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The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals 

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Updated June 3, 2020 4.1k votes 897 voters 40.9k views 43 items

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It seems these days, you can't turn on your television without stumbling across a series about hospitals. Whether it's about the people who work there or the patients who wind up inside, hospital shows have been going strong for years. Doctors, nurses, and other staff members who work in these institutions have always fascinated the general population and have long been a part of TV. Whether you enjoy watching a comedy, drama, romance, suspense, or anything else in-between, there are plenty of options to choose from if you're on the lookout for an amazing TV show set in a hospital or clinic.

The best shows about hospitals shows have been going strong since the debut of the hit medical drama ER, but it was hardly the first (or last) of its kind. Comedies like Scrubs were less about medicine than they were about relationships, but if you prefer a mix of the two, shows like Grey's Anatomy delve deep into the nuances of surgery while digging into the relationships of the many characters on the show, and New Amsterdam looks at the relationships built as a hospital is rebuilt. Determining the absolute best of them all is the goal of this list and there are a lot of amazing choices. Which series make your list of good shows about hospitals?

For more recommendations on hospital shows, browse this list and feel free to add any similar series you think are missing! Also be sure to check out the best medical movies if you need more hospital-based content in your life.

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House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An antisocial maverick doctor (Hugh Laurie) who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Premiered: 2017

The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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ER is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

Premiered: 1994

ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and ...more

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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood

Premiered: 2017

The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi. Idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) begins his ...more
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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery
New Amsterdam (NBC, 2018) is an American medical drama television series developed by David Schulner. A new medical director (Ryan Eggold) is hired to run one of the most prominent hospitals in ...more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence. In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) ...more

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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto

Premiered: 2015

Chicago Med (NBC, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. Set in Chicago, the show focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago ...more

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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint, Ken Leung

Premiered: 2014

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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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville

Premiered: 2015

Code Black (CBS, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Michael Seitzman. The show centers on the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where four first-year residents and ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

Premiered: 1982

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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland

Premiered: 2007

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Saving Hope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies, Michael Shanks

Premiered: 2012

Saving Hope is a Canadian television supernatural medical drama, set in the fictional Hope Zion Hospital in Toronto. The show's central character is Dr. Alex Reid, a doctor whose fiancé, ...more

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

Premiered: 2009

Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime on June 8, 2009. The show's seventh and final season will premiere April 12, 2015. The show stars ...more

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Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly

Premiered: 1994

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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery

Premiered: 1989

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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend

Premiered: 2011

Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29, 2011, to May 28, 2013, and starred Dana Delany as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt. The series was ...more

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

Premiered: 2003

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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

Premiered: 1993

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Transplant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Kenny Wong, Hamza Haq, Laurence Leboeuf

Premiered: 2020

Transplant (CTV/NBC, 2020) is a medical drama television series created by Joseph Kay. An ER doctor, who fled his native Syria to come to Canada, must overcome numerous obstacles to resume a ...more

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

Premiered: 1963

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Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Jean Inness

Premiered: 1961

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Emily Owens, M.D is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King

Premiered: 2012

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds

Premiered: 1992

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