For every good doctor on TV, there's always one who really, really shouldn't be practicing medicine.
Tonight is the series premiere of The CW's Emily Owens, M.D., a first-year medical intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. But while Emily is as competent as a new intern can be and even successfully performs a medical procedure on her first day, there are other TV docs who we would be far less comfortable having examine us. Whether they're too unprofessional, too hot or too incompetent, check out our roundup of the top 9 TV doctors who we wish would have their medical licenses revoked.
1. Dr. Leo Spaceman (Chris Parnell, 30 Rock)
Here's one person we don't anywhere near us in a medical room. Dr. Spaceman constantly walks around wearing a blood soaked uniform and has no idea where the human heart is on a person. And if you're trying to lose weight? He'll recommend starting a crystal meth habit. Seriously.
We know that Dr. Drew is an actual doctor and Dr. Phil had his medical license at one point. You wouldn't know it from the way they behave though. Dr. Drew has been known for diagnosing celebrities and their troubles without having ever met them (i.e. Lindsay Lohan and Tom Cruise). Meanwhile, Dr. Phil seems to spout out cliche catch-phrases every five minutes and his advice often borders on Captain Obvious territory. We get the impression they still have the doctor name for ratings more than wanting to help others.
3. Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project)
Mindy certainly has the background to play a doctor on TV since her mom was a physician. And as of now, Dr. Lahiri has given us no reason to believe she's nothing but competent in her profession. However, her personal life is a mess. We'd hate to think what would happen if any of that carried over to her work.
4. Dr. Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs, Private Practice)
Throughout the six seasons of the show, Dr. Bennett hasn't really done a whole lot of doctoring. We usually see him spending more time running around shirtless and going back and forth between Naomi or Addison. Not that we're complaining! We just don't want him near us with medical tools.
5. Dr. Zoidberg (Futurama)
Do you want proof of Dr. Zoidberg's medical degree? Too bad, because he "lost" it in a volcano. And even if he could cough it up, his doctorate actually gives him a degree in art history. Need proof? He continually forgets that humans have bones!
6. Dr. Clint "Doc" Cassidy (Billy Ray Cyrus, Doc)
Long after Achy Breaky Heart was a hit, Billy Ray just can't seem to escape the mullet. He played what is arguably the most ridiculous looking doctor on TV for four years as Dr. Cassidy, a young Christian bachelor from Montana who brings his small-town values to a medical clinic in NYC. His actual skills as a doctor were adequate, but how anyone in NYC would let someone examine them who looks like this is beyond us.
7. The cast of Children's Hospital
This might be the worst children's hospital on the planet. One doctor believes in the healing power of laughter so much that he performs brain surgery in full clown make-up while wielding a rubber chicken. Another doctor is so lost in her own thoughts that she doesn't perform any actual medicine. And it just gets more ridiculous from there.
8. Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney, ER)
Dr. Doug was actually a great surgeon throughout his run on ER. But was your doctor ever this hot? Didn't think so. Frankly, it would make us feel a little uncomfortable.
9. Dr. Nick Riviera (The Simpsons)
Dr. Nick became known for his catchphrase "Hi everybody!" as he did for his inept medical skills. With a degree from Hollywood Upstairs Medical College and a penchant for giving "nose jobs for everyone," the surgery-happy doc was light on training and heavy on extreme diagnoses and medical procedures.
Who is your favorite bad TV doc?
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