A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaching kids about health, the human body, and jobs related to medicine.
Show encourages kids to be curious about their bodies and health and to have positive views of going to the doctor.
Positive Role Models
The show features real-life doctors who are diverse across gender, race, and religious identities. They are all kind and caring to their child patients.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of gore and gross stuff in a medical context. While not as graphic as adult-focused medical shows, the camera does not shy away from close-up shots of blood, stitches, needles, and surgical procedures. The moment of injury is not shown, and patients generally are not in pain when being treated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mentions of mating (in animal context), body changes during puberty, and science behind pregnancy (not conception).
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Occasional language like "stupid" and words related to bodily functions.
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Products & Purchases
Infrequent shots of logos since part of show is shot in the real world.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Operation Ouch! teaches kids about the human body, health, and medicine. It is very educational, but there's lots of gross stuff in a medical context. While it's not as graphic as adult-focused medical shows, the camera does not shy away from close-up shots of blood, stitches, needles, and surgical procedures. The show takes care to make everything age-appropriate. It's not very scary: patients are not in pain and medical procedures are treated matter-of-factly, not dramatized. References to sex include mentions of mating (in animal context), body changes during puberty, and science behind pregnancy (not conception). Language is mostly fine, but there is discussion of bodily fluids and an occasional "stupid." There's lots to learn in Operation Ouch!, but squeamish kids should probably sit this one out.
Is It Any Good?
Dr. Chris and Dr. Xand may lure some kids in by saying they'll "never hold back on showing you gross stuff," but those same kids will probably stick around to learn more about the fascinating human body. The twin doctors strike a great balance of silliness and education, and showcase just how cool our bodies are. Kids who have any interest in pursuing a medical career will enjoy seeing what doctors actually do all day. The real-life doctors featured on the show are a diverse group of great role models, and later-season host Dr. Ronx is a Black transgender non-binary doctor who aims to inspire kids of all backgrounds to go into medicine.
Operation Ouch! is great for taking some of the fear out of visiting the doctor. The hosts do a great job of explaining routine medical procedures that kids may be nervous about (e.g., getting tonsils removed). Parents may be concerned about kids' abilities to handle the somewhat gory nature of the show (we see the aforementioned tonsils removal procedure in close-up, as well as the bloody tonsils after they're removed, for example). But because the show doesn't dramatize these procedures at all, it may eliminate the scariness for many kid viewers. Know your kid, but you may be surprised about how your child rises to the occasion and learns a ton in the process.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.