The Best 1980s Medical TV Shows 

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Updated October 17, 2019 362 votes 175 voters 24k views 11 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite medical series that aired in the '80s.

These are the best 1980s medical TV shows, ranked from best to worst by your votes. From great 80s medical TV shows that were dramas, to others that were hysterical comedies, this list has a little something for everyone. What are the top 1980s medical TV series? That's up to you! Vote up your favorites!

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1980s medical TV shows list? In the 80s, young viewers finally had a medical show of their own with Doogie Howser, M.D., starring an adolescent Neil Patrick Harris. After premiering in 1989, this show went on to run for four great seasons. Chicago Story is another good medical show that aired in the 1980s.

M*A*S*H was such a good medical show that its 1983 finale remains the most watched TV show in history. Other great shows that appear on this top 1980s medical TV shows list include St. Elsewhere, Kay O'Brien and China Beach. So which 80s medical show is the best? Vote up your favorites!

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Medical TV Shows
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M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for CBS, follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the "4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" in Uijeongbu, South Korea during the Korean War. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Medical TV Shows
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Quincy, M.E. is an American television series from Universal Studios that aired from October 3, 1976, to September 5, 1983, on NBC. It stars Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County medical examiner. Inspired by the book by Marshall Houts, a former FBI agent, the show also resembled the earlier Canadian television series Wojeck, broadcast by CBC Television. John Vernon, who played the Wojeck title role, later guest starred in the third-season episode "Requiem For The Living". ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

Premiered: 1976

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Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Medical TV Shows
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Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure in San Francisco, California. The show ran on CBS from September 23, 1979, to September 4, 1986. Roberts played the character more than twice as long as had Wayne Rogers in the series M*A*S*H. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield, Lorna Luft, Gregory Harrison, + more

Premiered: 1979

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Medical TV Shows
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St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels as teaching doctors at an aging, underrated Boston hospital who gave interns a promising future in making critical medical and life decisions. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises, which had success with a similar NBC series, the police drama Hill Street Blues, during that same time; both series were often compared to each other for their use of ensemble casts and overlapping serialized storylines. St. Elsewhere was filmed at CBS/MTM Studios, which was known as CBS/Fox Studios when ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

Premiered: 1982

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