin, so go away and threaten my ego by suggesting I don't know everything? It finally happens in episode 5, which is very predictable, because a teenage girl who vomits is involved. I am shocked she received any medical treatment at all, to be honest, and wasn't accused by every doctor of having bulimia. Most people with unusual medical problems that involve thought and research are treated with hostility and divisiveness, and are almost always written off with a Freudian explanation for their symptoms.
  • Aug 21, 2019
    I just finished watching this, and quite a compelling series, a real life "House" where instead of a brilliant but quirky Doctor solving Medical Mysteries, you have Lisa Sanders and the Crowd doing it. The episodes involving kids and the war veteran I thought were the most touching to watch. Some like the hardheaded ones not so much, but overall just awesome to watch, it gives hope, joy and sometimes lessons as well. I hope there will be several more seasons of this from hereon.
  • Aug 19, 2019
    They've managed to make a fascinating topic as boring as possible. 80% is the patient complaining about pain and frustration of being undiagnosed, and 15% Dr. Sanders gushing about herself. Only 5% is actual medicine stuff.

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