Primetime Bioethics

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CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer a recap of relevant materials that have premiered on television. Viewers are cautioned that the shows represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. They are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as www.movieweb.com or www.imdb.com. For further information on each series, please visit the individual topic pages. If there is a show you think we missed, email us at info@cbhd.org.

Biotechnology | Clinical & Medical Ethics | Cloning | Emerging Technology | End-of-Life | Genetic Ethics | Human Dignity / Personhood | Human Enhancement & Transhumanism | Neuroethics | Organ Donation & Transplantation | Patient's Rights / Informed ConsentPublic Health | Reproductive Ethics | Research Ethics | Stem Cell Research

 

Biotechnology

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Better Off Ted (2009–2010, TV-PG)
  • Blacklist (2013–present, TV-14)
  • Black Mirror (2011–present, TV-MA)
  • Caprica (2009–2010, TV-14)
  • Dark Matter (2015–2017, TV-14)
  • Electric Dreams (2018, TV-MA)
  • Fringe (2008–2012, TV-14)
  • Humans (2015–2018, TV-14)
  • Nikita (2010–2013, TV-14)
  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Biotechnology Edition

 

Clinical & Medical Ethics

  • House, M.D. (2004–2012, TV-14)
  • Scrubs (2001–2010, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Clinical & Medical Ethics Edition

 

Cloning

  • Fringe (2008–2012, TV-14)
  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Cloning Edition

 

Emerging Technology

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Altered Carbon (2018–2020, TV-MA)
  • Anon (2018, TV-MA)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009, TV-14)
  • Better Off Ted (2009–2010, TV-PG)
  • Black Mirror (2011–present, TV-MA)
  • Caprica (2009–2010, TV-14)
  • Dark Matter (2015–2017, TV-14)
  • Electric Dreams (2018, TV-MA)
  • Fringe (2008–2012, TV-14)
  • Humans (2015–2018, TV-14)
  • Intelligence (2014, TV-14)
  • Limitless (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Person of Interest (2011–2016, TV-14)
  • Revolution (2012–2014, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Emerging Technology Edition

 

End-of-Life

  • House, M.D. (2004–2012, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- End-of-Life Edition

 

Genetic Ethics

  • The 100 (2014–2020, TV-14)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Blacklist (2013–present, TV-14)
  • Dark Matter (2015–2017, TV-14)
  • Limitless (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)
  • The Rain (2018–2020, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Genetic Ethics Edition

 

Human Dignity / Personhood

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Black Mirror (2011–present, TV-MA)
  • Caprica (2009–2010, TV-14)
  • Dark Matter (2015–2017, TV-14)
  • Electric Dreams (2018, TV-MA)
  • Humans (2015–2018, TV-14)
  • Person of Interest (2011–2016, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Human Dignity Edition

 

Human Enhancement & Transhumanism

  • 3% (2016–2020, TV-MA)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Alphas (2011–2012, TV-14)
  • Altered Carbon (2018–2020, TV-MA)
  • Anon (2018, TV-MA)
  • Arrow (2012–2020, TV-14)
  • Blacklist (2013–present, TV-14)
  • Black Mirror (2011–present, TV-MA)
  • Chuck (2007–2012, TV-14)
  • Dark Matter (2015–2017, TV-14)
  • Dollhouse (2009–2010, TV-14)
  • Electric Dreams (2018, TV-MA)
  • The Expanse (2015–present, TV-14)
  • The Flash (2014–present, TV-PG)
  • Fringe (2008–2012, TV-14)
  • Humans (2015–2018, TV-14)
  • Intelligence (2014, TV-14)
  • Limitless (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Luke Cage (2016–2018, TV-MA)
  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Human Enhancement & Transhumanism Edition

 

Neuroethics

  • XIII: The Series (2011–2012, TV-MA)
  • The 100 (2014–2020, TV-14)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Alphas (2011–2012, TV-14)
  • Altered Carbon (2018–2020, TV-MA)
  • Anon (2018, TV-MA)
  • Chuck (2007–2012, TV-14)
  • Dollhouse (2009–2010, TV-14)
  • Humans (2015–2018, TV-14)
  • Limitless (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Nikita (2010–2013, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Neuroethics Edition

 

Organ Donation & Transplantation

  • Blacklist (2013–present, TV-14)
  • Taken (2017–2018, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Organ Donation & Transplantation Edition

 

Patient’s Rights / Informed Consent

  • Anon (2018, TV-MA)
  • Ascension (2014, TV-MA)
  • Black Mirror (2011–present, TV-MA)
  • House, M.D. (2004–2012, TV-14)
  • Person of Interest (2011–2016, TV-14)
  • Scrubs (2001–2010, TV-14)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Clinical & Medical Ethics Edition

 

Public Health

  • The 100 (2014–2020, TV-14)
  • 3% (2016–2020, TV-MA)
  • Anon (2018, TV-MA)
  • Ascension (2014, TV-MA)
  • Between (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Blacklist (2013–present, TV-14)
  • Taken (2017–2018, TV-14)
  • The Hot Zone (2019, TV-14)
  • The Rain (2018–2020, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Public Health Edition

 

Reproductive Ethics

  • Ascension (2014, TV-MA)
  • Blacklist (2013–present, TV-14)
  • The New Normal (2012–2013, TV-14)
  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Reproductive Ethics Edition

 

Research Ethics

  • 3% (2016–2020, TV-MA)
  • The 100 (2014–2020, TV-14)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020, TV-PG)
  • Ascension (2014, TV-MA)
  • Better Off Ted (2009–2010, TV-PG)
  • Between (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Luke Cage (2016–2018, TV-MA)
  • Limitless (2015–2016, TV-14)
  • Nikita (2010–2013, TV-14)
  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)
  • The Expanse (2015–present, TV-14)
  • The Hot Zone (2019, TV-14)
  • The Rain (2018–2020, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Research Ethics Edition

 

Stem Cell Research

  • Orphan Black (2013–2017, TV-MA)

For more information on each show, please visit Primetime Bioethics -- Stem Cell Research Edition

 

 

Updated Summer 2019

 

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