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Mental illness is a major theme. Nursing, helping people, and coping with life’s stressors, parenthood, marriage, and other mature themes are also present.
Positive Role Models
Nik is a gifted psychiatric nurse who cares deeply about his patients' well-being. Other staffers do their job with various levels of efficiency and kindness. The staffers and patients have different life stories and face different struggles, but aren't bad people.
It’s an Australian series featuring an Australian cast. The central character is South Asian; the majority of the cast is White. There are some Black characters (as defined by U.S. cultural standards), but members of other racial/ethnic groups with darker skin are also referred to as "Black." Nik self-defines as "Black Indian."
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Violence & Scariness
Some of the patients yell, scream, and get violent. Some of the staff get violent from time to time to cope with their own stress. The attempt to cause the death of a baby is imagined.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of cursing ("f--k"), as well as profanity commonly used in British and Australian communities (like "wanker," "t--t").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Prescription pills are given out to patients. One patient allegedly attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wakefield is an Australian series about life in a psychiatric ward. It features lots of mature themes and dark humor relating to mental health. There's also lots of cursing, some sexual innuendo, and lewd comments. Some physical violence (chair throwing, breaking windows, etc.) and drinking and cigarette smoking are visible. is visible. Drug overdoses and suicide are addressed as well.
Is It Any Good?
This smart dark comedy, which is based on who creator Kristen Dunphey's own experiences, features a combination of lighthearted laughs and deeply touching moments by drawing a fine line between reality and madness. Central to the show is Nik, who, despite his natural ability to care for psychiatric patients, seems to be losing his grasp on reality. But Wakefield broadens the story by offering snapshots of day-to-day life in the mental health ward from different points of view. It shows how patients who interact with Nik (played by folks like Dan Wyllie, Harry Greenwood, and Megan Smart) cope differently with their hospitalization and their illness. Meanwhile, it also highlights how the staff are barely holding on to their own sanity outside of the hospital. Some folks may have a hard time negotiating some of the humor, given the topic matter and some of the cultural nuances. But Wakefield is well-written and well-produced, and offers some unique entertainment.
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