TV characters The Greatest Scientist TV Characters  

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List Rules Fictional professional or amateur scientist TV characters - no medical doctors (or real scientists!)

The best scientists in TV history run the gamut from dependable pragmatists (Agent Scully, The X-files), to socially inept academics (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory), to imminently gifted inventors with creepy fetishes (Dr. Krieger, Archer). Then there are those great TV scientists who have a simple bent on world destruction and/or domination, but we’ll get to them later.

TV’s greatest scientists instill a sense of wonder in the universe. From Saturday morning programming, like Beakman’s World, to prime-time cable-vision, these towering intellects open a window to the awe-inspiring possibilities of the space-time continuum. Whether through breaking down the barriers in intercultural understanding (Star Trek), or through crafting a transistor radio out of coconuts (The Professor, Gilligan’s Island), watchers feel smarter just being in their company.

However, the darker side of science can instill a feeling of terror in most viewers. One great TV scientist managed to turn the periodic table into something (even more) sinister (Walter White, Breaking Bad); another great mind uncovered the devastation wrought by a simple virus – one beyond his own capability to cure (Edwin Jenner, The Walking Dead). And we haven’t even touched on shape-shifting mass (Bruce Banner, The Incredible Hulk), or crafting explosives from the contents of one’s trashcan (Mac MacGyver, MacGyver).

The best TV scientists introduce us to new worlds (Lost in Space) and old ones (PrimEval), use their knowledge to combat evil (Juliet Parrish, V), and spend an inordinate amount of time explaining that they are “not that kind of doctor” (Ross Gellar, Friends).

Vote up your favorite smart characters on this TV scientists list to determine the best fictional scientist on TV.
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Spock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Spock Star Trek: The Animated Series - Science Officer

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Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Leonard McCoy Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series - Physician

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Sam Beckett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Sam Beckett Quantum Leap - Quantum Physicist

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Montgomery Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Montgomery Scott Star Trek: The Animated Series - Engineer

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Professor Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Farnsworth Futurama - Inventor

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Gaius Baltar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gaius Baltar Battlestar Galactica - Computer Scientist

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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Lex Luthor Smallville - Mad Scientist

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The Professor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Professor Gilligan's Island - Inventor, Engineer

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Dr Krieger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr Krieger Archer - Inventor

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Angus "Mac" MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Angus "Mac" MacGyver MacGyver - Engineer

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory - Theoretical Physicist

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dexter Dexter's Laboratory - Mad Scientist

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Dr. David Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr. David Bruce Banner The Incredible Hulk - Nuclear Physicist

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Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

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The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Doctor Doctor Who - Quantum Physicist

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Professor Frink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Frink The Simpsons - Inventor

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Rick Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Rick Sanchez Rick and Morty

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter White Breaking Bad - Chemist

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Samantha Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Samantha Carter Stargate SG-1 - Astrophysicist

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Maximillian Arturo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Maximillian Arturo Sliders - Physicist

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Dr. Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr. Quest Jonny Quest

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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dana Scully The X-Files - Physicist

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Data is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Data Star Trek: The Next Generation - Science Officer

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Bunsen Honeydew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Bunsen Honeydew The Muppet Show - Chemist

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Beaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters

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Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters

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Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory - Experimental Physicist

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Dick Solomon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun - Physicist

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Raj Koothrappali is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Raj Koothrappali The Big Bang Theory - Astrophysicist  

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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory - Microbiologist

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River Song is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
River Song Doctor Who - Archaeologist

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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory - Neuroscientist

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Beakman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Beakman Beakman's World - Scientist

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Professor Utonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Utonium The Powerpuff Girls

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Temperance

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Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory - Aerospace Engineer

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Jimmy Neutron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Jimmy Neutron The Egg-pire Strikes Back, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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Walter Bishop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter Bishop Fringe - Mad Scientist

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Mojo Jojo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Mojo Jojo Powerpuff Girls Z

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Jadzia Dax is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Jadzia Dax Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Science Officer

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Rodney McKay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Rodney McKay Stargate Atlantis

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Dr. Clayton Forrester is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr. Clayton Forrester Mad scientist from MST3K

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Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Jack Hodgins bones

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Ross Geller Friends - Paleontologist  

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Artemus Gordon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Artemus Gordon The Wild Wild West

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+ - 34 63
Hans Zarkov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Hans Zarkov Flash Gordon - Rocket Scientist

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+ - 38 99
Charlie Eppes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Charlie Eppes NUMB3RS - Mathematician

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Mohinder Suresh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Mohinder Suresh Heroes - Geneticist