There are so many great TV shows about hospital staff; it’s difficult to even figure out where to begin listing them. It seems that in recent years the fascination with doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals has grown steadily year after year, with more and more television series following the lives of these men and women appearing on the airwaves. The following series are some of the most popular contemporary TV shows about hospital staff:
ER: Michael Crichton’s show about a Chicago emergency room was one of the most successful and longest running shows about hospital staff, running for 15 seasons between 1994 and 2009. The series elevated George Clooney’s career and featured the likes of Angela Bassett, Anthony Edwards, Julianna Marguiles, Mekhi Phifer, Eriq La Salle, John Stamos, Maura Tierney and Noah Wiley.
House: This series, now in its seventh season, centers on the character Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie), who is a grumpy and unconventional medical genius. He often makes very controversial decisions and butts heads with hospital administrators, but the tough calls tend to pay off in the end.
Grey’s Anatomy: Since its debut in 2005, this has remained one of the most popular TV shows about hospital staff. The plot revolves around the interns, residents and other staff at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, where Dr. Meredith Grey works. The series launched the careers of Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl and Sandra Oh.
Chicago Hope: This series came out in 1994, the same year as ER, and ran until 2000. Many critics found similarities between it and the other series, especially since they take place in the same city, but there are many differences to be sure. Chicago Hope centers on hotshot surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, who has emotional issues resulting from his wife’s psychiatric condition.
Scrubs: For eight seasons Zack Braff was the popular protagonist of this comedy series that follows a group of doctors and nurses from their days as interns throughout their successful medical careers. In the ninth season, however, Braff left the series, and cast member Kerry Bishe, who plays Lucy Bennett, took over as the protagonist whose thoughts the show follows.