Do No Harm

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Jekyll and Hyde-inspired medical drama has a dark side.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good vs. evil is a major theme, with an emphasis placed on taking personal responsibility for the way you live your life -- no matter the circumstances.

Positive role models

Jason is sympathetic and intelligent and goes out of his way to keep his evil alter ego at bay, often taking extreme measures to ensure other people's safety. But he's also living a double life that only a few trusted associates know about, and he must occasionally lie to protect himself. Evil Ian is charming and therefore likable, but it's usually clear that his actions are abhorrent.

Violence

Blood is mostly limited to semi-graphic surgical scenes, but there's some physical combat, too. Some characters use weapons like guns and knives.

Sex

Sexual activity is heavily implied, with some onscreen kissing and scantily clad characters in lingerie, etc.

Language

Characters use words like "p---k," "jackass," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The main character's alter ego parties hard, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs like cocaine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Do No Harm centers on a good man with an evil alter ego who parties hard, mistreats women, and is a generally despicable person. As a result, you'll see some sexually charged scenes with implied intercourse, encounter the use of illegal substances like cocaine, and hear iffy gateway words like "p---k" and "jackass." You'll also see some punching and kicking, along with bloody surgeries that ultimately save lives.

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What's the story?

By day, Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) is a brilliant and likable neurosurgeon who, armed with the Hippocratic vow to DO NO HARM, uses his skills to help patients in need. But every night at 8:25 p.m., he transforms into the evil Ian Price, a cunning narcissist whose self-indulgence knows no bounds. The plot thickens when the powerful experimental drug Jason's been using to keep Ian at bay stops working, and he's forced to confront the dark side of his dual personality.

Is it any good?

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Do No Harm, without a doubt, is ridiculous. But when you consider that it's based on a classic story that was written more than 100 years ago, the bitter pill of a brilliant neurosurgeon who transforms into a metaphorical monster every night at exactly 8:25 p.m. -- and has therefore managed to convince his colleagues that he can't work nights because he's a diabetic -- is a bit easier to swallow.

What really saves it though is Pasquale's charming portrayal of both characters, particularly his playful take on the evil Ian, who he imbues with dash of Dexter and a wink to American Psycho's Patrick Bateman. The result is a completely despicable human being you can't help but like -- even when you know you shouldn't.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the classic thriller that inspired this modern medical drama. How has Do No Harm adapted the major themes of Stevenson's story for today's audiences? How do Jason Cole and Ian Price compare to Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde?

  • Why do writers and other artists turn to the concept of good vs. evil (also known as moral dualism) so often for inspiration? What's so compelling about the coexistence of moral extremes?

  • How do Jason and Ian compare as role models? Even though Jason is the obvious protagonist, do you ever find yourself rooting for Ian? Does Ian have any redeeming qualities, or is he a 100 percent horrible person?

TV details

Cast:Alana de la Garza, Phylicia Rashad, Steven Pasquale
Network:NBC
Genre:Drama
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySamuel M. August 18, 2013
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Do No Harm: Modern-day Jekyll and Hyde

What if Dexter Morgan and Patrick Bateman were pureed in the most run-of-the-mill blender available? You get neurosurgeon Jason Cole and narcissist Ian Price, two personalities mashed into one body. How they interact and cope with one another is the basis for NBC's latest drama Do No Harm. Calling this a medical drama is MISSING A LOT OF THE POINT, as Cole and Price go far beyond the hospital. They are a modern-day Jekyll and Hyde, yin and yang. Cole may be a living stress ball, but he's at least an endearing stress ball. Price's self-indulgence fuels him throughout the night, no matter what horrible things he has to do to make himself feel good. Give these characters the right plot and pace, and you have a TV phenom. However, the pace seems a bit hectic and rushed, and the plot mainly consists of a tense day starring Jason, and a rebellious night starring Ian. Back and forth, back and forth. If the show was bold enough to step into the deep end with its plot, it would be an amazing show. However, Do No Harm just falls flat.
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