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What TV Series Are Like Grey's Anatomy?
Grey’s Anatomy has enjoyed a cult following owing to the likeability of all its characters and an intriguing storyline. The show is currently in its 15th season and continues to draw attention and love from viewers and critics.
With a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics consensually agree that this show has been a blast, continuing to come up with creative storylines to keep viewers hooked, even after 15 seasons. The high-power hospital drama has every emotion spiked in it; love triangles, time lapses, friendship, love, death, betrayal, and the like.
It continues to be the go-to guilty pleasure for so many of us. With the show on hiatus, it can be agonizing to wait for the next season to air. Fret not. I have got your fix. While you wait for the next season to air, take a look at some shows like Grey's Anatomy.
- House M.D. (2004 - 2012)
- Scrubs (2001-2010)
- The Good Doctor (2017 - )
- Nurse Jackie (2009-2015)
- M*A*S*H (1972 - 1983)
- ER (1994 - 2009)
- Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989 - 1993)
- Dexter (2006 - 2013)
- Everwood (2002 - 2006)
- The Resident (2018 to present)
- Private Practice (2007 - 2013)
- Nip/Tuck (2003 - 2010)
1. House M.D. (2004 - 2012)
House is another high-power hospital drama centered around its protagonist, Dr. Gregory House, who is portrayed to be a medical prodigy and an intriguing character. His personality is intriguing, his methods are unconventional, and his demeanor is unsociable, but D.r. House has a heart that wishes well for others. The predicaments presented in the sitcom are gory at times, somewhat hilarious at times too, but House’s unique methods and techniques outshine everything else.
As the premise is a hospital, the scenarios are of varying natures but the viewer takes something to ponder from each episode. House never fails to amaze with his choices and actions. The show streams on Hulu and Netflix.
2. Scrubs (2001 - 2010)
Scrubs is a medical comedy-drama that revolves around the life of a young intern, John Dorian, and how his life swabs with other interns and doctors. There prevails a comic undercurrent in the show, just like in Grey’s Anatomy, giving it an edge.
The unpredictable situations arising from the clubbing of the cast is very interesting. The quirky nature of the staff and the patients make for a gripping watch.
The show has a lot of celebrity guest appearances too, which is just something extra for the viewers to feast their eyes on. Scrubs currently streams on Hulu. If you're looking for some rib-tickling shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs should be your best bet.
3. The Good Doctor (2017 - )
Based on an award-winning South Korean series of the same name, The Good Doctor is centered around the life of Dr. Shawn Murphy who is an autistic surgeon with Savant Syndrome.
He relocates to San Jose, California to work for a prestigious hospital and what ensues thereon forms the premise of this sitcom. He is a brilliant doctor and his methods win hearts.
It is heart-wrenching and amazing at the same time as the narrative and storyline present the fate of specially-abled children such as those with autism in a beaming light. Freddie Highmore who plays the role of Dr. Shawn Murphy has received rave reviews for his performance. The Good Doctor is aired on the ABC channel.
4. Nurse Jackie (2009 - 2015)
This sitcom is also a medical comedy-drama series that follows the life of Jackie Peyton, a nurse in All Saints Hospital, New York City. She is also a drug addict. This combination itself spells intrigue.
Her synergy with her staff and patients is something to look out for in this show. It is a high power drama that shows the lead character striving hard to strike a balance between her arduous professional life and private life.
Nurse Jackie should be a perfect binge for everyone looking for a show like Grey's Anatomy. The series might lack the splendor of latter but packs a solid punch where it matters.
6. M*A*S*H (1972 - 1983)
M*A*S*H, which is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, is an American war comedy-drama. The show is premised in the Korean War (1950-53) and is a character-driven drama comedy. The show has four major characters and a recurring cast.
Camouflaged in comedy, the tragedy of war is depicted meticulously. The proposition of the show is a bit offbeat and thus makes it a compulsive watch as it rightfully tugs at that part of our psyche. This sitcom is touted amongst the highest rated television show in US television history. M*A*S*H is available on Hulu.
7. ER (1994 - 2009)
ER, an acronym for Emergency Room, is a medical drama that centers around various situations arising in a fictional county general hospital in Chicago. Since the creator of this show is also a doctor, it has that extra edge to it and very intricately depicts the workings inside an urban hospital setting.
It is the second longest-running prime time drama closing in on the heels of Grey’s Anatomy. The show is known for being realistic with its no-frills narrative. The show is available for streaming on Hulu.
8. Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989 - 1993)
Doogie Howser, an American medical comedy-drama, follows the life of a young doctor, Dr. Howser, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who juggles the responsibilities of being a child prodigy while maintaining a normal personal teenage life.
The show covers a wide variety of subjects. The finesses with which it juggles all these topics of varying natures makes for a compelling watch. It is a very beautiful coming-of-age story of an extraordinary young boy who is everything else but also a teenager at heart.
The complete set series is up for grabs on Amazon.
9. Dexter (2006 - 2013)
Dexter is an American psychological thriller with a gripping storyline. The main premise of the sitcom is the dual life of a forensic technician named Dexter who is shown to have homicidal tendencies.
The story unfolds the reason for his darkness in a captivating manner, drawing your wide-eyed attention from the get-go. Though darkness is on display, there is something about Dexter that makes him likable, and viewers find themselves rooting for him.
There will be a lot of blood on your screen once you put this on, but it stops being repulsive once you get the hang of it. Dexter managed to garner rave reviews from both the critics and the viewers. The show is available on Netflix.
10. Everwood (2002 - 2006)
Everwood is an American drama series that follows the life of Dr. Andy Brown, who moves to the fictional town of Everwood, Colorado, leaving behind a life that afforded him a surplus, after being widowed.
The series follows his life as he comes to terms with his and his families’ grim realities and tries to rekindle his relationships with his family in a new light. He strives towards starting a new life in the city, but things don't exactly go to the plan. Its a heart-wrenching and a very gripping series that'll tear at your heartstrings. The sitcom is available for streaming on Hulu. Those looking for some gripping shows like Grey's Anatomy shouldn't miss out on it.
11. The Resident (2018 to present)
The Resident is an American medical drama series that focuses on the lives and happenings of the staff at the fictional Chastain Park memorial hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The central characters are a third-year resident internist, Conrad Hawkins; first-year medical intern, Devon Pravesh; and Nicolette "Nic" Nevin, who is a nurse practitioner.
The sitcom trails their life while throwing light on the nitty-gritty of the healthcare industry. It’s got enough juice for everyone. The show is gory, entertaining, and everything else you need in a sitcom.
12. Private Practice (2007 - 2013)
A spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice is an American medical drama that hugely borrows from the former. The show narrates the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery who leaves Seattle Grace Hospital (the fictional hospital in Grey’s Anatomy) in order to join a high-profile private practice in Los Angeles.
The sitcom has an ensemble cast and showcases how they deal with each other in varying situations. Everyone is good-looking enough to keep the viewers glued to their screens, though that's not the only book. The show has an interesting storyline and makes for a entertaining watch. Private Practice is available for streaming on Hulu.
13. Nip/Tuck (2003 - 2010)
This American medical drama borrows from disparate genres, and the show is all the better for it. The premise centers around the characters and lives of Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy, the founders of an interesting plastic surgery center called “McNamara/Troy", which is located in south Florida.
The show has a fascinating storyline and is quite gripping too but since the subject matter is plastic surgery, it's not fit for faint-hearted. You'll understand why once you give it a shot. The sitcom was lauded by critics as well as viewers, thanks to its rich settings and attention to details. The series is available on Xfinity for streaming.
Did I miss out on any other good shows like Grey's Anatomy? Let me know in the comments section.