Parents' Guide to

Off the Map

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bloody medical soap plays like Grey's Anatomy in paradise.

TV ABC Drama 2011
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

I cannot hardly wait to see that next season 2012

We loved this program, it is educational, shows we all make mistakes, however, we can fix it. That we do not always make the best choices, but we did the best that we could.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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Sometimes, Off the Map is downright ridiculous. Like when two doctors rush out in the middle of critical surgery and climb a tree to cut down green coconuts, which, they hastily explain in their overscripted dialogue, has the same electrolyte balance as plasma and can therefore substitute for it in a pinch. And then they proceed to haul one into the operating room, hook it up to an IV line, and run a drip straight into their dying patient's bloodstream. All that, and they still manage to meet for beers at an outdoor cantina after work.

Of course, hyperbolic medical moments like these don't really seem all that strange to fans of shows like Grey's Anatomy, which clearly influenced this melodrama that, at times, plays like so much like a south-of-the-equator spin-off that it's silly ... down to the fact that the central female character looks eerily like a young Meredith Grey when she straps on her surgical mask, and the fact that she's falling for her superior, a bearded McDreamy/Steamy hybrid who (naturally) takes his shirt off in the very first episode, and the fact that Grey's alum Jenna Bans created it (and Grey's mastermind Shonda Rimes executive produces). It's Grey's in paradise. OK, we get it.

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