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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2,065 633
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

2
1,072 732
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

3
1,197 708
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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869 721
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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757 650
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,130 567
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

7
952 572
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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8
1,011 517
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

9
1,174 465
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

10
822 548
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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11
746 533
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

12
677 561
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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636 552
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,205 460
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

15
567 503
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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547 508
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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655 465
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

18
691 504
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

19
581 566
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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560 479
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,127 434
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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460 353
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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547 368
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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421 594
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

25
784 446
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors