Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition: Medical Drama

The time has come for another television recommendation post and this one has me in a pickle because I desperately want to avoid recommending Grey’s Anatomy. Like, sure, I could say that the first half of that show was good, but looking back, I dislike the show for all its melodrama and I don’t want anything to do with it this week. Also, I don’t really want to be stuck with the “drama” part because I have a comedic pick for this week that I have wanted to mention so many times now, and I don’t want to miss this chance!

PS: I haven’t seen enough of ER to mention it here either. It ran on TV when I was a kid so I caught a few episodes here and there but to say I watched an entire season would be lying. So.. not mentioning that one either.

1. SIRENS, 2014-2015

First things first, here’s the comedy I’ve been meaning to mention. A comedy that was cancelled too early in my opinion, a comedy that’s based on a British series by the same name, and a comedy that I consider one of my favourites of all time. The reason is simple, it’s a great sitcom that has great characters and hilarious jokes. It also has a bit of medical stuff happening which fits this week’s theme but it’s really just a great little comedy that needs more love!

2. NIP/TUCK, 2003-2010

So, this was a show that I started watching from its first episode and continued on almost until the end. I watched it with my mother… and it’s not a PG-13 show either so you can imagine me being a bit shocked at first. Then again, I was shown these types of shows and stuff pretty early on, so I’m used to it by now. Nip/Tuck revolves around plastic surgery and the topics it tackles are still relevant these days. Though, I warn you, the last few seasons are way way out there and a bit weird.

3. THE NIGHT SHIFT, 2014-…

Now, this was a bit of a surprise to me because I had forgotten about The Night Shift!!!! I watched the first season way back in 2014 and then well, that’s the issue with these short season shows, people tend to forget them. And so I forgot, and now thanks to this week’s theme, I rediscovered it and I will binge watch it again because I freaking loved it. Also, it’s not too shabby to look at Eoin Macken, I mean, not too shabby at all!


 THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES

 

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14 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition: Medical Drama”

  1. I haven’t watched any of these, but there’s a few gifs of Richard Madden from the British Sirens that I love very much. lol

    1. Oh yeah, seen those … I wanted to include that one as well but the British series was a bit.. darker in tones. And even though the US version is a lot more PG, there are a few good scenes there too. 😅

  2. I haven’t seen any of these but I remember wanting to see NIP/TUCK years ago but I never watched it.

    1. Oh, Sirens is wonderful. I recommend it. The Night Shift was one of my favourites when it premiered years ago but since it’s a Summer show I completely forgot about it the next year and now I’m 3 seasons behind. 😀

  3. Nice out of the main choices. I think I’ve heard of Sirens but haven’t seen it but haven’t heard a thing about The Night Shift until now. I’ll have to investigate those two. But I was a big Nip/Tuck fan until it lost its way towards the end of its run. Loved the two leads and Joely Richardson as the prickly Julia McNamara (and I really loved it when they had her real life mother Vanessa Redgrave play her pill of a mother on the show-their scenes together were some of the series best)

    I’m a big fan of medical shows, be they drama, comedy or dramedy so the choices were vast I ended up going with three favorites rather than struggling with too many picks.

    St. Elsewhere (1982-1988)-Set in Boston’s financially strapped St. Eligius Hospital (the St. Elsewhere of the title so called due to its less than exalted place in the city residents hearts despite it being a teaching hospital), headed by Drs. Donald Westphall, Daniel Auschlander and autocratic Mark Craig (Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels respectively). The series follows the overlapping lives of many incoming residents, doctors and patients and their families, including something of a first for serial TV Westphall’s autistic son Tommy (Chad Allen). Critically acclaimed series that though never a big ratings success managed to run for six seasons as a prestige show for the network. This served as the launching pad for many stars including series regulars Denzel Washington, Alfre Woodard, Mark Harmon and Helen Hunt. Laced with an absurdist edge the show could be hysterically funny and also crushingly sad, sometimes within the same episode.

    M*A*S*H (1972-1983)-Long running comedy/drama show based on Robert Altman’s film about life in a Mobil Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War featuring the travails, both funny and sad, of Dr. “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda), Head Nurse Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit)-both of whom stayed throughout the series run-and the various others surgeons & aides-Trapper John, B.J., Henry Blake, Colonel Potter, Radar O’Reilly, Charles Winchester, Frank Burns, the crossdressing Max Klinger and Father Mulcahy who passed through. Beginning as a light hearted comedy this morphed through the years into one of the finest dramedy series in history. What kept it vital aside from excellent writing was the flow of characters during the years allowing for fresh interactions and situations.

    Medical Center (1971-1976)-Dr. Paul Lochner (James Daly-father of performers Tyne & Timothy) is the chief of staff at a large L.A. based hospital. Experienced and capable he is friendly with the young associate professor of surgery Dr. Joe Gannon (Chad Everett) but they often clash over medical procedures for the patients. Lochner favoring tried and true methods while Gannon believes in more experimental methods. Weekly different challenges present themselves to the doctors and nurses, overseen by Head Nurse Eve Wilcox (Audrey Totter).

    1. Oh yes, them being actual mother and daughter made the show so much better for some reason. Not just because they looked so very similar but because the dynamic worked so well on screen. I’m a bit disappointed the show fell flat after they moved the plot to LA? I can’t even remember but I think that was when I gave up on the show.

  4. Nip/Tuck is the sickest freaking show I ever seen. I still cannot believe they wrote it, shot it and the network aired it

  5. Oh..I haven’t watched ah of these. It know about them…that must be worth something. Anyhoo, I heard great things about Nip tuck but I am more intrigued by the other two

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