TV’s Most Comforting Hospital Shows
It might feel like a weird time to want to watch a hospital show, but maybe it’s also the best time to watch a hospital show.
In this time of uncertainty, as businesses are closing and we’re all supposed to be staying at home and taking full advantage of all that the streaming world has to offer, we keep finding ourselves craving shows likeÂ ERÂ andÂ Grey’s Anatomy. While there’s a lot of gore and occasionally (or often) a death or two, it’s nice to watch doctors doing what doctors do.
It’s comforting to see patients being treated and diseases being overcome, while also important to see doctors as real people who are trying their best in trying times. Sometimes the doctors also have sex with each other, which is just extra fun for TV viewers, to help keep us all distracted.
Anyway, we rounded up some of our favorite, most comforting medical shows. Some are still on, and some are looong over, but almost all of them are available to stream in full somewhere.
One show that did not make the list wasÂ House, and while we’d like to point out that it’s available to watch on Amazon Prime, we’dÂ also like to explain that it is not very comforting. It may not always be Lupus, but it’s always something. Still an entertaining show, so if you’re feeling a little more cynical and looking for a show to fit that vibe, it might be the right choice for you right now.
Otherwise, settle in and pick a hospital.
A lot of things have gone down at Seattle Grace/Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. A lot of people have died or moved on or simply disappeared, but this hospital and Meredith Grey have always been there for us for the past 16 years. MerÂ is also now one of the best doctors in the country, and there are few people we trust more. (Netflix, Hulu)
ScrubsÂ has been making the rounds this week due toÂ a sceneÂ showing how germs spread from person to person that’s highly useful right now, but aside from being informative, it’s damn funny. And laughter is good for all of us. (Hulu)
MASHÂ is a slightly different kind of medical show, a comedy set in aÂ mobile Army surgicalÂ hospital (MASH) in the Korean war. The show began airing during the Vietnam War and many episodes are not exactly comedic, but it’s all strangely comforting to watch. The entireÂ series is streaming on Hulu.