Tim Goodman Picks His 5 Favorite Medical Series

'Chicago Hope'

'Code Black' not doing it for you? THR's chief TV critic says watch one of these and call him in the morning.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

1. M*A*S*H (1972-83)

This CBS dramedy nailed the chaos of war and its attendant bloodshed. No topic was off-limits or too difficult to tackle, and exceptional acting, writing and direction combined to create characters that became family.

2. The Knick (2014-present)

Cinemax's drama — which portrays medicine in 1900 as a matter of trial and error — is a bracingly original take on the genre, with director Steven Soderbergh and star Clive Owen in top form.

3. ER (1994-2009)

NBC's hit hung on for too long, but in its prime, the series managed to be dramatic with minimal soapiness, yielding a wealth of memorable episodes and launching a number of fruitful acting careers.

4. Chicago Hope (1994-2000)

ER's less popular rival over on CBS boasted a superb cast (Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin, Christine Lahti, Hector Elizondo) and was excellent at its creative peak. This hypochondriac tuned in to both shows.

5. St. Elsewhere (1982-88)

NBC's hospital drama was darkly funny, deeply influential (ER and Chicago Hope were direct heirs) and went out with a surprise twist that reset our notions of everything that had come before.