Medical TV Dramas: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Yes, I know, it’s totally unfair to post a pic of McDreamy then pose the question “medical TV shows, love ’em or leave ’em?”. But, McDreamy aside, I’m curious to hear your opinions. My husband has been watching a lot of House lately, and I can’t decide if I really enjoy the show. It may be cliche, but I think I prefer to leave all things medicine on the job and completely unplug with other quality TV shows like The Bachelorette, or The Office reruns after a long day in the ER.

Growing up, my physician father never wanted to watch the show ER because, well, as an emergency physician it seemed so fake. I was of course distressed by this fact realizing it meant missed opportunities to oogle George Clooney. Similarly, in college I was enamored with Grey’s Anatomy and never missed an episode. McDreamy, McSteamy…I was obsessed! But, then, once my NP career was in full force, I didn’t find the show quite as engaging (granted the quality of Grey’s has obviously plummeted since its early days).

Now, when faced with the choice of watching House in the evening with my husband or going to bed at 9:30pm, I choose sleep every time. This partially speaks to my level of sleep deprivation, but I think more so speaks to my newfound distaste for medical TV. I can, after all, prioritize an episode of Breaking Bad over a premature bedtime. No, I’m not “too good” or “too smart” for these shows, I misdiagnose practically every one of Dr. House’s patients. It’s simply too difficult for me to unplug after a long day with IV’s and ventilators and crash carts continuing flash before my eyes.

As a nurse, NP, or PA do you find yourself in a similar television viewing situation?


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2 thoughts on “Medical TV Dramas: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?”

  1. Erin, there’s actually a blog from an MD on how nearly every episode of House is medically incorrect. My boyfriend watches it and I always laugh explaining it to him and showing him the blog. It can be found here: . Enjoy!

    I’m a big fan of your blog. I have my BA in psych with a bio minor (my school didn’t have a bio major at my campus, unfortunately). I was intending on going NP for awhile, but after getting accepted to two DE programs, I decided to go to medical school instead. Thanks for posting interesting things all of the time — good luck with your career + blog!

  2. Thanks for sharing Kara! I checked out the blog- can’t wait to watch the show with these as Cliff Notes!

    Congratulations on medical school! I wish you the best, keep me updated on your progress and let me know if there are any topics you would like to see covered on the blog.

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