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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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419 150
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Joey Tribbiani Friends, Joey

2
435 126
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

3
315 109
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Dean Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

4
196 125
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

5
217 146
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

6
209 151
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

7
171 119
Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Sam Malone Cheers

8
149 131
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

9
145 88
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

10
194 119
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

11
122 111
Jack Tripper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jack Tripper Three's Company

12
142 134
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

13
67 49
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Thomas Magnum Magnum, P.I.

14
95 115
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

15
132 120
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
J.D. Scrubs

16
157 149
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother

17
101 114
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

18
93 104
Jack Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jack Donaghy 30 Rock

19
93 107
Hank Moody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Hank Moody Californication

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63 45
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

21
80 100
Captain Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Captain Jack Harkness Torchwood, Doctor Who

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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51 45
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

23
70 102
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Christian Troy Nip/Tuck

24
78 97
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

25
79 110
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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33 41
Brian Griffin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Brian Griffin Family Guy

27
84 119
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
George Costanza Seinfeld

28
62 90
Jeff Winger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jeff Winger Community

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

29
32 44
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Zack Martin The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck

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27 40
Eddie Winslow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Eddie Winslow Family Matters

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28 44
Drake Parker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Drake Parker Drake & Josh

32
17 42
Iroh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Iroh Avatar: The Last Airbender

33
79 93
Jack McFarland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jack McFarland Will & Grace

34
17 45
Brock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added Brock

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11 39
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
27 35
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo

37
7 7
Bruce Wayne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
alphaextra added Bruce Wayne Justice League

38
6 39
Robert Jebediah Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Robert Jebediah Freeman

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37 83
Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Will Gardner The Good Wife

40
5 48
Dobie Gillis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

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8 39
Drew is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Drew Everybody Hates Chris

42
6 35
Emery Huang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Emery Huang Fresh Off the Boat