A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about standing up for what's right.
Positive Role Models
Integrity, determination, and bravery.
Violence & Scariness
Dr. Death doesn't present violence in a typical manner, but it is about a surgeon who causes harm and sometimes kills patients. Blood and guts frequently shown. Other mild violence, such as fistfighting, is also shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mention of sex and sexual situations.
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Profanity is used throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Characters occasionally mention brand names.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking alcohol and using drugs such as cocaine and LSD. Alcohol and drug abuse are involved in the main plotline. The series also features some product placement for alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dr. Death is a medical drama about a surgeon who harms and even kills his patients. It's a fictionalized version of the 2018 true-crime podcast of the same name, about Christopher Duntsch, who was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. The series is a whydunit, focusing on Duntsch's potential motives for harming his patients, as well as the institutional structure that allowed him to perform nearly 40 unsuccessful surgeries, despite other doctors and medical professionals speaking out against him. The series features blood and gore in the surgeries, as well as some other mild violence. Alcohol and drug abuse, specifically cocaine and LSD, are part of the main plot, and there are some light product placements for alcohol throughout.
Is It Any Good?
It's tough to turn a true-crime story into a compelling drama, but this series threads the needle by beginning with the crimes and working backward to discover why they happened. Digging into Christopher Duntsch's personal and professional life, Dr. Death paints a detailed portrait of a possible sociopath. Meanwhile, as it follows the doctors trying to stop Duntsch, it reveals a broken medical system that allowed him to thrive at his patients' expense. By pulling off the two intriguing storylines at once, the series manages to be both unique and relevant.
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