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List Rules Fictional professional or amateur scientist TV characters - no medical doctors (or real scientists!)

The best scientists in TV history run the gamut from dependable pragmatists (Agent Scully, The X-files), to socially inept academics (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory), to imminently gifted inventors with creepy fetishes (Dr. Krieger, Archer). Then there are those great TV scientists who have a simple bent on world destruction and/or domination, but we’ll get to them later.

TV’s greatest scientists instill a sense of wonder in the universe. From Saturday morning programming, like Beakman’s World, to prime-time cable-vision, these towering intellects open a window to the awe-inspiring possibilities of the space-time continuum. Whether through breaking down the barriers in intercultural understanding (Star Trek), or through crafting a transistor radio out of coconuts (The Professor, Gilligan’s Island), watchers feel smarter just being in their company.

However, the darker side of science can instill a feeling of terror in most viewers. One great TV scientist managed to turn the periodic table into something (even more) sinister (Walter White, Breaking Bad); another great mind uncovered the devastation wrought by a simple virus – one beyond his own capability to cure (Edwin Jenner, The Walking Dead). And we haven’t even touched on shape-shifting mass (Bruce Banner, The Incredible Hulk), or crafting explosives from the contents of one’s trashcan (Mac MacGyver, MacGyver).

The best TV scientists introduce us to new worlds (Lost in Space) and old ones (PrimEval), use their knowledge to combat evil (Juliet Parrish, V), and spend an inordinate amount of time explaining that they are “not that kind of doctor” (Ross Gellar, Friends).

Vote up your favorite smart characters on this TV scientists list to determine the best fictional scientist on TV.
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Spock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Spock Star Trek: The Animated Series - Science Officer

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174 74
Leonard McCoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Leonard McCoy Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series - Physician

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208 146
Sam Beckett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Sam Beckett Quantum Leap - Quantum Physicist

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209 174
Montgomery Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Montgomery Scott Star Trek: The Animated Series - Engineer

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255 245
Professor Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Farnsworth Futurama - Inventor

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203 94
Gaius Baltar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gaius Baltar Battlestar Galactica - Computer Scientist

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281 165
Dr Krieger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr Krieger Archer - Inventor

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141 178
The Professor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Professor Gilligan's Island - Inventor, Engineer

9
247 196
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
BartMark added Lex Luthor Smallville - Mad Scientist

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251 362
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory - Theoretical Physicist

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177 157
Angus "Mac" MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Angus "Mac" MacGyver MacGyver - Engineer

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184 189
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dexter Dexter's Laboratory - Mad Scientist

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141 209
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter White Breaking Bad - Chemist

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187 200
Dr. David Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr. David Bruce Banner The Incredible Hulk - Nuclear Physicist

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

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120 92
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

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140 236
Professor Frink is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Frink The Simpsons - Inventor

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219 255
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Doctor Doctor Who - Quantum Physicist

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192 158
Rick Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
lynette-lyn added Rick Sanchez Rick and Morty

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138 122
Samantha Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Samantha Carter Stargate SG-1 - Astrophysicist

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181 255
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dana Scully The X-Files - Physicist

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118 108
Maximillian Arturo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Maximillian Arturo Sliders - Physicist

The Best Fat Cartoon Characters on TV

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65 82
Dr. Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bruce-adams added Dr. Quest Jonny Quest

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184 198
Data is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Data Star Trek: The Next Generation - Science Officer

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130 186
Bunsen Honeydew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Bunsen Honeydew The Muppet Show - Chemist

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75 57
Beaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters

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69 80
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

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51 73
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
analise.dubner added Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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127 220
Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory - Experimental Physicist

The Greatest TV Aliens Living Among Earthlings

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98 174
Raj Koothrappali is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Raj Koothrappali The Big Bang Theory - Astrophysicist  

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73 132
Dick Solomon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dick Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun - Physicist

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29 18
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Gabby Gellerman added Temperance "Bones" Brennan bones

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130 210
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory - Microbiologist

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138 224
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory - Neuroscientist

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34 29
Jimmy Neutron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bpeterson37 added Jimmy Neutron The Egg-pire Strikes Back, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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68 92
River Song is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
River Song Doctor Who - Archaeologist

TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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29 24
Professor Utonium is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Marina Figueroa added Professor Utonium The Powerpuff Girls

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75 155
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory - Aerospace Engineer

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47 106
Beakman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Beakman Beakman's World - Scientist

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82 78
Walter Bishop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter Bishop Fringe - Mad Scientist

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63 92
Jadzia Dax is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Jadzia Dax Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Science Officer

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1 5
Gale Boetticher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gale Boetticher Breaking Bad

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36 47
Mojo Jojo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
dread-ed added Mojo Jojo Powerpuff Girls Z

The Best Current GSN Shows

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34 47
H.M.
slaft added H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock The A-Team

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43 61
Rodney McKay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
DianaGoodrich added Rodney McKay Stargate Atlantis

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28 72
Dr. Clayton Forrester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bojanthebest added Dr. Clayton Forrester Mad scientist from MST3K

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12 17
Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gabby Gellerman added Jack Hodgins bones

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37 69
Hans Zarkov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Hans Zarkov Flash Gordon - Rocket Scientist

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64 173
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Ross Geller Friends - Paleontologist  

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29 48
Artemus Gordon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Artemus Gordon The Wild Wild West

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39 104
Charlie Eppes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Charlie Eppes NUMB3RS - Mathematician