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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Soapy, bloody medical drama lacks a pulse.

TV NBC Drama 2016
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Worthless !!

This program should never be at 8:00 PM with its sexual activity and language. The story line and the acting are both horrible.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

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The mildly dramatic, soapy medical series combines narratives about treating illness, hospital politics, and complicated romantic entanglements. However, these stories quickly flatline, failing to create the intensity necessary to make them compelling. Meanwhile, some of the casts' stereotypical behaviors make them feel more like caricatures rather than professionals you’d want to see in an operating room.

As with any doctor-themed show, it offers lots of unique life-threatening conditions, novel techniques, and modern medical miracles. But attempts to highlight the actual doctoring feel halfhearted and are hard to take seriously thanks to the show's endless array of predictable moments. Some folks may find it entertaining enough to watch, but overall, it lacks a healthy pulse.

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