The pandemic has brought doctors and nurses to the forefront, with their services and efforts being appreciated tremendously. Their selfless efforts are getting much-deserved recognition after all these years.
Here are 10 medical dramas that are based around doctors or set in hospitals:
The longest-running medical drama in the world, this British series first premiered in 1986. It was created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin and featured an ensemble cast including Derek Thompson, Amanda Mealing, Cathy Shipton, and George Rainsford.
The show is set in the Accident & Emergency Department of the fictional Holby City Hospital. It follows a group of doctors, nurses, attendants, and paramedics who work in that division.
The show’s popularity gave rise to multiple spin-off shows. It also has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.
No. of seasons – 36 and running
Created by Michael Crichton, this series premiered in 1994 and ran for 331 episodes, concluding in 2009. It was based on Crichton’s own experiences as a medical student working in a hospital emergency room. The show featured an ensemble cast starring Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Shane West, and John Stamos.
Set in the County General Hospital of Chicago, the series followed medical practitioners working in the hospital’s emergency room. It dealt with both their personal and professional lives.
The series received positive critical and public response throughout and received 23 Primetime Emmy Awards and 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
No. of seasons – 15
3. All Souls
A paranormal hospital drama, this American series was created by Stuart Gillard and Stephen Tolkin and was inspired by Lars von Trier’s miniseries The Kingdom. It ran on air in 2001, starring Reiko Aylesworth, Daniel Cosgrove, Irma P. Hall, Grayson McCouch, Adam Rodriguez, and Serena Scott Thomas.
The series follows a group of medical officers working in the Boston teaching hospital where the lower floors are haunted by spirits of patients from the Civil War era. An inter,n Dr. Mitchell Grace (McCouch) decides to investigate these “haunted” rooms.
The series had a low viewership but received a positive response from critics.
No. of Seasons – 1
Created by Bill Lawrence, this series aired from 2001 to 2010 starring Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Eliza Coupe, Kerry Bishé, Michael Mosley, and Dave Franco.
The series followed John “J.D.” Dorian (Braff), a medical intern at the fictional teaching hospital Sacred Heart, and his comical daydreams.
The last episode of season eight was considered the finale, but the series was renewed for a ninth season. The ninth season sported the subtitle “Med School,” The setting was moved to a medical school, with several new members joining the cast. Bishé became the narrator in place of Braff.
No. of seasons – 9
This American medical drama premiered in 2004 and ran till 2012. It featured Hugh Laurie as the titular character with Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, and Olivia Wilde.
The series follows Dr. Gregory House (Laurie), a medical genius and leader of the diagnostics team at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. House often comes in conflict with his colleagues due to his unconventional ways and frequently flouts hospital rules. He also is heavily dependent on pain meds.
The series received high critical acclaim throughout and was one of the most popular shows worldwide. It has also received various awards.
No. of seasons – 8
6. Grey’s Anatomy
One of the longest-running television shows ever. This series was created by Shonda Rhimes, who ran it till 2015 when Krista Vernoff took over as the showrunner. It features an ensemble cast including Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T. R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Isaiah Washington, and Patrick Dempsey. The original cast has undergone significant changes over the seasons.
The show follows Meredith Grey’s (Pompeo) journey from an intern to the chief of general surgery and the ups-and-downs of her life, along with that of her colleagues.
It is one of the most beloved shows and has received high acclaim throughout.
No. of seasons – 18 and running
7. A Young Doctor’s Notebook
Based on the short story collection of the same name by Mikhail Bulgakov, this British limited series aired from 2012 to 2013. It featured John Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe playing the character of Dr. Vladmir Bomgard in two different timelines.
The series is set during the Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War and follows Dr. Vladimir Bomgard, who tries to remember his past years using his journal after spending years in rehab.
The series was well-received by critics but not so by audiences.
No. of seasons – 2
8. Red Band Society
Based on Polseres vermelles by Albert Espinosa, this American teen medical comedy-drama premiered in 2014. It was developed by Margaret Nagle and featured Octavia Spencer and an ensemble cast.
The series followed a group of teenagers who developed a close relationship with each other and the staff living in the pediatric ward.
The show received mixed reviews, but the performance of the young cast members was appreciated.
No. of seasons – 1
9. The Good Doctor
This American medical drama is based on a South Korean show of the same name by Park Jae-bum. The show premiered in 2017. It features Freddie Highmore in the lead.
The series follows Shaun Murphy, a young surgical resident who is autistic but possesses extraordinary abilities, as he moves from Wyoming to California and joins San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
The series has received mixed reviews, but Highmore’s performance has been praised.
No. of seasons – 5 and running
10. The Resident
Created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi, the series premiered in 2018. It is based on Marty Makary’s Unaccountable and features an ensemble cast including Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Morris Chestnut, Jessica Lucas, and Anuja Joshi.
The show follows a group of medical practitioners working at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital – their lives, trials, and tribulations. It also delves into the bureaucratic operations of the hospital industry.
No. of seasons – 5 and running.
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Edited by Urvashi Gupta