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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
447 193
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Friends, Joey

2
489 152
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

3
357 121
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

4
241 172
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Two and a Half Men

5
208 152
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

6
225 175
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

7
189 133
Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Cheers

8
158 145
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Grey's Anatomy

9
216 128
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

10
157 98
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
M*A*S*H

11
78 57
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Magnum, P.I.

12
129 120
Jack Tripper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Three's Company

13
150 148
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Seinfeld

14
100 124
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Frasier, Cheers

15
140 127
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Scrubs

16
166 163
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

17
109 119
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

18
103 114
Hank Moody is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Californication

19
91 103
Captain Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Torchwood, Doctor Who

20
94 111
Jack Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
30 Rock

21
70 52
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added That '70s Show

22
59 51
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Family Guy

23
73 106
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Nip/Tuck

24
84 101
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

25
87 114
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
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