1. Body of Proof (2011 – 2013)
Despite being ABC’s second most-watched scripted drama in its first season, Body of Proof was cancelled after its ratings and viewership began to decline in the second and third seasons. The show’s producers ensured that the science was as accurate and realistic as possible by having technical advisers on set at all times during filming.
Dr. Megan Hunt, a former neurosurgeon who accidentally killed a patient on the operating table, is another strong female lead in Body of Proof. In the wake of this unfortunate incident, she decided to leave her position as a medical examiner in order to become one. With her medical duties, she must also work on rekindling her relationship with her daughter, who has been estranged for some time.
2. Coroner (2019 – present)
Over 1 million people tuned into each episode of Coroner when it debuted on CBC in January 2019. After the season finale, it was immediately renewed for a second season, and the second season ended in February.
M. R. Hall wrote a series of novels about a coroner in Toronto, the first of which is called “Coroner.” Investigations into suspicious deaths within Jenny Cooper’s jurisdiction are the focus of both the novels and the television show. A homicide detective, pathologist and his assistant, and her own assistant, Alison Trent, are all part of the team she works with to solve crimes. However, she has to contend with her own clinical anxiety, her son’s adolescence, and the possibility of new love.
3. Rizzoli & Isles (2010 – 2016)
T.S. Gerritsen, a doctor and anthropologist with a background in medicine, wrote the Rizzoli & Isles novels, which were based on her work. The TV show picks up where the books left off, with Rizzoli a minor character in the first book and Dr. Isles making his debut only in the second.
Jane Rizzoli, a Boston police detective, and Dr. Maura Isles, the state’s chief medical examiner, appear in this TNT series. Initially, they work together to track down a copycat of a murderer that Rizzoli previously encountered. Despite their polar opposite personalities, the two develop a deep personal friendship as they investigate him and his victims.
4. Forever (2014 – 2015)
Not to be confused with the 2018 Amazon Video comedy series of the same name, Forever was ABC’s next attempt at a crime drama with the role of the lead medical examiner, albeit with an intriguing mix of the fantasy genre. Forever
Dr. Henry Morgan is a New York City medical examiner who works closely with the NYPD to solve crimes, but he also has an ulterior motive. Aiming to solve the mystery of his own immortality is what drives him to keep studying dead bodies. Yes, Dr. Morgan is a 200-year-old immortal who immediately vanishes and reappears in a nearby body of water when he dies. In his long life, he was able to amass extensive knowledge and skills in the field, making him an exceptional professional.
5. Quincy, M.E. (1976 – 1983)
As far back as 1976, NBC’s Quincy, M.E. may have been one of the first television shows to feature a medical examiner as the main character. Dr. Thomas Noguchi, the “Coroner to the Stars” who investigated high-profile Hollywood cases in the 1960s and 1970s, is the inspiration for the show’s main character, Quincy.
The medical examiner for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is Dr. R. Quincy, or “Quince.” Dr. Robert Asten, his boss, and LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Frank Monahan occasionally assist Quince in his investigation of suspicious deaths in the county, as does lab assistant Sam Fujiyama. Seasons 4 and 5 began to feature more socially relevant themes, such as waste and pollution, mental health, drugs and firearms, in the later seasons.
6. iZombie (2015 – 2019)
This is a show that gives a fresh spin to the oft-used zombie cliche. The show’s fifth and final season was given to the show’s creators when The CW announced its cancellation in 2018.
Liv Moore, a medical resident in Seattle, is the protagonist of iZombie. She turns into a zombie after attending a party one night and developing a taste for human brains. For her, it means becoming a mindless zombie if she doesn’t get her way. She decides to work for the King County medical examiner’s office because she doesn’t want to kill innocent people. As a result, she uses this advantage to assist the Seattle Police Department in solving their murders when she ingests them.