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.
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 working...it's the one place she has confidence."
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 as Dr. Hugh Culber
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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.
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 as Abishola
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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.
Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
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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 from The Young and the Restless
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The Young and the Restless' Dr. Nate Hastings(Sean Dominic) is a second-generation physician and Genoa City's most respected care-taker.
Rob Morrow in Northern Exposure
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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 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 as Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful
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As Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful, Jeremy Ray Valdez solves the soap's myriad crimes with aplomb.
Kathy Baker as Dr. Jill Brock
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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 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.
Christine Lahti in 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.
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.