The Greatest TV Doctors Fictional Characters
Ultimate List
17  reranks 7,605 votes 588 voters 20,244 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

The Greatest TV Doctors

List Criteria: Only fictional medical physicians or surgeons from television

List of the best television doctors, ranked by fans of the doctor characters and their medical shows. Plenty of memorable TV doctors have graced our small screens over the last 50 years, but some television doctors stand out from the rest. From medical dramas and comedies to soap operas and sci-fi thrillers, every great TV show needs a compassionate, competent and - of course - good looking doctor to save the day.

Ever since 'General Hospital' opened its fictional doors more than 50 years ago, there has been a flood of TV shows featuring every type of TV doctor you could imagine. In the beginning, TV doctors were dependable, noble and considerate medical healers in TV shows like 'Medic' and 'Dr. Kildare'. As television evolved, so too did the doctors. On modern TV, doctors now feature complex personalities and dramatic background stories, such as the drug-addicted, enigmatic and astoundingly intelligent antihero Dr. Gregory House and the entire medical squad in 'ER'.

So who are the greatest TV doctors of all time? Whether you prefer dreamy medical heroes like Derek Shephard, Michaela Quinn and James Kildare; the funny antics of Hawkeye Pierce, Perry Cox and Sheldon Cooper; or the drama that comes with Meredith Grey and Christina Yang, you can rest assured that there is an excellent fictional physician on call.

 




List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 17 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 228
    Down 70

    most listed
    Dr. Gregory House

    House, M.D. More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 168
    Down 89

    the people's #1
    Hawkeye Pierce

    MASH More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 131
    Down 88
    Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek ... More
    81
  4. 4
    Up 178
    Down 72
    Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs More
    76
  5. 5
    Up 99
    Down 67
    ER More
    67
  6. 6
    Up 98
    Down 74
    ER More
    66
  7. 7
    Up 88
    Down 65
    MASH More
    65
    added by: clash1977
  8. 8
    Up 161
    Down 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Perry Cox

    Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs More
    64
  9. 9
    Up 117
    Down 67
    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    63
  10. 10
    Up 91
    Down 80
    The Cosby Show More
    63
  11. 11
    Up 119
    Down 55

    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Chris Turk

    Scrubs, Scrubs More
    62
    added by: carlybobarly
  12. 12
    Up 87
    Down 68
    ER More
    61
  13. 13
    Up 79
    Down 63
    MASH More
    59
  14. 14
    Up 119
    Down 64
    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    55
  15. 15
    Up 88
    Down 65
    Doogie Howser M.D. More
    55
  16. 16
    Up 87
    Down 51
    House, M.D. More
    54
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  17. 17
    Up 88
    Down 62
    MASH More
    54
    added by: clash1977
  18. 18
    Up 73
    Down 80
    The Simpsons More
    52
  19. 19
    Up 76
    Down 51
    House, M.D. More
    50
    added by: willyboymcoy
    House Universe
  20. 20
    Up 71
    Down 73
    Futurama, Futurama More
    47
    added by: carlybobarly
  21. 21
    Up 36
    Down 68

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Christian Troy

    Nip / Tuck More
    43
  22. 22
    Up 62
    Down 71
    The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons More
    42
  23. 23
    Up 57
    Down 74
    Lost: Missing Pieces, Lost, Lost More
    42
  24. 24
    Up 61
    Down 43
    House, M.D. More
    41
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  25. 25
    Up 89
    Down 68
    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    41
  26. 26
    Up 57
    Down 58
    Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    40
  27. 27
    Up 65
    Down 85
    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    40
  28. 28
    Up 76
    Down 61
    House, M.D. More
    40
  29. 29
    Up 15
    Down 7

    Dr. Dana Scully

    The X-Files More
    39
    added by: lyndyloo
  30. 30
    Up 34
    Down 56
    Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman More
    39
  31. 31
    Up 34
    Down 44
    ER More
    38
    added by: KarynLake
  32. 32
    Up 28
    Down 60

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Phillip Chandler

    St. Elsewhere More
    37
  33. 33
    Up 52
    Down 52
    House, M.D. More
    35
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  34. 34
    Up 78
    Down 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Derek Shepherd

    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    35
  35. 35
    Up 37
    Down 75

    often listed
    Dr. Leo Spaceman

    30 Rock More
    35
  36. 38
    Up 40
    Down 57
    Marcus Welby, M.D. More
    34
  37. 39
    Up 29
    Down 33
    The Walking Dead More
    34
  38. 40
    Up 30
    Down 68
    Firefly More
    32
  39. 41
    Up 29
    Down 59
    The Sopranos More
    32
    added by: clash1977
  40. 42
    Up 30
    Down 54
    The Fugitive More
    31
  41. 43
    Up 14
    Down 46
    Nip / Tuck More
    31
  42. 44
    Up 34
    Down 42
    ER More
    31
    added by: KarynLake
  43. 46
    Up 32
    Down 59
    Dr. Kildare More
    28
  44. 47
    Up 14
    Down 33

    Lanie Parish

    Castle More
    27
  45. 48
    Up 21
    Down 39
    St. Elsewhere More
    25
    added by: willyboymcoy
  46. 49
    Up 17
    Down 46
    Family Guy More
    25
    added by: ShelbyLegros
  47. 50
    Up 1
    Down 0
    House, House Universe More
    24
    added by: mmses
  48. 51
    Up 17
    Down 53
    General Hospital More
    24
  49. 52
    Up 9
    Down 47
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    22
    added by: BobbyMoore
     
  50. 53
    Up 3
    Down 8
    Babylon 5, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Babylon 5: In the Beginning More
    22
    added by: Umberhaven
  51. 63 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 62

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists