America’s Favorite Doctors: 10 of TV’s Well-Loved Doctors

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For decades now, Hollywood has taken quite a fascination with the medical field, what with its loaded potential for outstanding storytelling material. From medical practice solutions to the personal lives of key medical practitioners, the hospital plays host to a lot of possible great stories about humanity, family, tragedies, and victories.

No medical-related movie or TV show is ever complete without its beloved doctors. Here is a list of some of America’s favorite doctors of all time.

10 of America’s All-Time Favorite Doctors

10. Dr. Nick Riviera

The Simpsons

Specialty: Quack Physician

Whenever you hear the phrase, “ >Hi, everybody ,” you can’t help but have an image of Dr. Nick in your head. While he is the least qualified to be on this list, you have to admit he does have a really memorable catchphrase.

9. Dr. Miranda Bailey

Grey’s Anatomy (2005-2009)

Specialty: Surgery

Tough. Blunt. Nazi. That’s how Miranda Bailey is described by her colleagues. Despite the negative reputation, Dr. Bailey is one of the most outstanding surgeons on the show Grey’s Anatomy until her departure in 2009.

8. Dr. Michaela Quinn

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993-1998)

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Set in the late 19th century, “Dr. Mike” was a woman ahead of her time. She left her hometown of Boston and bound for the Old West in search of a little adventure and settled into Colorado Springs. She helped treat people with a combination of modern medicine and herbal remedies which eventually earned her the town’s respect.

7. Dr. Frasier Crane

Cheers (1984-1993) to Frasier (1993-2004)

Specialty: Psychiatry

Dr. Crane, one of the longest-running characters in TV-dom, returns as a bachelor to his hometown Seattle. There he hosts a call-in psychiatry radio show to help the citizens of Seattle in his own way despite struggling in different areas of his life.

6. Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy

Star Trek (1966-1969)

Specialty: Surgery, Psychology, and Exobiology

One of pop culture’s most well-loved doctors is Bones from the USS Enterprise. He serves as the ship’s chief medical officer that functions as Capt. Kirk’s conscience and Spock’s counterpoint. He is a brilliant mind who cares so much about the crew’s welfare.

5. Dr. John Carter

E.R. (1994-2009)

Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Despite all the great doctors in the hit show >E.R. , one character that stands out the most is Dr. John Carter. Carter is a likable person who has great compassion for his patients. Despite certain seasons where he struggled morally, he went on to overcome these challenges and continued to serve people.

4. Dr. J.D. Dorian

Scrubs (2001-2009)

Specialty: Surgery

J.D. is the driving force behind Scrubs. The show is presented through the eyes of this quirky and funny daydreamer doctor who has nothing but the best interests in mind for his patients. He’s a doctor with a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. What’s not to love about that?

3. Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce

M*A*S*H (1972-1983)

Specialty: Surgery

Hawkeye Pierce is a brilliant doctor during the Korean war who knows how to work hard and play hard. His rogue disposition and compassion made him the show’s fan favorite. One thing is for sure, all eleven seasons of the show would not be the same without Hawkeye.

2. Dr. Doogie Howser

Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993)

Specialty: Surgery

Following his survival of two bouts with pediatric leukemia, child prodigy Doogie Howser decided to become a doctor after graduating from Princeton at age 10. Despite being doubted and looked down on because of his youth, his compassion and intelligence earned him the respect of his older colleagues and patients.

1. Dr. Gregory House

House, M.D. (2004-2011)

Specialty: Nephrology and Infectious Disease

Whenever we talk about House, mixed emotions come up. His narcissistic attitude repels folks but at the same time, his brilliance and knack for helping patients will make you cheer for him.

Whatever it may be, House is an unforgettable character that has clearly made his mark not just in television but in the lives of the show’s followers as well.

We all have different views of doctors but at the end of the day, we can all agree that they are here to help make people’s lives and conditions better.

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