5 great medical dramas that you won’t find anywhere else

In 1994, ER: Emergencies It started as a lucky experiment. The series created by Michael Crichton, had the intention of recovering the human and dramatic sense of medical stories. To that, add a complicated context and characters that will gradually evolve, within the framework of operating rooms and diagnoses. On the other hand, the premise attempted to recover the genre of similar dramas, traditional on American television, but converted into productions closer to soap operas. So Crichton’s point of view is based on the ability to explore what was happening in the frenetic world of hospitals and their hard-working protagonists. All in a realistic, direct and often tragic tone.

The combination worked. Not only because it became a success that changed the world of series — and of course, that of medical dramas — and brought it to a new type of audience. Also, for mixing in the same setting, scientific themes and a wide variety of characters and stories, which became more complex, season by season. The production became an icon of television of the decade and the following. At the same time, it demonstrated the validity of stories set in the world of medicine in popular taste. Much more, by opening the door for many other similar arguments and completely renewing the genre.

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To demonstrate the above, we leave you five extraordinary medical dramas, which you can find right now on Star+. From a founding series of the genre, which is currently getting a second and well-deserved air, to a Spanish production born in a pandemic. We leave you everything to explore in the most important medical dramas, relevant and especially, those that give the genre its characteristic personality.

Grey’s Anatomy

With 20 seasons — yes, you read that right — and 426 episodes, the production company’s best-known series, Shonda Rhimes is, in itself, a cornerstone of current medical drama. Not only to achieve the desired combination between a story with serial overtones – which it is – with the environment of the hospitals. At the same time, for staying fresh thanks to a plot that has created its own universe and explores, with care and elegance, in controversial, sensitive and moving turns.

The secret to longevity and production success appears to come from a combination of factors. On the one hand, focus their script and visual resources on exploring medicine from a human and realistic side. On the other end, Grey’s Anatomy has become famous for dispensing with several of its most recognized characters as time goes by. Which allows him to renew his stories from time to time and provide an unpredictable air to his plot.

Precisely, its 20th season demonstrates how successful its formula is. With five new inmates and a whole series of new scenarios to explore, the series successfully overcame the loss of its main couple and its best-known conflicts. In return, it brings a whole new dimension to medicine in the 21st century and especially, the new sensitivity towards science. A step forward that makes the production a milestone on the small screen.

New Amsterdam

Following the steps of Grey’s Anatomyalthough on a smaller scale and effectiveness, is found New Amsterdam. With five seasons, the series became a massive hit during the pandemic, but as singular as it may seem, he was never able to recover from that unexpected and punctual triumph in harmony. In addition, the series went through all kinds of problems — including a serious recording delay — that ended up condemning it to an early cancellation.

But, despite that, New Amsterdam It’s still a moving story worth giving a chance. The story of Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) begins with a painful tragedy. A single father and recovering cancer patient, the head of North America’s oldest hospital must face several challenges at once. On the one hand, that of educating his little daughter amidst the complex background of the demands of medicine. On the other, practicing science with kindness and generosity.

He won’t always succeed, but Max will strive to leave a legacy of dedication and love for everyone around him. With a painful ending, but respectful of the story as a whole, the series is a little rarity, which you can find right now on Star+.

The Resident

This adaptation of the book Unaccountable by Marty Makary is both a medical drama and a reflection on moral and spiritual duty in the area. A nuance that gives the six seasons of the production an air of constant renewal. Also, a personal approach that distances her from just exploring what happens in the hallways of the hospital on duty.

Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) is a resident of Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. But he also has the ambition to be more than just a good doctor. However, what begins with a journey through the life of a professional in training soon becomes a dilemma. The character, with considerable talent and an uncomfortable arrogance, He must deal with his need to do good and, at the same time, stand out in his career.

With a first season that amazed critics, The Resident It was slowly finding its rhythm and identity. Still, by its sixth installment, the plot seemed to have become generic and uninteresting, resulting in an unforeseen cancellation. However, his intelligent speeches and his protagonist remain for history, a rare mix between a rebel and a good Samaritan.

With out PRIVIOUSE appointment

This spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy, was, in many ways, a testing point for the central story’s best-known characters. Specifically, whether they could survive the test of being independent of central production. So the plot follows surgeon Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) as she moves into private medicine. Much more, in a completely new area for the character, such as Santa Monica (California)

Also produced by Shonda Rhimes, With out PRIVIOUSE appointment It is more adult, risky and innovative in the way it approaches the medical topic. Much more, by exploring Addison’s morality and ethics, she is one of the most ambiguous and complete figures on Grey’s Anatomy. In six installments, the series managed to delve not only into cases much more elaborate than those touched on by the larger universe from which it comes. At the same time, it showed the subtleties of private medicine and especially, the responsibility that professionals in the field carry on their shoulders.

The production was never as successful as its central story. All in all, it managed to show a particular angle of the universe created by Shona Rhimes that set a good precedent going forward. Will the production company continue delving deeper into its characters? We will have to wait.

kisses in the air

With two chapters, this Spanish miniseries is the particular case of a great story, which arrives at the right time. Darío Madrona’s production narrates, in a tone of comedy with touches of drama, lhe life of a group of strangers in the middle of a complicated moment.

Which is none other than the quarantine resulting from the COVID-19 health emergency. Little by little, in a sincere and sensitive tone, the plot tells how the situation impacted its characters. But much more, the way in which they managed to maintain morally and physically afloat, in the midst of such a serious circumstance.

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The link between all the stories is Javi (Paco León), a nurse who will strive to give his best in a critical and unknown circumstance. Which will give the plot its best and most exciting moments.

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