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Childrens Hospital

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Despite title, TV medical drama spoof isn't for children.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show is a parody of medical dramas/soap operas like Grey's Anatomy; as such, it embraces and amps up every cliche in the genre's playbook, from angst-filled relationships to professional conflicts. Every situation is pushed over the top for maximum laughs, and no one is off limits for parodying, from religious groups (for instance, characters routinely refer to each other’s religion, calling someone a “Jew") to people with disabilities.

Positive role models

The characters are all broad parodies of the earnest doctors on TV dramas -- so their negative traits (selfishness, crudeness, insecurity, etc.) are all amplified on purpose, making them poor role models.

Violence

One doctor has an intentionally creepy look, regularly appearing in full clown makeup and wearing surgical scrubs that seem to be splattered with blood.

Sex

Frequent sexual references. Some onscreen, clothed coupling that’s played for laughs -- such as people locked in a long, intense make-out session in the middle of a crowded room, or two women who seem just about to start fooling around until they're interrupted.

Language

Some swearing, including “butt,” “ass,” “bitch,” and “son of a bitch.” Other words are bleeped, and one character flashes the middle finger.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several scenes feature drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy -- which began life as a Web series -- is a spot-on parody of earnest TV medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy. The characters may look like caring doctors, but they're so clueless, narcissistic, and completely deranged that they're about the last people you should trust with medical equipment. The over-the-top situations come complete with some swearing (though the strongest words are bleeped), drinking, and a fair amount of sexual innuendo/references, so this Hospital isn't really meant for children.

What's the story?

The staff at CHILDRENS HOSPITAL may not be especially attentive to patients or the particularly talented medical professionals, but, boy, do they take their love lives seriously. This send-up of so many prime-time doctor dramas dispenses with those messy medical subplots and gets right to the heart of the inter-hospital romance and gossip. That’s all that viewers care about anyway, right? The show originated online as the brainchild of comedian Rob Corddry, who also stars as Blake Downs, a doctor who roams the halls in full clownface makeup and surgical scrubs covered in blood -- looking more like a serial killer than a healer. The rest of the excessively earnest team is equally deranged. (Need an example? Watching a young cancer patient give a heartwarming speech, one doctor comments on the inspiring example: “God, I wish I had cancer.”)

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Ever think the treacly, life-saving antics on ER or Grey’s Anatomy are just too predictable? Tired of watching inter-hospital romance as cast members move from one co-worker to another, ignoring the entire dating pool outside the examining room? Then this is the show for you. Childrens Hospital tweaks one TV drama convention after another, starting with an over-the-top voice-over that sounds like it should be meaningful, but is really just schmaltz.

The characters all fit into standard roles (the hotshot doctor, the lovelorn nurse, the tyrannical administrator), but the delightfully ludicrous situations and the crazy dialogue delivered with a straight face (how do they refrain from laughing?) makes it all work. This quick show -- episodes are just 15 minutes -- delivers highly concentrated laughs in bite-size packages.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parody. Do you think this show is funny? What makes it different from a real medical drama? Do you have to be familiar with the genre to appreciate the humor here?

  • Can you think of other spoofs/parodies that do the same kind of thing this show sets out to? What makes some successful while others aren't?

  • What do you think about Rob Corddry’s clown face? Do you find it funny or creepy? What is its intent?

TV details

Premiere date:December 8, 2008
Cast:Erinn Hayes, Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byhisp34 November 10, 2010
I love this show, i am only 13 and this is by far the best adult swim show, who cares about swearing, it's one darnshow that everyone loves, except gay over protective parents
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 8, 10, 12, and 15 year old Written bynot educated June 17, 2015

My tween killed.

Blake downs is far worse then the warden. I wanna kill both! Blake thought my daughter to tell her friends phrases like, "let's go dig up some graves" god! Help my daughter!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheProdigy November 18, 2015

Mature teens only!

Great show. I like Grey's Anatomy, so it's a good show to me because I can see the spoof series of grey's. It's language isn't that bad, most words are bleeped out. If your teen is mature enough, let em watch it, it's OK.

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