Parents' Guide to

Pure Genius

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Made-up medical advances in absurd hospital drama.

TV CBS Drama 2016
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age 16+

Great Show

I think this show was great and had many interesting ideas. I would say it is probably better suited for older teenagers and adults, rather than younger children, unless your child is quite mature for their age. A show that can potentially spark innovative ideas in young people is always a good thing in my opinion. I hope one day we will actually see the technology featured on the show. I am very sad that it was cancelled after one season.

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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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