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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.

 



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  1. 1
    Up 202
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    most listed
    Dr. Gregory House

    House, M.D. More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Hawkeye Pierce

    MASH More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 119
    Down 77
    Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek ... More
    87
  4. 4
    Up 160
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    Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs More
    81
  5. 5
    Up 86
    Down 55
    ER More
    74
  6. 6
    Up 89
    Down 63
    ER More
    73
  7. 7
    Up 107
    Down 57
    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    70
  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Perry Cox

    Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs More
    70
  9. 9
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    Down 56
    ER More
    69
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dr. Chris Turk

    Scrubs, Scrubs More
    68
    added by: carlybobarly
  11. 11
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    MASH More
    67
    added by: clash1977
  12. 12
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    The Cosby Show More
    67
  13. 13
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    Doogie Howser M.D. More
    62
  14. 14
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    MASH More
    62
  15. 15
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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    62
  16. 16
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    House, M.D. More
    60
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  17. 17
    Up 68
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    House, M.D. More
    60
    added by: willyboymcoy
    House Universe
  18. 18
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    The Simpsons More
    57
  19. 19
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    MASH More
    56
    added by: clash1977
  20. 20
    Up 67
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    Futurama, Futurama More
    50
    added by: carlybobarly
  21. 21
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    Lost: Missing Pieces, Lost, Lost More
    50
  22. 22
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    The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons More
    49
  23. 23
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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    48
  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    Meredith Grey

    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    48
  25. 25
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    Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    47
  26. 26
    Up 29
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    Christian Troy

    Nip / Tuck More
    44
  27. 27
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    House, M.D. More
    44
  28. 28
    Up 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Leo Spaceman

    30 Rock More
    44
  29. 29
    Up 27
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    Dr. Phillip Chandler

    St. Elsewhere More
    44
  30. 30
    Up 31
    Down 33
    ER More
    44
    added by: KarynLake
  31. 31
    Up 50
    Down 36
    House, M.D. More
    43
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  32. 32
    Up 38
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    Marcus Welby, M.D. More
    43
  33. 35
    Up 28
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    Firefly More
    42
  34. 36
    Up 29
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    Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman More
    42
  35. 37
    Up 41
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    House, M.D. More
    40
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  36. 38
    Up 29
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    The Fugitive More
    38
  37. 39
    Up 13
    Down 37
    Nip / Tuck More
    37
  38. 40
    Up 30
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    Dr. Kildare More
    37
  39. 41
    Up 30
    Down 34
    ER More
    36
    added by: KarynLake
  40. 43
    Up 25
    Down 52
    The Sopranos More
    36
    added by: clash1977
  41. 44
    Up 12
    Down 25

    Lanie Parish

    Castle More
    35
  42. 45
    Up 17
    Down 44
    General Hospital More
    33
  43. 46
    Up 9
    Down 39
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    31
    added by: BobbyMoore
     
  44. 47
    Up 14
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    Battlestar Galactica More
    30
  45. 48
    Up 10
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Literal Doctor (Dr. Fishman)

    Arrested Development More
    30
  46. 49
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    Hershel Greene

    The Walking Dead More
    29
  47. 50
    Up 14
    Down 38

    often listed
    Dr. Elmer Hartman

    Family Guy More
    29
    added by: ShelbyLegros
  48. 51
    Up 4
    Down 7

    Dr. Camille Saroyan

    Bones More
    28
  49. 52
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    ranked low on reranks
    Derek Shepherd

    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    26
  50. 53
    Up 9
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Tim Whatley

    Seinfeld More
    25
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