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Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tale of horrific consequences of unchecked power and ego.

Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife TV show poster: A hand wearing surgeon gloves is shown holding a bloody scalpel with an engagement balancing on top.

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A captivating, and deeply troubling, look into the meteoric rise and fall of Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, the supposed pioneer of regenerative medicine. Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife captivates with interviews, not only with those who investigated Macchiarini, but also with the surgeon himself -- as well as with shocking footage of him knowingly deceiving patients. Macchiarini's audacity brings to mind other infamous figures like Bernie Madoff and, once again, highlights how easily powerful individuals can operate outside the boundaries of ethics and truth. The series maintains a well-paced narrative throughout, regularly unveiling twists that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 29, 2023
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: December 6, 2023

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