From ER to Grey's Anatomy, here are the best TV shows to binge-watch for aspiring doctors

From ER to Grey's Anatomy, here are the best TV shows to binge-watch for aspiring doctors

Whether you’re looking for some humour or need a bit of drama to get your heart racing, these TV shows will surely make you feel better on a bad day


Grey’s Anatomy is very addictive...

Have you ever considered a career in medicine? Or perhaps you’re already on your way to becoming a doctor? While we can’t vouch for the scientific accuracy of these TV series, we can, however, guarantee that they’re the perfect cure for boredom.

Grey’s Anatomy

This is the show that injected medical dramas into the forefront of mainstream television. Grey’s Anatomy has an intense mixture of medical and romantic drama that has kept viewers’ eyes glued to their screens for 14 seasons and counting, and turned the show’s stars like Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, and Patrick Dempsey into A-list celebrities. A great show for anyone trying to learn more about medicine, life working in a hospital, and also for those who don’t mind an extra dose of drama.

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Down with a bad case of the blues? This show is sure to lift your spirits. Few shows encapsulate both comedy and drama better than Bill Lawrence’s Scrubs, which manages to maintain comedic brilliance while at the same time illustrating the seriousness, and challenges, of working in the field of medicine. The show, which stars Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke, gives viewers an in-depth look at what medical interns go through that would be useful to anyone studying medicine themselves.

House, M. D.

This drama turned actor Hugh Laurie into a household name. While the British actor’s American accent on the show is remarkably convincing, it’s hard to believe the bizarre cases medical genius Dr Gregory House (Laurie) has to tackle on a day-to-day basis and his unconventional methods.

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General Hospital

Currently holding the Guinness World Record for the longest-running soap opera in American television history, General Hospital has been going on for an incredible 55 years, with more than 14,000 episodes. If you’re looking for a show that you can binge watch for days on end, look no further, there are enough episodes to last you a lifetime!


American medical drama ER won an amazing 116 awards over its 15-season run from 1994 to 2009. It is hailed by many critics as the most realistic portrayal of what goes on in an emergency room. For that reason, the series could be considered one of the most educational fictional television shows out there. Indeed a must-watch for aspiring doctors.

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Doogie Howser, M. D.

Who said you have to be an adult to be a doctor? Take a look at the life of Doogie Howser – a teenaged genius who has to deal with the twin challenges of being a doctor and the everyday problems of growing up. The series, which ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1993, made a star out of Neil Patrick Harris, long before his How I Met Your Mother days.

The shows mentioned in this list contains mature language and themes.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Just what the doctor ordered


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