A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A nurse's job is hard and often under-appreciated. Working in a hospital requires teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The new nurses are eager to help, but often try too hard and make novice mistakes. Doctors and others with experience sometimes make fun of them. Doctors and nurses are both male and female, and from all walks of life. They all struggle with their own demons.
Violence & Scariness
There’s occasional yelling, often during a medical crisis. Violent events are described, and details are offered about the injuries patients have sustained. People sometimes collapse; occasionally they die. Bloody wounds, including severed limbs, are visible, too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There’s some occasional innuendo, ranging from showing people in bed and in their underwear, to inappropriate comments made by patients and staff.
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Words like "ass," "bitch," "damn," and "hell" are often used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs are administered as part of patient treatment. There are references to drinking, and some subtle comments about alcoholism and addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nurses is a Canadian medical drama that features lots of harrowing situations, including serious injuries and deaths. Bloody wounds and severed bloody body parts are visible, as are attempts to treat people in frantic situations. There's some strong language ("bitch," "damn," "ass") some yelling, and descriptions of violent events. On occasion, there's some strong innuendo, ranging from showing people in bed and in their underwear to inappropriate comments made by patients and staff. It's a little milder than similar types of dramas produced in the U.S., but will still be too intense for sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This formulaic procedural offers all of the predictable hospital-related drama one comes to expect from these types of TV series. The nurses, each with their own individual backstories and conflicts, stumble through their first weeks as they work with patients, interact with doctors, and cope with the emotional ups and downs that come with the job.
While it's a bit gentler than most U.S. medical TV shows, there are still lots of harrowing and sad moments that will make sensitive viewers want to turn away. But it successfully highlights the fact that professional nurses, while on the front lines, barely get the recognition (and sometimes the respect) they deserve for the work that they do. If you like this sort of entertainment, Nurses won't disappoint.
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