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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161 66
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Leonard McCoy Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series - Physician

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203 133
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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200 167
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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244 231
Professor Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Farnsworth Futurama - Inventor

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197 83
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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243 183
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
BartMark added Lex Luthor Smallville - Mad Scientist

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136 166
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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251 158
Dr Krieger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr Krieger Archer - Inventor

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165 146
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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234 350
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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171 179
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dexter Dexter's Laboratory - Mad Scientist

13
110 84
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

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177 193
Dr. David Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr. David Bruce Banner The Incredible Hulk - Nuclear Physicist

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161 150
Rick Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
lynette-lyn added Rick Sanchez Rick and Morty

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211 246
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Doctor Doctor Who - Quantum Physicist

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127 202
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter White Breaking Bad - Chemist

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132 230
Professor Frink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Frink The Simpsons - Inventor

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128 115
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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61 73
Dr. Quest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bruce-adams added Dr. Quest Jonny Quest

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113 100
Maximillian Arturo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Maximillian Arturo Sliders - Physicist

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173 249
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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175 196
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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125 182
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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71 53
Beaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters

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64 76
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

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46 68
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
analise.dubner added Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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124 214
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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72 127
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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92 168
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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126 203
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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66 85
River Song is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
River Song Doctor Who - Archaeologist

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132 219
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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47 101
Beakman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Beakman Beakman's World - Scientist

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25 18
Professor Utonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Marina Figueroa added Professor Utonium The Powerpuff Girls

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21 13
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Gabby Gellerman added Temperance "Bones" Brennan bones

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73 150
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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28 25
Jimmy Neutron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bpeterson37 added Jimmy Neutron The Egg-pire Strikes Back, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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79 74
Walter Bishop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter Bishop Fringe - Mad Scientist

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35 40
Mojo Jojo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
dread-ed added Mojo Jojo Powerpuff Girls Z

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60 90
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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33 42
H.M.
slaft added H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock The A-Team

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39 56
Rodney McKay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
DianaGoodrich added Rodney McKay Stargate Atlantis

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28 66
Dr. Clayton Forrester is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bojanthebest added Dr. Clayton Forrester Mad scientist from MST3K

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10 12
Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gabby Gellerman added Jack Hodgins bones

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27 42
Artemus Gordon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Artemus Gordon The Wild Wild West

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62 165
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Ross Geller Friends - Paleontologist  

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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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34 89
Mohinder Suresh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Mohinder Suresh Heroes - Geneticist