10 Shows Like 'The Resident' to Watch Next

With the sixth season of wrapping up right around the same time as the fifth anniversary of its series premiere, fans of the series might be interested in checking out other shows with a similar vibe.

Taylor Freitas

The cast of 'The Resident'


Based on a book by Marty Makary, Fox's medical drama The Residentexplores some of the tough truths about the American healthcare system — from the perspective of the hospital staff who experience it firsthand each day.

The series revolves around Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), a senior resident at the fictional Chastain Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. A natural leader, he's known to break the rules from time to time, using some unconventional tactics to get his patients the best care possible.

At the beginning of the series, Conrad is introduced to Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), a bright-eyed young doctor beginning his residency at Chastain. As Conrad shows Devon around the hospital, he isn't afraid to talk about the challenging realities of working there — including dealing with corrupt and greedy hospital executives and witnessing veteran doctors making (and covering up) deadly mistakes.

Conrad and Devon work alongside Chief of Surgery Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), whose personal health problems are causing issues in the operating room, and nurse practitioner Nic Nevin (Emily VanCamp), who cares deeply for her patients and has a romantic connection with Conrad.

With the sixth season of The Resident wrapping up right around the same time as the fifth anniversary of its series premiere, fans of the series might be interested in checking out other shows with a similar vibe. If that sounds like you, take a look at the following list. Some of the shows on it dive into the dark underbelly of the medical field (like The Resident), while others are a bit lighter, crossing the line between medical and romantic drama.

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows like The Resident to queue up next, ranked by Metascore.


George Clooney in 'ER'



Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of intense medical shows that'll give you an adrenaline rush
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu
Seasons: 15

Created by Michael Crichton, ER is a medical drama that depicts the difficult realities of working in an inner-city emergency room. The series takes place at Chicago's fictional Cook County General Hospital, where a team of overworked doctors and nurses try their best to save patients' lives in the face of constant chaos. The ER cast changed quite a bit during the show's 15-season run, but some of its most memorable original members include doctors Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), Doug Ross (George Clooney), Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), and John Carter (Noah Wyle).

"Offer[s] a mixture of timeliness and wit that's still provocative." — Ken Parish Perkins, Chicago Tribune


The cast of 'House'



Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of snarky, character-driven hospital procedurals
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Peacock, Vudu
Seasons: 8

Like The Resident, Fox's House doesn't shy away from the dark aspects of working in healthcare. Set at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, the series follows Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a cynical, abrasive, and pill-addicted doctor with a talent for diagnosing mysterious illnesses that other medical professionals can't seem to figure out. To help address the patients' complicated conditions, House is assisted by a rotating crew of specialists, which include Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Eric Foreman (Omar Epps), and Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) in the show's early seasons.

"This kind of straight, no-chaser approach to patient care is what makes House a satisfying riff on any number of doctors I've seen on TV." — Paul Brownfield, Los Angeles Times


Vera Farmiga in 'Five Days at Memorial'

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Five Days at Memorial 

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of sobering medical dramas based on true events
Where to watch: Apple TV+
Seasons: 1

Based on Sheri Fink's 2013 non-fiction book, Five Days at Memorial is a drama miniseries that takes place in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. It gives audiences a look into the appalling conditions at Memorial Hospital, where patients struggled to survive amidst rising floodwaters and power outages — and also where dozens of dead bodies were found in the post-storm clean-up. The show chronicles the investigation into the deaths, including the involvement of Dr. Anna Pou (Vera Farmiga), who was on the front lines through the worst of the storm.

"It is utterly brutal and utterly compelling." — Lucy Mangan, The Guardian


Hamza Haq in 'Transplant'



Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of heartfelt stories about resilience and hope
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, iTunes, Peacock, Vudu
Seasons: 3 (so far)

Transplant is a Canadian medical drama about Dr. Bashir "Bash" Hamed (Hamza Haq), a Syrian-born physician who moves to Toronto to escape his country's civil war. Once there, he finds a job in the emergency department at the fictional York Memorial Hospital, putting his war-zone training to use. On top of managing life-or-death situations at work, Bash also faces a few challenges outside of the hospital, including adjusting to a new country and taking care of his pre-teen sister, Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus).

"It's not a hugely innovative or adventurous medical drama, but it plays the familiar beats solidly." — Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter


Ellen Pompeo in 'Grey's Anatomy'


Grey's Anatomy 

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of soapy medical shows with a heavy dose of romantic drama
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu
Seasons: 19 (so far)

Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy, the longest-running primetime medical drama on TV, revolves around a group of physicians at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital (later known as Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital). One of those doctors is Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who joins the hospital as a surgical intern. As the series goes on, it follows Meredith and her colleagues' professional and personal lives (which often intertwine), as they experience the highs and lows that come along with working in such a high-stakes environment. For Meredith, the journey includes plenty of successes as well as some crushing setbacks.

"A mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability." — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Freddie Highmore in 'The Good Doctor'


The Good Doctor 

Metascore: 53
Best for: Fans of thought-provoking medical dramas with a unique viewpoint
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu
Seasons: 6 (so far)

Developed by House creator David Shore and based on a South Korean series, ABC's The Good Doctor tells the story of Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a surgeon on the autism spectrum who also has savant syndrome. With the support of his long-time mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), Shaun leaves his small hometown to join the staff at California's renowned San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. While some people in the hospital community are unsure about hiring him, Shaun's talents — including his photographic memory and incredibly sharp attention to detail — become hard to ignore.

"The Good Doctor comes on a bit strong." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times


The cast of 'Code Black'


Code Black 

Metascore: 53
Best for: Fans of serious workplace dramas built around heart-tugging human stories
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Seasons: 3

Inspired by Ryan McGarry's 2014 documentary of the same title, Code Black is an emotional medical drama about the emergency room staff at Los Angeles' fictional Angels Memorial Hospital. In it, Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) is a dedicated leader with a tragic past who helps oversee a group of first-year residents with the help of head nurse Jesse Sallander (Luis Guzmán). While patient care is their top priority, Leanne, Jesse, and their colleagues struggle to get the resources they need to perform their jobs in the underfunded and overcrowded hospital.

"Code Black has a heartbeat. Gay Harden is fierce and vital even when spouting clichés." — Willa Paskin, Slate


The cast of 'Chicago Med'


Chicago Med 

Metascore: 52
Best for: Fans of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and/or hunky doctor dramas
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, iTunes, Peacock, Vudu
Seasons: 8 (so far)

As part of Dick Wolf's One Chicago franchise, Chicago Med brings viewers into Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, where a talented team of emergency doctors and nurses work tirelessly to treat accidents, illnesses, and injuries. But medical care isn't the only focus of the show, as the staff navigates romantic relationships, conflict, and friendship, often blurring the lines between their professional and personal lives. Some of Chicago Med's main players include Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), an ex-plastic surgeon who transitioned to emergency medicine, and Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), a former Navy officer rising up the ranks at Gaffney.

"A familiar, by-the-numbers procedural, where grave medical conditions bring out the best in people — and the emergency room pandemonium rolls off everyone's back." — Robert Rorke, New York Post


Ryan Eggold in 'New Amsterdam'


New Amsterdam

Metascore: 47
Best for: Fans of earnest medical dramas with historical roots
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Peacock, Vudu
Seasons: 5

It has a more optimistic outlook than The Resident, but New Amsterdam also sheds light on some of the issues in the U.S. healthcare system. Inspired by a true story, it centers on Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), a sharp and ambitious doctor who accepts a job as the medical director at the oldest public hospital in the country, New Amsterdam Hospital in New York City. Despite skepticism from his weary staff and personal battles of his own, Max dedicates himself to restoring the worn-down and neglected facility to its former glory.

"Heartfelt, well-meaning and dull." — James Poniewozik, The New York Times


Kate Walsh in 'Private Practice'


Private Practice 

Metascore: 45
Best for: Fans of Grey's Anatomy and/oror romance-driven doctor dramas in general
Where to watch:

, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu
Seasons: 6

Packed with drama, romance, and humor, Private Practice is a Grey's Anatomy spin-off that focuses on neonatal surgeon Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). The series begins after Addison leaves Seattle Grace Hospital and relocates to Southern California, where she joins a beachside medical practice run by her now-divorced friends from medical school, Naomi (Audra McDonald) and Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs). As she adjusts to her new life, Addison faces a few conflicts with her colleagues at the practice while also falling for one of her fellow physicians, naturopathic doctor Pete Wilder (Tim Daly).

"The problem is that Private Practice attempts to drum up comedy from things that aren't funny and to wring drama from situations that are melodramatic, predictable or reek of barely repressed anger." — Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune