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The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History 

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List Rules Male womanizer characters who never settle down - or spend most of the series dating lots of women

List of the best perpetual bachelor TV characters, as ranked by television critics and fans. The bachelor character seems to pop up on nearly every television show, especially in sitcoms. These types of male characters are constantly dating, flitting from one fling to the next. Sometimes, like in the case of Joey from Friends, the character isn’t looking for anything too serious, just dates around a lot for the fun of it. Other times,the character is hopelessly romantic but unlucky in love, like How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby and Scrubs’s J.D. Many of these characters are quite the catch, with great jobs, good looks, and charming personalities.

While bachelor characters like Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights and The Good Wife’s Will Gardner often get into relationships, they often last only a few episodes due to their permanently single personalities. Not all of the everlasting bachelors on this list are straight, with gay characters like Max Blum and Jack McFarland dating just as much as the rest.

Who are the finest eternal bachelors on TV? This list includes characters who can’t seem to catch a break in the dating department or aren’t interested in settling down any time soon.

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
How I Met Your Mother
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Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Friends, Joey
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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation
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Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Two and a Half Men
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Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
M*A*S*H
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Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Cheers
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Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation
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Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Grey's Anatomy
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Jack Tripper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Three's Company
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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Seinfeld
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Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Magnum, P.I.
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Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
How I Met Your Mother
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J.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Scrubs
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Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Frasier, Cheers
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Bruce Wayne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
alphaextra added Justice League
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Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added That '70s Show
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Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Family Guy
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The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Doctor Who
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Captain Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Torchwood, Doctor Who
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Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
MarkoSubotic added The Vampire Diaries
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Hank Moody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Californication
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Drake Parker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Drake & Josh
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Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck