Parents' Guide to

Operation Ouch!

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Health education for kids with big dose of gross stuff.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Love love this show. It takes human biology to the kids in such an nice way. Experiments, facts, real case just superbe. My kids just love watching this show. Very entertaining those twin doctor yes they are real doctor
age 9+

Doctor programs for kids and adults

These series of programs are really good. I have been watching the series for about 2.5 years. There are many things as a well educated adult that i do not know neither. The TV script writers and presentations (doctors and teams) make difficult issues to be simple to understand ( except the medical words that i think it is the bad parts which i think you should simplify them more). The amusing actings were fun to watch, and the graphics or animations are good to make things more understandable (even myself). Dr Chris and Dr Xan have totally different characters but blending in well. I would love to recommend this program to everyone who can excess to it. This program is not available everywhere, luckily i am an expat in Vietnam and I always spend my after working hours watching news, documentary programs, Davinci Channel (which televise Operation Ouches). Nothing much to do during pandemic anyway. I hope my thinking help your marketing guys. One last thing, should you have the ideas making some programs like this for adults too.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

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