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Thanks to Grey’s Anatomy, you’ll never be able to hear Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars or The Fray’s How to Save A Life without breaking down into an ugly cry. You’ll never be able to see Patrick Dempsey as anything other than McDreamy, nor will you ever forget the ultimate BFF advice that Cristina Yang gave to Meredith Grey: “He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.”

With 338 episodes, Grey’s Anatomy is the longest-running medical drama in TV history – yes, it even beat ER’s record – and has left a lasting impression on all of us who watched and rewatched every episode.

It’s irreplaceable, you might say – but luckily there are other shows out there that will satisfy your craving for medical drama and romance. Here’s our pick of the shows to cure your Grey’s Anatomy craving on Showmax.

Shonda Rhimes series

The Catch S1-2

LA’s top private investigator Alice Vaughn loses the love of her life, millions of dollars in savings and is about to lose her career too if word gets out that she was conned by her fiancé. She’s hellbent on getting payback. Watch now »

The Fixer S1-6

Kerry Washington stars as the political mastermind Olivia Pope in this Emmy-winning drama series. There’s no problem or scandal too big for Olivia to fix, except for matters of her own heart when it comes to the President. Watch now »

Medical dramas

The Knick S1-2

It’s early in the 20th Century and the Knickerbocker Hospital is fighting to keep its lights on by offering groundbreaking medical procedures performed by Dr John Thackery, the head surgeon with a cocaine and opium addiction. Watch now »

Good Karma Hospital S1-2

Ruby needs to escape and takes a job as a doctor in India. She thinks she’s prepared, but she didn’t expect how much the place would change her… Watch now »

The Good Doctor S1

Shaun is a brilliant surgeon, yet his autism makes it hard to build personal connections. Giving up the calm of the countryside for a busy city hospital, can his brilliance make up for his social problems in this medical drama? Watch now »

Open Heart

Months after her dad disappears, 16-year-old Dylan Blake is caught in the act of breaking and entering. She’s sentenced to community service at her family’s Open Heart hospital, where she makes it her mission to find her father. Watch now »

Tearjerkers

Being Mary Jane S1-4

She has success and fame. But Mary Jane also yearns for a family of her own. Yet can she get that on her terms and not what everyone else expects? Watch now »

A Million Little Things

A suicide shakes up a group of friends who realise that they shouldn’t take their own lives for granted. Each of them takes steps to live a fuller life. An ensemble cast delivers deeply emotional performances. Watch now »

Enlightened S1-2

Amy is successful, but self-destructive. When she finally goes off the deep end, she books herself into a retreat where she finds enlightenment. Alas, her friends and family back home aren’t a fan of this new, improved Amy. Watch now »

Boxsets of fan-favourite long-running series

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey on Showmax

Audiences quickly became addicted to this immersive series. You’ll love being privy to the intimate details and intricate workings of the lives of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their family, and the difficulties, dangers and drama for the servants who live at Downton with them. Watch now »

The L Word

The L-Word on Showmax

Enjoy this long-running and award-winning drama about the lives and loves of a group of women in LA, with all the hookups, breakups… and everything in between. Watch now »

Sex & The City

Sex and the City on Showmax

Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City follows sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw and her three close friends as they navigate the pitfalls of dating in the Big Apple as thirtysomethings, while looking fabulous, having fun and making names for themselves in their careers. Watch now »

Girls

Girls on Showmax

Hannah and her equally flawed but relatable friends Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna live in Brooklyn, New York and are trying to live their best lives, but reality keeps getting in their way. Expect nudity – and not necessarily the sexy kind. Watch now »

Bonus pick

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

For the simple fact that it stars McDreamy. In this gripping crime series, an aspiring young writer goes to visit his mentor, award-winning author Harry Quebert. When he arrives at Harry’s home, he discovers the literary icon’s been accused of murdering a teenage girl. Watch now »

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