List of Medical TV Shows

Updated April 17, 2017

Some of the top-grossing TV programs of all time have centred around doctors, hospitals or medical drama. Usually the setting is at a hospital or clinic, and doctors, nurses and other hospital staff play important roles. Often, because of the subject matter, the TV programs are dramas, but there have been mystery shows and comedies in this genre as well.

General Hospital

Started in 1963 and still in production, this soap opera has centred around stories of couples, one or both of whom have ties to General Hospital. Arguably one of the most famous television couples around, Luke and Laura have been through sexual assault, medical traumas, being wanted by the Mob ... just about anything screenwriters could dream up. In 1981, when the TV couple were married, close to 16 million viewers tuned in to watch their favourite couple's nuptials.


"M_A_S*H" was a medical comedy supposedly set during the Korean War, although it originally was written and performed during the Vietnam War. Through practical jokes and slapstick comedy, the show centred around doctors and nurses who tried to get through the horror of war. There also was a lot of drama and heartbreak. The show's format usually was a comedic show with serious messages. This format became known as the "dramedy". The show ran from 1972 to 1983 and then found continued success in syndication.


"Scrubs" is a medical comedy about a group of medical and surgical interns as they become doctors and form relationships. It is unique in that although there is a script, it also allowed the actors to improvise many of their lines to get the surreal stream-of-consciousness for which the show is famous.

House, M.D.

"House" tells the story of the head of diagnostics genius, Gregory House. The FOX drama also features Robert Sean Leonard as his best friend. The show is set in New Jersey at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. The premise of the show is that House and his team of doctors take cases where it is difficult to discern what the patient is suffering from. House is absolutely devoid of bedside manner and tends to treat his patients like test subjects. His motto is "Everybody Lies," and he seems to take fiendish pleasure in proving that everyone has something to hide.

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