Medical dramas are a unique sub-genre among drama shows, and this is the format that shows us how content can vastly change just because of a minor change in setting. Hospital dramas are usually about a group of doctors and their relationships as they look after patients and deal with certain emergency situations. The fact that there are medical cases involved naturally heightens the drama in such shows. ‘The Resident‘ is one such drama about a group of students who are working as residential interns at the Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. The show explores not only the lives and works of these medical students and how they deal with patients, but also depicts how the health care industry works and what are the bureaucratic shields that people in the industry have to navigate while giving proper care to patients.
If you enjoyed watching this show and are looking for more series that explore similar ideas, themes and concepts, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Resident’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Resident’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. Night Shift (2014-2017)
This NBC original series is created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. The story of ‘The Night Shift’ centers around three doctors. All of them were previously working for the army and still carry the trauma of what they had witnessed during wars. The leading character of the show, Dr. TC Callahan, saw his brother pass away in front of his very own eyes during the war. The story involves several relationships that form between the staffers of the hospital. But it must be pointed out that though there are some interesting characters when the show begins, by the time we reach the second season we know that they will not be growing or maturing as people. There is no character arc as such, and that becomes the bane of the show.
8. Doc Martin (2004-)
‘Doc Martin’ is a medical comedy-drama centering around a character called Dr. Martin Ellingham. The character is based on Dr. Martin Bamford of the movie ‘Saving Grace’ (2000). Dr. Ellingham is a hugely successful surgeon who suddenly develops hemophobia or the fear of blood. Thus, he has to stop doing surgeries altogether and decides to go to a remote village and work as a general physician. However, despite being a successful doctor, Ellingham is not someone very polite or refined in his dealings with the general public. However, he keeps proving them what a brilliant doctor he actually is, and the villagers finally begin to respect him for doing his job so well. This series is one of the most popular medical dramas in history and has been remade in multiple languages throughout the world.