The great thing about medical television shows is there is no lack of interesting and unique storylines, especially for healthcare professionals, who can easily relate to the scenarios, like daily patient interactions and surgical procedures, playing out on their screens.
Our valued healthcare professionals have definitely earned a break, considering all they have done in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we have compiled some of our favorite medical dramas and comedies, that you can binge right now, including the numerous streaming options in which to view them on your time, considering all of your hectic schedules!
The Top 10 Medical Series Available on Streaming
E.R. | Hulu (premium), Apple TV (pay)
This widely popular drama series, which ran from 1994-2009, is set in Chicago. The show followed healthcare professionals at County General Hospital and spotlighted their lives, both personally and professionally. The show served up numerous dilemmas and heartbreaking choices among its staff. Over the course of 15 seasons, including 331 episodes, the series featured stars like Noah Wyle, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle and Sherry Springfield.
Scrubs | Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV, Sling TV (premium)
This was a fun, but at times heartbreaking series, which ran from 2001-10 (nine seasons and 187 episodes). It took place at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital and centered on stars Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Ken Jenkins, and Neil Flynn. The show centered on recently graduated medical students as they learn the ropes under both Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso, while they also juggle their personal lives as well.
Grey’s Anatomy | Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV
This series starred Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, T.R. Knight, Isaiah Washington, Katherine Heigl and James Pickens. It spanned over 17 seasons, including 375 episodes, and took place at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. It centered on Meredith Grey and her colleagues, who struggle to maintain structure in their personal and professional lives.
House | Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV, Peacock (premium)
The series followed Dr. Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie, who would solve difficult health mysteries in unconventional ways by way of seemingly flawless instincts, despite whether being ethical, to save the patient. It also included stars Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, and Jesse Spencer. It went eight seasons (177 episodes), set at the fictional Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital of New Jersey.
The Good Doctor | Hulu, YouTube TV
The series centers on a young autistic surgeon, Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore. He is seemingly unable to personally connect with his colleagues and feels alone, while possessing extraordinary medical skills and intuition. The show launched in 2017 and has currently garnered 69 episodes. It takes place in a surgical unit at the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. The rest of the starring cast included: Antonia Thomas, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Paige Spara, Will Yun Lee, Tamlyn Tomita, Richard Schiff, Christina Chang, Jasika Nicole and Fiona Gubelmann.
Nurse Jackie | Apple TV (pay), YouTube TV (pay), Amazon Prime (pay)
Series star Edie Falco plays Jackie Peyton, an emergency room nurse who prides herself on providing optimal care to her patients in a presumably crumbling healthcare system, all while battling her reliability on both Adderall and Vicodin, to help her through her taxing shifts. The show lasted seven seasons (2009-15) and turned in 80 episodes. It also starred Merritt Wever, Peter Facinelli, Paul Schulze, Eve Best, Haaz Sleiman, Dominic Fumusa and Anna Deavere Smith.
M*A*S*H | Hulu (premium), YouTube TV (pay), Apple TV (pay), Amazon Prime (pay)
This 1972 series followed members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. It uses comedy to escape the real-life horror of war and depression during battle. Leading the charge were Benjamin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce, played by Alan Alda, ‘Trapper’ John McIntire (Wayne Rogers), Major Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan (Loretta Swift) and Cpl. Walter ‘Radar’ O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff). It also starred Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Harry Morgan, and Mike Farrell. The show ran till 1983, which resulted in 256 episodes during its 11-season run.
Royal Pains | Amazon Prime, YouTube TV (pay), Apple TV (pay)
It took 8 seasons (104 episodes) to tell the story of this series, which ran from 2009-16. It starred Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Hank Lawson, who is blamed for the death of a hospital trustee. Blacklisted from the medical community, he is convinced to launch his own private medical service by his brother, Evan Roth Lawson (Paulo Costanzo). He then becomes an on-call physician for the famous (and infamous) of the Hamptons. The show also starred: Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay, Ben Shenkman and Campbell Scott.
St. Elsewhere | Hulu (premium), Apple TV (pay)
The drama series, which ran from 1982-88, followed the staff at Boston’s St. Eligius Hospital. The series focuses more on the day-to-day occurrences and realities of living in a big city, rather than focusing solely on what happens in the hospital. The show used intense dark humor to help the healthcare staff cope with numerous situations. The six-season show (137 episodes) starred Ed Flanders, David Birney, G.W. Bailey, Kavi Raz, Cynthia Sikes, Barbara Whinnery, Kim Miyori, Bonnie Bartlett and featured notable recurring actors like, Ed Begley Jr., Howie Mandel and Denzel Washington.
Dexter | Showtime, Amazon Prime, Hulu (premium), YouTube TV (premium), Sling TV (premium)
This show is the exception in the list but has elements of the healthcare industry in it. The show actually has a ninth and final season on the way, its first since 2013, but has accumulated 96 episodes over its first eight seasons, which began in 2006. It follows a Dexter Morgan, a Miami-based forensic expert, who not only helps solve murders, but also commits them! The budding serial killer murders the guilty, but is opposed by his police officer sister, Debra Morgan, played by Jennifer Morgan, while his coworkers are all oblivious. The show also stars: Rita Bennett, James Doakes, Maria LaGuerta, Angel Batista, Harry Morgan, and Vince Masuka.
We have laid out quite a lot to watch, including a combined 93 seasons of televisions, or 1,807-total episodes. So, get to watching and let us know what you think or feel free to drop your own recommendations too. Happy viewing!
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