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The world of medicine isn't really the best place to have a giggle at, mostly because it's a profession full of serious business in which the fate of a patient's well-being is in the hands of surgeons and doctors, but sometimes, it's okay to laugh at something that seems terrifying so that there's not much to worry about. Maybe that really tall, attractive and intimidating nurse that's taking your temperature has a sense of humour!

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This is simply a comedy about the medical profession, whether it's about the staff in a hospital or a doctor's office, or the antics of the patients. It's not always doom and gloom after having your appendix removed — your bedside neighbor could be misdiagnosed with anaesthetics that makes them act a little loopy, or Doctor Jerk has suddenly gained a softer side for a dare, or you have front-row entertainment to the ongoing drama between your doctor and their failed attempts of flirting with another member of staff.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Dokkiri Doctor is a comedy manga-turned-anime about Dr Nishikikoji, who works in a school. He has misadventures with the school nurse and some of the students, and he tries to help everyone out the best way he can, leading to hijinks.

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     Live Action TV  

  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace is a downplayed example: all of the characters are doctors who work at a hospital, but the place is constantly invaded by monsters and weird phenomena and they rarely do anything medical on-screen as a result (when they do, they do it pretty awfully, for the sake of the Stylistic Suck).
  • Scrubs is a comedy drama set in a hospital full of cutaway scenes and exaggerated character stereotypes.
  • Similarly, Green Wing was often seen as a British version of Scrubs.
  • Only When I Laugh was a late-'70s/early '80s Brit Com about a bunch of lazy bums who all tried to get themselves a hospital bed in order to avoid work.
  • Doctor in the House was a series of sitcoms about medical students and doctors in a hospital in London and/or other locations, such as the series Doctor at Sea (set on a cruise ship) and Doctor Down Under (guess where?). It was initially adapted as a film series from the 1950s comic novels by Richard Gordon of the same name, but for the television adaptation, then semi-known writers such as Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie took over writing fresh scripts with new scenarios for renamed or composite versions of Gordon's characters.
  • M*A*S*H was a comedy about a U.S. Army Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. It featured a cast of oddball likable characters working to save lives in a sometimes grim situation.
  • Becker, about an inner-city doctor who treats his patients and friends like crap.
  • Childrens Hospital starred a variation of doctors in a children's hospital in Brazil — some arrogant, some flirty.
  • Surgical Spirit, a 1980s Brit Com television series about an Italian surgeon who is struggled to be understood by her patients.
  • Doc Martin is about a former surgeon who had to give up his speciality after developing a phobia of blood, becomes a GP note  in sleepy coastal village where he's a fish out of water and his curmudgeonly personality, poor bedside manner and lack of social skills cause friction with the locals, but his superior diagnostic abilities gain him grudging respect (essentially a comedy version of House).
  • Let the Blood Run Free, a truly surreal Australian comedy series set in a hospital.
  • Doctor Doctor, a sitcom about a group of doctors in private practice, starring Matt Frewer as the main (and most wacky) doctor.
  • House Calls is a sitcom from the 1970s about a British doctor in an American hospital dealing with her strange colleagues.
  • The 1998 French series H was a hospital comedy prone to surreal humor.
  • The "Veterinarian's Hospital" sketches on The Muppet Show.

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     Video Game  

  • Team Fortress 2: The Medic is a German Mad Doctor whose antics are frequently played for Black Comedy. E.g in Meet the Medic video, he tells an anecdote to the Heavy in which a doctor somehow made his patient lose his skeleton and that the doctor is never heard from again... And then he admits that's how he lost his medical license.
  • Octodad: In the short "Medical Mess" of Dadliest Catch, Tommy and Stacy are telling a story about Octodad working as a nurse, helping patients and even assisting with a surgery. Part of the humor comes from the fact that the kids have very little medical knowledge, and so they like to make up diseases, such as "unicornitis".

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     Western Animation  

  • Some individual instances:
    • Daffy Duck seeks Dr. Jerkyl to treat his hiccups in "The Impatient Patient" (1942). Jerkyl turns into the "Chloe" to whom Daffy is delivering a telegram.
    • Heckle and Jeckle turn into surgeons giving Chesty the Bulldog the onceover in "Magpie Madness" (1947) as they try to spring Dimwit from an asylum.
    • Beetlejuice takes Lydia to a Neitherworld hospital to treat her injured foot ("Generally Hysterical Hospital") where she's misdiagnosed and assigned to have her body removed from her soul. Guess who her surgeon is.
    • Bugs Bunny gives the Tasmanian Devil the onceover at a jungle hospital in 1964's "Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare."

Alternative Title(s): Accident And Entertainment, Comedy In Casualty

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