Medical dramas have become one of the most popular genres on television. They have become so popular because they allow for a new mystery each week while offering a detailed look at the lives of the doctors. While there have been hundreds of great medical dramas, these are the five best in the history of TV.
“M*A*S*H” is not only the best medical drama in TV history, it is also one of the best shows of all-time. “M*A*S*H” was able to perfectly display the tough life of a doctor during the Korean War while also providing several laughs each episode. The show was on the air from 1972-1983, and its final episode is still the most-watched show in television history.
“ER” is another all-time great TV show that was able to run for 15 seasons from 1994-2009. “ER” was able to make the viewer care for each character despite that most of the show was filmed in the hospital. “ER” quickly became the most popular show on television, and helped created George Clooney into a major star.
“House” is such a great medical drama because it is unlike any other medical drama on television. The show featured extremely odd medical mysteries and did not care if you liked the main character of the show. The odd personality of Gregory House and his constant need to find out more information brought millions of viewers to the show during its eight season run from 2004-2012. “House” was also to deliver several great laughs that had not been seen in a medical drama since “M*A*S*H.”
St. Elsewhere was never able to become one of the 40 most popular shows on television during its run from 1982-1988. “St. Elsewhere” was able to win 13 Emmy Awards and develop a strong following among younger viewers due to its extremely realistic drama and gritty look at the life of a doctor. The show was also able to turn a young Denzel Washington into a major movie star.
“Chicago Hope” was never able to create much of a following because it was overshadowed by another medical drama on the air at the same time, “ER.” “Chicago Hope” was able to use the brilliant performances of Mandy Patinkin and Mark Harmon do become one of the best medical dramas in TV history. CBS shuffled the show in a new time slot each season, which drastically hurt ratings and caused the show to be cancelled in 2000 after six seasons.