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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2,008 616
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,043 710
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,175 690
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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854 698
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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743 633
John Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,101 553
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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934 559
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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986 500
James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,139 459
Miranda Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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805 535
Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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731 523
Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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663 549
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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624 535
Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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1,163 452
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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555 489
Sherman T. Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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533 494
Trapper John McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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643 451
Robert Chase is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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680 491
Lisa Cuddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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570 553
Zoidberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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547 466
B. J. Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,093 428
Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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445 342
Doctor Watson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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534 359
Allison Cameron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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414 583
Dr. Nick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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404 498
Dr. Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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761 441
Dr. Addison Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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643 630
Izzie Stevens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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378 431
Michaela Quinn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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355 746
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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399 329
Dr. Henry Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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1,037 342
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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419 378
Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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296 421
Susan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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344 468
Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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536 173
Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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572 232
Lexie Grey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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275 266
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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252 469
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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533 380
Dr. Drake Ramoray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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375 334
Abby Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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349 229
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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568 168
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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207 432
Marcus Welby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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333 257
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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176 231
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427 136
Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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431 384
Eric Foreman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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140 454
Simon Tam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors

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370 149
Arizona Robbins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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250 253
Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Doctors
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