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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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1,890 553
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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978 660
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,104 637
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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788 644
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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698 578
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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883 512
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
carlybobarly added Dr. Chris Turk

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1,043 513
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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923 454
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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680 485
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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589 489
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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626 509
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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772 488
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
willyboymcoy added Thirteen House Universe

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521 456
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
clash1977 added Dr. Sherman T. Potter

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1,042 427
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

The Top 10 Untrue Medical Myths

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503 454
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,070 421
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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618 413
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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518 432
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
clash1977 added B. J. Hunnicutt

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647 446
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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534 515
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
carlybobarly added Dr. John Zoidberg

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1,006 399
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics

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407 314
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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510 325
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
mmses added Allison Cameron

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391 541
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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379 456
Dr. Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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606 567
Izzie Stevens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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706 405
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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350 402
Michaela Quinn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

The Best Medical Schools in the US

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338 685
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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375 301
Dr. Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
clash1977 added Col. Henry Blake

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389 349
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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275 393
Susan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
KarynLake added Susan Lewis

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323 438
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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948 323
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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239 441
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

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249 237
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
MiaTune added Frasier Crane

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354 310
Abby Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
KarynLake added Abby Lockhart

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327 203
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
Ag47 added Elliot Reid

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187 410
Marcus Welby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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305 233
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
slaft added Dana Scully

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468 154
Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
george-samakovlis added Alex Karev

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489 353
Dr. Drake Ramoray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

Horrifying Things Most People Don't Know About Plague Doctors

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515 210
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
Ag47 added Lexie Grey

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419 350
Eric Foreman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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155 214
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slaft added Quincy MD Jack Klugman

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137 427
Simon Tam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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501 150
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
slaft added Mark Sloan

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230 229
Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
MiaTune added Niles Crane

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232 277
Beverly Crusher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
ryanmcw added Beverly Crusher

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115 367
Lanie Parish is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors