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The Greatest TV Shows About Hospitals

Updated January 14, 2021 7.3k votes 1.4k voters 74.1k views47 items

List RulesVote 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, 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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    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps
    House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An...  more

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    New Amsterdam

    Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas
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    Anthony Edwards, George Clooney
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    The Resident

    Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal
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    Chicago Med

    Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta
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    Zach Braff, Donald Faison
    Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill...  more

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    The Night Shift

    Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint
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  • 10

    Code Black

    Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey
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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers
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    St. Elsewhere

    Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels
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    Private Practice

    Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein
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    Kenny Wong, Hamza Haq
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    Saving Hope

    Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies
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    Chicago Hope

    Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon
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    Doogie Howser, M.D.

    Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella
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    Body of Proof

    Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan
    Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29,...  more

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    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon
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    Nurse Jackie

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    Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series. It premiered on...  more

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    Diagnosis: Murder

    Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke
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    Tiera Skovbye, Natasha Calis
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    General Hospital

    Eva Longoria, James Franco
    General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness...  more

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    Emily Owens, M.D

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