A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series has strong pro-organ donation messages. While some people's reasons for not donating their own or their loved ones organs are explored, the pressure to donate is always there.
Positive Role Models
The transplant doctors and assistants are all committed to saving their patients' lives, even if it means working around the clock and putting themselves at risk to do so.
Violence & Scariness
Potential donors are often shown losing their lives in accidents, shootings, and other tragic events. Guns and gunshot wounds are sometimes visible. Images of surgical procedures are often graphic, showing bloody tissue and various organs.
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Language includes words like "ass" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to illegal drug use, as well as countless references to drugs associated with organ transplants.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dramatic medical series focuses on organ transplants. The message is decidedly pro-organ donation, but it does explore some of the reasons why people do not donate. Potential donors are shown losing their lives (guns and bloody wounds are sometimes shown). Many of the surgical scenes are extremely graphic (blood, human tissue and organs are clearly visible). Strong words like "ass" and "hell" are audible. It also contains references to illegal drug use. Groups affiliated with organ donation, including the Angel Network, are mentioned. The overall show may be overwhelming to younger and/or more sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Three Rivers explores how organs go from donor to recipient, showing some of the red tape that medical professionals must cut through in order to successfully harvest, deliver, and transplant organs in time to save people's lives. It also explores some of the fears that people have about donating their loved ones' organs -- like eliminating the donor's chance of survival or violating personal and/or religious beliefs.
While some of the doctors' unique personalities and private issues surface throughout the show, most of its entertainment value comes from the never-ending professional and personal dilemmas associated with transplant surgery. As a result, some viewers may find it a little too distressing to watch. Others may have difficulty with its decidedly pro-organ donation message. But for medical drama enthusiasts, Three Rivers will be sure to please.
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