Hospitals are fantastic settings for television, as they are somewhere that drama and tension can easily unfold. Doctors are also terrific characters, as they must be skilled, intelligent and heroic, but the stress of the profession means that often we get to see another side of them in the many TV shows that are centered on the medical profession. There have been dozens of memorable TV doctors to grace our screens over the years, many of them making you laugh, cry or a little of both, all in the process of providing healing. With that in mind, here are the very best fictional TV doctors.
10. Dr. Nick – The Simpsons
While he may be the least qualified on this list (by a very large margin), there is no denying Dr. Nick’s brilliance. Not only does he have one of the greatest catchphrases on The Simpsons (“Hi, everybody!” “Hi, Dr. Nick!”), but his astonishing incompetence and shady operations make for some great viewing. Nick is a quack physician and the polar opposite to trusted family doctor Dr. Hibbert, but often the Simpson family and the other residents of Springfield will turn to him, since he offers a much more affordable service. Perhaps his most notable appearance was when he performed a heart bypass on Homer, only to be guided through the operation by Lisa, since he is clueless. Although completely hopeless as a doctor, his positive attitude and complete ineptness ensures that he is a fan favorite on the show, and occasionally a key character in plotlines.