A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show promotes problem-solving, skill, and intelligence among the hospital staff. Quick thinking literally saves lives.
Positive Role Models
The surgeons may be young, but they're generally dedicated and intelligent with real concern for their patients' health and survival. Good diversity among the staff in terms of race, gender, and culture.
Violence & Scariness
Explosions, shootings, car accidents, and other violent acts are a regular part of the plot. Some blood, but it isn't gratuitous. Many scenes involve surgery, but the camera often cuts away before scalpels make contact with skin, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some scenes hint at sexual tension between colleagues, which could develop into more in some episodes. Some sexual terminology/humor, including a comment about "ambidextrous masturbation."
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Infrequent use of words like "damn," "ass," "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The doctors occasionally blow off steam by going out for drinks after work. Some episodes involve alcohol-related violence and/or alcoholism among minor characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this medical drama includes some startling scenes involving violence (think explosions, car crashes, and shootings) that are too intense for kids. Due to the nature of the show, there are also graphic surgery scenes, but they stop short of being gratuitous and generally keep blood to a minimum. Characters occasionally use words like "damn," "hell," or "ass," and also use alcohol as a stress-reliever. Some scenes hint at sexual tension between surgeons that could develop into something more.
Is It Any Good?
Even if you didn't know Miami Medical was executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (known for action-driven fare like Armageddon, The Amazing Race, and the National Treasure franchise), you get a wake-up call less than two minutes into the pilot, when an ice cream store unexpectedly blows up, throws a parked car into a tailspin and lands a pregnant woman in critical condition. But that explosion is as exciting as it gets once the rest of the show gets going, and you realize that you don't really care about most of the characters.
British import Northam is the lone bright spot, bringing charm and charisma to his role as a Gulf War doctor with a mysterious past and a curious scar to match. But while real trauma surgeons can save lives, Northam alone can't save Miami Medical. Even setting the series in Miami (which essentially adds palm trees and random Spanish phrases to the all-too-familiar medical drama formula) does little to spice up what's ultimately a bland -- and unbelievable -- medical misfire.
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