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Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teen doc's adventures are poignant, funny in great reboot.

TV Disney+ Drama 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+

Sex jokes in a show for girls… Why Disney??

Why Disney??? What a missed opportunity. Should have been great based on the proven concept. Even better as this time around it was a girl hero. All that changed when the writers decided to throw in sex jokes for our teen hero. While watching the lead hottie walk out of the surf - “I think I just got pregnant”. Really Disney?! Why? Totally unnecessary and inappropriate. Even for teens. So I immediately ended it for my 11 and 12 year old. I’d love to meet the writers who think it necessary to put lighthearted attitudes and jokes about sex in a what should otherwise be a potentially empowering show for girls. Maybe it would be an interesting storyline if the young prodigy MD “got pregnant”. #smh ps that’s not the only awkward, completely baffling sex reference. Just the one I heard. Others here have noted other head scratching moments.

This title has:

Too much sex
8 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Great show but not for kids because of sexual references!

My whole family loved this show but we have been caught off guard by sexual stuff and are going to have to stop watching it with our kids. I don’t think I want my girls looking up to a character that would otherwise be a great role model who points at her breasts before a date telling her friend “finally these puppies are gonna get some action!” Not something I want them thinking is normal for a 16 year old which is the characters age. Sad because it is so unnecessary to the story line.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This excellent, warm series proves that reboots can actually be made fresh with a few well-placed twists. And speaking of places, Hawaii takes center stage along with the radiant Lee. She shone as Andi Mack and proves that she can carry yet another show, giving Lahela tons of humanity (not that we didn't love Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie in the '90s) while still remaining believable as an actual doctor. One of Lahela's colleagues, Charles, brings comic relief as an island newbie ("He doesn't even know when to shaka!"), and comic Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show) shows depth as Dr. Lee, a more senior doctor and mentor to Lahela.

Younger kids might be stressed by the medical setting, and the show pulls no punches when it comes to the reality of illness and the hard work doctors have to do. But tweens and teens will love seeing the Kamealoha clan, which includes two "normal" but no less loved brothers, as they all interact and have fun at the beach and at home. Is the premise just as ridiculous as it was the first time around? Absolutely, and the results are just as (if not more) enjoyable to watch.

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