TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Harrowing rescue series has trauma and drama.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 20 reviews

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Positive Messages

Being a first responder is difficult, traumatic, personally fulfilling. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

They do their best on the job, but no character is perfect. 


People are saved from or die violent, accidental deaths (events sometimes shown). Brutal injuries, guns visible. 


Strong sexual content, including simulated sex acts. 


"Ass,"  "crap," "damn," "hell," etc. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional social drinking; driving under the influence causes accidents. A drug overdose. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 9-1-1 is a dramatic series about a crew of first responders. It has scenes of people having serious (or fatal) accidents, sustaining horrific injuries, and other disturbing moments. It also contains mature themes like suicide and infidelity, and sexual content (including simulated sex). There's some strong language ("ass," "crap," "damn," etc.), and drugs and alcohol sometimes lead to devastating consequences. It's a solid series but not for the faint of heart, and not intended for young or sensitive viewers.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoe.Tv May 11, 2020

Tense Situations

9-1-1 is a real heart pounder when it comes to the rescue scenes! Violence is frequently shown but not always strong. Tweens will be able to handle this show.
Adult Written byReviewer 1 May 11, 2020

Awesome Show!

9-1-1 Is a drama about saving people from terrible disasters. The only real thing that is inappropriate is some occasional making out. Violence is frequently s... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by_011_ May 9, 2019

Amazing show! Ok for younger kids with someone to watch with them...

This show is AMAZING! Me and my older brother (16) love scary/tense/suspenseful TV/movies. I love dramas and rescue/doctor/first responder shows. This show is p... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykmls06 May 12, 2020


good show, plot twists, hooks- of course violence, its 9-1-1, and season 3 episode "the taking of dispatch 911" has a shooting. the parents raise grea... Continue reading

What's the story?

Co-executive-produced by Angela Bassett, 9-1-1 is a procedural drama that follows the professional and personal lives of a team of Los Angeles first responders. Bassett plays LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Grant, who is juggling her hectic professional life while trying to come to terms with her dysfunctional marriage to husband Michael Grant (Rockmond Dunbar). Meanwhile, Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Bobby Nash (Peter Krause) must handle the pressures of the job with paramedics Howie "Chimney" Han (Kenneth Choi) and Henrietta "Hen" Wilson (Aisha Hinds), while mentoring rookie firefighter Evan "Buck" Buckley (Oliver Stark). Taking the emergency calls is 911 operator Abby Clark (Connie Britton), who, when not on the job, is taking care of her mother (Mariette Hartley), who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's. Their lives aren't simple or easy, but they work together to help those they can, and support each other when they need it most. 

Is it any good?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of first responders such as those depicted in 9-1-1. What makes their jobs so challenging? How do they manage the pressure that comes with their work?

  • 9-1-1 is based on real-life experiences of emergency response teams. Is the way these stories are being told more dramatic than the experiences really were?

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