A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Emergency professionals are serious about their jobs and dedicated to helping people. We see them treating patients and suspects with respect.
Positive Role Models
The focus is more on emergencies than getting to know responders, but we see them doing their jobs efficiently and with care.
Violence & Scariness
Constant menace and mayhem: gunshots, stabbings, people screaming in agony, people in pools of blood with gory wounds, mothers crying over their dead children, dead bodies. A cat is injured in a fire but survives.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Patients and suspects are frequently shown unclothed; private parts are covered.
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"Hell" and "damn" are unbleeped; frequent "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs and alcohol frequently play a part in criminal justice cases or injuries.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nightwatch is a tense reality show following emergency responders (police, fire, EMS) who work the night shift in New Orleans. From Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order franchise, it covers some of the same crime-based themes as his scripted shows. Violence and mayhem are ever-present as these emergency pros are called to tend to people who have been shot, stabbed, or otherwise injured. The camera doesn't shy away from realistic medical imagery; it lingers on gory wounds, puddles of blood, and more. We see dead bodies and parents crying piteously after their children are killed. There's some cursing from patients and responders, and drugs and alcohol play a part in many emergencies. Teens who are used to seeing this kind of thing on scripted shows may find it jarring and more upsetting to see the real-life version of a medical/crime drama.
Is It Any Good?
Watching an injured person being rushed to the hospital with sirens blaring and a team of medical professionals working him over can be dramatic and fascinating. That's why emergency room drama is a TV staple, from vintage shows such as ER to more modern iterations such as The Night Shift. It's easy to identify with a person who's helpless and in pain and easy to admire the people who've made a career out of protecting the public. Creator Dick Wolf knows what grips true-crime fans -- and gives it to them.
But for the sensitive or the young, Nightwatch is nightmarish. The music pounds and pulses; the camera returns again and again to blood or injuries; victims squeal in agony. The red light cast by emergency vehicles, the sirens -- it's sensory overload even for adults watching comfortably from the couch, much less for little kids. If you must watch with family, save it for tough teens who might at least learn that crime doesn't pay. There are moral lessons to be learned here, but the show is just too intense for young kids.
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