The Greatest TV Doctors Fictional Characters
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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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    most listed
    Dr. Gregory House

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

    MASH More
    92
  3. 3
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    Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek ... More
    87
  4. 4
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    Scrubs, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Scrubs More
    82
  5. 5
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    ER More
    74
  6. 6
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    ER More
    73
  7. 7
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    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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    Scrubs, Scrubs More
    68
    added by: carlybobarly
  10. 10
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    ER More
    68
  11. 11
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    MASH More
    66
    added by: clash1977
  12. 12
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    The Cosby Show More
    65
  13. 13
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    Doogie Howser M.D. More
    61
  14. 14
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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    61
  15. 15
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    House, M.D. More
    61
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  16. 16
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    House, M.D. More
    60
    added by: willyboymcoy
    House Universe
  17. 17
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    MASH More
    60
  18. 18
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    The Simpsons More
    57
  19. 19
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    MASH More
    55
    added by: clash1977
  20. 20
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    Lost: Missing Pieces, Lost, Lost More
    50
  21. 21
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    Futurama, Futurama More
    49
    added by: carlybobarly
  22. 22
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    The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons More
    48
  23. 23
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    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    47
  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    Meredith Grey

    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    47
  25. 25
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    Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    46
  26. 26
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    House, M.D. More
    45
  27. 27
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    Christian Troy

    Nip / Tuck More
    44
  28. 28
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    30 Rock More
    43
  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Robert Chase

    House, M.D. More
    43
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  30. 30
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    ER More
    42
    added by: KarynLake
  31. 31
    Up 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Phillip Chandler

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

    Castle More
    33
  42. 45
    Up 17
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    General Hospital More
    31
  43. 46
    Up 9
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer More
    30
    added by: BobbyMoore
     
  44. 47
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    Battlestar Galactica More
    29
  45. 48
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    Family Guy More
    28
    added by: ShelbyLegros
  46. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Literal Doctor (Dr. Fishman)

    Arrested Development More
    28
  47. 50
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    Hershel Greene

    The Walking Dead More
    28
  48. 51
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    Dr. Camille Saroyan

    Bones More
    28
  49. 52
    Up 11
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Tim Whatley

    Seinfeld More
    26
  50. 53
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    Derek Shepherd

    Grey's Anatomy, Grey's Anatomy More
    25
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