I'm not a big TV person, but I'll channel surf when the occasion warrants. Tonight, my mom was called into work in the middle of a movie, so I flipped on ABC and pleasantly caught part of Miracle Workers. I had hoped to watch the show, but years of not watching TV means that I have a poor memory for remembering to watch specific shows.
Miracle Workers was, I must say, excellent. If you like Extreme Makeover Home Edition, then you'll love Miracle Workers. I actually cried through a good chunk of the show (greater than half, I'd say).
The show I caught featured two patients: a 4 year old with scoliosis/bent spine, and a young woman with Tourette's Syndrome. The middle part of the show reviewed their conditions and how their lives are impacted. Then, they spoke with doctors, learned about the surgery, and decided to go for it. The last part of the show was surgery and recovery.
Not surprisingly, the two both recovered just fine. I didn't even know someone could recover from having Tourette's, but the young woman did (I also learned that Tourette's develops in childhood and not necessarily immediately after birth).
I suppose the show was a bit trite. I don't imagine them showcasing any miracle worker failures there, but I know as well as anyone that surgery is not always successful (and I have at least one unsuccessful surgery under my belt, but my consequences were not as drastic as theirs could be).
The Good: I cried a lot, which was cathartic. It was wonderful to see that some people with serious problems can get help.
The Bad: I cried a lot, so it's not good for those who don't like a good heartstring tug. It tends to be kind of sappy, especially with the parent testimonials about their children (but that might have just been the episode I saw).
Overall: I'd watch it again if I managed to catch it, but it's not something I'd TIVO (if I even owned one of those things).