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List Rules The best medical drama TV shows of all time.

The 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, creator, 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 premiered in the 2016-2017 season. 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 House. What 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 doctor TV shows and cast your votes for the ones you like the most.

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House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

See: The Best Seasons of House

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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

See: The Best Seasons of Greys Anatomy

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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ER is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

See: The Best Seasons of ER

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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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Night Shift Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint, Ken Leung

See: The Best Seasons of Night Shift

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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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Private Practice Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland

See: The Best Seasons of Private Practice

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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

See: The Best Seasons of M*A*S*H

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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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
ernest-hoffman added Code Black Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzmán, Melanie Chandra

See: The Best Seasons of Code Black

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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Emily Owens, M.D is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Emily Owens, M.D Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King

See: The Best Seasons of Emily Owens, M.D

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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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Harley Rae Reid added 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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Saving Hope is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
AntraUpeniece added Saving Hope Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies, Michael Shanks

See: The Best Seasons of Saving Hope

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) 11 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Chicago Hope Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly

See: The Best Seasons of Chicago Hope

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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Royal Pains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Royal Pains Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty

See: The Best Seasons of Royal Pains

Royal Pains is a USA Network television series that premiered on June 4, 2009, starring Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Ben Shenkman, and Campbell ...more

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

See: The Best Seasons of Nip/Tuck

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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
nyxpol added Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen

See: The Best Seasons of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in ...more

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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Hart of Dixie Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams

See: The Best Seasons of Hart of Dixie

Hart of Dixie is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The CW from September 26, 2011 to March 27, 2015. The series, created by Leila Gerstein, stars Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe ...more

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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Nurse Jackie Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

See: The Best Seasons of Nurse Jackie

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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Body of Proof Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend

See: The Best Seasons of Body of Proof

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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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

See: The Best Seasons of St. Elsewhere

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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Red Band Society is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Keiralee added Red Band Society Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro

See: The Best Seasons of Red Band Society

Red Band Society is an American teen medical comedy-drama television series on Fox for the 2014–15 American television season developed by Margaret Nagle. The series premiered on September 17, ...more

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Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Hawthorne Jada Pinkett Smith, Suleka Mathew, Hannah Hodson

See: The Best Seasons of Hawthorne

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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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

See: The Best Episodes of Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more

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Trauma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Trauma Taylor Kinney, Aimee Garcia, Scottie Thompson

See: The Best Seasons of Trauma

Trauma is a television series which originally ran on NBC from September 28, 2009 to April 28, 2010 and focused on a group of paramedics in San Francisco, California. A month after its premiere ...more

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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
LIA18 added 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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A Gifted Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
A Gifted Man Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale A Gifted Man is an American television series, which premiered on CBS on September 23, 2011. The series is about a talented but self-absorbed surgeon who starts questioning his purpose in life ...more

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Mercy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Mercy Michelle Trachtenberg, Taylor Schilling, James Van Der Beek

See: The Best Seasons of Mercy

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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Off the Map is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Off the Map Rachelle Lefevre, Cheech Marin, Caroline Dhavernas

See: The Best Seasons of Off the Map

Off the Map is a medical drama created by Jenna Bans, who also served as an executive producer, with colleagues from Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The series ran on ABC from ...more

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Monday Mornings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Monday Mornings Ving Rhames^! Jamie Bamber^! Jennifer Finnigan

See: The Best Seasons of Monday Mornings

Monday Mornings is an American medical drama television series that ran on TNT from February 4 to April 8, 2013 and aired Mondays after Dallas. It is based on a novel of the same name by Sanjay ...more

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Three Rivers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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

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Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo Marcus Welby, M.D. was an American medical drama television program that aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind ...more

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Tony Tran0 added Heartbeat Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany 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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A Young Doctor's Notebook is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Parnika added A Young Doctor's Notebook John Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Godley A Young Doctor's Notebook is a British dark comedy television series. The series was adapted from the book of short stories titled A Young Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov. The events take ...more

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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Combat Hospital is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Combat Hospital Tia Carrere, Michelle Borth, Elias Koteas Combat Hospital was a Canadian medical drama television series, filmed in Toronto, that debuted on Global in Canada on 21 June 2011. In the United States, it aired on ABC. Its final episode was ...more

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Miami Medical is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Miami Medical Jeremy Northam^! Mike Vogel^! Lana Parrilla Miami Medical is a medical drama television series that aired on CBS from April 2 to July 2, 2010. It follows the professional and private lives of a team of trauma surgeons. The series was ...more

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Strong Medicine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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Ben Casey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Ben Casey Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates Ben Casey is an American medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The show was known for its opening titles, which consisted of a hand drawing the symbols "♂, ♀, ✳, †, ...more

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Casualty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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Medical Investigation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Medical Investigation Neal McDonough^! Kelli Williams^! Christopher Gorham Medical Investigation is an American medical drama television series that began September 9, 2004, on NBC. It ran for 20 one-hour episodes before being cancelled in 2005. The series was ...more

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Medical Center is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Medical Center James Daly, Chad Everett, Chris Hutson Medical Center is a medical drama series which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. It was produced by MGM Television.

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Doctor Stranger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Thranya Singam added Doctor Stranger Lee Jong-suk, Jin Se Yun, Park Hae Jin When he was a child Park Hoon and his father were tricked into to going into North Korea and wee forced to stay there where he became the best doctor of the North. During high school he fell for Song Jae-Hee and tried to flee with her to the South after his fathers death and loses her. In South Korea he tries to earn money in hopes to find Jae-Hee by doing illegal medical service for criminals. But during an emergency situation in a hospital where he went to deliver water he gets recruited by a former head of deparment in return for lots of money. Here he meets a doctor who is exactly like his lover, but she doesn't recognise him. Is it her or not? But meanwhile the reason for his sudden recruitment is similar to what his father was needed for but in South Korea. The corrupted leaders want him, but he knows what they did. 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) 43 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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The Black Box is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
morgan-falk added The Black Box Vanessa Redgrave, Kelly Reilly, Laura Fraser Dr. Catherine Black, world-famous neurologist, is at the top of her game. Each week, this beautiful and brilliant doctor will attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain while hiding her own secret: she's bipolar. The medical stories are moving, bizarre and a visual feast. The personal stories are riveting. The twenty-first century is the era of the brain, and "Black Box" will be riding that wave on the cutting edge of medicine. The brain is the source of everything -- from whom we love to how we act and feel. It is the ultimate mystery, which is why doctors call it the "black box." Catherine and the staff of "The Cube" will constantly be challenged by cases never seen before on television. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we will see through their eyes as Catherine diagnoses and treats them. Black Box was an American drama television series which ran for one season, from April 24 to July 24, 2014, and starred Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave, on ABC. The program had a ...more

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Code Blue is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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Holby City is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
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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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
KatelynCurry added 9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause 9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more

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The Knick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
Stevenf.Wayne added The Knick Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb

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The Nurses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
The Nurses Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen, Alan Alda The Nurses is a serialized primetime medical drama that was broadcast in the USA on CBS from September 27, 1962, to May 11, 1965. It was originally called The Nurses; for the second season, the ...more

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L.A. Doctors is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Medical Drama TV Shows
L.A. Doctors Ken Olin, Matt Craven, Rick Roberts L.A. Doctors is an American medical drama television series set in a Los Angeles primary care practice. It ran on CBS during the 1998-99 season.