The Mob Doctor

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Hammy medical drama blends mob violence and surgical gore.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series is set in a violent world where organized crime is omnipresent, hospital politics are palpable, and people regularly get hurt -- and even die. Ethics are presented in shades of gray rather than black and white.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is an intelligent and talented doctor, but she picks and chooses the rules she'll follow and doesn't always act 100 percent ethically. When she lies or twists the truth, however, it's usually to help other people.

Violence

Aside from some semi-graphic surgery scenes, imagery includes dead bodies and gruesome injuries, such as a screwdriver stuck into a man's head. People also get shot, and there's some visible blood.

Sex

Characters make out in various stages of undress, but sex is only implied. Plots can involve sexual themes (such as teen pregnancy via "outercourse").

Language

Occasional swearing includes "damn" and "ass."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters occasionally drink alcohol. The main character's father was an alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mob Doctor centers on a doctor who's straddling the line between right and wrong thanks to a difficult ethical dilemma. Violent content includes semi-graphic surgery scenes, dead bodies, and gruesome injuries with visible blood. Plots can also involve sexual themes, and characters make out on camera, although sex is only implied. Swearing is confined to low-level terms like "hell" and "damn." Characters occasionally drink alcohol, and the main character's father was an alcoholic.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydr dew September 19, 2012

kindof hard to rate

well md is one of those shows thats kindof hard to put a rate on because u love it yet some of the content is not exactly appropreate for everyone so ii say if... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl December 4, 2012

LAMEST thing I have seen on TV in YEARS

Don't Bother. Just don't. Nothing to see here. Move on. Medical violence includes gory surgeries, other violence includes shootings, etc. People sleep... Continue reading

What's the story?

In a move to shield her brother from a deadly gambling debt, thoracic surgeon Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) agrees to go "off book" on Chicago's gritty Southside and become the mob's personal physician. But her secret life as THE MOB DOCTOR is rife with ethical complications, and Grace can't always be honest with the people she loves -- including her best friend (Floriana Lima), her boyfriend (Zach Gilford), and her boss (Zeljko Ivanek).

Is it any good?

The Mob Doctor is one of those shows whose title and premise are so silly that it could go either way. (Is this attractive young surgeon really a "mob doctor"? Yes, she is -- and it's pretty much how it sounds.) But in the end, the show smacks more of hammy melodrama than genuinely compelling television thanks to characters that feel half-formed and dialogue that doesn't ring true to life. In fact, it might be more entertaining as a parody than as decidedly serious fare.

While other medical dramas have played with plots that mix the crime world and the medical profession, there hasn't been a show that's been willing to commit to the marriage of the two. But now that there is one ... there won't likely be another.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence and the show's depiction of organized crime. How does the violent content here compare to other movies and TV shows about the mob (think The Sopranos or Goodfellas)? How realistic are the characters and the situations they find themselves in?

  • Are the main character's actions justifiable? Does that mean they're ethical, too -- and what's the difference? What would you do if you found yourself in a similar situation?

  • Is this series a medical drama, a crime drama, or both? How successfully does it combine the two genres? Can you think of any other shows like it on the air?

TV details

For kids who love drama

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