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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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172 70
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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208 141
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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206 171
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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254 241
Professor Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Farnsworth Futurama - Inventor

6
202 91
Gaius Baltar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gaius Baltar Battlestar Galactica - Computer Scientist

7
247 190
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
BartMark added Lex Luthor Smallville - Mad Scientist

8
141 175
The Professor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Professor Gilligan's Island - Inventor, Engineer

9
275 163
Dr Krieger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr Krieger Archer - Inventor

10
246 359
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory - Theoretical Physicist

11
175 154
Angus "Mac" MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Angus "Mac" MacGyver MacGyver - Engineer

12
181 186
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dexter Dexter's Laboratory - Mad Scientist

13
119 89
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

14
139 206
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter White Breaking Bad - Chemist

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

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184 198
Dr. David Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dr. David Bruce Banner The Incredible Hulk - Nuclear Physicist

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217 253
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
The Doctor Doctor Who - Quantum Physicist

17
138 234
Professor Frink is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Professor Frink The Simpsons - Inventor

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188 156
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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136 121
Samantha Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Samantha Carter Stargate SG-1 - Astrophysicist

20
118 106
Maximillian Arturo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Maximillian Arturo Sliders - Physicist

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65 80
Dr. Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
bruce-adams added Dr. Quest Jonny Quest

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177 253
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Dana Scully The X-Files - Physicist

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182 198
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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128 184
Bunsen Honeydew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Bunsen Honeydew The Muppet Show - Chemist

25
73 55
Beaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters

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67 79
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

27
49 72
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
analise.dubner added Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

28
126 218
Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory - Experimental Physicist

The Very Best of Consuela, The Maid from Family Guy

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97 172
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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73 130
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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129 208
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory - Microbiologist

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137 222
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory - Neuroscientist

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33 28
Jimmy Neutron is listed (or ranked) 33 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 90
River Song is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
River Song Doctor Who - Archaeologist

35
28 22
Professor Utonium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Marina Figueroa added Professor Utonium The Powerpuff Girls

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24 17
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Gabby Gellerman added Temperance "Bones" Brennan bones

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47 104
Beakman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Beakman Beakman's World - Scientist

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75 153
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory - Aerospace Engineer

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1 3
Gale Boetticher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Gale Boetticher Breaking Bad

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81 77
Walter Bishop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Walter Bishop Fringe - Mad Scientist

41
61 92
Jadzia Dax is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Jadzia Dax Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Science Officer

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36 45
Mojo Jojo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
dread-ed added Mojo Jojo Powerpuff Girls Z

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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34 45
H.M.
slaft added H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock The A-Team

44
43 59
Rodney McKay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
DianaGoodrich added Rodney McKay Stargate Atlantis

45
28 70
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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11 15
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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29 46
Artemus Gordon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
slaft added Artemus Gordon The Wild Wild West

48
36 67
Hans Zarkov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Hans Zarkov Flash Gordon - Rocket Scientist

49
63 171
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Ross Geller Friends - Paleontologist  

50
39 102
Charlie Eppes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Scientist TV Characters
Charlie Eppes NUMB3RS - Mathematician