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Frankenstein MD is a multi-platform series based on Frankenstein, a novel by Mary Shelley.
The series is developed by Lon Harris, Brett Register, and Bernie Su
The series is produced by Pemberley Digital.
and distributed by PBS Digital Studios.

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Victoria Frankenstein - Anna Lore -
Iggy DeLacey - Steve Zaragoza -

Executive Producer - Bernie Su -
Executive Producer - Matt Vree -
Executive Producer - Hank Green -
Co-Executive Producer - Lon Harris
Co-Executive Producer - Brett Register -
Producer - Tracy Bitterolf -
Co Producer -Tamara Krinsky -
Consulting Producer - Frederick Kim -
Director - Brett Register -
Writers - Lon Harris, Brett Register, & Bernie Su
Cinematography - Matt Ryan -
Editor - Sam Mollo -
Transmedia Editor - Christine Linnell -
Associate Producer - Ariana Nedelman
Science Advisor - Joe Hanson -
Assistant Director - Jordan Paley
Production Designer - Katie Moest -
Stylist - Jessica Snyder -
Assistant Editor - Brennan Barsell
DIT - Lisa Curtis
Propmaster - Audrey Lee
Set Decorator - Kim Brunner
Script Supervisor - Maggie Werning
Makeup - Roxanne Pike
Sound Mixer/Boom - Geoff Allison
Key Grip - Oliver Bukowsky
Gaffer - Matt Hingstman
Colorist - Brennan Barsell
Camera Assistant - Kelsey Taylor
Intro Music - Sally Chou
Intro Design - Andrew Swaner
Social Media Manager - Christina Cooper -
Graphic Designer - Becca Rodrigues -
Production Assistant - Thomas Della Bella
Production Assistant - Anthony Toledo
Channel Manager for PBS Digital Studios - Raymond Schillinger
Closed Captions - Jared M. Gair
Welcome to Frankenstein, MD. An online exploration of cutting edge theories and techniques in the biological and physiological sciences.

I'm your host, Victoria Frankenstein... MD.

Now, Robert, here's where I'd like my chyron to appear- something sleek and stylish but... understated.

On the debut episode which you are about to see, we will be exploring the electrical properties of biological cells and tissues, known collectively as, electro-physiology.

Now, get your notepads or tablets out and let's bring science to life!


As you can see here, our subject has been connected to various electrodes which will monitor the electrical activity in his heart producing a test we call an electrocardiogram, or EKG.

Iggy: Oh, "our subject here?" I'm your co-host, Iggy! DeLacey! Rob, Back me up, man!

Victoria: Now, we're gonna see what effect we can have on Iggy's normal heartbeat when we introduce brief bursts of electricity directly into his heart.

[presses button]

Iggy: Ooh! 

Victoria: Every contraction of Iggy's heart is now synced directly to the electrical bursts we're delivering. I have temporarily taken over Iggy's heart's pace-making function. 

Iggy: Spooky.

Victoria: Science. Now, if I alter the timing of when the shocks are delivered, I can temporarily cause his heart to stop beating. 

[presses button]

Iggy: Ooh! Ha... Why Victoria, you've made my heart skip a beat.

Victoria: Literally. 

Iggy: Uhh... Those shocks gave me PVCs.

Victoria: Nothing to worry about, everyone gets premature ventricular contractions every now and then.

Iggy: Right, everyone's not getting repeated electrical shocks to their heart.

Victoria: Everyone's not in a closely monitored lab under a doctor's supervision.

Iggy: Ok, shall we remind people we have a few weeks before we actually become CERTIFIED DOCTORS!

Victoria: A technicality.

Iggy: Alright, well you don't need to be a doctor to know how to fix this. I'm just gonna increase the charge and I'm gonna re-sync the myocardium.

Victoria: Iggy! Don't!

Iggy: Ok, that's better actually. No wait...Ow! No that's worse!Ow!

[Constant beep]

Victoria: And now, you're dead. Fantastic.

As you can see, Iggy shocked himself during repolarization and went into ventricular fibrillation. Clear.

Iggy: Ohh wh, wh, what happened?! Ahh.

Victoria: You died.

Iggy: What? You killed me?!

Victoria: No, you killed you. But, don't beat yourself up about it. Scientists make mistakes all the time. That's why there's peer review.

Iggy: Yeah, but the point of the peer review is not to electrocute your peers before the reviewing starts!

Victoria: You can button up now.

Iggy: Uhh.. Alright, new rule. No more using my body for experiments.

Victoria: That's unfortunate. It's so... conveniently available.

Iggy: [sighs] Also, can we just start a new experiment for this video? Something more exciting and maybe with better results?

Victoria: This was a perfect way to start, Ludwig! Science is not just about the dizzying highs but also the maddening lows. Truly groundbreaking work can only come after months, even years of failure.

Iggy: Ok, well can we talk about the name of the show?

Victoria: Frankenstein, MD. It's perfect.

Iggy: Ok, well I've got two problems with it, first of all, uh, my name is not in it and second of all, you're not an MD yet!

Victoria: Why deny the inevitable?

Iggy: Because anything can happen!

Victoria: Anything except changing the name of the show. Now, get this mess cleared up before everyone gets back tomorrow.

Iggy: Yes, Master...