A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Patients are treated with care and respect, and there is an emphasis on taking responsibility for your actions.
Positive Role Models
The doctors of Chelsea General care deeply about their patients and their health; they sometimes make mistakes but are generally willing to learn from them. The cast boasts commendable racial and ethnic diversity, and men and women are on an equal footing.
Violence & Scariness
Many shots of gory injuries; patients die (including children); many mentions of accidents and suicide. Surgeries are graphically shown, with scalpels slicing into flesh.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many of the doctors are young and single; expect flirting and romantic complications.
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Some cursing: "Bulls--t!" Or, "He sits on his ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking and abuse, i.e. a patient's tremors stop when she drinks wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monday Mornings is a serious and intense medical show in which patients, including parents and young children, get ill and injured and sometimes die. Gory injuries are shown, as are medical procedures, graphically: scalpels slicing into flesh, forceps probing bloody, raw tissue. The camera lingers on surgeries and on dead bodies as emotional music plays. The doctors sometimes have to inform family members of deaths as they cry piteously. There is some cursing, including exclamations like "bulls--t!" Characters are under tension and often criticized for their work. Expect flirting and possibly sex amongst the (mostly) young, single, attractive characters. All these cautions make the show unsuitable for younger viewers, but older teens, particularly those with an interest in medical dramas, will find this absorbing, worthwhile, sometimes heartrending viewing.
Is It Any Good?
It's almost impossible to watch Monday Mornings and not compare it in your mind to Grey's Anatomy. You have your doctorly hotties (Jamie Bamber even boasts McSteamy hair!), your life-and-death operations, your dramatic developments set to the strains of popular songs. But Monday Mornings compares favorably to Grey's, a show beloved by millions. Medical drama is intense drama, and there's more than enough to go around.
One compelling reason to check out Monday Mornings: the excellent cast. Leads Molina and Rhames boast incredible gravitas, and watching them alternately dress down and praise Chelsea General's residents is a potent pleasure. Keong Sim as Dr. Sung Park is another standout, and his many socially unacceptable utterings give the show a shot of the funnies. "You've done this before?" queries a husband about to send his wife into brain surgery. "Once," replies Dr. Park laconically. "How's that patient?" asks the wife. "Dead," says Dr. Park. Ha! Of course, it's dark, black humor, as are jokes about stiffs on another floor, and doctors being nicknamed 007 because they have a license to kill. This, and the many graphic surgery scenes make Monday Mornings a no-no for the youngies. But for medical-show aficionados, Monday Mornings will slide right down like something you've tasted (and enjoyed) before.
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