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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Graphic medical drama has a refreshingly diverse cast.

TV NBC Drama 2020
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Interesting, helps humanize people who are different from ourselves

Seeing characters of different backgrounds and circumstances is both interesting and helps us empathize with them as human beings. And I love John Hannah's Scots accent!

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age 18+


I love the actors and show, but it is hard to understand the Scottish actor John Hannah. He is garbled and hard to understand his Scot English. He speaks low and they don't have the mic close enough to pick up his accent so I have a chance to interpret his accent.

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Bashir Hamed's status as a Syrian refugee and shadowy background add some juice to these proceedings, but otherwise this is a fairly rote medical drama. Viewers who just can't get enough of scrubs, dense medical-gobbledygook dialogue, and sudden plot complications announced by the arrival of a gurney piloted by running doctors may be pleased with Transplant, because there is wheat within the chaff. With his expressive face and natural gravitas, Hamza Haq makes a creditable leading man, and it's certainly delightful to see a character of Middle Eastern extraction who's playing a hero instead of a terrorist. Hamed's relationship with his young sister Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus) feels touchingly authentic, and we're definitely interested in learning who this guy is, and what exactly drove him and Amira to emigrate.

However, between the moments of intrigue are dull spots that will remind you of every other medical drama you've ever watched. There are elements of House (with doctors intuitively and instantly grasping the root of a patient's mysterious ailment), of ER (with shameless drama milked from the suffering of sympathetic sick people), and of Grey's Anatomy (hot young doctors looking for love). And none of that is bad, it's just been done before, so to make this type of drama work, it has to shake things up somehow. Leaning on Bash's background just isn't enough, no matter how appealing Haq is as an actor. This drama needs a shot of adreneline; otherwise, the prognosis is meh.

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