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The Resident season 5: next episode and everything else we know about the medical drama

Matt Czuchry as Dr. Conrad on The Resident
Matt Czuchry as Dr. Conrad on The Resident (Image credit: Nathan Bolster)

It’s almost a requirement for every major U.S. network to have a medical drama in their primetime lineup, and for Fox that box is checked by The Resident. The series was created by the trio of Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi and premiered on Fox in the winter of 2018. 

Here is everything that you need to know about The Resident season 5. 

When is the next The Resident episode?

The Resident is back for its season finale airing on Tuesday, May 17, at 8 pm ET/PT on FOX. Those that have been watching the show since the beginning should prepare to squeal in excitement as Emily VanCamp is returning for the special event as Nic Nevin. 

This week's episode is titled “Neon Moon," and here is a synopsis:

“A young boy comes into the hospital with a rare disease which leaves his bones incredibly fragile. With his clinical trial officially being declared a success, Devon has some huge decisions to make about the future of his career.”

When is The Resident season 5 finale? 

The Resident season 5 finale is scheduled to air on May 17 on Fox.  In some exciting news, TVLine (opens in new tab) reports that Emily VanCamp is returning as nurse practitioner Nic Nevin for this final episode of the season. 

What is the plot of The Resident?

The Resident follows a group of doctors at Chastain Memorial Hospital, particularly the titular resident, Dr. Conrad Hawkins. Storylines focus on both the professional/medical challenges that the groups faces, as well as their personal lives.

Season four had a lot of heavy lifting to do. After being forced to cut its third season short because of the pandemic, the first episode of season four depicted the early days of the pandemic for our main characters. But the start of the season also brought a happy moment with the marriage of Conrad and Nicolette. Building off that, Nicolette becoming pregnant and having a difficult pregnancy was a presence throughout the season, ultimately ending however with the birth of hers and Conrad’s first child, a daughter.

Who is in The Resident cast?

The one-two punch of The Resident has always been Matt Czuchry playing Conrad and Emily VanCamp playing Nicolette. However, Deadline (opens in new tab) has reported that VanCamp will no longer be a series regular.

According to Deadline, VanCamp asked to be released from the show at the end of season four. While she may return as a guest star in future episodes, her character’s story arc is expected to wrap up early in season five. In addition to  The Resident, VanCamp is best known for portraying Sharon Carter in MCU films and TV shows.

The rest of the cast for The Resident are expected to be back for season five. That includes:

  • Manish Dayal as Devon Pravesh
  • Bruce Greenwood as Randolph Bell 
  • Shaunette Renée Wilson as Mina Okafor 
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner as AJ Austin 
  • Tasso Feldman as Irving Feldman 
  • Jessica Miesel as Nurse Jessica Moore 
  • Denitra Isler as Nurse Hundley  
  • Jane Leeves as Kit Voss 
  • Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain 

Is there a The Resident trailer?

At first glance of The Resident trailer, the most immediate question we're asking is why the police are at Conrad's front door? 

Has The Resident been renewed for season 6?  

Fans of The Resident should be quite excited as the series is coming back for another season on FOX according to Variety (opens in new tab)

How to watch The Resident

To tune into The Resident live when it airs on Fox, you will need to have one of three options: a TV antenna, a traditional cable subscription or a subscription to a vMVPD service that offers live local channels. For the first two you’ll need to check what’s available in your local area, but vMVPD services offering live Fox broadcasts include Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV

If you’re not able to watch The Resident live, those with a cable/vMVPD subscription can stream the show on the Fox website. If you’re cut the cord altogether, you will need a Hulu subscription to catch the latest episodes of The Resident. Hulu is also the place to stream previous seasons of The Resident.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.