Station 19

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Soapy, sexy Grey's Anatomy-in-a-firehouse drama.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Firefighting is presented as a serious line of work, with dedicated professionals who go the extra mile to save lives and act in heroic ways with compassion and empathy. Storylines raise awareness of firefighting methods and procedures and fire hazards. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The firefighters on this show are presented as heroic figures: They come in bravely and then stride out, successful, having saved lives. Gay characters, people of color, and women all treated with respect. 

Violence

Many emergencies on each show, and the lives of both main and walk-on characters (including children) are often in mortal danger. Expect to see injuries: burns, victims who choke, cough, cry in pain. Firefighters are often called upon to do very dangerous things like walking into rooms or buildings on fire or jumping from high windows. 

 

Sex

Characters are young adults, single, and frisky. Expect lots of make-out sessions, both same- and opposite-sex, during which participants often take off their shirts (men in particular) and then have implied sex off-camera. Colleagues talk about sex in terms of getting "laid" and "sex swagger." 

Language

Language is infrequent, usually emphatic in nature, and includes "damn," "ass," "hell." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink beer at home, parties, dinners; no one acts drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Station 19 is a drama about a Seattle fire station and the quirky characters who work there. It was created by the same team as long-running medical soap Grey's Anatomy, and includes a character spun off from that show. It's also very similar in content and tone to Grey's. Several fire or other emergencies take place on each episode; expect to see injuries, burns, blood, and characters in pain or mortal danger, including children. Firefighters must frequently do dangerous things like climbing buildings on fire or jumping out of high windows. When they're not fighting fires, characters are often engaging in romantic antics: hooking up, cheating, breaking up. There are same- and opposite-sex pairings with passionate kissing that sometimes progresses to characters removing their clothes (no nudity) and having implied sex off-camera. Language is mild: "damn," "ass," "hell." Adults drink alone at home and at social occasions; no one acts drunk. Like on Grey's, the cast is racially and ethnically diverse, includes women in powerful central roles, and has openly gay characters. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKE S. March 23, 2018

Station 19-flamed out

Too much yelling and screaming. Too many ALPHA females. Procedures for fire rescues were helter-skelter at best. But then I found Grey's Anatomy stupid as... Continue reading
Adult Written byFrank J. March 23, 2018

Been there, seen that. Waste of time.

Nothing but a politically correct relationship drama with unrealistic emergency responses thrown in for good measure. Been there...seen that. We don't ne... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylittlepig1 July 26, 2018

Entertaining

I have no problems with this show at all. The diversity is great, the main character is a woman of color and a lot of the rest of the cast are POCs as well. I... Continue reading

What's the story?

In Seattle's STATION 19, fighting fires is the least of the drama. Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) is at the center of the action, and she's fierce on the job, and conflicted off it. She's juggling romantic attention from two dreamboats: her official boyfriend and firefighting colleague Jack Gibson (Grey Damon), and her longtime best friend and local police officer Ryan Tanner (Alberto Frezza). She's also coping with the failing health of her firefighter father Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval), and weathering the antics of her quirky firehouse co-workers, including "new guy" and former Grey's Anatomy surgeon Ben Warren (Jason George) and her ultra-competitive best friend Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre). STATION 19 was created by Stacy McKee, Grey's Anatomy producer, writer, and story editor. 

Is it any good?

For better or for worse, what we have here is classic Shondaland, basically Grey's Anatomy set in a firehouse instead of a hospital (even down to the suspiciously brief establishing shots of the Seattle skyline). It's predictable, it's hackneyed, but it's an easily digestible fantasy: Andy is heroic at work, surrounded by friends and family who love her, has hunky guys desperately in love with her. Romantic or personal complications are interrupted by fire alarms, just the same way a medical emergency disrupted Grey's soap opera antics. It even has a similarly diverse cast, and painfully faux-poetic voice-overs from our main female character. 

But people who like that type of thing will probably like Station 19 too. The fire-of-the-week setup ensures plentiful drama, the cast is pretty and ready for mix-and-match pairings, the dialogue and friendships between cast members (particularly the female ones) are natural and believable. "Find your medal and go after it," Maya advises Andy, supportively, during a sharing session, whereupon Andy rests her head on her friend's shoulder. Sweet. Sweet enough to forgive the show's cheesiness? You be the judge. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships that take place in the workplace (or in high school or college classes), like those on Station 19. Are these types of relationships a good idea? What are the negative consequences of getting romantically involved with someone you work closely with?

  • How accurately does the show portray the firefighting profession? Do you think the bed-hopping and personal problems are overblown for the sake of ratings, or is it rooted in reality?

  • How do the characters on Station 19 demonstrate compassion and empathy? Why are those important character strengths?

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