TV's Best Shrinks: 'The Sopranos,' 'Twin Peaks,' 'Necessary Roughness' and more

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Dani Santino, "Necessary Roughness" (USA Network, 2011-):  Callie Thorne brings professional toughness and personal vulnerability to the role of a therapist to sports stars and other high-profile clients who is dealing with her own new status as a single mother.
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