New Medical TV Show!

Remember the excitement when ER was first aired? In those days, a prime time hospital show was a fresh, new, wonderful idea and we all loved it. Then, St. Elsewhere, and that was OK. Then a lot more followed, and the market became saturated and annoying.

But now, there’s something new. Not more of the same at all. In fact, rather less of the same. Check it out:

Hat tip: Rob.


  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    May 5, 2010

    Pretty sure St Elsewhere preceded ER by some years… 12 in fact.

  2. #2 MPL
    May 5, 2010

    Remember the excitement when ER was first aired?

    No. Geezer (kidding).

    Although, it seems strange to imagine people getting excited about a new prime time TV show. With Hulu and Tivo, does anyone even remember when “prime time” is anymore?

    Actually, I never did figure out when prime time was. What with my insomnia, I thought it was some time around 2:30 am.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    May 5, 2010

    Did it? Damn, I should have checked that out first. Oh, well, thanks for the correction.

    12 years, really?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    May 5, 2010

    er 1994
    st elsewhere 1982

  5. #5 zackoz
    May 5, 2010

    Wilkins strikes again.

    Full marks for nerddom!

  6. #6 Rich Wilson
    May 5, 2010

    Let’s not forget Trapper John, MD (79)

  7. #7 Art
    May 5, 2010

    I see your “ER” and a “St.Elsewhere” and raise you a “Markus Welby MD” in black and white. Of course to see it you had to jiggle the rabbit ears a bit. My memory is fuzzy, or is that just the snow that partially obscured the picture.

    Of course, this time in ‘living color’, there was a subset of medical shows, the EMT show. The first being “Emergency!”.

  8. #8 James Ernst
    May 5, 2010

    “The victim is in extreme pain Rampart”.

    I loved Emergency!

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    May 5, 2010

    None of them as as good as the new show in the clip!

  10. #10 Rosie Redfield
    May 5, 2010

    Um, Dr. Kildare? Even older than Marcus Welby MD. (I must be soooo old!)

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    May 5, 2010

    Wait, some of these older shows were day time soaps, right? They don’t count. Then, of course, we’d include General Hospital.

  12. #12 rob
    May 5, 2010

    i think they should remake a whole new series of ER shows:

    ER: Des Moines –PTO disasters!
    ER: Paris –runway model sprained ankles!
    ER: McMurdo Station — frost bite and morphing dogs!

  13. #13 Rick Pikul
    May 5, 2010

    Ah yes, Emergency! Still to this day the most realistic emergency medicine show ever made.

    All the medical equipment: Real
    The truck: Real, while built for the show it was later donated and used by working paramedics.
    The stars: Both graduates of the second class of paramedics, ever.

  14. #14 Mark P
    May 6, 2010

    OK, let’s jump to the movies. What was the most realistic portrayal of an ER procedure in a movie that was not about medicine? I vote for the scene in Bullitt when the man the police were guarding was being treated for gunshot wounds at the hospital. The matter-of-fact behavior of the doctors and nurses was strikingly different from most movie ER scenes. I remarked on it when we were watching recently, and then I watched the short promotional movie that accompanies the disc. On that I found that Steve McQueen wanted authenticity, so they shot the scenes in an real hospital and used the real staff instead of actors.

  15. #15 Andrew
    May 6, 2010

    Yes, but we already have real life, what do we want realistic life like drama for in the movie we pay to see?