A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It teaches lessons about problem solving. It also demystifies some of what hospitals and hospital procedures do and why in a way that kids can understand.
Medical training is important, but so is kindness, empathy, and willingness to listen to patients. The cooperation of patients is also important.
Positive Role Models
The doctors and nurses want to help their patients as much as possible, but don't always listen to each other.
Violence & Scariness
Patients are sometimes injured, unconscious, or scared. Needles are visible and used quickly to draw blood, but there’s little blood or wounds visible. Patients are cured or made more comfortable during recovery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are moments that mildly suggest some potential love interests between cast members.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Medicines and treatments are administered under the careful direction of doctors and nurses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hilltop Hospital is a claymation-style animated series about an animal medical staff and their patients. The stories are sweet, the characters are fun, and there are lots of positive messages about the medical profession, problem solving, and kindness. Sensitive kids might be troubled by moments of medical distress, including patients with injuries, or unconscious and wearing oxygen masks, and the quick use of needles. However, as the medical process is demystified, their fears will be allayed. There are some very innocent expressions of potential romantic interests among some of the cast, but most kids won't notice.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining series combines soap opera-like drama with bits of dry British humor to create pre-school oriented storylines that demystify hospitals and treatments. These narratives also feature doctors and nurses problem solve by listening and talking to patients, in addition to relying on modern medicine. There are some humorous parallels to adult soap operas (like dramatic music), but the suggestions of potential romantic interests between cast members will completely fly over the heads of children. However, some of the medical events (like seeing an unconscious young elephant wearing an oxygen mask and having blood drawn), might be a little distressing to more sensitive viewers. But overall, Hilltop Hospital is a smart and enjoyable series for kids who like to play doctors and nurses, or who aspire to be one or the other.
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