Parents' Guide to

Saving Hope

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lackluster (but bloody) medical drama does have heart.

TV NBC Drama 2012
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Good but could make some changes to make it more realistic to we dress and do in the OR.

Is It Any Good?

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This Canadian series plays out like a less sensational, more serene Grey's Anatomy, from its myriad of bizarre medical cases and injuries to spirit-form Charlie's voice-overs that lead in and out of each episode. But the similarities end there, and checking into Saving Hope after following an established American medical drama leaves a lot to be desired on the part of the underzealous, overacted Canadian series. At times it's hard to tell which is less compelling -- the relationships among the hospital staff or the brief glimpses of patients' life-and-death battles, which culminate quickly, if not always satisfactorily, to allow more time for the melodrama surrounding Alex's anguish over Charlie's state.

The series gives a subtle nod to various representations of faith, from the basic concept of an afterlife to the power of prayer and the role of religious beliefs in medical decisions. The story also dabbles in other discussion-worthy issues, like PTSD in veterans and the emotional fallout of divorce. The adult nature of these and other content reserves this show for mature teens and up.

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