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Wakefield (2021)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark Aussie comedy deals with mental health, some language.

TV Showtime Comedy 2021
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Some dumb waste of time spots 90% entertaining!(not easy for ME)

Are there areas that could’ve been left-out entirely, and used those minutes for a bit more good dialogue? YIP! *I* LOVE this series. It’s an uncommon focus~~the nurse rather than doctor. There are mini stories (all the other ‘patients’) within the main series itself. Real-life info/real-life mh tactics ARE used, AND/BUT could have been explored and delved into more. (But only 8episodes?! Should’ve chosen a more specific topic/area/ WITHIN the MH category as Nik’s ‘specialty. Even though I enjoyed watching him interact with each patient’s different need (although SOME were merely backdrops with whom NOBODY, none of the ‘nurses’ interacted with AT ALL, which didn’t feel right as I watched. I felt there were too many minutes, per episode, of his ‘straying-off’ & tap dancing. The first 2 episodes ‘ivy’ was a HUGE focus, but then COMPLETELY & TOTALLY disappeared, not ever even mentioning her or her situation ever again. Just didn’t feel right. ‘Nik’ this gifted NP, played by ‘Rudi’, works so perfectly & beautifully—HE is so easy to look at and watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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