Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that -- just like its parent show -- this Grey's Anatomy spin-off is intended for adults and explores a variety of mature themes like drug use, mental illness, incest, and homosexuality to keep its content fresh. Characters have tangled love lives, and many have slept with multiple partners within the office, so sex is a common discussion point and sexy scenes show making out, some partial nudity (backs, cleavage, etc.), and brief simulated sex. Some storylines center on violent acts like rape and assault, and surgical scenes are similarly bloody. That said, the show brings to light complicated real-life issues and attempts to present their many sides, encouraging viewers to ponder them and draw their own conclusions of right and wrong with relation to them.
Kissing, fondling, making out, and foreplay are common, and some scenes briefly show simulated sex. Years of revolving relationships mean that most of the characters have slept with at least a couple of their peers, making for some tangled webs of lust and angst, and sexual tension and bedroom antics are used throughout as plot development devices.
Surgical procedures are shown in graphic detail, and when episodes deal with violent content like rape, assault, and attempted murder, these acts are shown as well. Victims are battered and bloodied, and many characters -- including at least one main character -- die.
"Ass," "hell," and "damn" are commonly used.
The series explores heated topics like homosexuality, incest, infidelity, drug abuse, rape, kidnapping, mental illness, teen pregnancy, and death in a thoughtful, if overly dramatized, manner. Rarely are there clear-cut answers to the moral and legal questions raised in the stories, but it does a good job of presenting multiple sides to each dilemma, which encourages viewers to ponder the issues themselves.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adult characters are shown drinking alcohol in social situations and for relaxation at home, but it's usually in moderation. Drug use is a common topic in this medical-themed show, and some main characters are former drug addicts.