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3 Best Television Doctors of All Time

Television shows about doctors have always been pretty popular. Not only are they entertaining, but they also make it seem like being a doctor is a cool profession. What could be better than solving medical mysteries and making big money?

Now everyone thinks they can be a medical practitioner. However, learning how to be a doctor from television is a lot like learning proper fighting technique from wrestling. Both are extremely fake and you’re either going to your hurt yourself or someone else in the process.

the wrestler, Bret Hart

To prove my point, here’s an unnecessary picture of Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

I’ve decided to compile a list of the 3 best doctors to ever grace our television screens. If you disagree and or have someone else to add, please add your comment to the bottom so I can ignore it entirely.

3. Doogie Howser- This gem of a show aired from 1989 until 1993. This was your typical story about a genius 16-year-old who became a doctor after getting a perfect score on his SATs, completed high school in 9 weeks and was accepted into Princeton at the age of nine. But  for some reason, he had the lamest theme song.

Clearly the budget wasn’t spent on the opening of the show.

These days we know Doogie Howser as Barney Stinson on the popular show, How I Met Your Mother.

Barney Stinson

Which one of you ladies needs a breast exam? I’m a doctor.

2. Dr. Perry Cox- In case you haven’t read my post about how much I miss the show Scrubs, I absolutely loved Dr. Cox. The guy was an arrogant know-it-all, and way cooler than you and I will ever be.

Dr. Cox

Dr. Cox- What all doctors wish they could be.

Scrubs was on the air from 2001 until 2010. And in those nine years, I learned to love and hate the antics of Perry Cox. He treated everyone like crap, did hilarious rants, but was also a brilliant doctor. His narcissism and cocky attitude made me dislike him, but every now and then he would give you a gleam of hope that he was a good person.

However, there was one doctor with similar traits that always seemed to trump Dr. Cox. The number one TV doctor is…

1. Dr. Gregory House- Whether you watched the show or not, everyone has heard of Dr. House. Hugh Laurie brilliantly portrayed this self-hating, self-destructive, arrogant and cold-hearted doctor. And he did it all in an American accent. Impressive.

Even when the writing took a turn for the worse and the stories lines got ridiculous, I still tuned in because House’s character was just so engaging.

Sadly, the show aired it’s finale and we will no longer be graced with the presence of our favorite doctor. Unless you have different stations like USA, Fox, Bravo and the countless others networks that will most likely be airing the re-runs for years to come.

Who are some of your favorite TV doctors? Share them in the comments section.

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  1. Ernest Young on said:

    It is natural that things were a little bit exaggerated in the name of a good spectacle but at least the TV programs inspired many people to pursuit a medical career and now more doctors prefer multidisciplinary approaches. I heard the House MD production team used a symptom checker called ESAGIL (http://esagil.org) for medical diagnosis.

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