From all the different types of TV shows available during the years, medical television shows have been with us for eternity, or at least that’s what it feels like. Whether they’re educational, covering technical aspects of intricate operations, or romanticised into stories about love, treason, career changes and friendship reconciliations, or even based around murderous crimes, they’re all set in a medical environment where stress and tension will automatically lead to nerve-racking entertainment and drama. While not all of them are exceptionally good, there are many that are definitely worth checking out. So, here’s the list of really good medical shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now. You may also find some of these tv shows on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Nurses Who Kill (2016)
What is the opposite of a nurse healing a patient from whatever illness that has been laid upon him/her? It’s a nurse killing a patient and leaving us wondering the mysterious and perhaps, unimaginable reason behind it. With medical, psychological and criminal experts around the table, ‘Nurses Who Kill’ delivers a documentary series revolving around a set of murder cases, in which nurses have used their knowledge and position to end the life of one or more individuals. By analysing their possible motives, connections and the methods used for the final acts, we are given an informative piece of work that touches upon interesting and fascinating stories.
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9. The Bionic Vet (2010)
For all the animal lovers out there who are interested in what goes on behind the medical curtains of a veterinary practice, this BBC show in the shape of a documentary series entails one season with six highly interesting episodes to be watched. It focuses on the excellent work of Noel Fitzpatrick, an Irish veterinary surgeon living in Surrey, who pours his blood, sweat and tears in finding ingenious and innovative methods to save animals in critical conditions. Highly informative and moderately graphic throughout the medical procedures, it also makes the audience develop an emotional connection with the animal’s fate, as one wishes for the best once the operation begins.
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8. Diagnosis (2019)
The human body is a mysterious thing, and even the best of doctors cannot always predict what is exactly the problem with it when some rather challenging cases come their way. What should they do when such a situation arises? Should they try to solve the case using various means that they have studied all these years? Or should they ask the general public for their opinion? If such a question is bothering you, the Netflix original series ‘Diagnosis’ is a show right up your alley. The show follows Dr Lisa Sanders as she crowdsources the diagnoses for some of the most challenging cases that come her way. Interestingly enough, this series is inspired by a column Dr Sanders used to write in The New York Times.
7. Charite At War (2019)
One of the most interesting medical shows you will come across on Netflix, this German series is set in a Berlin hospital during World War II. Within the course of the show, we get to see how the cruel policies of the Nazi government affect the lives of the doctors, nurses, students, and other medical staff associated with the hospital. A six-part miniseries, ‘Charite At War’ is the sequel of the German series ‘Charite’. There is a constant air of mistrust that surrounds all the people associated with the hospital. While some of them subscribe to the policies of Hitler, some are strictly against the same. We also witness how the resources decline and facilities deteriorate as the war rages on and Berlin is devasted by the Allied powers. An interesting blend of fact and fiction, ‘Charite At War’ presents to us the problems which normal people have to suffer and the sacrifices they have to make while the powers that be continue fighting each other.
6. Nurse Jackie (2009 – 2015)
‘Nurse Jackie’ is a dark medical drama that also has elements of sharp, intelligent comedy. The show revolves around a strong and blunt emergency department nurse called Jackie Peyton. Edie Falco is outstanding in the role. With intriguing, well-written characters that push us to want to see more, the show revolves around the life-struggles of Jackie as she tries to balance her work with her family and affair, all whilst hiding an addiction to pain killers.
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5. A Young Doctor’s Notebook (2012 – 2013)
Starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, this British dark comedy show stars the two talented actors playing the role of Dr Vladimir Bomgard, the first being his older version and the second being his younger self, who with flashbacks will enable us to understand his past. Aside from romantic interest, complications and his significant use of morphine, the doctor spends his time trying to heal stubborn and difficult patients with the help of a team, at the Muryevo Hospital in Russia, in the early 20th Century. Well received by many critics and viewers, it is a safe choice for entertainment in the realms of medical tales.
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4. Quiz From God (2010 – 2014)
This time, it’s not an American or British show that is portraying the dramas of conflicted individuals inside the operation room or someone else’s bed; but it’s a medical crime investigation drama from South Korea, with intrigue and mystery at its core. Also known as ‘God’s Quiz’, it’s easy to understand from its title that there will be puzzling enigmas arising throughout the various episodes of the show’s 4 seasons. The protagonist is bizarre Han Jin-woo, a brilliant neurosurgeon and forensic doctor at Hankuk University. Together with his team, he goes on complicated medical adventures solving rare and mysterious diseases with descriptive names we have never heard before and dubious deaths that seem to be hiding more than what meets the eye.
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3. The Night Shift (2014 – 2017)
In the style of the medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, here’s a fresh approach on a similar type of setting where characters must surpass the obstacles of life which can lead some to the top and misdirect others to the bottom. With four seasons waiting to be binge-watched, here’s a story filled with drama that will grab one’s attention until all needs of entertainment are satisfied to the last drop. With a set of characters backed up by great performances, we are brought into the chaotic world of San Antonio Memorial Hospital’s night shifts at the emergency room. There’s a rebellious former army-medic, a doctor trying to move up on the ranks-ladder, another dependent on his father’s fame and a lot of other characters to get accustomed to on this medical adventure.
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2. Call The Midwife (2012 – )
Starring a group of wonderful and talented women, ‘Call The Midwife’ is a successful period drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a British nurse who had worked as a midwife in the East End of London during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the same place and time the show is set in. Approaching a variety of important social issues such as abortion, poverty, miscarriages, homosexuality and many other themes, it is a beautifully written, performed and constructed show recounting the lives of a group of midwives working in an underprivileged and poor area, where medical problems often arise and historical events eventually influence their everyday activities and working conditions.
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1. Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – )
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has been currently running for more than a decade and can be considered one of the most popular medical shows of all time. I’m sure everybody has heard of it and seen the face of actors such as Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh or Patrick Dempsey, even if just for a minute or two when turning the TV at prime time on. Having won numerous awards over the years and gathered an immense amount of loyal watchers, it is the second-longest medical show. It’s an incredibly well-written, thematically ambitious show that will surely find a place in your all-time favourites list.
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