Is there a Doctor in the House? Stream some medical themed entertainment!

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It seems that the entire South Africa, bar Kimberley, is under grey cloud cover today. Weather and watching TV pairs like cheese and wine, or wine and crackers. Or dooswyn and whatever. When the sun is out, you watch sports and comedy. When it is overcast and rainy, you klap some horror, drama or doccies. This weekend seems like it might be a grey one, so let’s klap some medical dramas. I’ve discovered some pretty good ones and arranged it from the lowest to highest rating.

Rancid
We’re kicking off with a locally produced movie from 2011.  Four people sign up for medical experiments, each with their own agenda. Locked in a remote facility, they’re left to figure out what part they’re supposed to play. But the experiment quickly devolves into a fight for survival. I don’t really know any of the actors, but the main actor, Brendan Auret was in Chappie as well.

Song vir Katryn

Maaaaan, I love this show! My friends used to tape it for me on VHS while I was living in Nigeria for 4 years and every 6 months I would come back and binge it with a few doppe and have a laugh. A medical doctor, doctor Jinx, has a bike and a band. He is a cool Afrikaans rock ‘n roll doctor from Pretoria who meets a poor waitress who hates all men. On the evening she meets the rock-doc, she also loses her job because her boss is a bit of a dooskoop. Lots of drama ensues but  the funnest thing for me is to see how my friend, Valiant Swart’s acting goes from bordering on kak to actually very impressive! The series has cool storyline and it is a lekker nostalgic trip down memory lane! It is rated at 6.7 but I would reckon it a tad above 7.

Bypass
In the children’s ward of St Luke’s Hospital, little 9-yearl old Sam Cooper is at the top of the transplant list for a new liver. His mom, Dr Lisa Cooper, happens to be the head of cardiac surgery at the same hospital. A liver finally becomes available but it is destroyed en route to hospital. Feeling completely helpless and unable to save her laitie, the alternative of an illegal organ becomes her only option. Groot kak en drama. Definitely a solid 7 and the first movie I’m watching this weekend!

The Innocent Man
And now for something completely different! This is a Korean drama series. Kang Ma-Ru is a promising medical student, until he takes the blame for a crime he didn’t commit. When he finds an opportunity for revenge, he takes it, using Seo Eun-Gi. Ma-Ru soon discovers that are things more important than revenge, though. If you don’t mind subtitles, go for it! This series clocks in at very respectable 7.8 rating.

Ghost In The Shell: The Laughing Man
This doesn’t quite fit in with the traditional medical drama theme, but we can’t leave anime fans hanging – A criminal known only as The Laughing Man is sweeping through top medical nanotechnology firms and committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, and corporate espionage, leaving no known suspects. What’s not to like about this? It ranks up there (8) along the top 10 animation titles from over the last 2 decades.

New Amsterdam
My wife is totally hooked on this show! That kakgevaarlike guy from The Blacklist, (Ryan Eggold) plays the role of  Dr Max Goodwin who takes over as medical director at America’s oldest public hospital. This might sound familiar, but he bends the rules and challenges the status quo to provide the best medical care possible. The difference between Dr Goodwin and Dr Gregory House is that Dr Goodwin is more compassionate and less of a doos.
8.1 and well deserved

The Knick
A historical medical drama series which takes a look at the professional and personal lives of the staff of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. Clive Owen stars as Dr John Thackery, the leader of the surgical staff. His character is partially based on a real-life surgeon of that era but the hospital is a fictionalized version of the real thing. At 8.5 I’m for sure watching this with the wife. Two seasons of ten episodes each, done and dusted – a story with a beginning and an end!

House
What would this list be without  the highest rated (8.7) medical drama ever produced? If you haven’t watched an episode of the antisocial dickhead but maverick, doctor House yet, you need to make a plan and start right away. Get your fix of witty wisecracks and baffling cases with all eight seasons of this smash-hit show starring Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House.
If you’re doing a media study thesis, you might consider the theme Why ‘It’s never lupus’ after watching a season or 2.

Need more? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from the Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas:
#10. If you liked Die Boekklub, try these series
If you liked Die Boekklub, try these series
The acclaimed writer and producer Louis Pretorius, Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Script in a TV Drama winner, wrote the hit series Die Boekklub, about a man who takes a trip to the Karoo and meets an eclectic group of people who will change his life forever.
On Amazon Prime, Netflix, DStv Now & Showmax
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# 9. Fifteen shows and movies that make for killer viewing
Whether serial killers are fictionalised like Dexter or true-life murderers like Charles Manson, we can’t help being fascinated by them. And there’s a very good reason, explains criminology professor Scott Bonn.
On Netflix & Showmax
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#8 Stream these indie movies on Showmax
The meaning of the term “indie” when it comes to movies is pretty fluid – no one can really agree on a strict definition. The term used to refer to movies made without the backing of a major Hollywood studio.
On Showmax
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 #7 Nine thrilling spy movies to watch online
James Bond hasn’t always been a rugged rogue with heart-shaped cufflinks as Daniel Craig would have you believe. Ian Fleming’s MI6 operative made it cool to wear tuxedos, attend soirees under false pretenses and fire missiles from an Aston Martin.
On Netflix & Showmax
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#6 Where to watch Afrikaans series online
Looking for ways to watch all the most popular Afrikaans soaps, dramas and series on your smartphone, tablet or computer screen? Both Showmax and DStv Now offer the most recent episodes and most recent seasons of all of your favourites. Here are the most-watched Afrikaans shows available to stream.
On DStv Now & Showmax
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 #5 Ten action-packed heist movies to stream
C’mon – we’re all friends here so let’s admit it: the idea of successfully pulling off a great bank robbery or art gallery heist is exciting in so many ways. Who doesn’t want a black velvet pouch filled with glittering diamonds?
On Netflix & Showmax
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 4# Eight Ryan Murphy shows to binge-watch
For someone who is fairly widely acknowledged to be the current king of TV series, and with a multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix which was inked in 2019 (as in $300 million), there are surprisingly few of Ryan Murphy’s shows available for streaming.
On Netflix  & Showmax
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 #3 Meet the cast of Legacy
Legacy follows the story of the super-wealthy Price family. Patriarch Sebastian Price is approaching retirement and one of his family members will soon have to take over the reins of his business, Legacy Investment.
On DStv 
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 #2 Seven movies and series starring Zac Efron
Zac Efron has gone from silly-hairstyle singing teen in the High School Musical movies to a multi-talented Jack of all trades. And boy, has he grown up too! You can stream your fill of Zac, whether you’re after animated fun, a serial killer autobiography, silly teen comedies, gross-out humour or a lifestyle doccie that’ll make you want to pack up your rat-race life and become a beach bum.
 On Showmax
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 #1 Interview: Beer Adriaanse on Ekstra Medium as medicine for your mid-life crisis
Over the last decade, we got to know Beer Adriaanse for his acting roles – as Thomas from Hotel, Lukas from Wonderlus, Tjaart from Buurtwag and Corporal Crunchie from Kanarie. But apart from being an accomplished actor and having a really cool name, Beer more than often finds himself grinding away behind the scenes on quality South African productions, wearing many different hats.
On DStv Now & Showmax 
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 5 spot, Ten action-packed heist movies to stream“, and from that list we selected American Animals:

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history:

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