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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Harrowing rescue series has trauma and drama.

TV Fox Drama 2018
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

More preachy than entertaining

Some decent action scenes, but ridiculously over-acted to the point of being extremely corny. Also, teach your kids that being white doesn't mean that you are always the negligent, ill-advised, racist or dangerous one (as the show continually portrays). Every time there is an accident, it is the fault of a dumb, stubborn, arrogant or negligent white person. This portrayal is damaging to our society and only perpetuates racial division. EVERY race is prone to making mistakes. If the show would just once cast a black person in the role of the evil accident-causer, we would all fall off our chairs. Don't expect it to happen anytime soon. Grade: D+
age 11+

Age 11 with parents, 14 alone

BEST SHOW EVER!!! Definitely appropriate for families and kids aged 11 should watch with parents because of making out and scenes that talk about sex, etc. as well as some gory scenes. I’d say 14-year-olds and up could watch alone.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (29):

This dramatic (and often traumatic) series, based on real-life emergency responder stories, takes viewers through harrowing crises and climactic rescues. It turns up the tension a few notches by often showing brutal injuries and people meeting their demise. Some of the characters' personal conflicts are equally intense.

Thanks to the sensational way accidents, attempted suicides, and other distressing events are presented, the show isn't always easy to watch. But 9-1-1 also features some solid, well-developed narratives, making it worth tuning in if you can handle it.

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