6 Best Medical Dramas

Along with sitcoms and soap operas, medical dramas have always been popular on TV and have also won multiple awards. Here are a few medical dramas that have won the heart of critics and audiences alike.

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

1. Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy has been a popular medical drama starring Hollywood heartthrob Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh and Katherine Heigl. It is a story about medical residents and interns who join Seattle Grace Hospital. It shows their journey in balancing their personal and professional lives. The story mainly focuses on Meredith and Derek's love story, and Meredith and Cristina's friendship among other parallel story lines. The show debuted in 2005 on ABC and is currently on air.

Private Practice

Private Practice

2. Private Practice

Private Practice aired on ABC from 2007 to 2013. This medical drama is a spin-off made by one of the creators of Grey's Anatomy. It follows the story of Dr. Addison played by Kate Walsh who leaves the Seattle Grace Hospital for practicing privately at Seaside Wellness in Los Angeles. The story of this medical drama revolves around the interaction of doctors with their patients and how they make time for their personal lives.

House

House

3. House

House was a pathbreaking medical drama that aired on Fox television from 2004 to 2012. The story of this TV show centers around the title character of Dr. Gregory House played by Hugh Laurie who is an eccentric, brilliant but an unconventional doctor at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. The show reveals how Dr. House's medical practice often creates conflicts because of his unconventional and controversial insights in diagnostics. House is known to be the most watched program on television in the world in 2008. It was distributed in more than 60 countries worldwide and has received numerous awards.

ER

ER

4. ER

Created by famous novelist Michael Crichton, ER aired on NBC from 2004 to 2009. The story of ER revolves around the happenings in the emergency room of the County General Hospital in Chicago. The original cast of the show included Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle and Eriq La Salle in pivotal roles. ER ran for 15 seasons which made it the longest running primetime medical drama in the history of American TV. It won 23 Emmy Awards and 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope

5. Chicago Hope

This is yet another medical drama set in a private charity hospital in Chicago which aired on CBS from 1994 to 2000. The principle cast of the show includes Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin, Thomas Gibson, Hector Elizondo and Christine Lahti among others. The story of the show is about an over ambitious surgeon with a traumatic personal background, inter-personal relationships of other doctors and their dealings with the personal lives of their patients.

Scrubs

Scrubs

6. Scrubs

Scrubs is a one of a kind medical comedy drama which was aired on NBC and ABC from 2001 to 2010. The show stars Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley and Judy Reyes in main roles. It is about the interning doctors at Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital. The story of this medical drama is narrated through techniques of slapstick and daydreams that occur to the main character played by Braff. The show uses Braff's point of view and his voice-over to outline the story of most episodes.

  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Private Practice
  • House
  • ER
  • Chicago Hope
  • Scrubs

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