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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2,002 611
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,040 708
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,173 686
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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848 696
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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740 631
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,099 550
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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933 556
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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983 495
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,137 456
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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803 530
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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728 521
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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662 546
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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621 533
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,159 450
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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553 488
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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531 493
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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642 448
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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678 488
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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570 550
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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547 463
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,091 426
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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442 341
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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532 357
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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414 580
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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403 496
Dr. Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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759 439
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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642 627
Izzie Stevens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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376 429
Michaela Quinn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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354 741
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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397 328
Dr. Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,034 340
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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417 375
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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293 419
Susan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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343 465
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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534 171
Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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571 229
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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274 263
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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251 466
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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531 378
Dr. Drake Ramoray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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373 332
Abby Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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349 226
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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206 430
Marcus Welby is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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564 167
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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330 255
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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425 133
Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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175 230
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430 381
Eric Foreman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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140 451
Simon Tam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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368 147
Arizona Robbins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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249 251
Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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