Grey’s Anatomy was the most important medical drama on TV for 15 seasons. The show has achieved tremendous success over the years and has recently broken the record for the longest-running medical drama ever. And although there will always be a special place in our hearts for Meredith and Alex – and we’ll always remember McDreamy, George and Lexi – is 15 seasons long. Sometimes you have to mix things up and see new faces. Let’s watch the best medical shows on TV for those who are (just) tired of Gray’s Anatomy.
The resident sparkles Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife) and Emily VanCamp (Everwood). The premise of The Resident is similar to that of Gray because it follows a group of doctors when dealing with their personal and professional problems. But it also delves into ethics, corruption and monetary influence in the hospital system.
The Resident is great because it relies on the questions of ethics and the medical storyline to control the plot more than romance and bizarre natural disasters (ahem, Shonda Rhimes). The cast is heavenly and the stories ensure that you come back week after week. If you are new to The Resident, you can find out seasons one and two on Hulu. The resident broadcasts on Fox on Monday at 8 p.m.
There is a sentence in the official trailer for New Amsterdam that summarizes the plot of the show. It goes like this: “Every department that puts billing above healthcare is terminated, so how can I help …” New Amsterdam takes a stand against bureaucratic hassle and places patient care for everything else.
Dr. Max Goodwin, played by Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), is the new medical director of the New Amsterdam Hospital. He challenges staff to make contact with their patients and thinks out of the box. It’s a great show because it focuses on a problem that so many patients face, to be treated like a person and to hear their problems. Towards the end of the promo, one of the doctors told Goodwin: “They won’t let you come in and just help people.” To which he replies: “So let’s help as many people as possible before they find us out.”
Catch up on season one on Hulu. New Amsterdam airs Tuesdays at 10 pm on NBC.
‘The Good Doctor’
Dr. Shaun Murphy, portrayed by Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), is not your typical medical resident. Murphy has autism and savant syndrome. Although the board of San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital initially had reservations about applying Murphy, he has proven to be an asset to the hospital and its patients. His focus and unique approach enable him to solve problems in a way that goes beyond what other doctors can understand.
If you think the show is reminiscent of House, when it comes to unraveling medical mysteries, then you are right. Both shows were produced by Emmy winning producer, David Shore.
The Good Doctor has received a positive critical response and has been a strong performer in the ratings, which Gray’s has defeated a number of times. Follow seasons one and two on Hulu before the hit drama returns to ABC this fall.
Chicago Med is a spin-off from Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. The thing that sets Chicago Med apart from all the other shows on the list is that it focuses on staff in the hospital’s emergency department. This automatically increases the pressure and intensity of the show.
The show has always been one of the top performers for NBC along with the other two shows in Chicago. And if you were a fan of the cross-overs on Gray’s (for example Gray’s / Private Practice, Gray’s / Station 19), you’re lucky. Chicago Med makes crossovers with its sister a regular event.
Chicago Med broadcasts Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and returns for season five at NBC this fall. Just like the other shows you have to catch up on all four seasons on Hulu.