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The Best Reality Medical Shows 

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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.... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Chip Demarest, Andy Michaels, Brian Plaisier

Premiered: 1997

Network: TLC

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Reality television

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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NY Med is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
NY Med Katie Duke, Diana Costine, Mehmet Oz

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

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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Untold Stories of the E.... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Untold Stories of the E.R. Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama

Premiered: 2004

Number of Episodes: 78

Network: Discovery Fit & Health, TLC, Discovery Health Channel

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

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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Boston Med is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Amanda Grabowski, Andrew El Bardissi, Richard Reish

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Documentary, Reality television

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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Mystery Diagnosis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Mystery Diagnosis Razor Rizzotti, Jack Donoghue, Robin Ellsworth

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 80

Network: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Health Channel

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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Dr. G: Medical Examiner ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Jan C. Garavaglia, Jeff Colt, Sandy Ludwig

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Discovery Health Channel

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

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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Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Hopkins Avedis Meneshian, Megan Quick, Brian Bethea

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Drama, Documentary

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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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Laura Shelton added Nightwatch

Premiered: 2015

Nightwatch (A&E, 2015) is a reality series that follows the men and women who keep the citizens of New Orleans safe during the night.
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The Critical Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
The Critical Hour Thomas M. Scalea, Talat Chughtai, Lorraine Tremblay

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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Monsters Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Animal Planet

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 194

Network: 5*, A&E

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Intervention (A&E, 2005) is an American documentary television series created by Sam Mettler. It follows one/two participant(s), who are dependent or are addicted, documented in anticipation ...more
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My Strange Addiction is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
John Zajecka, Demi Kazanis, Tawni Abplanalp

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 38

Network: TLC

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

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
Jen Remauro, Adam Frederick, Lou Tambone

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Reality television

A Baby Story is an American reality series that began airing on TLC in 1998.
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I Didn't Know I Was Preg... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Dave Wittenberg

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

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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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
hanna.lundberg.student.falun added Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint, Ken Leung

Premiered: 2014

Network: NBC

The Night Shift is an American medical drama series that premiered on May 27, 2014, on NBC. The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the ...more
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Emergency Room: Life + D... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
ElizabethPatitsas added

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Documentary film

It follows doctors, nurses and staff at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) as they cope with real patients from the Greater Vancouver Regional District. VGH is the second largest hospital in Canada and British Columbia's only level I trauma centre. Stories of stabbings, car accidents, heart attacks, and life-threatening disease are shown alongside everyday cuts and sprains, drunks, and other minor cases, and episodes contain graphic images of wounds, blood, and/or routine and invasive medical procedures. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Room:_Life_%2B_Death_at_VGH )

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Save My Life: Boston Tra... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Save My Life: Boston Trauma (referred to on-air simply by its prefix title) is a medical documentary series on ABC, which premiered on July 19, 2015. It follows the medical staff of three ...more
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Botched is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Meghan Lucey Freeman added Paul Nassif, Terry J. Dubrow, Maria Menounos

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: E!

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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Dr. Pimple Popper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Sandra Lee

Premiered: 2018

Network: TLV

Genres (Tv): Reality

Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, 2018) is an American reality television series starring dermatologist and Internet celebrity Dr. Sandra Lee.
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Gold Coast Medical is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
CaseyTreanor added Gold Coast Medical
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Boston EMS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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Embarrassing Bodies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Ashley Jensen

Premiered: 2007

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Embarrassing Bodies is a British BAFTA-award winning reality medical television programme broadcast by Channel 4 and made by Maverick Television since 2007. In 2011, an hour-long live show was ...more
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Medical Emergency is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Georgie Parker, Christopher Gabardi

Premiered: 2005

Network: Seven Network

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Medical Emergency is an Australian reality television series screened on the Seven Network. Medical Emergency is narrated by actor Chris Gabardi who also appeared in drama series All Saints. It ...more
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First Responders Live is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

Premiered: 2019

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Reality television, Documentary

First Responders Live (Fox, 2019) is an American documentary-reality television series created by Dick Wolf. Camera crews follow first response teams in day to day operations and capture what ...more
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Big Medicine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: TLC

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

Big Medicine is an American reality television show that examines the effects of bariatric surgery, both physical and emotional, on obese patients. It also chronicles the ordeals of the patients ...more