Chicago Med

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Medical drama revives classic themes, bloody scenes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Saving lives, loss, death, and how to deal with ethical and personal dilemmas are all themes addressed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Doctors do what they can to save lives; some are competitive. 

Violence

Accident scenes, some of which include gruesome, bloody injuries; surgeries, deaths occur on-screen.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo; the show's characters deal with pregnancy and surrogacy.

Language

"Hell," "damn."

Consumerism

Apple products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, beer, hard liquor). 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that hospital-themed drama Chicago Med contains lots of bloody images of injuries and surgical procedures that aren’t for the squeamish. It also contains lots of mature themes, ranging from medical and ethical dilemmas to relationship problems. There’s also some strong innuendo, too. Drinking (beer, wine) is visible.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySheri F. October 13, 2016

The worst hospital-based show ever!

If I were to have to go to this hospital for whatever reason I'd be AMA immediately. So robotic, no expressive facial emotion, and the music is like someth... Continue reading
Adult Written byKaitlyn R. April 22, 2018

This show is an amazing show!

As Chicago med being my favorite show, I recommend it to anyone who is into medical stuff. Everything looks very real. Almost like someone it just carrying... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytilli14 September 23, 2016

Medical Drama- Really good for teenagers and adults

I started watching this recently and so far I have been really enjoying it. The series is based at a Hospital in Chicago, in the ED, with recurring doctors, nur... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybcorb5 August 28, 2016

What's the story?

Created by Law & Order's Dick Wolf, CHICAGO MED is the third installment of a trilogy of Chicago-themed dramas. The series, which follows the day-to-day operations of Chicago's newest state-of-the-art trauma center, stars Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes, the new trauma fellow at the city's largest hospital, who, alongside chief ER resident Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), and Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), does what he can to help patients who are suffering from severe to life-threatening conditions. Assisting them is ER nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) and fourth-year resident Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo). Providing services and support when needed is Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt), the hospital’s chief of psychiatry. As doctors do what they can for their patients, Chief Administrator Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) must balance the needs of the doctors and their patients with the expectations of the hospital administration.

Is it any good?

This intense medical procedural weaves together dramatic story lines about doctors treating severely sick and injured patients and the efforts being made to treat them. Adding to the fray are the interpersonal relationships among the medical staff, which range from lighthearted and friendly to competitively tense.

The soap-opera-like tales featured here will feel familiar to fans of popular 1990s hospital dramas such as Chicago Hope and ER. Nonetheless, the overall series is both well-written and engaging. Meanwhile, the way characters from its sister shows, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., pop up in each episode adds an interesting crossover angle. If you're looking for some solid but standard medical stories, this show will fit the bill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what goes on in an emergency trauma unit. What kind of pressures do doctors face when dealing with severely injured patients? How do they train for that? Does this show offer a realistic view of what it's like?

  • Why do you think there are so many medical shows on TV? What do we find interesting about the inner workings of a hospital?

TV details

For kids who love doctor drama

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