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

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297 97
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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223 74
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Dean Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

4
162 100
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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143 81
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

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157 97
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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132 80
Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Sam Malone Cheers

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110 88
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

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97 97
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

10
136 81
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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35 19
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Thomas Magnum Magnum, P.I.

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90 81
Jack Tripper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jack Tripper Three's Company

13
101 61
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

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64 74
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

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91 87
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
J.D. Scrubs

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70 74
Jack Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jack Donaghy 30 Rock

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28 11
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

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70 75
Hank Moody is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Hank Moody Californication

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110 108
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother

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80 79
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

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14 7
Eddie Winslow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Eddie Winslow Family Matters

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19 14
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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51 73
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Christian Troy Nip/Tuck

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65 72
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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13 8
Brian Griffin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Brian Griffin Family Guy

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15 11
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 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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56 66
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

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59 71
Captain Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Captain Jack Harkness Torchwood, Doctor Who

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49 60
Jeff Winger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jeff Winger Community

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10 9
Brock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Ahmed Maklad added Brock

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11 12
Drake Parker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Drake Parker Drake & Josh

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64 85
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
George Costanza Seinfeld

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7 8
Iroh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Iroh Avatar: The Last Airbender

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7 10
Chase Randall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Chase Randall Power rangers Dino Charge, Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

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4 9
Robert Jebediah Freeman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Robert Jebediah Freeman

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12 9
Johnny Bravo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo

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54 70
Jack McFarland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Jack McFarland Will & Grace

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4 7
Drew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Drew Everybody Hates Chris

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3 18
Dobie Gillis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

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2 8
Emery Huang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Emery Huang Fresh Off the Boat

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27 59
Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History
Will Gardner The Good Wife