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Lenox Hill

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gritty medical docuseries reveals NYC hospital traumas.

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This series doesn't offer the soapy drama or episode-capping cliffhangers of a fictional medical show, but its behind-the-scenes peek at four doctors' daily lives is often just as riveting. Following a pair of dedicated brain surgeons, a perpetually busy ER doc, and an ob-gyn (who effortlessly delivers babies between meal breaks) is fascinating, stressful, and -- if you're a bit squeamish -- a little gross. Lenox Hill isn't shy about letting viewers behind the curtain of the operating room, where skulls are opened and brains are probed in scrutinizing detail.

As absorbing as it is watching the miracle of childbirth or the less miraculous removal of a foreign object from an ER patient's backside, it's Lenox Hill's less technical side that's most engaging. Seeing doctors talk to their patients, spar with bureaucrats, and exchange banter in the OR offers an unfiltered look at their unique personalities, while following the patients' story arcs pulls at the heartstrings. When not watching the docs deal with the daily stress of saving patients, the series provides a peek into their personal lives, from dealing with their own pregnancies to the challenge of balancing family time with their all-consuming careers.

The documentary won't nudge you to the edge of your seat like your favorite fictional hospital show, but if you're craving a more authentic look at the medical profession -- complete with up-close peeks at procedures -- Lenox Hill is just what the doctor ordered.

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