To be sure, there are some excellent television shows about the medical world, and there are some not so good shows as well. In my opinion, the shows listed in this article are some of the best medical shows to air, but that does not mean there are not others. It just means I have never watched them. So here they are, in no particular order: the best medical TV shows in my opinion.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Anyone who did not watch this show in the early 90s really missed out on an excellent bit of comedy and drama. Doogie Howser was a child prodigy and surgeon at Eastman Medical Center in the show. He became a licensed doctor at 14, which is absolutely unheard of. The show followed his medical journey as well as his emotion journey for acceptance from his colleagues and kids his age. This was definitely one of the best shows of the early 90s.
Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman
Another show from the 1990s was Klikdokter Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman. Dr. Michaela Quinn practiced medicine in the small town of Colorado Springs. The show took place in the 1800s, so there was not much in the way of official squeaky clean hospitals, which is what made it unique. Dr. Quinn was not welcomed very well in the small town, since she was a female doctor, but she proved that her skill was beyond compare in each episode. Eventually, everyone called on “Dr. Mike” as she was nicknamed.
I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant
The worst part about this show is that the episodes are all true stories. The title tells it all: a woman winds up pregnant and does not recognize the signs, so when she goes into labor, she absolutely freaks out. The stories are incredible because you see these women going through very few symptoms of pregnancy, but since they do not suspect they are pregnant, they tend to chalk it up to something else. As a woman who is currently pregnant with her first child, I can say with certainty that I knew I was pregnant based on all typical signs, so I have a hard time watching this show and understanding these women. However, it is definitely fascinating, especially if you did not know of any other women who had been through something like this.
The doctor we all love to hate, Dr. Gregory House, absolutely makes this list. The show is categorized as a medical drama, but it is easy to find humor in many scenes simply because Dr. House can be so outrageously ridiculous sometimes. He is a diagnostician with a team of interns who take on interesting and seemingly unsolvable cases of patients with strange symptoms. Dr. House and his team usually think they have the disease or problem figured out, but then a wrench is thrown into the game in the form of a seemingly random symptom unrelated to their diagnosis.
Dr. John Dorian, also known as JD, and his best friend Dr. Chris Turk, or simply Turk, are part of the best, most hilarious cast on television today. Scrubs is a medical comedy with a little drama thrown in. JD tends to daydream about the most hilarious situations, and his mentor-who-doesn’t-want-to-be-his-mentor, Dr. Perry Cox, is absolutely brilliant and stuck up. The dynamic between these two is so much fun to watch.