If you can’t get enough of medical dramas, then you’re not alone. Medical dramas have been a mainstay of primetime television for the past three decades—from megahits like E.R. all the way to more modern shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, audiences can’t get enough of watching relationship dramas unfold over the open chest of an emergency surgery patience. If you’re a big fan of medical dramas and are tired of rewatching your old favorites over and over again, why not give these current medical dramas a try?
The Knick is an extremely unique medical drama for one simple reason: it’s a historical drama as well! The Knick is set in early 20th century New York at the famous Knickerbocker Hospital, considered the center of innovative medical techniques, surgeries and other treatments in America. The show focuses on Dr. John Thackery–who is based on a real life doctor, William Halsted, who becomes the head of the surgery staff at “The Knick” and battles drug addictions while promoting new and improved medical discoveries to help decrease patient mortality.
The Knick has everything medical drama fans want: personal and relationship drama, huge risks that may or may not save lives, and of course battles with upper management who care more about the bottom line than the patients.
Grey’s Anatomy has been around for ten years, but the show is still going strong! Grey’s Anatomy takes place a fictional hospital in Seattle, Washington; the show began by following the dramatic lives of surgical interns beginning to work at the hospital, however over the years, the main characters have become seasoned doctors–sometimes even mentoring new characters who are in their former shoes. Grey’s Anatomy focuses on some of the more tension-filled day to day aspects of working at a hospital, such as who gets what patient cases or who gets what surgeries. The most notable aspect of the show, however, is the personal drama: Grey’s Anatomy puts a heavy focus on the romantic angle, so much show that it’s often described as a “romantic medical drama” rather than a simple medical drama!
Grey’s Anatomy is a long running show, so you may need to dedicate several binge watching weekends to catch up on all the fun if you’ve just started watching!
Code Black is the newest medical drama set to premiere at the end of September, 2015, on CBS. The series, created by Michael Seitzman, will focus on an understaffed, overcrowded emergency room in the heart of Los Angeles, California. The show is actually based on a real-life documentary about such an emergency room; the documentary was directed by Ryan McGarry and received heavy critical praise after its debut. The show is set to star Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, Raza Jaffrey, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Bonnie Somervile, Harry Ford, and Melanie Kannokada.
Code Black has yet to officially premiere, but reviews of the show’s pilot episode were very positive and the show is garnering early positive attention. You can find more TV & online entertainment options at www.chartercabledeals.org/.