Thursday Movie Picks: Medical Dramas - TV Edition

Someone is going to need to prescribe me some muscle relaxers for the amount of reaching I'm about to do this week. It's another TV edition from Wanderer, and I just happen to be the only person who never got into Grey's Anatomy, ER, Nip/Tuck or any other medical drama. So brace yourselves, some bullshit is coming.

1) Scrubs

This is at least close to the theme, though it's a comedy. Scrubs is the only TV show I watched that took place in a hospital. It had some dramatic moments, damn it.

2) Agents of SHIELD

What's this madness? Well, Simmons, one of the leads on this show is a doctor and they actually do talk about medical procedures fairly often. Someone is always quarantined, injured, or an alien that needs examining. 

3) Doc McStuffins

You think a kiddie show can't be dramatic? Well, thanks to my son I've seen every single episode of this show and let me tell you, Doc's toys are dramatic as hell. Stuffy always thinks he's injured and Chilly clearly has some form of depression that no one is addressing. 

12 comments:

  1. Agents of SHIELD is such a great pick! I would have never thought of it.

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  2. Scrubs is quite funny even though I have not watched it too much. I watched the first season of Shield and just stopped because I simply lost interest. I haven't seen your 3rd pick at all but I love your unique take on this week's shows

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    1. The first season of SHIELD was really bad, at least the first half was. It picked up after they had their big HYDRA reveal after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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  3. Aww..Doc McStuffins looks adorable, I have to look for that for my great niece.

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    1. lol she is pretty cute. It's on Disney Jr.

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  4. I've seen a very few episodes of Scrubs mostly due to my complete indifference to Zach Braff. I've heard of Agents of SHIELD but haven't watched. One I've never heard of is Doc McStuffins, doesn't sound like my thing but a fun choice.

    Medical shows aren't for everyone and not every doctor show works for everyone but I love many of them and selected three that I've loved through the years.

    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).

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    1. St. Elsewhere I'm familiar with because of the "Tommy Westphall Universe" twist. I almost wish I was alive during that time period so I could see other people's reactions.

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  5. Scrubs is excellent. I only saw episodes here and there, but I always laughed my ass off when I did. Wow, I was not expecting to see Agents of SHIELD, here. Very inspired pick. I've never heard of that last one. My kids are teens so they would look at me sideways if I put that on. They already give me a hard time when I watch kiddie movies.

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    1. My kid has finally grown out of Doc McStuffins, but we watched a lot of it. It's one of the more tolerable kiddie shows he's put me through. Scrubs I never watched from start to finish either, but I've probably seen every episode as it's always on.

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  6. Scrubs has always been that funny show I didn't get into back in the day for me. So is Agents of Shield. And haven't even heard about the last one.

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    1. I imagine most wouldn't unless they have small kids. Scrubs I never fully committed to either.

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