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Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Clever medical drama is OK for older teens.

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Positive Messages

One of the leads has a gambling problem; infidelity.

Violence

Some of the situations the paramedics deal with are bloody and shocking. In one episode, for example, a flashback scene of a suicide attempt shows a bathtub full of red, bloody water; in another episode, after a drunk driver hits a boy, blood is shown pooling around the victim's neck.

Sex

Two of the leads once dated and still have sexual tension between them; in some episodes it gets the better of them, and they find themselves kissing and even having sex.

Language

Strong: "bite me," "asshole," and "piece of s--t," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, pot smoking, and -- in one episode -- a man passes out from a drug overdose.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that each episode of this mature paramedic drama (think Rescue Me in an ambulance instead of a fire truck) includes a fair amount of graphic violence and bloodshed. What's more, edgy adult themes such as abandonment, addiction, and adultery are explored regularly. One main character is a divorced dad trying to establish a relationship with his 10-year-old son.

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What's the story?

In TNT's drama SAVED, Thomas Everett Scott (That Thing You Do, Boiler Room) plays Wyatt Cole, a paramedic who saves lives while trying to figure out his own. A medical school dropout (much to the chagrin of his successful doctor father), Cole now serves as a paramedic who, on his 24-hour shifts, travels across Portland saving people involved in car crashes, drug overdoses, and unexpected labor. His partner is John "Sack" Hallon (Omari Hardwick, Beauty Shop), who has a difficult relationship with his 10-year-old son. Cole and Sack often run into Dr. Alice Alden (Elizabeth Reaser), who used to date Cole in medical school.

Is it any good?

Saved is an intelligent, creative drama. While each person in need of a paramedic is being attended to, viewers see how the victims ended up where they are courtesy of a string of images that play out as if the victims are seeing their life flash before their eyes.

Scott plays the vulnerable Cole with aplomb, and though he's a flawed character, viewers will no doubt cheer him on. His paramedic duties aren't the whole story, either; plenty of subplots -- from Cole and Alden's entanglements to Sack's attempt to forge a bond with his son -- are on hand to keep audiences riveted.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about vices. How do people develop bad habits? How can you tell when something has crossed the line from habit to addiction? Why is it important to seek help for an addiction? How can you help a friend or family member who shows signs of addiction? How do teens perceive addicts? Are they weaker or "worse" than everyone else?

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