7 Shows Like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ On Netflix That Will Make You Feel Like A Real Doctor
When Grey’s Anatomy premiered way back in 2005, there was little sign the series would go on to have one of the longest runs in TV history. The show has now been America’s leading primetime hospital drama for nearly two decades; it even surpassed ER, which previously held the record for years with 15 seasons. But even with over 300 episodes available to stream, fans will eventually have seen every episode and need something else to occupy their time. Luckily, there are plenty of shows like Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix for fans to watch when they need more medical drama in their lives.
Medical dramas are among the most successful types of content on television. The soap opera General Hospital, for instance, has been on the air since 1963, meaning there are literally thousands of installments of it. Over in the UK, Casualty is nearly as long-running. The combination of a high-stress environment, the endless supply of patients, and the heroics of doctors and nurses along with their personal lives is a perfect combination that has audiences tuning in every week.
But for those who only just got sucked into the medical drama genre with Grey’s Anatomy, here are seven suggestions of other shows on Netflix to check out:
1. ‘Private Practice’
There have been spinoffs of Grey’s Anatomy beyond the current Station 19. The most successful was the first one, Private Practice, which was backdoor-piloted out of a two-part episode in Season 3 of Grey’s Anatomy. Starring Kate Walsh’s character, Addison Montgomery, who moves to Los Angeles, the show revolves around the doctors and nurses at the Seaside Wellness Center, including Audra McDonald as Naomi Bennett, Paul Adelstein as Cooper Freedman, and KaDee Strickland as Charlotte King.
All six seasons of Private Practice are streaming on Netflix.
2. ‘Call The Midwife’
This BBC series, which also airs on PBS, begins as a 1950s-era period piece, set in post-WWII England as the NHS reforms healthcare in the slums of London. Call The Midwife initially stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, a midwife who gets posted to Nonnatus House, which she discovers is a nursing convent in London’s poverty-stricken East End and not a hospital. But by Season 3, Raine exited the series, leaving a rotating ensemble of nuns and nurses to run the show.
All nine seasons of Call The Midwife are streaming on Netflix, with Season 10 expected to arrive in late 2021.
3. ‘Virgin River’
One of Netflix’s first forays into doing Hallmark Channel-like heart-tuggers, Virgin River is all about nurse practitioner Melinda "Mel" Monroe, played by Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story). Looking for an escape from her life, she relocates to the quaint California town of Virgin River to work as a midwife and NP. Two seasons of the series have already been released, with a third on the way.
Both seasons of Virgin River are streaming on Netflix.
4. ‘Doctor Foster’
This BBC medical drama series is a fascinating twist on the Ancient Greek myth of Medea, the wronged wife who murders her family. The series stars Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack) as respected family doctor Gemma Foster. When she suspects her husband of having an affair, she risks everything to prove his betrayal.
Both seasons of Doctor Foster are streaming on Netflix.
5. ‘Hospital Playlist’
Hospital Playlist (슬기로운 의사생활, literally translated to “Wise Doctor Life”) is part of Netflix’s growing set of Korean dramas on offer. This popular K-drama is the second title in the Wise Life series and stars Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-Myung, and Jeon Mi-do as five doctors who have been friends since they entered medical school in 1999. For fans of K-pop, the early aughts period setting comes with a soundtrack to match. A second season is already on the way for later this spring.
The first season of Hospital Playlist is streaming on Netflix.
6. ‘The Night Shift’
One of NBC’s more recent medical dramas, The Night Shift stars Eoin Macken as Dr. Thomas Charles "TC" Callahan, a night shift doctor at San Antonio Memorial. Jill Flint plays his ex, Dr. Jordan Alexander, the head of the ER night shift, while Ken Leung plays his longtime best friend, former Army ranger Dr. Christopher "Topher" Zia.
All four seasons of The Night Shift are streaming on Netflix.
7. ‘Lenox Hill’
For those looking for a more reality-based series, Netflix’s nine-part docuseries Lenox Hill focuses on Lenox Hill Hospital’s real-life doctors in New York City. The series was filmed in late 2019 and early 2020; the final episode captures the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic as it hits NYC.
All episodes of Lenox Hill are streaming on Netflix.
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