A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Much of the show's content is played for laughs, but it still normalizes behavior like casual sex, drinking, smoking, etc. -- generally with little in the way of negative consequences.
Positive Role Models
Most characters engage in frequent random sexual encounters, some of which force them to fabricate stories to end their partners' interest in continuing a relationship with them. One woman is a single mom who has little use for her tween daughter and allows her to listen to mature conversations among her friends. Some of the male characters' behavior smacks of sexism.
Violence & Scariness
It's rare, but a few scenes show things like a woman taking a swing at a guy's nose.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex and female nudity (upper body only) are common, as are bottom-patting and seductive brushes between nurses and doctors. Conversations are graphic as well, including discussions of a man's abilities in bed and comments like "nice ass."
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"S--t," "piss," "Jesus," and "ass" are used frequently. "F--k" is also prevalent but is bleeped out. Some characters also let their middle finger do the cursing for them.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking and smoking; a good part of the show takes place in a bar. In one scene, a woman tricks a guy into taking a strong sedative and enjoys a good laugh when it knocks him out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hospital-set British drama is rife with casual sexual encounters, alcohol and tobacco use, female nudity (upper body only), and four-letter words. Much of how the doctors relate to nurses could be grounds for sexual harassment charges -- including one doctor making a nurse bend over to demonstrate how distracting her panty line can be to the male medical staff -- but the women instead thrive on the attention. One character is a single mom who has little time for her daughter and exposes her to the graphic sexual chitchat of her friends. All in all, this show is well deserving of its "mature audience" rating.
Is It Any Good?
While adults may get a kick out of the girls' promiscuity and the general mayhem they cause when they're feeling mischievous (like when Beth gets back at a doctor who had angered her at work by tricking him into taking a powerful sedative at a party), this show's subject matter is meant only for mature audiences. Heavy alcohol consumption, red-letter language, graphic simulated sex, female nudity, and unhampered sexist discourse in the workplace combine to make this one a danger even for teens.
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