Watch: TV Doctors Past and Present Thank Real Ones in Funny Video

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(L-R): Patrick Dempsey, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris thanking the nation's healthcare professionals. (Instagram @oliviawilde)

This week, “fake doctors” from our TV screens released a heartfelt but funny video, thanking real-life medical professionals everywhere.

The stars of House, ER, Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, Nurse Jackie and The Good Doctor stepped up to show appreciation. They each gave thanks to everyone “on the front lines”—including ER doctors, nurses, technicians, EMTs, first responders, administrators, cafeteria staff, cleaning staff, volunteers and carers—working unfathomably hard during the coronavirus crisis.

The four-minute video has the distinction of succeeding where the now-infamous celebrity montage of “Imagine” did not. Firstly, it’s useful, offering clear directions at the end of the clip on how to pitch in to help real-life healthcare workers. Secondly, it’s funny! Mostly, it must be noted, because of the input of Neil Patrick Harris, who played the titular character in Doogie Howser, M.D. between 1989 and 1993. Let’s just assume he’s joking about those fake prescriptions...

Healthcare workers around the country immediately flooded Olivia Wilde’s Instagram page with messages of thanks, after the House star posted the video. One, @the_ram87, wrote: “Im an RN from Cali helping in NY and I love everything about this - totally just made my day!! 😍” Another, @duckmedic8 noted: “I’m a Paramedic down in Georgia and I greatly appreciate this video!! Much needed!! Stay Safe! ❤️🚑”