A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Real medical information -- such as details about the way lung blastomas grow -- is delivered with technology that doesn't yet exist, such as a computer tablet that can be used as a non-contact ultrasound. This can be confusing for young viewers.
Preserving life and health is the ultimate goal on this show, but the rules of science may be bent or broken to make it happen.
Positive Role Models
All the doctors on the show are caring and dedicated; James Bell can be a bit of a brash risk-taker, while Walter Wallace can be stodgy and thoughtless. Women are seen in positions of power, and the cast boasts good racial and ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Ailing or injured patients may be children or parents; difficult topics such as abortion or deadly diseases are discussed on each show. Medical procedures are seen briefly; a heart beats through a bloody hole in a woman's chest.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the (young, attractive) doctors on the show are single; expect flirting, dating, kissing, and references to sex, though that isn't the focus of the action.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pure Genius is a medical drama about a cutting-edge medical facility in Silicon Valley. There's no language, drinking, smoking, or nudity, but patients' injuries and ailments are shown on-screen and include surgeries such as a heart procedure. Patients may be young children or babies; we also see their grieving families. The cast boasts extensive racial and ethnic identity. Real medical information joins futuristic, made-up gadgets and procedures, which might be confusing to young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This medical drama is absurd in every possible way, but the fake medical devices and treatments it comes up with are amusing enough to give the proceedings some zing. In Pure Genius' pilot episode, the team manages to resurrect a teenaged girl who's been in a coma for six months by fastening a device onto her and her mom's heads and having her mom ... think about the African safari she'd planned to take her daughter on. "Someone's invented a Vulcan mind-meld!" says Bell happily.
In another storyline, doctors monitor a pregnancy by having an expecting mom swallow a "fetal monitoring ingestible." It will go into her intestines, and that's the perfect place from which to watch the baby, unflappable Dr. Talaikha Channarayapatra (Reshma Shetty) tells the rest of the doctors (because doctors are always explaining medical procedures to each other in exposition on this show). Really? Because last time I checked, intestines weren't clear. And it's dark inside the human body. Does the fetal monitoring ingestible have a flash or something? It's all extremely ridiculous, which makes everything a little more fun than in your typical by-the-books "this plan is so crazy it just might work" type of medical drama.
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