A Lot or a Little?
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Most of the characters are humanly flawed and struggle through difficulties in their personal as well as professional lives. Some are far more upstanding than others (one is a recovering gambling addict; a few often joke at their patients' expense). Emotionally charged issues like racism, sexism, and medical ethics are explored as part of the show's drama. The multicultural cast includes African-American and Asian-American characters and some strong female characters.
Violence & Scariness
Surgical scenes and injuries related to shootings, stabbings, and vehicle wrecks can be bloody, but cameras usually pan past them rather than linger for long.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some bedroom scenes show couples kissing and rolling around under the sheets, but there's no nudity beyond a shirtless man. In the hospital, issues sometimes touch on sex-related matters (sexuality, harassment, teen pregnancy, etc.).
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Words like "hell," "ass," "bitch," and "damn" are common.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters occasionally smoke or drink, but there's often a repercussion (a DUI charge, lung cancer) for their actions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this medical drama has mature themes, strong language, and sometimes-graphic footage. The hospital setting means that death and terminal illness are commonplace, and life-threatening injuries from (among other things) shootings and stabbings are shown -- though usually quickly and from a distance. Content often delves into the characters' love affairs, emotional instability, and addictions. Some doctors come across as insensitive when they're out of patients' earshot (making bets on when one will die, for instance). Racism, sexism, homosexuality, and medical ethics are all dealt with.
Is It Any Good?
While it's not as gripping as its better-known counterpart, ER, Chicago Hope's strong character-based drama makes it fairly compelling -- though its mature content and occasional graphic trauma make it iffy for young teens.
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