A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series attempts to underscore the fact that 911 operators and and emergency staffers have important and difficult jobs.
Positive Role Models
The emergency staffers are committed to their jobs, and are calm, mature, and when appropriate, have a sense of humor. The majority of responders are women.
Violence & Scariness
Calls report violent events including thefts, child kidnappings, and people being flooded out of cars. One operator hopes that a hiker has learned a lesson and purchases a firearm. Callers are often frustrated and angry.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One caller reports a naked man on the street, but this is more weird than sexual.
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Words like "damn" and "pissed" are audible, but stronger profanity is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some callers sound and are presumably drunk, and drugs are sometimes referenced.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Emergency Call is an unscriped series hosted by Luke Wilson that features 911 operators responding to emergency phone calls. Many of the calls are from people who are frightened or in peril, while others are complaints or reports of disturbing behavior, like seeing a naked man on the street. (No nudity is actually seen.) Words like "damn" and "pissed" are audible, but stronger profanity is bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
This absurd unscripted series allows viewers to watch first responders take calls from people dialing 911. It's unclear whether these individuals are actors or actual emergency staff, and if the calls are edited or recreated. Meanwhile, viewers aren't given the opportunity to see the emergency event, or the rescue.
Outside of listening in on the phone calls and watching the reactions of emergency staff, there isn't much of a story here. Much of the drama feels manufactured, including Luke Wilson's deadpan demeanor while highlighting the importance and difficulty of a 911 operator's job. As a result, Emergency Call is hard to take seriously.
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