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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's an emphasis on teamwork and courage, but the main character's actions and responses oftentimes leave the message unclear.
Positive Role Models
The main character is passionate about his job but lacks some self-awareness.
The boss is a woman, who tries to command but spends a lot of her time hitting on her employee at work. Besides the Black main character, there is a bit of diversity within the EMT unit. This includes a male duo that expresses their emotions intensely about their friendship with each other, and an Asian woman who is assertively ambitious about her career.
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Violence & Scariness
Blood, flesh wounds, and injured bodies are flashed on the screen at times. An entire heart is held outside of someone's chest at one point. Characters tend to various states of wounded people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual humor/innuendos. Occasional graphic talk about sex and hooking up.
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Includes repetitive use of cr--khead, d--khead, f--k, sh-t, and some British insults. The main character is subjected to fatphobic insults and general teasing from kids at one point.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug references/jokes, a character is seen holding and using a pipe for crack at some point in a humorous context. Characters smoke/drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bloods is a British comedy about a paramedic team. It mixes the comedic chaos of being a paramedic with blurry positive messages exploring teamwork. There is diversity spanning a range of genders and races. Language includes words like "d--khead," "f--k," and "sh-t." There's crude humor, explicit drug references, sexual innuendos, and general talks of sexual intimacy. There is some violence, blood, flesh wounds, and at some point, a whole heart is held outside of someone's body. Typically this is all shown in the name of comedy.
Is It Any Good?
This slapstick comedy combines the aura of a (para)medical drama with the fast-paced action of a crime procedural. Basically, Bloods is the British offspring of Childrens Hospital and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's fast-paced (sometimes a little too fast, where the jokes don't have time to land), with some off-beat but quirky characters, such as the eerily precious codependent Darryl and Darrell (Kevin Garry and Sam Campbell), and ambitious Kareshma (Aasiya Shah) who is determined to overthrow Jo's (Lucy Punch) captain position.
The concept of a comedy following paramedics is refreshing. With Maleek's stubborn independence paired with his vulnerability, and Wendy's naivete contradicting her craftiness; they're a fun pair to watch navigate teamwork.
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