A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Communication and teamwork are keys to great leadership and a healthy working environment. Great leaders -- as well as great doctors -- should also have empathy and compassion with their patients and coworkers.
Positive Role Models
Dr. Sam Griffith is a compassionate, empathetic doctor who strives to create a healthy, productive working environment for her coworkers. She also strives to create a comforting environment for scared, worried patients; she hopes to put them at ease and to feel they're in good hands.
Even though the series features a white lead, Dr. Sam Griffith (Sophia Bush) is a female lead, still a rarity in medical dramas. The cast diversity is notable: Malcolm Kinglsey (Edwin Hodge) is a Black man from a wealthy, prominent family. Wealthy Black Americans aren't usually showcased on television. Malcolm is also a love interest for Sam, adding to the representation of interracial relationships on television. However, most of the diversity comes in the form of the secondary cast (Skye P. Marshall, Omar Maskati, Davi Santos), who are very involved in the main storylines.
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Violence & Scariness
A scene with a major character being shot. Scenes of heart surgery. A scene with a patient who was punched by his wife for cheating.
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Swear words like "ass," "damnit," "ass kisser."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Sam is a medical procedural featuring a father-and-daughter heart surgeon team who hash out their familial drama as they save patients. Parents should be aware of scenes featuring simulated heart surgery and other scary topics, such as conversations about a near-fatal car accident, "coding" (needing to be resuscitated), and other medical lingo.
Is It Any Good?
This show seems to suggest CBS is keeping to its mission to steadily showcase more diverse, complicated storylines. While Good Sam could have easily been just a run-of-the-mill medical show about a problem of the week, the series also entangles its characters in some thorny familial drama. This adds a new layer to what fans of this type of genre might be used to, and thankfully so.
Bush, who once headlined another procedural, Chicago P.D., is great at playing a woman who has grown tired of trying to please her father and wants to show her worth as a doctor on her own terms. English actor Isaacs' American accent falters at the beginning of the first episode, but by the time it's ended, you believe he's a difficult man who might have a good heart, but is buried underneath guilt and unresolved trauma. Edwin Hodge injects some diversity into the main cast as Malcolm Kingsley, a member of the wealthy Kinglsey family who underwrites the funding for the hospital. As the hospital's new head of finance, he also serves as a love interest for Sam, who is just getting over a previous relationship. Sam's team of doctors (Skye P. Marshall, Omar Maskati, Davi Santos, Michael Stahl-David) round out the secondary characters, most notably Marshall, who plays Dr. Lex Trulie, her best friend hiding a huge secret. Overall, Good Sam riffs on what CBS is known for -- comforting problem-of-the-week dramas -- and adds a new level of spice and interest to the proceedings. Fans of the genre will undoubtedly want to go on the ride Good Sam has in store for them.
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