Doctor shows have been a staple on TV for years, especially in the 2000s. They save lives, hook up, and deal with plenty of drama both at work and at home. For the most part, doctors on TV are incredibly good looking. They aren't just smart and willing to risk everything to save a life, they're also better looking than regular people. The hottest TV doctors truly have it all.
Of course, you can find TV doctors in plenty of shows that aren't about doctors, specifically. Even so, the best place to find lots of hot doctors is on shows all about them, which only makes sense. Still, there's no shortage of attractive TV doctors to go around, and we don't hear anyone complaining. The hottest TV doctors aren't just physically attractive, they've got so much else going for them. Here are the hottest doctors in TV history.
Hugh Laurie is not conventionally attractive, but he is sexy. As Dr. House, Hugh embodied an angry, curmudgeonly perspective on life that was nonetheless deeply appealing. His relationship with Lisa Cuddy is one of the steamiest in the show's run, and his intellect is just as appealing as everything else about him.
House is a musician and his IQ is definitely higher than yours. He's not a nice guy, but that hardly seems to matter. He solves the medical mysteries that no one else can, and he looks good doing it. He may have a limp, but that doesn't mean he's not one of the most attractive TV doctors ever.
Jack was Lost's main character, and he looked damn good doing it. From the first moments of the show, when he's pulling people out of burning plane wreckage, we know this guy has a hero complex, and a solid set of abs to go with it. The battle between Jack and Sawyer for Kate's affection would last for much of the show's run, but the fact that Jack is a doctor had to help his case.
Jack's journey over the course of the show's run is incredibly profound. He wasn't always an easy man to love, but he was always easy to look at.
You don't get a nickname like McDreamy without earning it, and Patrick Dempsey certainly did. As Derek Shepherd, Patrick was almost a fantasy he was so good looking. What made Derek work wasn't just his good looks, though. It was the way Patrick managed to imbue with a real feeling of conflict and confusion.
Although there's nothing wrong with smoldering eyes or wavy hair, there have been plenty of attractive TV doctors who didn't have what it took to keep their show on the air indefinitely. Derek was so attractive because Patrick and the show's writers were able to make him someone compelling without doing anything to hurt his good looks.
Mindy's relationship with Danny Castellano is one of the defining stories of The Mindy Project, and Chris Messina's portrayal of Danny made it easy to understand Mindy's attraction towards him. Danny is arrogant and blunt, but he's also affectionate when he wants to be.
His strong personality may feel like a turn-off, and it definitely is at first. Eventually, though, you become charmed by his overconfidence, especially after you realize that he's capable of failure just like everyone else. Danny's a hot doctor for the 21st century. He's way too sure of himself, but somehow, that makes him more attractive instead of less.
Taye Diggs is not a person many people believe to be unattractive. Basically everything about him is perfect. As Sam Bennett on Private Practice, that perfection is on full display. He's the practice's internist, but he has remarkably strong feelings, which helps him connect with his patients and also leads to quite a few inspirational speeches.
Those speeches could feel ponderous or dull, but coming out of Sam's mouth, they feel essential. You hang on every word he says, mostly because he's the one saying them. His relationships are sexy, but they're also warm and heartfelt because that's just the kind of guy Sam is.
George Clooney has been hot in every role he's ever taken, but he was hot on ER first. As Doug Ross, George made a name for himself as a pediatrician with a huge heart who has very little respect for authority. He's the prototypical TV doctor — the one that every other hot doctor on TV is trying to be.
Eventually, George realized that he was destined for bigger things than ER, but during the show's first five seasons, he was an asset in more ways than one. For many, Doug Ross is still what they think about when they think about hot TV doctors, and there's a reason that's the case.
Although Doug Ross is the most famous hot doctor from ER, George Clooney didn't have a monopoly on beauty on that show. Peter Benton, who was a main character on the show for its first eight seasons. The actor provided counterprogramming for those insane members of the audience who weren't interested in Doug Ross.
Peter was an arrogant surgeon who nonetheless had a passion for medicine, and that arrogance was both a turn-off and absolutely essential to him doing his job well. He was arrogant, but he could back that arrogance up, and that's part of what made him so sexy.
Before Denzel Washington was Denzel Washington, he was Philip Chandler on St. Elsewhere. Denzel didn't have a major role on the show, but he eventually became one of its breakout stars. Although he's played many roles over the course of his career, it seems like he should be a doctor more often than he is. After all, he looks great in a white coat.
St. Elsewhere was often a deeply compelling show, but its waste of Denzel was a tragedy. Still, it gave him a chance to be a hot doctor and appear on this list, and that's definitely not a bad thing.
On the first few seasons of House, Robert Chase seems like a pretty boy who's lacking in wit. As the series progresses, though, we begin to learn more about who Chase is, and about why he's chosen to spend time on House's team. Whether he's acting like a pretty boy or demonstrating his smarts, though, he's consistently one of the most beautiful people on the show.
His relationships are always sensual and sweet, and he proves himself to be surprisingly loyal time after time. Even so, what really helps Chase stand out is his jaw line, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The Knick isn't like many of the shows on this list. For one thing, it's not set in the present, and its depiction of medicine is a little more disgusting as a result. Even so, the still features some incredibly attractive men in period garb, and none is more attractive than John Thackery, the opium-addicted surgeon at the show's center.
The show's premise involves a hospital where doctors are pushing the limits of their understanding in order to prevent more deaths. In addition to being incredibly compelling, the show benefits from an incredible and alluring performance from Clive Owen as Thackery.
Harry Connick Jr. was not an essential part of what made Will & Grace great, but he certainly made the show a whole lot sexier. As Leo Markus, Harry brought his natural appeal to the role. He's the kind of guy that every mom finds incredibly appealing, and there's nothing wrong with being that kind of hot.
With big, full lips and a killer smile, Harry Connick Jr. is attractive whether he's sitting behind a piano or playing a TV doctor on a show that really isn't about medicine. He's too good looking to ignore, even if his personality is lacking somewhat.
Christian Troy is a self-absorbed womanizer who has no qualms about his lifestyle. At least that's who he is when we meet him on Nip/Tuck. On a show about plastic surgeons, though, we eventually learn that there is some surprising depth to the character that stems largely from a tumultuous childhood.
Throughout its run, Nip/Tuck was unafraid of complicating its characters, and Christian was one of the show's most complicated figures. He was deeply compelling and wildly attractive, but he could be cruel. For many viewers, those contradictions between his vulnerability and his brutality only served to make him more attractive than he already was.
Noah Wyle was no George Clooney, but who can compete with that? Because Clooney's Doug Ross was such a dominant force, many forget that Noah Wyle was also a sex synmbol for an extended part of the show's run. As John Carter, Noah got the chance to play a character who was compassionate and focused, even if he didn't have the highest level of skill.
If Doug Ross was a god, John Carter was the person who reminded us of what we might be like in these desperate situations. He had an everyman appeal that made him hard to resist, and his looks were nothing to sneeze at either.
The idea behind Eric Foreman is that he wants to be like House. He's dark and cynical and incredibly smart, and his arrogance convinces him that he's always right. That arrogance can make him tough to stand, but it would be a lot easier to hate him if he didn't look so good all the time. Not only does Eric have sharp facial features and a killer smile, he's also a really snazzy dresser.
All in all, he's fairly hard to resist, even when he's making a total fool of himself because he's overconfident. Doctors tend to be arrogant, but if they're going to be arrogant, they better look like Foreman.
There was McDreamy, and then there was McSteamy. The doctor you thought was hotter told others a lot about who you were, and what you liked in men. McSteamy was certainly a lot edgier than his counterpart, and although the two were best friends, there was definitely some competition between them.
Although he was only on the show for part of its run, Mark Sloan made a lasting impression. In fact, the hospital was later renamed in his memory, and his relationship with Lexie Grey is one of the series defining romances. Mark Sloan was an edgy kind of hot, and the perfect complement to Derek Shepherd.