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The Best Fictional Therapists 

Coy Jandreau
Updated August 27, 2019 1.3k votes 260 voters 3.6k views 69 items

List Rules Characters who are employed as therapists in movies or on TV shows. Upvote the ones you'd pay to solve your problems.

Therapists get a bad rap. Oftentimes they're portrayed as fiendish villains bent on corrupting a protagonist through the film (Dark City, Jacob's Ladder, Red Dragon). Other times they're the comedic relief, there to help us deal with the situations at hand, like a real therapist. Other times they are an expert who drives the plot forward like on procedural shows (Law & Order, CSI, The West Wing). And every so often they are the lead, or one of the leads, and that either just so happens to be their job (Casper) or we are with them on the journey of being a therapist (Frasier, Analyze This, Silver Linings Playbook).

Whatever the case may be, there have been so many fantastic fictional therapists that we've decided to make a list of the very best! Be it film or TV these are the therapists who have lived on our screens and helped us feel comfortable (or uncomfortable) on their couch!

Vote up the therapist characters and fictional psychiatrists on whose couch you'd just love to talk about your daddy issues.
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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising
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Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Frasier, Cheers
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Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Frasier
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Dr. Sidney Freedman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Sidney Freedman M*A*S*H
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Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
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Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Arrested Development, Arrested Development, Arrested Development
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Jennifer Melfi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
The Sopranos
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Dr. Harleen Frances Quin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel Batman
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Dr. Malcolm Crowe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
The Sixth Sense
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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Tom Islava added Good Will Hunting
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George Huang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
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Dr. Leo Marvin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
What About Bob?
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Professor Plum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
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Dr. James Harvey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
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Dr. Marvin Monroe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Marvin Monroe The Simpsons
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Dr. Emil Skoda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Emil Skoda Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Dr. Ben Sobel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Ben Sobel Analyze This & Analyze That
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Dr. Molly Clock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
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Dr. Otto Scratchansniff ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
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Dr. Alfred Bellows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Alfred Bellows I Dream of Jeannie
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Dr. Jonathan Crane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Jonathan Crane Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman Universe
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Dr. Isaac Barr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Final Analysis
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Dr. Daniel P. Schreber ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Daniel P. Schreber Dark City
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Gag Halfrunt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Gag Halfrunt The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Dr. Wick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Therapists
Dr. Wick Girl, Interrupted