Funny series pushes envelope with language, sex, and nudity.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's a comedy, but in-between the craziness are some brief (but smart) messages about giving back to the community, family relationships, and other issues. 

Positive role models

It's a wacky EMT team, but they do not compromise their desire or ability to save lives while on the job.


It's not violent, but people are shown injured (blood is occasionally visible), being shocked with paddles, and falling down stairs. Occasionally patients die, but this is treated lightly.


Lots of strong sexual references. Lewd comments are made about sexual acts and genitalia. Words such as "p---y," "d--k,"and "c--k" are audible. People are shown in their underwear; partial nudity (buttocks) is occasionally visible. One episode deals directly with pornography, with a few choice sounds, but nothing is visual.


Words such as "hell," "bitch," "pissed," "goddamn," "ass," and "s--t" are frequently audible. Occasionally racial and other slurs are used, but the terms are not characterized as being appropriate. 


Apple computers, iPods, and iPads are prominently visible and discussed. Twix candy bars also are part of the story line.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and beer consumption is visible during meals and in social situations. References are made to drinking too much. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sirens, an American adaptation of a British comedy series co-produced by comedian Denis Leary, pushes the envelope when it comes to basic cable entertainment thanks to its continuous use of strong language (including curses such as "s--t"), partial nudity (bare buttocks), strong sexual references (including crude references to sexual acts), and mature themes. It also prominently features Apple products and Twix candy bars. It's not meant for kids, but adults who appreciate Leary's brand of humor will enjoy it. 

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What's the story?

Produced by comedians Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, SIRENS features the antics of a trio of Chicago-based emergency medical technicians. It stars Michael Mosely as Johnny, a handsome and sports-loving guy with commitment issues. Working alongside him is his long-time best friend Hank (Kevin Daniels) and newbie Brian, whose earnest attempts to follow his moral compass sometimes creates more problems than solutions. Adding to the fray is Johnny's ex-girlfriend, police officer Teresa (Jessica McNamee). From awkward false alarms to reinterpreting a dying man's last words to resolve their own personal problems, these guys find themselves in some crazy situations when they're not out saving lives.

Is it any good?


The half-hour comedy series, which is based on the British show also called Sirens, reflects Denis Leary's trademark edgy comedy style. But thanks to good writing, it tells stories that are both humorously raunchy, surprisingly smart, and occasionally thoughtful. The guest appearances by folks such as Bill Nunn and Jean Smart also add to the laughs.

It's not for everyone (especially kids), but Leary fans won't be disappointed. Meanwhile, folks who appreciate smart, unapologetic, and quick-moving banter will find something here. It pushes the envelope of prime-time television, but ultimately it's a well-produced and funny show.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way EMTs are portrayed on the show versus what their jobs are like in real life. Do you think what's portrayed here is realistic? Given that this is a comedy series, is it supposed to be? 

  • Where should we draw the line when it comes to teens watching adult-themed TV? Is the sexual content and language in this show too much for teens?

TV details

Cast:Michael Mosely, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley
TV rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written bycecicar March 20, 2014
age 15+

Pretty good

I wouldn't suggest watching this if you aren't a teenager. There are a lot of dirty jokes, which are funny. I always laugh and cant help but continue watching


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