Doctors The Greatest TV Doctors  

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List Rules Only fictional medical physicians or surgeons from television

List of the best television doctors, ranked by fans of the doctor characters and their medical shows. Plenty of memorable TV doctors have graced our small screens over the last 50 years, but some television doctors stand out from the rest. From medical dramas and comedies to soap operas and sci-fi thrillers, every great TV show needs a compassionate, competent and - of course - good looking doctor to save the day.

Ever since 'General Hospital' opened its fictional doors more than 50 years ago, there has been a flood of TV shows featuring every type of TV doctor you could imagine. In the beginning, TV doctors were dependable, noble and considerate medical healers in TV shows like 'Medic' and 'Dr. Kildare'. As television evolved, so too did the doctors. On modern TV, doctors now feature complex personalities and dramatic background stories, such as the drug-addicted, enigmatic and astoundingly intelligent antihero Dr. Gregory House and the entire medical squad in 'ER'.

So who are the greatest TV doctors of all time? Whether you prefer dreamy medical heroes like Derek Shephard, Michaela Quinn and James Kildare; the funny antics of Hawkeye Pierce, Perry Cox and Sheldon Cooper; or the drama that comes with Meredith Grey and Christina Yang, you can rest assured that there is an excellent fictional physician on call.

 

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2,023 620
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,053 713
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,181 695
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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859 703
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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746 640
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,109 558
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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939 564
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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994 504
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,147 462
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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809 538
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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735 525
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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667 552
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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626 540
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,172 455
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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561 491
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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537 496
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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645 455
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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682 494
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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574 556
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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552 468
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,100 431
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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450 344
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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535 362
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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416 586
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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407 501
Dr. Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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764 443
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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647 636
Izzie Stevens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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383 433
Michaela Quinn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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356 750
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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402 331
Dr. Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,043 343
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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420 381
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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296 424
Susan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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346 470
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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540 174
Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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576 233
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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275 269
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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536 383
Dr. Drake Ramoray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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252 470
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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375 336
Abby Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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349 231
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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572 168
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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209 434
Marcus Welby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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336 258
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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430 136
Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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178 233
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434 385
Eric Foreman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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142 455
Simon Tam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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373 150
Arizona Robbins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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251 255
Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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