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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
NY Med NY Med is a medical documentary series which premiered on ABC on July 10, 2012. It follows the medical staff and patients of Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center ...more

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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. Trauma: Life in the E.R. is a medical-based television reality show that formerly ran on TLC from 1997 to 2002 and reruns are currently airing on Discovery Fit & Health. At its peak, Trauma ...more

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Boston Med is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Boston Med Boston Med is an eight-part documentary television series that premiered on ABC in the United States on June 24, 2010. It follows the stories of doctors, nurses, patients and their families at ...more

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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. Untold Stories of the E.R. is a docudrama television series which airs on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. In this program real-life emergency room doctors tell about their most bizarre and ...more

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Mystery Diagnosis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Mystery Diagnosis Mystery Diagnosis is a television program that airs on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Each episode focuses on two or more individuals and their struggles to find out what ailments they suffer ...more

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Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Hopkins Hopkins is a seven-part documentary TV series set at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. It premiered in the United States on June 26, 2008, on ABC and is ...more

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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 Dr. G: Medical Examiner is a reality television series shown on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. Dr. G, or Dr. Jan Garavaglia, is the Chief Medical Examiner with Florida's District Nine ...more

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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Intervention Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan Intervention is an Emmy Award-winning American television series dealing with the struggles faced by many different kinds of addicts. Each episode follows one or two participants, each of whom ...more

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Monsters Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Monsters Inside Me Monsters Inside Me is a television documentary series about parasites that live on or, in many cases, inside the human body. It is filmed in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the ...more

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The Critical Hour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
The Critical Hour The Critical Hour is a medical reality TV show about real medical emergencies. Similar in format to the TV show COPS, it is shown in the United States by the Discovery Communications's Discovery ...more

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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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My Strange Addiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
My Strange Addiction John Zajecka, Demi Kazanis, Tawni Abplanalp My Strange Addiction is an American documentary television series that premiered on TLC on December 29, 2010. The Pilot was broadcast on May 5, 2010. The series focuses on people with unusual ...more

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A Baby Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
A Baby Story A Baby Story is an American reality series that began airing on TLC in 1998.

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Gold Coast Medical is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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Botched is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Meghan Lucey Freeman added Botched Botched is an American reality television series that premiered on E! on June 24, 2014. It follows doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif as they "remedy extreme plastic surgeries gone ...more

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I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant Dave Wittenberg I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant was an American documentary television series on Discovery Fit & Health and TLC. The series debuted on May 26, 2009 on Discovery Fit & Health. Each episode ...more

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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 Red Band Society is an American teen medical comedy-drama television series on Fox for the 2014–15 American television season developed by Margaret Nagle. The series premiered on September 17, ...more

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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 Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, later called simply Rehab with Dr. Drew, is a reality television show that aired on the cable network VH1 which chronicles a group of people as they are treated ...more