Watch Your Meds

September 17, 2008

There seems to be no end to medical dramas, medical procedurals and just plain ol’ medical general-interest television shows overall, as the new TV season begins. If you’re not watching Private Practice, you might be absorbed by tonight’s season premiere of House, sniffling over the last season of ER, learning about post-op gastric bypass patients on The Doctors (this one’s got real live doctors in it), or checking out Grey’s Anatomy.  Noticing all the billboards for these shows around town made me wonder why people are so hungry for shows about medicine. The drama and mystery involved in medicine make it a natural subject for television, of course. But I also wonder if the universal subject matter — we could all fall ill or get hurt at any moment, plus most of us have spent time in a hospital for one reason or another — also makes for popular tubeage. Anyway, who the hell knows?

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