The Surgeon's Cut

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Compelling doctor docu features blood, organs, incisions.

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Positive Messages

In getting to know the featured doctors, The Surgeon's Cut covers a lot of ground, from the miraculous things that can be accomplished with surgery and medicine to coping with illness and grief.

Positive Role Models

The featured doctors are accomplished and skilled innovators who show a great deal of respect and empathy for their patients.


Nothing violent, but does show a significant amount of blood and organs as part of surgical procedures. Incisions are shown during operations. 


Sex comes up once or twice as a topic of discussion, but only briefly.


Mild profanity is occasionally used by the doctors and includes "s--t," "goddammit," "hell," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drugs, and smoking are never shown, but may come up in interviews with the doctors or their patients.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Surgeon's Cut is a documentary series about surgeons. Each episode features a different doctor who specializes in a specific type of surgery. The featured doctors are accomplished, well-respected, and innovators in their fields, which include heart surgery, brain surgery, and organ transplants. Surgery is shown, and often includes blood, organs, and incisions, which may be difficult for some viewers to watch. Mild profanity is occasionally used by the doctors and includes "s--t," "goddammit," "hell," etc. For those who are coping with illness, The Surgeon's Cut helps to demystify surgery and humanize doctors, both of which can be intimidating and scary.

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What's the story?

THE SURGEON'S CUT is a documentary series that introduces viewers to renowned surgeons. Each episode focuses on a different doctor and seeks to understand what drives them and how they came into their specialty, whether it be brain surgery or organ transplants. The doctors are seen interacting with patients and in the operating room, as well as grappling with illness and loss in their own lives. 

Is it any good?

For many people, hospitals, doctors, and especially surgery can be scary and intimidating. Not all of the doctors featured in The Surgeon's Cut may be outwardly friendly, but the show cuts deep to find out what drives them, how they go about their work, and the lengths to which they go to insure their patients' well-being. The doctors care for their patients in ways that aren't always obvious, and they often reveal their own struggles with illness and loss. Rather than simply documenting the clinical side of surgery, The Surgeon's Cut takes the time to look at the human side of medicine. It's a show that can help illuminate some of the mystery of the operating room.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about surgery. Do you know anyone who has had surgery? What types of surgery? How did they feel about having surgery? How does surgery provide hope for some people?

  • Who was the doctor featured in the episode you watched? How did he or she come to be a doctor? What type of surgery do they perform? What makes this doctor unique and successful?

  • How do some of these doctors interact with patients? How do they view their responsibilities to others? Have any of these doctors ever dealt with illness first-hand? What did they learn from it?

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 9, 2020
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: December 18, 2020

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