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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1,081 742
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,209 720
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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879 733
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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764 662
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,138 577
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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959 584
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,017 530
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,186 473
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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829 558
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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751 545
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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680 571
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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640 562
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,221 465
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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571 511
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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549 518
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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659 475
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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693 515
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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589 574
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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563 487
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,146 438
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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465 361
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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548 378
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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424 602
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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798 448
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors