While shows such as CSI have proven very popularin China, the mainland never had its own homegrownmedical examiner show.
That changed after Chinese streaming service SohuTV debuted its newest drama Medical Examiner Dr.Qin.
Adapted from medical-examiner-turned-writer QinMing's The 11th Finger, the online drama follows Dr. Qin, his assistant Da Bao and police officerLin Tao as they solve various bizarre cases.
The genre has long been a popular one in China. In 1997 and 1999, Hong Kong's TVBreleased two seasons of Untraceable Evidence, a show with a similar premise, which became abig success in the mainland.
More recently, Western shows such as the many CSI series and Hannibal have establishedlarge fanbases in the Chinese mainland.
The show has been well-recieved so far. Netizens have praised the show for its tight stories anddetailed analysis and deduction.
As the show gains in popularity, some fans have expressed concern that the show may beremoved from the streaming service since it often shows the body parts of the deceased andother graphic images such as a dead body from which the skin has been peeled.
According to the show's director Xu Ang, while the show is attempting to be realistic, theproduction team is doing what it can to avoid unnecessary bloody scenes.
Xu also mentioned that while they have changed some of the roles and storylines from theoriginal novel, the team is working hard to stay loyal to the original novel by keeping its corespirit of professionalism and rational deduction.