Although these healthcare professionals are fictional, many people look up to them. Learn about some of the most beloved doctors from TV and movies.
Most of the time, when we talk about doctors and dentists, we all paint them differently in our heads. It has a lot to do with our childhood and how we were raised. Sometimes some parents use doctors and dentists as scare tactics for misbehaving kids. This causes a child to be anxious in meeting even the nicest pediatrician or the friendliest kids’ dentist.
But then most of us got over the childhood trauma initiated by our parents when we started to see doctors and dentists painted in a lovable and adoring light in some TV shows and movies. With Hollywood’s help, we could overcome our fear of doctors and have grown to respect and love them.
Ten of the Most Loved Doctors of Hollywood
Although the following people are fictional doctors, many people somehow see them as their standard for the clinical and dental practice. Here are some of Hollywood’s most beloved doctors from TV and movies:
- Marcus Welby
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Robert Young was well-known across the country as Dr. Marcus Welby, a loyal and patient internist. He typically dealt with groundbreaking cases like autism, cancer, addiction, and even rape. What makes him so special is he goes beyond the call of duty to connect with his patients emotionally.
- Hawkeye Pierce
Second-generation doctor Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce served as a surgeon stationed in the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed in South Korea. Although he is known for his wit, pranks, and womanizing ways, he takes his job seriously whenever he’s treating critically wounded soldiers.
- Leonard “Bones” McCoy
Another notable and popular TV internist, Leonard McCoy, fondly called “Bones” in the hit sci-fi series Star Trek, is the chief medical officer of the famous Starship Enterprise. He is known for his trademark line whenever he’s asked to do something outside his area of expertise: “I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer/mechanic.”
- Tim Whatley
The only dentist to make it to this list is Bryan Cranston’s character, Tim Whatley, from the hit ‘90s sitcom Seinfeld. Cranston’s recurring role on the show as Dr. Whatley added some more fun and laughter to the already zany TV show.
- Michaela “Mike” Quinn
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Boston native Dr. “Mike” Quinn moved to the Wild West in search of some thrill and excitement in her life. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman follows the story of Michaela Quinn as she treats Colorado locals and visitors as a female physician in the late 19th century.
- Greg House
Hugh Laurie made himself a household name when he took on the titular role of Greg House. As the diagnostics department head of Princeton Plainsboro, he is unconventional and caustic in his ways, but he is also very passionate about solving puzzling cases and saving people’s lives.
- J.D. Dorian
Scrubs’ resident surgeon J.D. Dorian is loved by many for his quirks and charm. He seems to naturally connect with his patients, who made him all the more lovable. Although he’s often seen daydreaming, he has never let any patient down and does his best to make them feel comfy and get better.
- Doogie Howser
Doogie Howser, M.D.
A child prodigy, Doogie Howser (played brilliantly by Neil Patrick Harris), went into medicine after having survived a couple of bouts with leukemia. After he graduated from high school at the young age of nine, he became a full-fledged physician five years after and earned the respect of his older colleagues and patients.
- Cristina Yang
Dr. Cristina Yang might not be the focus of the series Grey’s Anatomy, but she often stole the show with her quick wit and vulnerability. In a world where women are expected to smile, be pretty, and keep quiet, Dr. Yang has never been afraid of speaking her mind and doing what she wants. Yet, she has never been painted as a bad person, making her character a revolutionary one for its time.
- Stephen Strange
Some folks might think having Stephen Strange here is a stretch because he’s a superhero but let’s not forget that before he even became a superhero, he was a skilled surgeon. One of the best in his field. His success might have gotten to his head which made him cocky and arrogant. Still, after a life-changing accident that took away his surgical capacity, he has since sought and found healing through the mystic arts and became the beloved Sorcerer Supreme we know today.
Who’s your favorite specialist on this list? Which other doctors and medical practitioners do you think should be included here? Chime in on the comments section below, and let us know your thoughts.