From ER to Grey’s Anatomy, here are the best TV shows to Binge-watch for aspiring doctors. Whether you’re looking for some humor or need a bit of drama to get your heart racing, these TV shows will surely make you feel better on a bad day.

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.

10. Nurse Jackie

Part of the appeal of any medical show is seeing healthcare workers as real people with emotions and flaws. But the flaws of the painkiller-addicted title character in Nurse Jackie, played by Edie Falco, are more apparent than most. Apparent as in: We see her forging a dead man’s donor card and snorting Adderall in the pilot.





9. 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.

8. Scrubs

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.

7. Private Practice

Longtime fans of Grey’s have likely already soaked up this Kate Walsh-led spinoff. But in case you haven’t: It tracks Addison Montgomery as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital to practice at the Oceanside Wellness Clinic in Los Angeles. The glossy drama costars Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly, and, of course, Taye Diggs. McDreamy who?


6. 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!

5. ER

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.


4. Royal Pains

Trade in the traditional hospital setting of most medical dramas for the luxury of the Hamptons in this USA drama. After getting fired from a Brooklyn hospital, Dr. Hank Lawson heads to this beachy locale to cater to rich and famous patients.

3. The Good Doctor

Freddie Highmore (whom you might know from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Bates Motel) stars as a genius surgical resident who’s also a high-functioning autistic. Most medical dramas touch on doctors’ difficulty connecting with one another and their patients, and that’s all the more apparent here with Dr. Shawn Murphy. But his condition also gives him a real gift for healing people.

2. New Amsterdam

Jump into this new drama to see what happens when Dr. Max Goodwin (played by Ryan Eggold, whom you may recognize from 90210 and The Blacklist) takes over as the new medical director at America’s oldest public hospital. His goal: to shake things up. It might be a familiar refrain for a medical drama, but Eggold has the charm that makes it a must-see.


1. The Resident

This drama, which debuted last year, has a pretty standard setup for a medical show: Idealistic young doctor starts at a hospital and learns some harsh realities about healing patients. But an unnecessary death in the OR in the pilot’s opening scene and the doctors’ plan to cover it up will let you know off the bat that there’s more than meets the eye at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. And it’s made extra-viewable with stars Mat Czruchy (from Gilmore Girls—hello, Logan fans!), Emily VanCamp, and Manish Dayal.

My Favorite right now is “NEW AMSTERDAM” & “THE RESIDENT”