09/28/09 83 W - + 11 - 14 Trauma

As found on FireCritic, Editor-in-Chief of JEMS and Firefighter Nation A. J. Heightman has posted a critical review of the new television series Trauma. The show is airing on NBC and is an action-drama about paramedics. It's also apparently utterly unrealistic, and a world away from the inspiring, accurate world of Emergency!  Sounds like the show is good for some laughs, or groans. We don't watch much television, so we'll rely on readers to report on its awfulness. Read the review.

And that’s different than every other cop, fire, medical, or ANY other show…. how? :)
rfburns - 09/28/09 - 09:24

What would you say is the most realistic TV show/movie about fire/ems/medical to date?? Or can a truely realistic show even be produced that is also entertaining to the masses? If you talk to people in the CSI business, they will quickly tell you how unrealistic those shows are…unless you have an unlimited budget. But if those shows were realistic, how entertaining would they really be??
Regular Joe - 09/28/09 - 16:20

If they are entertaining, they will not be realistic. If they are realistic, well, who want to see DELTA responses to sore throats? Even the EMERGENCY! was a stretch, becasue those guys on Squad 51 had one heck of a fist due area. Probably the most realistic cop shows were DRAGNET and ADAM-12.

But in this world of ours where shows like “America’s Next Top Model”, “American Idol”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “Wife Swap” are such big ratings getters, does society really care what we do and how we do it.

On the other had, maybe it’s not so bad that they think we really do all of that stuff. Of course, it would make for some really gross ambulances…But I wish my social life had ever been that exciting…
DJ (Email) (Web Site) - 09/28/09 - 18:30

I always liked Code Red from the early 80’s, also Third Watch was a pretty good show in the early 2000’s
JM - 09/28/09 - 23:18

Entertaining TV shows and realistic TV shows are not necessarily the same thing.
Given the state of current TV it’s obvious that entertaining TV shows are hard enough; adding realism is (a) more work (b) more expensive and© probably not going to be noticed by the general public.
At the other end of the spectrum a truly realistic TV 60 minute show about medics could easily end up being 45 minutes of them watching daytime Oprah, followed by 15 minutes of dealing with an incontinent 80-year old who pooped their pants – who would want to watch that?
Paul - 09/29/09 - 18:14

I know it’s a cop show, but, in talking with a federal agent friend as well as a few RPD guys, First 48 (one on my DVR list) is a pretty good one.
Silver - 09/29/09 - 20:05

Also a fan of First 48. I wish they hadnt gotten rid of Firehouse USA Boston or the Bravest. You can watch all Episodes of Firehoue Boston on Youtube, where the now passed Captain Kelly is in alot of episodes. “Brotherhood: Life in the FDNY” is a great post 9/11 documentary on just that. “Into the fire” presented by the Fireman fund is another really good one. I used to be a fan of the Battalion series online but there just wasnt enough fire.
KOM - 09/29/09 - 21:08

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