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The Best Reality Medical Shows  

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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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Trauma: Life in the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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
Katie Duke, Diana Costine, Mehmet Oz
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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Boston Med is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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
Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama
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 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 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) 7 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Laura Shelton added
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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Dr. G: Medical Examiner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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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The Critical Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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
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
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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Emergency Room: Life + Death a... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
ElizabethPatitsas added

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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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
hanna.lundberg.student.falun added Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint, Ken Leung
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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My Strange Addiction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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) 15 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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) 16 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
CaseyTreanor added Gold Coast Medical
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Botched is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Meghan Lucey Freeman added Paul Nassif, Terry J. Dubrow, Maria Menounos
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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Save My Life: Boston Trauma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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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Dr. Pimple Popper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Sandra Lee
Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, 2018) is an American reality television series starring dermatologist and Internet celebrity Dr. Sandra Lee.
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Boston EMS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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Medical Emergency is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Georgie Parker, Christopher Gabardi
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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Embarrassing Bodies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
Ashley Jensen
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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Big Medicine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
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
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Red Band Society is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Medical Shows
paolapolo added 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