Medical Police

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Hilarious spin-off satire has lots of cursing, violence.

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Positive Messages

The action-adventure parody is so spot-on that there are actually some buried, secondhand positive messages about altruism and teamwork, even if they're tongue-in-cheek.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Medical Polices takes one of Childrens Hospital's recurring gags -- that the clearly American medical center is located in the heart of Sao Paolo, Brazil -- and uses it as a launchpad for an international adventure. Though the mostly-white cast of Childrens Hospital comes through for guest appearances, just about every new character is a person of color.

Violence

Violence is cartoonish, but graphic and constant: a man is torn in half before a dog eats off his face; someone is stabbed a dozen times in a Chinese prison; a bioterrorist unleashes a deadly virus on the set of a televised talent show hosted by Joel McHale. 

Sex

Sexual content is limited to talk and innuendo, but the show does get creative and graphic with its dirty talk.

Language

Profanity is wide-ranging, nonstop and creative, including "f--k," "s--t," "damn," and many unique combinations of these words. 

Consumerism

The only consumerism present on Medical Hospital is presented satirically--eg, a specific brand of 3D printer is used to spread a global virus.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink, smoke, and use drugs, usually as part of a set-up or joke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Medical Police is a comedy series that satirizes both buddy-cop action movies and medical dramas. To do this, it uses a wide range of humor, including a lot of content that pushes boundaries. Violence is constant, though cartoonish; sexual content is mostly limited to innuendo and (sometimes graphic) descriptions. Profanity is wide-ranging, nonstop and creative, including "f--k," "s--t," "damn," and many unique combinations of these words. The show is a spin-off of Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, which operated in a similar tone.

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Written byAnonymous May 9, 2020

Great show

Sooo funny great for tweens

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What's the story?

When a series of patients come into Childrens Hospital with unexplained rashes, Dr. Lola Spratt (Erin Hayes) suspects a dangerous outbreak may be occurring. Her investigation into the virus and its cause takes Lola and her ex-boyfriend Dr. Owen Maestro (Rob Huebel) on an international expedition to stop the disease from spreading. In order to stop the global threat, they must learn to work together, not only as doctors, but as MEDICAL POLICE.

Is it any good?

At this point in the streaming era, when 90 percent of all shows seem to use 100 percent of the same plot points and camera set-ups, the sharp satire here feels perfectly timed. Stumbling across Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim was often like waking in a fever dream version of prime time: familiar characters and plots dissembled into Borscht Belt one-liners and Dadaist sight gags. This Netflix spin-off isn't nearly as disarmingly strange, but it works just as hard to land only the finest of stupid jokes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about satire. Which, if any, parts of Medical Police are meant to be taken seriously? What is the show making fun of? What makes it funny?

  • Do you find yourself caring about the story? Why or why not? Do you care about any of the characters? Why or why not?

  • Medical Police takes place across many continents. Does the show have anything to say about different cultures or ethnicities? Does it have anything to say about how these cultures are typically presented on TV?

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