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Code Black

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bloody, blah melodrama goes for the gut with gross visuals.

TV CBS Drama 2015
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Code Black pulls out all the stops to show the pressures of daily life in the ER, yet somewhere among all the blood and guts, it forgot the most important thing: heart. The characters are admirable and capable, and there's no doubt they care about what they do. But without the support of strong writing to make us care about them, they play as nothing more than schmaltzy caricatures of the medical professionals they're trying to portray. Add in some heavy-handed dialogue, and it's more Code Blech than Black.

Of course, the award-winning documentary that inspired it is another story and infinitely worth your time if the show's premise piques your interest. You'll find the same level of graphic imagery, so be prepared. But you'll also find the inspiring stories of real people who find fulfillment on the front lines in spite of punishing odds because they love what they do -- and because the drama is real.

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