The Doctor Is In

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The phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” didn’t become popular because people enjoyed booking appointments. But thanks to TV and movie medical professionals like “Doctor Zhivago” and “Doc Hollywood,” there’s always a doctor in the “House” — because Hugh Laurie can’t be everywhere. 

George Clooney famously got his big break as Dr. Ross in “ER” while Zach Braff’s quirky voice-overs have been known to make a few hearts flutter on “Scrubs.” His goofy personality is no match for Edie Falco’s no-nonsense portrayal of “Nurse Jackie,” but he’d probably find friends in Hawkeye, Hot Lips and Max in “M*A*S*H*” — laughter is the best medicine after all. Maybe together they can find a remedy for all the heartbreak the 17th season of “Grey’s Anatomy” has in store. But it is no match for the too short-lived “Red Band Society,” which proves you shouldn’t mess with a nurse on a mission. And modern medical dramas such as “The Resident,” “The Good Doctor” and “New Amsterdam” show it’s good to bring some new blood into the operating room. 

Reality TV doctors are a whole other category with series like “Botched” …

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