Sirens

There is a new TV comedy series on the USA Network called Sirens (Produced by Dennis Leary) whose main characters are EMTs/paramedics at a private ambulance company in Chicago. According to Entertainment Weekly, Sirens is one of the “12 best new shows” on TV.

At the three minute mark of the first episode the crew responds to a patient in cardiac arrest in a public building. They apply the Life Pack defibrillator pads and are just about to shock the man when the EMT notices a rash on the man’s neck and instead says, “Kill the toaster!” and whips out an epi pen and stabs the man in the leg. The man immediately starts breathing and is fine.

Later in the show they respond to a patient with a bottle in his butt. When they hit a bump and it comes out, one of the EMTs asks him if he wants to go to the grocery store to get his deposit back. The episode ends when they give the new guy a soda (and then tell him the bottle is the same as was in the guy’s rear end-it’s not).

The show is not really about EMS (obviously). So there is no sense in reviewing its portrayal of us because it is not really trying to portray us. There is very little real EMS content to the show. It is instead a comedy about three young male good guys who happen to be EMTs. There is a lot of off-color joking and raunchy dialogue, heavy on sexual innuendoes.

The show could as easily be about people in another line of work, dealing with their trial.

The New York Times called it “a comedy without the humor.”

Denis Leary’s Sirens- a USA Comedy = Makes its Debut

USA Today liked it better.

Sirens : Review

Some of us may enjoy the humor. I say nothing against it, but tonight instead of watching Episode 2, I am watching Ice Age 4 (with Denis Leary as Diego) with my six-year-old daughter, and waiting for her to fall asleep, so I too, can get some shut eye.

1 Comment

  • Zeke says:

    The UK series is quite fun if you can find it. The series are based on the books “Blood, sweat and tea” and “More blood, more sweat and another cup of tea”. Which are in turn the editted work from the Random acts of reality blog which is not active anymore, but the entire archive is still available at http://briankellett.net/raor/

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