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Best Medical TV Shows for Nurses

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Medical shows are extremely important for those who are working in the healthcare sector, studies has shown that watching medical TV shows offers a lot of advantages to the profession. For one, the nurses are able to grasp what the outside world portrays about them and what their mentality is. Secondly, for the entertainment purpose, almost all the medical shows are enjoyable to watch. Though the nurses have complaint towards shows that portrayed negative stereotyping, they were able defend the themselves by showing the proper conduct of nursing.

1. House (2004-2012)

Series overview: Gregory House, M.D, often construed as a misanthropic medical genius, heads a team of diagnosticians at the Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. The series is structured around a central plot with some supporting secondary stories and narratives that cross over seasons. Most episodes revolve around the diagnosis of a primary patient and start with a cold open set outside the hospital, showing events ending with the onset of the patient’s symptoms. The typical episode follows the team in their attempts to diagnose and treat the patient’s illness, which often fail until the patient’s condition is critical.

Network: Fox

Episodes: 177 (8 Seasons)

Rating: 8.8/10 IMDB


  • Hugh Laurie
  • Lisa Edelstein
  • Omar Epps
  • Robert Sean Leonard
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Jesse Spencer
  • Peter Jacobson

2. Scrubs (2001-2010)

Series Overview: Scrubs focuses on the unique point of view of its main character and narrator, Dr. John Michael “J.D.” Dorian (Zach) for the first eight seasons, with season nine being narrated by the new main character Lucy Bennett (Kerry Bysshe). Most episodes feature multiple story lines thematically linked by voice-overs done by, as well as the comical daydreams of J.D. According to Bill Lawrence, “What we decided was, rather than have it be a monotone narration, if it’s going to be Zach’s voice, we’re going to do everything through J.D.’s eyes.

It opened up a visual medium that those of us as comedy writers were not used to. Actors were given the chance to improvise their lines on set with encouragement by series creator Bill Lawrence, with Neil Flynn and Zach being the main improvisers.

Network: NBC, ABC

Episodes: 182 (9 Seasons)

Rating: 8.4/10 IMDB


  • Zach Braff
  • Sarah Chalke
  • Donald Faison
  • Neil Flynn
  • Ken Jenkins
  • John C. McGinley
  • Judy Reyes
  • Eliza Coupe


3. ER (1994-2009)

Series Overview: ER follows the inner life of the emergency room (ER) of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and various critical issues faced by the room’s physicians and staff. The show became the longest-running primetime medical drama in American television history, also became the 2nd longest medical drama across the globe (behind BBC’s Casualty).

Network: NBC

Episodes: 331 (15 Seasons)

Rating: 7.7/10 IMDB


  • Michael Crichton
  • Starring Anthony Edwards
  • George Clooney
  • Sherry Stringfield
  • Noah Wyle
  • Julianna Margulies
  • Eriq La Salle
  • Gloria Reuben
  • Laura Innes
  • Maria Bello
  • Alex Kingston
  • Kellie Martin
  • Paul McCrane
  • Goran Visnjic

4. Grey’s Anatomy (2005-present)

Medical TV Shows

Series Overview: The series follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the daughter of an esteemed general surgeon named Ellis Grey, following her acceptance into the residency program at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. During her time as a resident, Grey works alongside her fellow doctors Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), and George O’Malley (T. R. Knight), who each struggle to balance personal lives with the hectic work and training schedules.

They are overseen during their internship by Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), a senior resident who works for attending Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the head of neurosurgery and Meredith’s love interest; Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), the head of cardio, who becomes Yang’s fiancé; and Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), the Chief of Surgery and attending general surgeon, and the previous lover of Ellis Grey.

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Episodes: 324 (15 Seasons)

Rating: 7.6/10 IMDB


  • Ellen Pompeo
  • Sandra Oh
  • Katherine Heigl
  • T. R. Knight
  • Chandra Wilson
  • James Pickens, Jr.
  • Isaiah Washington
  • Patrick Dempsey
  • Kate Walsh
  • Sara Ramirez

5. The Good Doctor (2017-present)

Series Overview: The series follows Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome from the mid-size city of Casper, Wyoming, where he had a troubled childhood. He relocates to San Jose, California, to work at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.

Network: ABC

Episodes: 25 (2 Seasons)

Rating: 8.3/10 IMDB


  • Freddie Highmore
  • Nicholas Gonzalez
  • Antonia Thomas
  • Chuku Modu
  • Beau Garrett
  • Hill Harper
  • Richard Schiff
  • Tamlyn Tomita
  • Will Yun Lee

6. Private Practice (2007-2013)

Medical TV Shows

Series Overview: The series takes place at Seaside Wellness Center (formerly Oceanside Health & Wellness Group) and chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice, located in Los Angeles. Private Practice also revolves around Addison’s co-workers at Seaside Wellness Center, and how they deal with patients and the practice while still finding time to live their everyday lives.

Network: ABC

Episodes: 111 (6 Seasons)

Rating: 8.3/10 IMDB


  • Kate Walsh
  • Tim Daly
  • Audra McDonald
  • Paul Adelstein
  • KaDee Strickland
  • Chris Lowell
  • Taye Diggs
  • Amy Brenneman
  • Brian Benben
  • Caterina Scorson

7. The Resident (2018-present)

Series Overview: The series revolves around the lives and actions of staff members at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily those of third-year resident internist, Conrad Hawkins; first-year medical intern, Devon Pravesh, who is assigned to Hawkins; as well as Nicolette “Nic” Nevin, a nurse practitioner and Hawkins’ love interest. Exploring the inner workings of the characters’ duties in emergency and hospital medicine, medical malpractice and deliberate violations of medical ethics are also examined, as well as the bureaucracy of the health care industry.

Network: Fox

Episodes: 21 (2 Seasons)

Rating: 7.3/10 IMDB


  • Matt Czuchry
  • Emily VanCamp
  • Manish Dayal
  • Shaunette Renée Wilson
  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Moran Atias
  • Merrin Dungey
  • Melina Kanakaredes
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

8. The Night Shift (2014-2017)

Series Overview: The series follows the overnight shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital, where three of the doctors have a connection to the U.S. military. Dr. TC Callahan is a former Army medic who initially exhibits PTSD-type symptoms, having watched his brother die right in front of him on the battlefield. He frequently breaks rules and butts heads with his ex-girlfriend and newly-appointed head of the night shift, Dr. Jordan Alexander, and the hospital’s administrator, Michael Ragosa.

Dr. Topher Zia is a former army medic, while Dr. Drew Alister is a gay Army medic still active in the reserves who initially tries to hide his sexual orientation for fear of backlash. Dr. Krista Bell-Hart is a young surgical resident trying to work her way up the ranks, while fellow resident Dr. Paul Cummings works hard to emerge from the shadow of his father, a famous surgeon at Johns Hopkins. The shift’s lone psychiatrist, Dr. Landry de la Cruz, briefly works on the night shift.

Network: NBC

Episodes: 45 (4 Seasons)

Rating: 7.3/10 IMDB


  • Eoin Macken
  • Jill Flint
  • Ken Leung
  • Brendan Fehr
  • Robert Bailey, Jr.
  • Jeananne Goossen
  • JR Lemon

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