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The Best Reality Medical Shows

Updated February 3, 2021 4.9k votes 2.0k voters 297.9k views26 items

List RulesVote up your favorite reality TV series about the ER, doctors, nurses, or hospitals.

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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  • Trauma: Life in the E.R.1
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    Trauma: Life in the E.R.

    Chip Demarest, Andy Michaels

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Reality television

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  • NY Med2
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    NY Med

    Diana Costine, Mehmet Oz

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)reality

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  • Nightwatch3
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    Nightwatch

    Gavin Istre, Dan Flynn

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality

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  • Boston Med4
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    Boston Med

    Amanda Grabowski, Andrew El Bardissi

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Untold Stories of the E.R.5
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    Untold Stories of the E.R.

    Jenne Kang, Linda America

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Action

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  • Dr. G: Medical Examiner6
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    Dr. G: Medical Examiner

    Jan C. Garavaglia, Jeff Colt

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Mystery Diagnosis7
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    Mystery Diagnosis

    Razor Rizzotti, Jack Donoghue

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Hopkins8
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    Hopkins

    Avedis Meneshian, Megan Quick

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Drama, Documentary

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  • The Critical Hour9
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    The Critical Hour

    Thomas M. Scalea, Talat Chughtai

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • Monsters Inside Me10
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    Monsters Inside Me

    Dan Riskin, Kei'la Ryan

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Save My Life: Boston Trauma11
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    Save My Life: Boston Trauma

    Stephen Amell, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Dr. Pimple Popper12
    60
    17

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Reality

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  • Intervention13
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    Intervention

    Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • My Strange Addiction14
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    My Strange Addiction

    John Zajecka, Demi Kazanis

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Television documentary, Documentary, Reality television

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  • Boston EMS15
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    Boston EMS

    Dania Ramirez, Taylor Momsen

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Botched16
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    Botched

    Paul Nassif, Terry J. Dubrow

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • A Baby Story17
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    A Baby Story

    Jen Remauro, Adam Frederick

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Amazon buy button
  • Sex Sent Me to the ER18
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    Sex Sent Me to the ER

    Michael Guirguis, Yvette Esmeralda paz Favela

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant19
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    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • Embarrassing Bodies20
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    Embarrassing Bodies

    Ashley Jensen

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • Medical Emergency21
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    Medical Emergency

    Georgie Parker, Christopher Gabardi

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • Big Medicine22
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    Big Medicine

    Robert Davis, Garth Davis

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

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  • First Responders Live23
    15
    5

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality television, Documentary

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  • Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew24
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    Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

    Gary Busey, Tom Sizemore

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • License to Kill25
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    License to Kill

    Terry Dubrow

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Medical, Documentary

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