Dr. Bob Hartley, “The Bob Newhart?Show” (CBS, 1972-78):?Bob Newhart’s deadpan straight-man persona was a perfect fit with his role as a Chicago psychologist who shepherded a comical parade of patients, most notably the uberneurotic Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley), through individual and group therapy sessions.
Dr. Sidney Freedman, “M*A*S*H” (CBS, 1972-83):?He was only in a dozen episodes, but Allan Arbus’ appearances as an Army psychiatrist were the catalyst for some of the sitcom’s most emotional moments, including Hawkeye’s (Alan Alda)?efforts to deal with a particularly upsetting repressed memory.
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, “Twin Peaks”?(ABC, 1990-91):?The town of Twin Peaks was full of strange characters, so Russ Tamblyn‘s eccentric psychiatrist fit right in. He’s best remembered for his professional relationship with a former patient:?the late Laura Palmer, whose murder was the centerpiece of the series.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi, “The Sopranos” (HBO, 1999-2007):?As troubled mobster Tony Soprano’s (James?Gandolfini)?psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine?Bracco) knew him better than anyone in his family … or his Family.
Dr. Charles Kroger and Dr. Neven Bell, “Monk”?(USA?Network, 2002-09):?Being obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk’s (Tony?Shalhoub)?psychiatrist could be a full-time job with some strange side effects, but both Kroger (Stanley Kamel)?and Bell (Hector Elizondo, who took over in Season 7 after Kamel’s death) rose to the occasion and occasionally even helped Monk solve a crime.
Dr. Darryl Nolan, “House” (FOX, 2004-12):?He appeared in just four episodes, but Andre Braugher’s stubborn psychiatrist was just what Dr. Gregory House (Hugh?Laurie)?needed during his stay in a mental hospital at the start of Season 6. It was Nolan who helped the missing House’s colleagues find him in the series finale.