The Greatest TV Doctors

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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.

 



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    Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Dr. Gregory House House, M.D.

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    Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs

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    Dr. Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Dr. Leonard McCoy Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek ...

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    Dr. Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Dr. Perry Cox Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs

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    ER

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    Dr. Chris Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Dr. Chris Turk Scrubs, Scrubs

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    Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Mark Greene ER

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    James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    James Wilson House, M.D.

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    Dr. Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Dr. Sherman T. Potter MASH

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    Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Doug Ross ER

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    House, M.D. House Universe

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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Trapper John McIntyre MASH

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    Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Doogie Howser Doogie Howser M.D.

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    Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Dr. Nick The Simpsons

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    B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    B. J. Hunnicutt MASH

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    Futurama, Futurama

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    House, M.D.

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    Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Addison Montgomery Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Lisa Cuddy House, M.D.

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    Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Heathcliff Huxtable The Cosby Show

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    House, House Universe

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    Dr. Julius Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Dr. Julius Hibbert The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

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    John Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    John Watson Sherlock

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    Dr. Drake Ramoray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Dr. Drake Ramoray Friends

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    Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman

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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    ER

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    Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Jack Shephard Lost: Missing Pieces, Lost, Lost

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    Firefly

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    Marcus Welby, M.D.

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    MASH

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    House, M.D.

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    Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Christian Troy Nip / Tuck

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    Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Dana Scully The X-Files, The X Files 2, The X-Files

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    ER

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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy

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    Dr. Kildare

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    Beverly Crusher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Beverly Crusher Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: ...

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    The Doctor, Emergency Medical ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    The Doctor, Emergency Medical Hologram Mark I Star Trek: Voyager The Doctor, an Emergency Medical Hologram Mark I (or EMH forshort), is a fictional character from the television series Star Trek: Voyager,played by actor Robert Picardo.

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    Major Charles Emerson Winchest... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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    Major Charles Emerson Winchester III M*A*S*H

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    Dr. Leo Spaceman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Dr. Leo Spaceman 30 Rock

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    Dr. Phillip Chandler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors


    Dr. Phillip Chandler St. Elsewhere

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