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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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ER is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 2 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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House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Saving Hope is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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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
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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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Emily Owens, M.D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
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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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell
This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves incidents with the help of his son, a detective played by his ...more
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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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