Tired of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’? These Are the Best Medical Dramas on TV Right Now
For 15 seasons, Grey’s Anatomy has been the number one medical drama on TV. The show has found enormous success over the years and just recently broke the record for the longest running medical drama ever. And while there will always be a special place in our heart for Meredith and Alex – and we will always remember McDreamy, George, and Lexi – 15 seasons is a long time. Sometimes you need to mix things up and see some fresh faces. Let’s take a look at the best medical shows on TV for those who are (just a little) tired of Grey’s Anatomy.
The Resident stars Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife) and Emily VanCamp (Everwood). The premise of The Resident is similar to Grey’s in that it follows a group of doctors as they deal with their personal and professional problems. But beyond that, it dives into the 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 drive the plot more than romance and outlandish natural disasters (ahem, Shonda Rhimes). The cast is stellar and the stories will keep you coming back week after week. If you’re new to The Resident, catch up on seasons one and two on Hulu. The Resident airs Mondays at 8 pm on Fox.
There’s a phrase in the New Amsterdam official trailer that pretty much sums up the plot of the show. It goes like this, “Any department who places billing above care will be terminated, so, how can I help…” New Amsterdam takes a stand against the bureaucratic red tape and places patient care about everything else.
Dr. Max Goodwin, played by Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), is the new medical director at New Amsterdam Hospital. He challenges the staff to connect with their patients and think outside the box. It’s a great show because it focuses on a problem that so many patients face, to be treated as a person and have their problems heard. Near the end of the promo, one of the doctors tells Goodwin, “They’re not gonna let you come in here and just help people.” To which he replies, “So let’s help as many people as we can before they figure 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 at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital initially had reservations about bringing on Murphy, he has proven himself to be an asset to the hospital and his patients. His focus and unique approach allow him to solve problems in ways beyond what other doctors can understand.
If you think the show is reminiscent of House in the way that it deals with untangling medical mysteries, you’d be 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, beating out Grey’s on a number of occasions. Catch up on seasons one and two on Hulu before the hit drama returns to ABC this fall.
Chicago Med is a spin-off of Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. The thing that makes Chicago Med stand out from all the other shows on the list is that it focuses on the staff in the hospital’s emergency department. This automatically ups the pressure and intensity of the show.
The show has consistently been one of the top performers for NBC along with the other two Chicago shows. And if you were a fan of the crossovers on Grey’s (e.g Grey’s/Private Practice, Grey’s/Station 19), you’re in luck. Chicago Med makes crossovers with its sister shows a regular event.
Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8 pm and returns for season five on NBC this fall. Like the other shows, be sure to catch up on all four seasons on Hulu.