Surgeon Oz

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Celebrity doctor conducts real-life heart surgeries.

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Positive Messages

Messages include the importance of a healthy lifestyle and show the consequences of some lifestyle choices. Compassion, honesty, and the importance of family support also are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Oz is a successful surgeon in a high-pressure role. He tries to be comforting but also honest with his patients and their families. He advocates in his job and on the show for healthy lifestyle choices. He also clearly enjoys the attention he receives as a celebrity. 


Surgical instruments, blood, bloody tissues, open chests, and human organs are shown during surgical procedures. A patient is handcuffed to a gurney in the emergency room. 


Words such as "damn" are audible but only occasionally.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Discussions about medications. Emergency rooms patients are sometimes drunk and on drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Surgeon Oz features surgical procedures on actual patients. Blood, bloody tissue, and organs (including actual beating hearts) are visible. Patients and their families often cry out of fear or relief but are usually comforted. There are some occasional strong words ("damn") and references to drinking. Positive messages about the importance of a healthy lifestyle come across.

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What's the story?

SURGEON OZ is a reality series that follows cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz as he performs surgical procedures at New York City's Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. Each episode stars the popular Oprah Winfrey Show guest-turned-celebrity doctor as he consults with patients, performs surgeries, and helps folks understand the aftermath. No procedure is easy, but Oz and his team do their best to help patients live better lives. 

Is it any good?

From conducting open heart surgeries to teaching residents as they make rounds, Dr. Oz is followed by cameras as he performs his duties, talks to staff, and even looks for a healthy lunch in the hospital cafeteria. He also shares his thoughts and concerns about his patients' conditions with viewers. 

It's more voyeuristic than informative, especially when the surgeon is interacting with fans both in and outside the hospital. But aspiring doctors may find it interesting, and some folks may think more about trying to keep their hearts healthy after watching. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about surgery. What kind of training does a surgeon need before he or she can operate on patients? How do surgeons deal with the fact that the lives of their patients are often in their hands? 

  • Why do people agree to have their medical consultations and surgical procedures featured on a reality show? What are the benefits and drawbacks of having your surgery performed by a celebrity doctor?

  • What kinds of things can we do to keep our hearts healthy? 

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