Medical The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals  

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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. 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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more

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ER is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Code Black Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville 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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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Doogie Howser, M.D. Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on ABC from September 19, 1989 to July 28, 1993, totaling 97 episodes. Created by Steven Bochco and ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez 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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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
The Night Shift 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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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more

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City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
City of Angels Gabrielle Union, Maya Rudolph, Vivica A. Fox City of Angels is an American medical drama television series which ran for two seasons on CBS during the 2000 calendar year. It was network television's first medical drama with a predominantly ...more

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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
The Resident Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood 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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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Private Practice Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland Private Practice is an American medical drama television series which aired on ABC from September 26, 2007, to January 22, 2013. A spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the series takes place at Seaside ...more

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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Chicago Med Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto 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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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
General Hospital Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the third longest-running ...more

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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Body of Proof Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend 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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Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Chicago Hope Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity ...more

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The Knick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
The Knick Clive Owen^! André Holland^! Jeremy Bobb The Knick is an American television drama series on Cinemax created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The series follows Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen) and ...more

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Mercy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Mercy Michelle Trachtenberg, Taylor Schilling, James Van Der Beek Mercy is a medical drama which aired on NBC from September 23, 2009 to May 12, 2010. The series initially aired on Wednesday nights at 8/7c, as part of the 2009 fall season, but was pushed back ...more

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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a British horror parody television series created for Channel 4 by Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. The show focuses on fictional horror author Garth Marenghi ...more

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Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Hawthorne Jada Pinkett Smith, Suleka Mathew, Hannah Hodson Hawthorne is an hour-long medical drama on the TNT television network starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan. It premiered on June 16, 2009. On Thursday, September 16, 2010, it was ...more

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Code Blue is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Code Blue Tomohisa Yamashita, Yui Aragaki, Erika Toda Code Blue is a Japanese television drama broadcast by Fuji TV. Season 1 ran in 2008 and season 2 ran in 2010.

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The Mob Doctor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
The Mob Doctor Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, James Carpinello The Mob Doctor is an American television drama that aired on Fox from September 17, 2012 to January 7, 2013 as a part of the 2012–13 network television season. The series was created by Josh ...more

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Saving Hope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Saving Hope Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies, Michael Shanks 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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Casualty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Casualty Henry Ian Cusick, Robson Green, Simon MacCorkindale Casualty, stylised as CASUAL⁺Y, is a British medical drama that airs weekly on BBC One. It is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world, and the most enduring ...more

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Childrens Hospital is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Childrens Hospital Rob Huebel, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino Childrens Hospital is a satirical American comedy television series and web series that parodies the medical drama genre, created by and starring actor/comedian Rob Corddry. The series began on ...more

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Nurse Jackie Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze 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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Holby City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Holby City Hugh Quarshie, Tina Hobley, Rosie Marcel Holby City is a British medical drama television series that airs weekly on BBC One. The series was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama ...more

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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell Diagnosis: Murder is a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective ...more

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Heartbeat Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios at the Leeds Studios and on ...more

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Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Dr. Kildare Richard Chamberlain^! Raymond Massey^! Jean Inness Dr. Kildare is an NBC medical drama television series which ran from September 27, 1961 until April 5, 1966, encompassing a total of 190 episodes. The show, which premiered at the same time as ...more

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Strong Medicine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Strong Medicine Rosa Blasi, Janine Turner, Tamera Mowry Strong Medicine is a medical drama with a focus on feminist politics, health issues and class conflict, that aired on the Lifetime network from 2000 to 2006. The series was created and produced ...more

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Emily Owens, M.D is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Emily Owens, M.D Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King At long last, Emily Owens feels like she is an actual grown-up. She can finally put her high school days as the geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she’s graduated from medical school and is ...more

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Doctor Stranger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Doctor Stranger Jong-Suk Lee, Se-Yeon Jin, Ho-jin Chun Doctor Stranger is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Lee Jong-suk, Park Hae-jin, Jin Se-yeon and Kang So-ra. It aired on SBS from May 5 to July 8, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at ...more

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more

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Three Rivers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Three Rivers Alfre Woodard, Alex O'Loughlin, Katherine Moennig Three Rivers is an American television medical drama that aired on CBS from October 4, 2009, to July 3, 2010, and starred Alex O'Loughlin in the role of an infamous transplant surgeon in ...more