He has made people laugh in movies like Role Models . but Ken Jeong keeps everyone in stitches on ABC’s Dr Ken. He was also a real doctor
They may never lift a scalpel , but these science guys and gals have PHds in comedy. Plus Amy Farrah Fowler aka Mayim Bialik has a real PHd .
Today he is the President on “Scandal” but here is Tony Goldwyn as a young intern on “Matlock ” in the eighties
Bellamy Young broke quite a few hearts as a female surgeon on “Scrubs” Today she aims for the White House on “Scandal”
Here Joshua Malina helps the team on “Bones” out as a psychiatrist
Joe Morton has caused the cast members of “Scandal” much grief as Rowan Pope . Here he is as Dr Charles Richmond on “Proof” last year
As Sally Langston, Kate Burton terrorizes everyone on “The Liberty Report” Let’s not forget that she was the brilliant Dr Ellis Grey who was the mother of Meredith on “Grey’s”
Emily Deschnel is Dr Temperance Brennan , a doctor who loves to mess with dead things like “Bones”
From the indie movie “Waitress” is the woman behind the man on “Scandal” Darby Stanchfield and TV’s favorite writer/ investigator Nathan Fillion from “Castle”. They played husband and wife gynecologists
Tamala Jones is the doc who helps solve crimes on “Castle” as Dr Lainie Parrish.
Debbie Allen has had a long career and currently she wears two hats . She is producer on “Grey’s Anatomy”where she plays Dr Katherine Avery
Before there was sex in the on call rooms of “Grey’s” ER “was the medical show for 15 seasons. “Good Wife’s Julianne Marguilles played Nurse Carol to the original McDreamy George Clooney.
She runs the unit in LA called “Major Crimes” , but she also was a doctor looking to be the new cardio attending on “Grey’s” Mary McDonnell
I think everyone can name these doctors as among their favorite tv doctors. It’s the doctors of the 4077th of the classic tv series “M*A*S*H*” G W Bailey of “Major Crimes” played a happy sergeant by the name of Rizzo.
Another great doctor show was “St Elsewhere” . Superstar Denzel Washington got his start from this show . CSI’s Mark Harmon was also a cast member as a playboy doctor who got AIDS.This was also the starting place of comic Howie Mandel as well.
Everyone’s favorite shrinks were obviously Dr Niles Crane, Dr Lilith Sternin , and of course the king of radio shrinks Frasier Crane
Before ER, there was another hospital that was open in the Windy City, “Chicago Hope” . Mandy Pantinkin of “Homeland” was a surgeon . Adam Arkin spent a large part of the season this year on “How to Get Away With Murder” .
Khandi Alexander used to help Horatio and the guys on “CSI Miami” . Most recently . she has been known as the escaped Maya Pope on “Scandal” , the mother of Olivia
Bill Lawrence wanted to write a medical show not only with heart , but with laughter. So he created “Scrubs” . Northwestern ‘s Zach Braff headed a cast of looney hospital staffers as he looked for love.
One of the most popular shows of the seventies was “Marcus Welby MD “. Robert Young was the old fashioned doctor with a new associate . James Brolin of “Life in Pieces” and also the father of “Castle” played Dr Steven Kiley
The modern black woman is played by Tracee Ellis Ross on “Blackish” Her doctor is constantly at comic odds with her ad man hubby.
A “M*A*S*H*” spin off that was successful was “Trapper John MD” Pernell Roberts was the third actor to play the iconic doctor. Trap was now in San Francisco and Chief of Surgery . He had a young upstart played by Gregory Harrison who has recently guest starred on “Castle” . Aaron Sorkin stallworth Timothy Busfield was his son and Broadway actor Brian Stokes Mitchell played a young intern.
Shonda Rhimes second series “Private Practice” was a spin off of “Grey’s” Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery let Seattle and her hubby go . She settled at a clinic in LA with her best friend Naomi and her colleagues. Today three of these actors are currently on tv. Tim Daly is the husband of “Madam Secretary” Paul Adelstein is the fixer boyfriend of Abby on “Scandal’ and Caterina Scorsone reprises her role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Gates McFadden played another Star Trek doctor ,Commander Beverly Crusher on “Star Trek the Next Generation”
Deforrest Kelley as Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy kept the original crew of the Enterprise healthy on “Star Trek”
The two men in Rachel Green’s life on “Friends” were both doctors. Ron Leibman played Dr Leonard Green, her father and David Schwimmer played Dr Ross Geller , her paleontologist boyfriend and father of her child.
We finish up this salute to doctors with Dr Simon Tam aka Sean Maher on the legendary sci fi show “Firefly” He took care of the crew of the Serenity.