Parents' Guide to

Dr. Pimple Popper

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Kind celeb doc pops pimples in gross but entertaining show.

TV TLC Reality TV 2018
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Hate this show

Why this is even a television show is beyond me. Who watches something so 🤮. This show shouldn’t be a show at all.
age 18+

Most Educational‼️

If you can’t stomach these minor out patient videos, go watch a REAL AUTOPSY‼️The procedures are not gross at all. I’m just pleased that Dr. Lee has that excellent bedside manner, relaxes her patients, & has the proper ethical wherewithal to refer more difficult cases to other physicians. Basically, if you do not like this show for any reason, simply don’t watch it‼️Whining does no good. Go watch cartoons. I prefer medical shows where one can actually learn something.

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Is It Any Good?

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For those who don't enjoy the sight of blood and pus being excreted from the human body, Dr. Lee's show is more valuable than entertaining. Dr. Pimple Popper very quickly falls into a pattern, and most of the segments and diagnoses are very similar to one another. Usually the only variation is in what exactly comes out of the patient's body.

That being said, there's something extremely compelling about the way Dr. Lee operates. She is extremely caring toward her patients -- qualities that are rarer than expected in doctors -- and often takes on patients who have been suffering with extreme conditions for long periods of time with no end in sight. Even though the pimple popping premise may seem silly, it's often revelatory to see the compassionate and diligent Dr. Lee successfully treat these mysterious ailments and improve her patients' quality of life. For people who have had bad experiences with doctors or health issues, watching a good doctor at work can be extremely powerful.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 3, 2018
  • Cast: Sandra Lee
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: June 7, 2023

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