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The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time

Updated February 4, 2021 53.3k votes 18.6k voters 938.6k views41 items

List RulesVote up your favorite dramas set in the ER or about doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

These are very best medical drama shows on television, ranked from best to worst.  Popular medical drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining medical drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite medical drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of medical drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast and premiere date, and even pictures, when available. What are the greatest medical dramas? It's time to vote!

Who doesn't love doctor shows and hospital shows? With TV shows about doctors, there's always plenty of drama because the stakes are so high. Lives are on the line and there is probably a love triangle involved, at least on popular TV shows about hospitals like ER and Grey's Anatomy.

This list also includes several new medical dramas of the past decade. CBS' latest medical series, Pure Genius, stars Dermot Mulroney as a brilliant surgeon who works alongside a tech billionaire at a state-of-the-art hospital center in Silicon Valley. Another new medical drama is PBS' Mercy Street, which is set during the Civil War. Starring Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Gary Cole, the period medical drama combines history and hospitals.   

Some of the names of medical dramas that make up this are stellar offerings like Jozi-H, Private Practice, and HouseWhat is the best medical drama show of all time? What are the greatest medical drama shows? Take a look at the many top-rated series on this list of TV shows featuring dramatic doctors and cast your votes for the ones you like the most.

 

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