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You’re on call this week - to binge on these series about the lives and loves of doctors, nurses and their patients.

Searching for the cure for the back-to-school blues? Suffering from a bad case of the doldrums? These medical dramas are just what the doctor ordered, and you can watch them wherever and whenever you like, on Showmax.

1. Pure Genius

What happens when a technology billionaire and a brilliant doctor decide to open the world's most advanced hospital? A medical drama like you have never seen before. Watch now »


2. Grey’s Anatomy, Seasons 1-11

This medical drama, created and written by Shonda Rhimes, has become a cultural phenomenon in the 11 years since its debut. It portrays the blood, sweat and tears of five surgical interns as they turn into competent doctors with the help of their mentors. Meredith Grey is the daughter of a famous surgeon, starting her own career at the Seattle Grace Hospital. Joining her are her fellow resident interns, Cristina, Alex, Izzie and George, who all struggle to maintain their personal lives with their gruelling work schedule, and inevitably fall for the people they work with. (Hello, Dr Derek Shepherd!) Watch now »


3. Binnelanders, Seasons 1-11

The Binneland Clinic in Pretoria is the backdrop for this local soapie that tells the stories of the medical professionals who save their patients’ lives and do whatever they can to heal their hurts. Watch now »


4. Nurse Jackie, Seasons 1-7

Why should the doctors get all the glory when there’s a carer like Jackie Peyton on the job? ER nurse Jackie is possibly the best in the business. The only problem is she believes in the healing power of medicine a little too much ... While Jackie’s drug addiction gets her into frequent trouble, both personal and professional, there’s no denying her skills in the ward and her charming bedside manner. This medical comedy-drama garnered many award nominations and one Emmy win for Edie Falco (who you’ll recognise as Carmella in The Sopranos - boxset available on Showmax). Watch now »


5Married to Medicine, Season 1

A fascinating reality show about seven women - three doctors and four doctors’ wives - in Atlanta, struggling to balance their careers, families, social lives and relationships amid the fierce demands on doctors’ time. Watch now »


6. Chicago Med, Season 1

Catch up on season one of this intriguing medical drama that takes place in a state-of-the-art trauma centre. Courageous doctors and nurses ply their trade, while hospital politics and personal issues play out in the pandemonium of the ER. Oliver Platt stars as the head of psychiatry, and a young cast of newcomers join to confront the Windy City's most critical medical cases, as well as the ills of their own lives. Watch now »


7. Call the Midwife, Seasons 1-3

Set in the working class neighbourhood of Poplar in London’s East End in the 1950s, Call the Midwife is based on the memoirs of a real-life midwife. The central character is new nurse Jenny Lee, who arrives at a midwives outfit to help deliver babies. She and her coworkers soon become intimately involved with the hardknock lives of their patients and community. A massive hit, this is one of the best, most heartwarming dramas on television. Watch now »

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