Monday Mornings

Common Sense Media says

Great cast livens up typical, graphic medical show drama.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Many shots of gory injuries; patients die (including children); many mentions of accidents and suicide. Surgeries are graphically shown, with scalpels slicing into flesh.

Sex

Many of the doctors are young and single; expect flirting and romantic complications.

Language

Some cursing: "Bulls--t!" Or, "He sits on his ass."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to drinking and abuse, i.e. a patient's tremors stop when she drinks wine.

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. 

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What's the story?

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MONDAY MORNINGS follows a group of medical professionals at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon, as they heroically save patients (or tragically lose them), push through personal travails, and show up every Monday morning for the weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference, which reviews their work. Chief of Staff is Dr. Harding Hooten (Alfred Molina), working in tandem with trauma chief Dr. Jorge Villanueva (Ving Rhames). Among their charges are hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wilson (Jamie Bamber) and Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Jennifer Finnigan), divisive Dr. Buck Tierney (Bill Irwin), and the unimaginably blunt Dr. Sung Park (Keong Sim).

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Do you find the many shots of surgeries and injuries on Monday Mornings disturbing? Are you supposed to? What about the way they are presented brings you to this conclusion?

  • Have you seen other medical shows, such as ER or Grey's Anatomy? How is Monday Mornings like these shows? How is it different?

  • Do you think Monday Mornings is a realistic look at the goings-on in a hospital? Or does the show focus on the most dramatic cases to ramp up the drama for viewers?

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Adult Written bychristian2011 February 22, 2013
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Great medical show. Has a chance to inspire people interested in the medical field.

Monday Mornings has a unique twist unlike other medical dramas. On monday morning (literally), doctors meet up with the chief of surgery and discuss cases in which some doctors should've improved on or missed something vital in their diagnosis or surgery. In reality, doctors should really should have meetings like this because it'll help them become more experienced and compassionate doctors. The surgery scenes are quite graphic and the language is infrequent but does contain unbeeped uses of sh*t and bullsh*t. There are relationships (including passionate affairs) between some of the main characters, but nothing graphic. This show does contain dark themes and intense thematic material throughout, where some patients undergo surgery and unexpectedly die, including a young boy, which can be a shock and upset most viewers. This means that Monday Mornings should be viewed by older viewers. Alot of people interested in the medical field will definitely be inspired by watching this show, because the staff meetings intervenes doctors on their cases and what they should've to make their case more successful and lesser mistakes.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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