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The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time  

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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 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 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 Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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 Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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 Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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 Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
LanaYoshii added 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 Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
ernest-hoffman added 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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
Harley Rae Reid added 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) 9 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
AntraUpeniece added 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) 10 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Emily Owens, M.D is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
nyxpol added 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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Royal Pains is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Hart of Dixie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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) 18 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Trauma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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Red Band Society is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
Keiralee added 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) 23 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
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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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
Marleen Mishall added 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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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Great Medical Drama TV Shows of All Time
LIA18 added 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