A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Words such as "damn" are audible but only occasionally.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Discussions about medications. Emergency rooms patients are sometimes drunk and on drugs.
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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.
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.
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