TV doctors to the rescue
Viewers are responding to heroic lead characters who save the day, and sometimes the network.
TV doctors have been around since the days of City Hospital, Medic, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey in the 1950s and ’60s….
Right now they are back in vogue with hit shows including The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Doc Martin and Doctor Doctor.
Newbie The Good Doctor, starring Freddie Highmore, has now launched at #1 with 1.06m viewers -an impressive feat by any measure.
All four revolve around their heroic lead character. Granted, two of them are arguably anti-heroes….
Medical dramas afford writers plenty of scope for sympathetic characters, a constant line of new cases / storylines coming in the door, and a pragmatic production spend, utilising the same interior sets week in, week out.
Over the decades TV has entertained us with endless variations and favourite docs in House, ER, Chicago Hope, Grey’s Anatomy, MASH, Scrubs, Doogie Howser MD, All Saints, The Young Doctors, Offspring, GP, The Flying Doctors, A Country Practice.
But there’s an equally long list of those that have been reaching for the defibrillator, including some this year.
Who have been your favourite TV doctors, and are there any you want to see back?