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We are all enamored by medical tv shows, the glory of the emergency room that saves the lives of those that come in and need help. The doctors and nurses that save the lives of all the people that come in to the hospital for care are amazing. But let’s get real here. The shows that air on tv aren’t anything like the really lives of the doctors and nurses that “run” the hospital.

There isn’t a McDreamy or “hot nurse” in real life that rules the roost, well, maybe there is, but more than likely work time in a real hospital is mean for just that– work! So what are some of the best medical tv dramas that leave us wanting more even if they aren’t all that factual?

Emily Owens, M.D.

1 season on Netflix

Dr. Emily Owens was the resident nerd when she was in high school, once you get out of high school those titles usually end… Right?? That isn’t the case for Emily. Her internship and Denver Memorial Hospital is more like high school than it is a work environment. She has her enemies, frenemies, crush, and BFF right there.

The Night Shift

3 Seasons on Netflix

The Night Shift takes a more real approach to the lives of those working the ER in the middle of the night, hence the name of the show. The show follows a group of Army doctors that fought battles in the field and are now fighting battles in the ER; Albeit, quite different, but they’ve got to learn and adjust as they see fit.

Grey’s Anatomy

13 Seasons on Netflix

Follow Meredith Grey as she learns the ropes of being an intern. Meredith is the namesake of a famous surgeon, Ellis Grey. She keeps that fact under her hat, wanting to build a name for herself, but that proves harder than sounds when it comes to the chief of surgery trying to uncover who she is. Meredith Grey may be green, but does she let that stop her?

Nurse Jackie

7 Seasons on Netflix

Being a nurse is hard enough as it is, but throw in being a nurse in New York City with the health care system crumbling and you’ve got yourself a tricky, sticky situation. Jackie Peyton is top dog where she is, albeit, a trouble maker. Nurse Jackie doesn’t have the ability to get through her shifts without her daily doses of Vicodin and Adderall. Does she get caught?

Untold Stories of the ER

1 Season on Netflix

Untold Stories of the ER sounds exactly as it is. This show follows re-enactments of actual accounts that came through the ER. The show has first hand commentary from the patients, along with doctors and nurses. Some of the re-enactments are played by the people that had the issue in the first place.

A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories

2 Series on Netflix

Do you ever wish “old, wiser you” could have guided “younger, dumber you”? I mean, maybe you wouldn’t have made the mistakes that you did or have the issues that you have. Follow this young doc as his older self guides him to the right direction. The younger doc is played by Daniel Radcliffe while the older doc is played by Jon Hamm.

Royal Pains

8 Seasons on Netflix

Dr. Hank Lawson is an affluential doctor that had the world at his finger tips until he blamed for the death of a hospital trustee. One decision ruined his career and caused him to lose his job and almost his medical license. Lost and confused and not sure what to do with his career, his brother Evan requests a favor that then sparks an idea. The idea is to be a doctor to the affluent folks of the Hampton’s… But does it workout the way it should?

These medical dramas are… Full of drama to say the least, but they are definitely entertaining. The entertainment in these shows go on and on and that is what sucks us in. More than likely, you’ll fall in love with one show or another. Maybe you live the hospital life and want nothing to do with these shows. Maybe these shows are comic relief for you. Who knows. Check out these awesome medical dramas. Tell us which is your favorite!