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

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1,081 744
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,210 721
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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879 734
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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764 663
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,139 578
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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960 585
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,019 530
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,189 473
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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831 558
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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751 546
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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680 573
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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640 563
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,223 465
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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571 512
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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549 519
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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660 476
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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695 515
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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590 575
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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563 488
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,149 438
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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467 362
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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549 379
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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425 603
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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799 448
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors