Actor Zeeko Zaki leans against a counter and smiles broadly in his tactical FBI vest

Actor Zeeko Zaki portrays Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan on FBI.

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Here's to our favorite first responders who aren't afraid to put their lives on the line.

It takes a special kind of person to move towards danger rather than away from it. These people deserve our endless gratitude: doctors and nurses—whose bravery was especially visible during the COVID-19 pandemic—and the first responders in our country's police and fire departments who show their heroism every day. It's the perfect time to tune in to Paramount+ to celebrate their fictional and fearless counterparts.

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​Beth Hall

Beth Hall as Wendy standing at her nursing station holding a clipboard and wearing a bright pink lanyard for her ID

Beth Hall as Wendy

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While the emotionally vulnerable Wendy Harris (Beth Hall) has wept her way through many an episode of Mom, she has never faltered as a nurse. As Hall has said, "When she's's the one place she has confidence."

Alan Alda

Alan Alda looks lost in thought as he sits at the edge of a patient's bed in a scene from MASH

Alan Alda In MASH

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Alan Alda won five Emmys for his work on M*A*S*H, in which he played Chief Surgeon Dr. "Hawkeye" Pierce, a doctor who embodied compassion, resilience, and the ability to find humor even amid horror.

Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber treats an alien patient in the sick bay on Star Trek: Discovery

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber

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Star Trek: Discovery

As the ship's chief medical doctor on Star Trek: Discovery, Hugh Culber(Wilson Cruz) tends to his shipmates with intelligence and kindness—and the perspective that comes with a second chance at life.

Watch all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery streaming on Paramount+.

Pernell Roberts

Actor Pernell Roberts wears a lab coat as Dr. Trapper John McIntyre

Pernell Roberts as Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre

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Trapper John, M.D.

First portrayed by Wayne Rogers on M*A*S*H, Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre was one of television's most beloved surgeons. As played by Pernell Roberts on Trapper John, M.D. from 1979-1986, he was a man who inspired unwavering confidence.

Folake Olowofoyeku

Actress Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola the nurse enters into a hospital room smiling

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola

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Bob ♥ Abishola

When it comes to those in her care, Folake Olowofoyeku's nurse Abishola (Bob ♥ Abishola) shows her soft spot. Witness her singing a Nigerian lullaby to Bob—and thus winning his affections—when he is hospitalized.

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Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke smiles and shakes hands with a medical skeleton prop

Dick Van Dyke

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Diagnosis: Murder

Not only was Diagnosis: Murder's Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) a brilliant doctor, he was also handy at solving mysteries. One detective who relied on his savvy included his son, played by Van Dyke's actual son, Barry.

Sean Dominic

Actor Sean Dominic poses in a lavender blazer and white shirt

Sean Dominic from The Young and the Restless

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The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless' Dr. Nate Hastings(Sean Dominic) is a second-generation physician and Genoa City's most respected care-taker.

Watch The Young and the Restless weekdays on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Rob Morrow

Rob Morrow wears a parka and looks distraguht at being far away in Alaska

Rob Morrow in Northern Exposure

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Northern Exposure

Neurotic Queens native Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) may have rued living in Alaska, but as Northern Exposure's physician he had the intelligence and skills to tend—tenderly—to the town.

Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour stands in fine clothing holding her medical bag in a buccolic pioneer setting

Jane Seymour In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Jane Seymour starred for six seasons on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, transforming the frontier doctor into an inspiring example of steely feminism. Watch her tackle an epidemic in Season One's second episode.

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Jeremy Ray Valdez stands in his detective's suit with a striped blue tie with his badge and handcuffs prominently displayed

Jeremy Ray Valdez as Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful

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The Bold and the Beautiful

As Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful, Jeremy Ray Valdez solves the soap's myriad crimes with aplomb.

Watch The Bold and the Beautiful weekdays on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Kathy Baker

Actress Kathy Baker smiles as she poses against a blue-grey backdrop

Kathy Baker as Dr. Jill Brock

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Picket Fences

Kathy Baker won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for her role as Dr. Jill Brock on Picket Fences. Married to the town's Sheriff, Brock's care-taking qualities extended beyond her family to the patients who needed her most.

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore stands in full tactical LAPD SWAT gear on a beach

Shemar Moore as Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson in S.W.A.T.

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S.W.A.T.'s Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is a natural leader of his unit, as well as a champion for the law—and the underdog.

Watch S.W.A.T. Wednesdays at 10pm/9pm (Central) on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti leans against a medical administrative folder carousel in her role in Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti in Chicago Hope

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Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role as Dr. Kate Austin on Chicago Hope. Patients' hearts couldn't have been in better hands than this cardiac surgeon's.

Zeeko Zaki

Actor Zeeko Zaki wears an FBI windbreaker while holding up a cell phone

Actor Zeeko Zaki portrays Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan on FBI

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Zaki has won hearts playing Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan, a West Point grad who served two tours in Iraq before joining the F.B.I. A practicing Muslim, he is passionate about his heritage—and keeping America safe.

Originally appeared in Watch magazine in the July/August 2020 issue.

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