A reader sent me this list of top TV medics. As well as an interesting read, there are useful links to some of our favourite docs. Personally, I would add Mark Sloane to the list, but then I’m not a doctor. Not even a TV one.
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“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on T.V.” are words we’ve all heard and probably groaned at. An actor selling us an over the counter medication doesn’t do much to stir the imagination. However, they are not the only ones to grace the small screen.
Luckily with over 50 years of television broadcasting, there are many other options. For decades we have watched them treat, cure, and lose patients but have we picked a favorite? For your approval and debate, we have gathered the top ten celebrity doctors of all time. Check out the list below to see if your favorites are on there.
1. Dr. Gregory House: Why does a doctor with a pain killer problem get the top spot? Because out of every top celebrity doctor, Dr. House teaches you the most about common and uncommon conditions. A quirky sense of humor and quick wit doesn’t hurt either. The official site has clips, behind the scenes looks, and even a Daily Dose Game.
2. Dr. Marcus Welby: Long for the days when doctors made house calls and didn’t need a chart to remember who you were or why you were sick? Then Dr. Welby is your top celebrity doctor. With a hit show on ABC “Marcus Welby, M.D.” ran from 1969 through 1976. It was also the source of several controversies and protests. However, for showing us what the best in doctors can truly be, Dr. Welby stands out.
3. Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Also known as Hawkeye, he was the star of the hit show MASH. Adapted from a film of the same name, he show followed a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Uijeongbu, South Korea during the Korean War. Hawkeye practiced medicine in the worst of conditions and still managed to make both the audience and the rest of the cast laugh. For combining elements of both comedy and drama as had never been done before, MASH was one of the most historic television shows of all time, with a finale that was the most watched episode of anything for 27 years until the Superbowl of 2010.
4. Dr. Michaela Quinn: Going the other way, this doctor practiced medicine in the old West. Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn, a refined woman doctor, moves from the highly civilized world of mid-19th century Boston to a frontier own in Colorado to start her own medical practice. Not only did she practice medicine in a time when women weren’t allowed to do such things, she also became the adoptive mother of three children when one of her patients dies. For breaking more than one frontier, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” is a top celebrity doctor.
5. Dr. Doug Ross: For bringing medical drama back to primetime, ER had to be included in the top 10 celebrity doctors of all time. Played by the then unknown George Clooney, Dr. Ross was a selfless emergency room doctor who was the first defense between a patient living or dying. He was also known to put his patients before career and had a special interest in caring for children. Although Clooney has moved on to other projects, ER can still be seen here on nbc.com
Check out the full list here.