You can’t miss out on New Amsterdam
Okay, the last couple of seasons went off the rails a bit, but the first three seasons are more than worth the watch to put the show on this list. This series takes on a slightly different approach to a lot of medical dramas out there.
Yes, there is focus on patients, but not in the way that Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor have done. The patients help to bring up failings in the healthcare system. This gives the doctors a specific medical problem to solve rather than offer a medical diagnosis and send people on their way.
Of course, the solutions aren’t always simple. They look it, and then the doctors will carry them out. However, there are often times that the solutions lead to more problems, and now the doctors have to go back to what they were doing. It brings to light that there is a huge need in overhauling the healthcare system in America.
This show also doesn’t just look at one side of medicine. There is a huge focus on psychiatry as well, and this is so important. While not everything requires a psychiatrist to treat, this show gives us a look at how mental health is handle and how it should be handled in the future.
New Amsterdam is available to stream on Netflix.
Go back in time with Call the Midwife
At first glance, Call the Midwife may come across as a period drama rather than a medical drama. It’s actually both, and this series is a great look at healthcare in Britain in the 1950s.
The series is focused on a group of midwives in the East End of London in the 1950s. They work in a convent, so you can guess what some of the medical practices should be. They don’t all follow those practices, and they try to help the people the best they can. Unfortunately, there isn’t always something that they can do, and there is a horrific moment in the series involving a home abortion. Please be warned!
We do get a lot of focus on women’s health in this show. After all, it’s about midwives, who are there to deliver babies. They don’t just deliver babies, though. They help women with pregnancy complications, there are stillbirth and miscarriage storylines, and there are issues during the delivery process that midwives need to assist with.
Then there are the personal storylines. We watch as these midwives learn more about themselves, find love, and simply focus on thriving in 1950s London.
Watch Call the Midwife on PBS Masterpiece.
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