Parents' Guide to

The Resident

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Harrowing medical drama about hospital politics, ethics.

TV Fox Drama 2018
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

New spin on medical genre too iffy for kids

This show is quite obviously a [more] modern re-thinking/reboot of Fox's earlier House, where a brilliant-but-douchey-never-wrong-doctor famously diagnosed the most obscure and unknown diseases to date. Now enter The Resident, where another brilliant-but-douchey-never-wrong-doctor tackles more modern issues like problems with healthcare, ethical dilemmas, broken systems, and immigration. Unlike House, Conrad [The actual Resident] seems to be more in touch with his humanity, and seems to genuinely care about the well-being of his patients. Because of this you would think he's a positive role model, however, many of the methods he uses to get to the morally right results require him to do immoral things or morally ambiguous things at best. In one such situation Conrad switches patient blood vials to prevent a high-ranking official from illegally taking an organ from another, sicker patient. These types of moral dilemmas arise often in the series, and the show presents a slightly more realistic look at the inner machinations of a hospital than other doctor shows in the past--and present. Sexual themes are generally mild, with semi-graphic materials popping up every now and again. When it does occur, it isn't too graphic, but it can get inappropriate for smaller children and hormonal teens. The most intense of such is when an intern must check a patient's rectum using their finger, but the patient begins to get aroused [he starts making an orgasmic faces and sounds]. One scene shows a nude man and woman sprawled around each other in a bed, the woman legs draped around the man. He proceeds to trace different parts of her body while identifying the bone's name. they remain in this position for the entirety of the scene. In another scene a patient is watching pornography on their phone [a 'nurse' is seen wearing a shirt and lingerie, and the camera is from the viewpoint of presumably naked man on a table with his legs propped up as if he were about to get an exam.] The 'nurse' approaches before the phone is taken away, but dialogue is still heard off-screen as the real doctors exam the patient. The camera is angled in such a way that the porn actor's genitals are not shown, but the message is quite clear.
age 14+

This show is so great!

This show is really good. I love the story lines, the different things you learn about procedures and illnesses and the cast is amazing!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This compelling series curiously explores the idea that while doctors have a hard and important job, they don't always practice good medicine. It highlights the fact that the medical field is a business, which often leads to decisions based on politics and economics rather than the needs or well-being of the patient. It also raises questions about the code of ethics doctors are expected to follow, and the unexpected (and unfortunate) consequences that can result.

It's an entertaining work of fiction, but it shares some harrowing real-life information, including the fact that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. There are also scenes that are reminiscent of some well-publicized instances of malpractice. Ultimately, The Resident reinforces the idea that while there are a lot of wonderful things doctors and nurses do to save lives, there are a lot of things they can do to damage them, too.

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