A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that NY Med, which features the stories of doctors and patients during the day-to-day events at hospitals around New York City, contains frank discussions about sexual activity and related illnesses/injuries, images of bloody surgeries (but bloody wounds are blurred), and some salty language ("goddamn," "t-ts,"). Some of the medical stories end positively, while others don't always lead to good news, which may disturbing to sensitive viewers.
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What's the story?
NY MED is a reality series that follows medical teams at various hospitals around New York City. Cameras follow doctors like celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz, surgical resident Arundi Mahendran, and emergency room nurse Marina Devidanovic and some of their patients during medical consultations, emergency visits, and surgical procedures. From an alleged criminal faking symptoms to avoid arrest to people undergoing brain surgery, viewers get to see some of the day-to-day challenges that doctors and patients deal with when faced with a medical situation or emergency. Throughout it all, some of the doctors and patients share details about their personal lives. At the end of each episode, some of the patients' stories end well, while others lead to tough decisions and difficult realities.
Is it any good?
The series offers a voyeuristic but humanizing look into the day-to-day lives of medical professionals as they do their jobs helping the injured and sick from all walks of life that come to them for help. On occasion, it also highlights some of the risks medical professionals take when treating them. Follow-up information about some of the patients that were treated, particularly those who faced life-changing surgical procedures, is also shared with viewers.
Folks who are sensitive or squeamish about blood or hospitals may not be able to stomach much of what is being presented here. Others may find some of the stories, especially those pertaining to terminally-ill patients, difficult to handle. But folks who like this sort of thing will find the show both interesting and inspiring.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to go to a hospital and receive medical treatment. Have you ever had to go to the emergency room and/or had surgery? What were the things that scared you the most? What were the positive parts of the experience?
Why do you think the patients and medical staff agree to appear on a reality show, even if some of the events are sad or disturbing? What are doctors trying to achieve by doing so? What about the patients?
How does this reality show compare to others? Does this show seem more "real" than others you've watched? What makes you think that?