While we all have our opinions on how medical professionals and scientists are portrayed in Hollywood (either far from reality or as a mad man), but there’s no doubting that we all have our favorite lab-coat wearing crusaders that we tune in every week to see on TV or root for in the movies.
With the recent release of the new Marvel flick, Avengers: Age of Ultron, we were inspired to put together our list of favorite lab coat-donning characters in pop culture, with the first of our list obviously being…
1.) Dr. Bruce Banner
We’re nerds for anything Marvel Comics, but we have a special fondness for brilliant scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner (aka The Incredible Hulk) because, let’s face it, if Hulk were real, he would be Central Uniforms’ best customer.
2.) Dr. House
Bedside manner may not be his specialty, but Dr. House is arguably one of the most captivating characters in recent medical TV show history. He doesn’t wear a lab coat as often as some other docs on the show, but when House wears a lab coat, you know he means business.
3.) Dr. Mindy Lahiri
If you haven’t watched The Mindy Project, it’s time to get in front of Netflix and have yourself a laugh. Yes, the characters are as quirky as you would expect them to be (this is TV after all), but we love that Mindy’s character was inspired by her own mom who is a successful OB/GYN.
4.) Doc Brown
Back to the Future is a classic, and so is Doc Brown as one of the best “mad scientists” portrayed in pop culture. As you can see from the photo below, lab coats aren’t worn just for show when you’re doing serious work, especially time travel.
5.) Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser is definitely one of the unrealistic docs we referenced earlier, but despite his age, any Doogie Howser, M.D. fan can tell you the show had great merit. In addition to a multitude of topics affecting the human condition, with the show airing in the midst of the AIDS epidemic of the late 80s and early 90s, Doogie Howser, M.D. was one of the first sitcoms to address the issue of HIV/AIDS.
6.) Dr. Meredith Grey
Possibly one of the most dramatic and far-fetched shows of all time (especially recently, don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for you), we still love the leading lady of Grey’s Anatomy. Always with a good quote or soulful outlook on life, we can’t help but love her. We also think she has a great work style, that’s why we carry the full line of Grey’s Anatomy scrubs!
7.) Doc Hollywood
On the road down to L.A. to become a hot shot plastic surgeon, Michael J. Fox’s character, Dr. Benjamin Stone, causes an accident is sentenced to work in the small town hospital where he crashed. A hospital love story unfolds while he’s serving his time, and of course, it’s totally cheesy, but that’s why we love Doc Hollywood.
8.) Dr. Hibbert
Dr. Hibbert is Springfield’s most notable doctor and has treated several members of the Simpson family. With an awkward giggle at inappropriate times and a habit of mentioned how high priced he is, Dr. Hibbert could use some work on beside manner, but for an adult comedy cartoon we think his character is pretty funny.
9.) Dr. Dolittle
Amongst all these mad scientists and M.D.s we almost forgot our favorite animal doc! Not only are we big animal lovers ourselves, we just think it would be pretty awesome to have the ability to talk to our pets, or at least have them talk back to us.
10.) Dr. Frankenstein
Okay, so “Dr. Frankenstein” wasn’t actually a doctor, or at least he wasn’t in the original story of Mary Shelley’s book. It was Hollywood that assigned him the role of doctor since no where in Shelley’s writing does she ever refer to Frankenstein as a doctor, and doesn’t refer to his receiving of any doctorate degree. See? We’re nerdy for this stuff! However, we still love Gene Wilder’s lab coat wearing portrayal the best.
So now we want to know, who are some of your favorite docs, scientists and other lab coat-donning pros on TV and in the movies? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter!