Medical drama

Medical drama

A medical drama is a television program, in which events center upon a hospital, an ambulance staff, or any medical environment.

In the United States, most medical episodes are one hour long and, more often than not, are set in a hospital. Most current medical Dramatic programming go beyond the events pertaining to the characters' jobs and portray some aspects of their personal lives. For example, a typical medical drama might have a storyline in which two doctors fall in love.

Communications theorist Marshall McLuhan, in his 1964 work on the nature of media, predicted a big success of this particular genre on TV, because such medium "creates an obsession with bodily welfare".[1]



Dr. Kildare, which first aired in 1961, is generally considered to be the first medical drama. The show was a success, and soon medical dramas were a common phenomenon. The BBC series Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962–1971) is an early example of another common variant of the genre in which a medical practice is used as a focus for stories detailing the life of a (usually small) community. The long running Australian series A Country Practice (1981–1993) is a later example of this sub-genre. From 1969 to 1976, the series Marcus Welby, M.D. and Medical Center were extremely popular for their both orthodox and unorthodox way of presenting medical cases. In 1972, the first episode of M*A*S*H aired; the show's tone was generally comedic, but dark, poignant moments emanating from the death caused by war were not uncommon. This trend of comedy with undercurrents of darkness in medical TV shows can also be seen in Doogie Howser, M.D. and Scrubs, a current-day medical sitcom on NBC/ABC.

List of TV medical dramas

United States/Canada


United Kingdom

Republic of Ireland

Australia/New Zealand


  • Die Schwarzwaldklinik (1985–1989)
  • Doctor's Diary - Männer sind die beste Medizin (2007-present)
  • Doktor Martin


The Netherlands/Belgium

  • Memorandum van een dokter (1963–1965)
  • Medisch Centrum West (1988–1994)
  • Spoed (2000–present)
  • Trauma 24/7 (2002–2003)
  • IC (2002–2006)
  • De co-assistent (2007–present)

Czech Republic/Slovakia

  • Nemocnice na kraji města (1977–1981)
  • Ordinace v růžové zahradě (2005–present)
  • Zázraky života (2010)
  • Dr. Ludsky (2011)




  • Habang May Buhay (2010)


Hong Kong

  • Heartstrings (1994)
  • Healing Hands I II III IV (1997–2005)
  • Placebo Cure (2003)
  • Asia Hero (2004)


  • Interny (2010–present)


  • Lifeline (1989)
  • Sanjeevani (2002)
  • Dill Mill Gaye (2007)
  • Dhadkan (2004)
  • Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (2011-present)



  • La dottoressa Giò (1997–1998)
  • Un medico in famiglia (1998–present)
  • Medicina generale (2006–present)
  • Terapia d'urgenza (2009)
  • Boris (2007–2010)



  • Tian Ya Gong Chi Shi
  • The Hospital

South Korea

  • General Hospital (1995)
  • Medical Brothers (1997)
  • Happy Together (1999)
  • Hur Jun (1999)
  • Medical Center (2000)
  • White Tower (2007)
  • New Heart (2007)
  • Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (2007)
  • Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic (2008)
  • General Hospital 2 (2008)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors (2009)
  • Jejoongwon (2010)
  • Brain (2011)



  • Doktorlar
  • Kahramanlar


  • Dhoop Kinarey(PTV) (around 1980s)
  • Emergency Ward(PTV) (around 1980s)
  • Ambulance(Indus TV) ( 2005)
  • Teray Pehlu May(Geo Ent) (2009–present)


  • Riget (1994–1997)


  • A Cura (2010–present)


  • A Corazón Abierto (Grey's Anatomy adaptation) (2010–present)




  • Iatriko Aporrito (2009–2010)


  • Lahazat Harega (2007-present)


  1. ^ Marshall McLuhan (1964) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, chap. 31: "One of the most vivid examples of the tactile quality of the TV image occurs in medical experience. In closed-circuit instruction in surgery, medical students from the first reported a strange effect-that they seemed not to be watching an operation, but performing it. They felt that they were holding the scalpel. Thus the TV image, in fostering a passion for depth involvement in every aspect of experience, creates an obsession with bodily welfare. The sudden emergence of the TV medico and the hospital ward as a program to rival the western is perfectly natural. It would be possible to list a dozen untried kinds of programs that would prove immediately popular for the same reasons. Tom Dooley and his epic of Medicare for the backward society was a natural outgrowth of the first TV decade."

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