A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's characters are clearly presented as performing a heroic, difficult duty -- but it's a duty that takes its toll on their personal lives.
Positive Role Models
The show's selfless paramedics are completely dedicated to saving lives -- often putting their own on the line as a consequence -- but they're also complex human beings with emotional needs and desires. Some handle their stress better than others, especially when tension gets really high.
Violence & Scariness
The paramedics deal with severe injuries almost every day. Though many of the victims are quite bloody, not too many graphic images presented on screen. Expect plenty of explosions, crashes, and other traumatic events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references, but very little romance. One married character seems to have issues with fidelity.
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Not much stronger than "balls," "idiot," "jerk," and "dumbass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this medical drama -- which focuses on a team of paramedics -- blends intense life-and-death drama with the characters' emotional conflict as they deal with the personal aftermath of their extremely stressful jobs. There are harrowing accidents in every episode, but relatively few gory images, all things considered (though some bloody victims are shown). Some characters drink to blow off steam after their shifts.
Is It Any Good?
Having intense emotional reactions to a life filled with harrowing incidents is understandable, but the characters' responses are somewhat clichéd. Family man Cameron (Derek Luke) develops a problem with fidelity because he can't bring the stress back to his wife and kids. Maverick chopper pilot Rabbit (Cliff Curtis), who survived the mid-air disaster, now thinks he's indestructible and likes to drive down San Francisco's notoriously steep hills at high speed. And Nancy (Anastasia Griffith), whose boyfriend was killed in the crash, now becomes emotionally invested in every patient she works with. We've seen all this before.
A bigger issue is tone. Trauma can't seem to decide whether it's a high-stakes drama or a lighthearted look at emergency workers. Sometimes the characters seem to be sweating bullets to save a patient, while other times they trade witty quips across the bloody body of a critically injured patient or casually saunter down the highway to help the victims of a multi-vehicle car crash. A little urgency would be appropriate here; it might make the show more interesting to viewers.
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