Fictional Characters 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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1
437 170
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Friends, Joey

2
473 133
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

3
334 115
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

4
228 154
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Two and a Half Men

5
222 159
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6
203 138
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

7
184 125
Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Cheers

8
156 137
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Grey's Anatomy

9
153 93
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
M*A*S*H

10
207 122
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

11
75 53
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Magnum, P.I.

12
127 117
Jack Tripper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Three's Company

13
148 145
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Seinfeld

14
99 121
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Frasier, Cheers

15
139 124
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Scrubs

16
163 159
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

17
105 118
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

18
99 111
Hank Moody is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Californication

19
69 49
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added That '70s Show

20
93 109
Jack Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
30 Rock

21
85 102
Captain Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Torchwood, Doctor Who

22
56 50
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Family Guy

23
73 104
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Nip/Tuck

24
81 99
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

25
85 111
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Gossip Girl

26
35 45
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck

27
63 91
Jeff Winger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Community

28
85 125
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Seinfeld

29
33 45
Brian Griffin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Family Guy

30
30 45
Drake Parker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Drake & Josh

31
28 42
Eddie Winslow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Family Matters

32
80 95
Jack McFarland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Will & Grace

33
17 46
Iroh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Avatar: The Last Airbender

34
18 47
Brock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added

35
12 41
Chase Randall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Chase Randall Power rangers Dino Charge, Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

36
16 8
Bruce Wayne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
alphaextra added Justice League

37
28 38
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Johnny Bravo

38
4 0
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
MarkoSubotic added The Vampire Diaries

39
6 41
Robert Jebediah Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added

40
7 49
Dobie Gillis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

41
37 84
Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
The Good Wife

42
7 36
Emery Huang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Fresh Off the Boat

43
8 40
Drew Rock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Everybody Hates Chris