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6th Feb '16 8:22:49 PM nombretomado
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* Sort of deconstructed on ''Series/GoldenGirls''. One episode has Dorothy convinced there's something wrong with her. She goes to a doctor but he can't figure what's wrong with her specifically and brushes her off, writing her claims as "you're old and senile." After a visit to another doctor or two, it's revealed that she was right, something IS wrong and it's treatable[[note]]for the record, the diagnosis was [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002224/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome]][[/note]]. As they're out to dinner to celebrate she runs into the first doctor again, and tells him off about not having compassion for his patients. Thank goodness SOMEONE on television had the brains to realize "doctor jerks aren't helpful." The doctor in question was played by the same actor who played [[{{Cheers}} Sumner Sloane]]. It's [[TypeCasting not the least bit surprising]] that he's so unsympathetic.
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* Sort of deconstructed on ''Series/GoldenGirls''.''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. One episode has Dorothy convinced there's something wrong with her. She goes to a doctor but he can't figure what's wrong with her specifically and brushes her off, writing her claims as "you're old and senile." After a visit to another doctor or two, it's revealed that she was right, something IS wrong and it's treatable[[note]]for the record, the diagnosis was [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002224/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome]][[/note]]. As they're out to dinner to celebrate she runs into the first doctor again, and tells him off about not having compassion for his patients. Thank goodness SOMEONE on television had the brains to realize "doctor jerks aren't helpful." The doctor in question was played by the same actor who played [[{{Cheers}} [[Series/{{Cheers}} Sumner Sloane]]. It's [[TypeCasting not the least bit surprising]] that he's so unsympathetic.

* Dr. John Becker of ''{{Becker}}''. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, as he has stated the reason why his practice is in the crowded Bronx, is so he could provide medical care for people who normally wouldn't have access to it. Of course, because of that, a few of his patients are idiots... Personality-wise, Becker pretty much ''is'' House in a sitcom.
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* Dr. John Becker of ''{{Becker}}''.''Series/{{Becker}}''. He's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, as he has stated the reason why his practice is in the crowded Bronx, is so he could provide medical care for people who normally wouldn't have access to it. Of course, because of that, a few of his patients are idiots... Personality-wise, Becker pretty much ''is'' House in a sitcom.
26th Jan '16 9:49:11 AM Jake
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* Dr James "Mossy" Lawn of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has elements of this, especially in his first appearance in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. His deep cynicism comes, paradoxically, from the fact he seems to be the only doctor in Ankh-Morpork who ''cares'' if his patients get better, since the fee gets covered either way. Living under the regime of Lord Winder doesn't help; he's had to treat people questioned by the [[SecretPolice Cable Street Particulars]], and when Vimes takes a CSP officer to have a broken arm treated, Lawn offers instead to point out some sensitive places Vimes could kick him.
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* Dr James "Mossy" Lawn of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has elements of this, especially in his first appearance in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. His deep cynicism comes, paradoxically, from the fact he seems to be the only doctor in Ankh-Morpork who ''cares'' if his patients get better, since the fee gets covered either way. Living under the regime of Lord Winder doesn't help; he's had to treat people questioned by the [[SecretPolice Cable Street Particulars]], and when Vimes takes a CSP officer to have a broken arm treated, Lawn offers instead to point out some sensitive places Vimes could kick him. He's mellowed out noticeably when he appears in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', probably at least partly because he's in charge of a large and well-equipped hospital offering free medical care to the indigent, funded by a very generous endowment from the Duke of Ankh.
17th Jan '16 10:09:53 AM nombretomado
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** The pediatrician Dr. Norris in one episode managed to out-jock the uber-jock Dr. Cox (although Cox gets him back.) He's played by [[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Christopher Meloni]], perhaps the only actor in the business who can convincingly intimidate John C. [=McGinley=].
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** The pediatrician Dr. Norris in one episode managed to out-jock the uber-jock Dr. Cox (although Cox gets him back.) He's played by [[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Christopher Meloni]], perhaps the only actor in the business who can convincingly intimidate John C. [=McGinley=].
16th Jan '16 12:26:14 PM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/LucidTV'' is an entire series of this, played for laughs. [[BlackComedy Very dark, very evil laughs]]. Think ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' [[XMeetsY in the style of]] ''ComicStrip/PerryBibleFellowship''. * ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Dr. [=McNinja=] is normally a very good doctor, though he does occasionally punch out his patients. He hates diabetics (because he considers them overdemanding to the point of whininess), and on other occasions ignored his patients while possessed. ** In one story, when heading out to do plot instead of treating the patients who had appointments, he tells his patients, "There's a man outside who was murdered because he was a patient of mine," naturally causing all of his patients to hastily leave. Also, he is known to get very irate at anyone who questions his more outlandish diagnoses (such as the mother who was incredulous about "Paul Bunyan's Disease." Incredulous right up until her son transformed into a giant lumberjack). * ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' features Doc Worth, a chain-smoking med-school dropout who operates out of an alley and enjoys tormenting and shouting at anyone who makes him angry. However, he is solidly in the JerkWithAHeartOfGold category, since he seems pretty laid back when he's not screaming in Conrad's face, genuinely cares for Hanna, and doesn't appear to charge him for his frequent visits. ** The good Doc actually subverts this a bit, since [[WordOfGod Tessa]] likes to point out that he is in fact ''not'' a skilled doctor - he's probably a mediocre one at best. Or he would be, if he had ever finished med school and actually become a doctor.
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* ''Webcomic/LucidTV'' is an entire series of this, played for laughs. [[BlackComedy Very dark, very evil laughs]]. Think ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY in the style of]] ''ComicStrip/PerryBibleFellowship''. ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship''. * ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Dr. [=McNinja=] is normally a very good doctor, though he does occasionally punch out his patients. He hates diabetics (because he considers them overdemanding to the point of whininess), and on other occasions ignored his patients while possessed. ** possessed. In one story, when heading out to do plot instead of treating the patients who had appointments, he tells his patients, "There's a man outside who was murdered because he was a patient of mine," naturally causing all of his patients to hastily leave. Also, he is known to get very irate at anyone who questions his more outlandish diagnoses (such diagnoses, such as the mother who was incredulous about "Paul Bunyan's Disease." Disease". Incredulous right up until her son transformed into a giant lumberjack). lumberjack. * ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' features Doc Worth, a chain-smoking med-school dropout who operates out of an alley and enjoys tormenting and shouting at anyone who makes him angry. However, he is solidly in the JerkWithAHeartOfGold category, since he seems pretty laid back when he's not screaming in Conrad's face, genuinely cares for Hanna, and doesn't appear to charge him for his frequent visits. ** visits. The good Doc actually subverts this a bit, since [[WordOfGod Tessa]] likes to point out that he is in fact ''not'' a skilled doctor - he's probably a mediocre one at best. Or he would be, if he had ever finished med school and actually become a doctor.

11th Jan '16 11:52:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''FiftyFifty'', the main character's doctor completely ignores him and dictates into a voice recorder, then unloads a bunch of medical jargon on him before offhandedly mentioning that he's got cancer.
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* In ''FiftyFifty'', ''Film/FiftyFifty'', the main character's doctor completely ignores him and dictates into a voice recorder, then unloads a bunch of medical jargon on him before offhandedly mentioning that he's got cancer.
1st Jan '16 1:54:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** That's not to say his approach didn't work, it most certainly ''did''. Go figure... ** In "This Side of Paradise", when he's under the influence of Kirk's AppliedPhlebotinum, designed to make him irritable. --> Sandoval: "We don't need you. Not as a doctor." --> [=McCoy=]: "Oh, no? Would you like to see how fast I can put you in a hospital?"
1st Jan '16 1:53:24 PM CaptainCrawdad
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This isn't about fan reactions. It's about characterization.
* Dr. Pulaski on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a one season SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute / ReplacementScrappy for Dr. Crusher. It's apparent from her character that they were trying to make her an {{Expy}} of Dr. [=McCoy=], but failed to consider that the characters [=McCoy=] played off of (Spock and Kirk) had no real analogue in ''TNG''. Thus, she's abrasive, argued with everyone including the captain, and was about as fun as heart surgery. The writers also, stupidly, introduced the character by making her bigoted towards Data, one of the most popular (and likeable) characters. Pulaski's first true showing came seven episodes later in "Unnatural Selection", where she displayed courage, professionalism and tremendous integrity, while her relationship with Picard grew, and she was one of the few crewmembers to protest that saving the lives of an entire planet trumped the Prime Directive in "Pen Pals". Unfortunately, for many people this was far too little, far too late. * Even ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' had the early Julian Bashir, though he was less mean and more completely tactless, calling Bajor 'the frontier' and 'wilderness' right to the face of the Bajoran who would be second in command of the station and didn't like the Federation being there. This was the first time they met. He gets better though.
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* Dr. Pulaski on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a one season SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute / ReplacementScrappy replacement for Dr. Crusher. It's apparent from her character that they When she first arrives, she's abrasive and often rude, especially to Data for being an android. The writers apparently were trying to make her an {{Expy}} of a Dr. [=McCoy=], but failed to consider that the characters [=McCoy=] played off of (Spock and Kirk) had no real analogue in ''TNG''. Thus, she's abrasive, argued analog, though she didn't ultimately have the same dynamic with everyone including the captain, and was about as fun as heart surgery. The writers also, stupidly, introduced the character by making her bigoted towards Data, one of the most popular (and likeable) characters. Pulaski's first true showing came seven episodes crew. She ultimately gets some PetTheDog moments later in "Unnatural Selection", where she displayed courage, professionalism and tremendous integrity, while her relationship with Picard grew, and she was one of the few crewmembers to protest that saving the lives of an entire planet trumped the Prime Directive in "Pen Pals". Unfortunately, for many people this was far too little, far too late. season. * Even ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the early Julian Bashir, though he was less mean and more completely tactless, calling Bajor 'the frontier' and 'wilderness' right to the face of the Bajoran who would be second in command of the station and didn't like the Federation being there. This was the first time they met. He gets better though.
12th Dec '15 4:32:41 PM nombretomado
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* Ton Phanan of the ''XWingSeries'' is this, sort of, by the time we see him. He once wanted to do everything in his power as a doctor, but after an EmergencyTransformation he found that his extensive [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetics ate his future]], so he dropped out of medicine and became a pilot hoping to get back at those who had hurt him. Assigned as squadron medic, he had no bedside manner and snarked a lot - once his commander told him to "see our doctor" after an injury, and Phanan said "I'm far too important a doctor to see such a lowly person as myself" -- but he was a very sympathetic character, all told.
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* Ton Phanan of the ''XWingSeries'' ''Literature/XWingSeries'' is this, sort of, by the time we see him. He once wanted to do everything in his power as a doctor, but after an EmergencyTransformation he found that his extensive [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetics ate his future]], so he dropped out of medicine and became a pilot hoping to get back at those who had hurt him. Assigned as squadron medic, he had no bedside manner and snarked a lot - once his commander told him to "see our doctor" after an injury, and Phanan said "I'm far too important a doctor to see such a lowly person as myself" -- but he was a very sympathetic character, all told.
7th Dec '15 9:20:23 AM Hossmeister
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* Dr. Turner Grey from ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All]]''. One of his nurses is accused of malpractice, and dies in an auto accident a few weeks later. Upset that business at his clinic is bad, he wants to commission a spirit medium to call her back from the dead, so she signs a note admitting the incident was her fault. Morgan expresses distaste for his motivation for calling the nurse's spirit, [[spoiler:but it appears that [[JerkassHasAPoint he was actually correct]] and the nurse was indeed the one responsible]].
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* Dr. Turner Grey from ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All]]''.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. One of his nurses is accused of malpractice, and dies in an auto accident a few weeks later. Upset that business at his clinic is bad, he wants to commission a spirit medium to call her back from the dead, so she signs a note admitting the incident was her fault. Morgan expresses distaste for his motivation for calling the nurse's spirit, [[spoiler:but it appears that [[JerkassHasAPoint he was actually correct]] and the nurse was indeed the one responsible]].
28th Nov '15 10:57:50 AM nombretomado
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* Dr. Jerome on ''Series/{{Ed}}'' was one of the nastiest examples. In a way, he's a lesser-known precursor of both [[{{Scrubs}} Cox]] and Series/{{House}}, with none of their redeeming qualities. His cruelty to Dr. Burton was as over-the-top as anything on that show, which made over-the-top a regular feature.
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* Dr. Jerome on ''Series/{{Ed}}'' was one of the nastiest examples. In a way, he's a lesser-known precursor of both [[{{Scrubs}} [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Cox]] and Series/{{House}}, with none of their redeeming qualities. His cruelty to Dr. Burton was as over-the-top as anything on that show, which made over-the-top a regular feature.

* Dr. Bykov in the Russian show ''Interny'' ("Interns") is an {{Expy}} of Series/{{House}} and [[{{Scrubs}} Cox]]. He's a complete jerk to his patients and interns, as well as his boss and best friend. He often punishes the interns for slightest offenses or even for no reason at all (this usually involves being given impromptu night shifts, especially if they have plans). Like House, he has a strenuous (sometimes romantic) relationship with his female boss, who only tolerates his antics because he does the job well. Also, for a bit of irony, Bykov is played by a priest, who took time off from the church to do the show. The newest intern, Polina Ulyanova, only got hired because she accidentally pissed off all the other major characters whom she attempted to vouch for her in front of Bykov. Bykov, in his true style, immediately hires her to annoy everyone else.
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* Dr. Bykov in the Russian show ''Interny'' ("Interns") is an {{Expy}} of Series/{{House}} and [[{{Scrubs}} [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Cox]]. He's a complete jerk to his patients and interns, as well as his boss and best friend. He often punishes the interns for slightest offenses or even for no reason at all (this usually involves being given impromptu night shifts, especially if they have plans). Like House, he has a strenuous (sometimes romantic) relationship with his female boss, who only tolerates his antics because he does the job well. Also, for a bit of irony, Bykov is played by a priest, who took time off from the church to do the show. The newest intern, Polina Ulyanova, only got hired because she accidentally pissed off all the other major characters whom she attempted to vouch for her in front of Bykov. Bykov, in his true style, immediately hires her to annoy everyone else.

* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' had this in [[DefrostingIceQueen Dr. Reid Oliver]], who was constantly being compared to Dr. {{House}}, though he was more like [[{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]].
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* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' had this in [[DefrostingIceQueen Dr. Reid Oliver]], who was constantly being compared to Dr. {{House}}, though he was more like [[{{Scrubs}} [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]].
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