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List Rules Vote up the best reality TV series about an ER, doctor, nurse, or hospital.

The best medical reality shows are those that present fascinating, challenging medical cases and then let viewers see how patients are treated. The subject matter in a great medical reality TV show is often bizarre (or at the very least, slightly unusual), and the doctors, nurses and other medical staff involved in treatment are charismatic. This list includes many of the best reality medical television shows around, but it isn't complete. Feel free to add any medical shows you like, and vote up the programs that captivate you the most!

Some medical reality shows are filmed in actual hospitals, giving viewers a first-hand look at some of the critical situations that come up, especially in emergency rooms. Great examples of this kind of reality show include Trauma: Life in the E.R. and Untold Stories of the E.R.

In 2012, ABC debuted the reality documentary show NY Med, which followed the staff (including cardiothoracic surgeon and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz) at several New York-area hospitals as they treated patients for a variety of illnesses. The show was similar to two other ABC medical docudrama reality programs, 2010's Boston Med and 2008's Hopkins.

Medical mysteries are a common theme where medical reality shows are concerned. Mystery Diagnosis (OWN) sets up the story by giving viewers a detailed background of a patient before they became sick, and during their illness. Eventually, a correct diagnosis is provided, and it's often a strange, rare illness.

What are the best medical reality shows on TV? Addiction-related medical reality shows are often extremely compelling. Programs in this category include the Emmy-winning A&E series Intervention and even VH1's Celebrity Rehab.

What is the best reality medical show? That's up to you to decide, with your votes!
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NY Med is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Trauma: Life in the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Trauma: Life in the E.R. Chip Demarest, Andy Michaels, Brian Plaisier

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Boston Med is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Untold Stories of the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Untold Stories of the E.R. Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama

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Mystery Diagnosis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Dr. G: Medical Examiner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Dr. G: Medical Examiner Jan C. Garavaglia^! Jeff Colt^! Sandy Ludwig

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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Intervention Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

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Monsters Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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The Critical Hour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Laura Shelton added Nightwatch

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My Strange Addiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Gold Coast Medical is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
CaseyTreanor added Gold Coast Medical

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A Baby Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
A Baby Story Jen Remauro, Adam Frederick, Lou Tambone

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I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

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Botched is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Meghan Lucey Freeman added Botched

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Red Band Society is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
paolapolo added Red Band Society Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro

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Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Gary Busey, Tom Sizemore, Mackenzie Phillips