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The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals  

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List Rules Vote up the best scripted dramas or comedy series—no reality shows.

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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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Three Rivers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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
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Holby City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Strong Medicine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Mercy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Medical Top Team is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Medical Top Team is a South Korean television series written by Yoon Kyung-ah and directed by Kim Do-hoon. It starred Kwon Sang-woo, Jung Ryeo-won, Ju Ji-hoon, Oh Yeon-seo and Choi Minho. The ...more
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Childrens Hospital is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Casualty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Henry Ian Cusick, Robson Green, Simon MacCorkindale
This series 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 medical drama shown on ...more
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Code Blue is listed (or ranked) 36 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 Doctors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn
The Doctors is an American television soap opera which aired on NBC Daytime from April 1, 1963, to December 31, 1982. There were 5280 episodes produced, with the 5000th episode airing in ...more
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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Lee Sun-kyun, Hwang Jung-eum
Golden Time is a 2012 South Korean medical drama starring Lee Sun-kyun, Hwang Jung-eum, Lee Sung-min and Song Seon-mi. It aired on MBC from July 9 to September 25, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays ...more
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Doctor Stranger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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The Mob Doctor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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