It used to be that the medical examiner was a secondary character on cop shows, the guy with a quirky demeanor who would hang around dead bodies, cutting them up and providing info, just a couple of minute of screen time, if any at all. Aside from Quincy, MEs weren’t exactly the stars of a show and often forgettable despite their important part in cases. That changed with CSI and the rise of procedural dramas, giving the ME more time and standing out more.
While there are males shown a lot in that position, it’s no surprise producers have leaned toward the idea of the ME being a woman, often quite attractive. In some cases, they take a much bigger role in solving the crime, even the star of the show on some occasions. It may seem odd but something about a hot woman able to handle a dead body is intriguing and makes her stronger even with her attractiveness. With October being a creepy month, the time seems right to focus on ten women from TV so hot that they’re worth dying to meet.
10. Julianna Cox – Homicide
Considered one of the finest crime dramas of all time, NBC’s acclaimed hit was highlighted in seasons fix and six by the presence of Michelle Forbes as Cox, the medical examiner for the Baltimore cops. She had a self-destructive streak brought about by the death of her father, often speeding and drinking which just made her look wilder and hotter. She was personable but also tough, firing some assistants for major mistakes and showed her sexy side with a couple of cops. She was fired after refusing to falsify case data but for those two seasons, Forbes made an already great show even better and proof not all MEs have to be cool customers.
9. Melinda Warner – Law & Order SVU
After making appearances for several years, Tamara Tunie finally joined the opening credits for Law & Order SVU in its seventh season. It made sense as even with just a few minutes of screen time, Warner could stand out majorly with her large hairdo and good humor, even with her harsh job. She was usually the person delivering exposition on the case but could get nice stuff such as trying to save a sick kidnapped girl and her soldier past helping out. She wasn’t flashy but Tunie still had heat in her appearances and a much-needed dose of beauty in the often harsh world of the show.
8. Betty Rogers – Motive
This Canadian series (its first two seasons co-ran on ABC) has a cool hook: The beginning of each episode lets the viewers know who the murderer is and thus the story revolves around the cops figuring out why it happened. A great highlight is Lauren Holly as Betty, a former big-hospital rep who decided she preferred the dead because they don’t have any secrets left. With her bright red hair and brighter eyes, Holly always sparks up a scene with quirky humor, carrying on well with the rest of the cast, smirking as she gets at clues and dressed well. Bonus points for how she’s an unapologetic cougar who loves bouncing around lovers for a good time and boasts about her various sexual conquests even during an autopsy. If anything is motive to watch this show, Rogers is it.
7. Lanie Parish – Castle
She doesn’t get as much screen time as the rest of the cast but Tamala Jones does her best with her time on ABC’s hit series. Her Lanie is smart and sassy, often cutting into the rest of the gang with sharp humor and a good friend to Kate Beckett. She has shown her sexy side with her on-again/off-again affair with cop Javier and when she dresses up for parties, she can be quite the stunner. She remains a top supporting character and when she speaks, everyone listens as they should for one of the hotter ladies to cut up corpses.
6. Jordan Cavanaugh – Crossing Jordan
After breaking out as a lawyer on Law & Order, Jill Hennessy moved to the other side as the star of this long-running NBC series. Jordan got pretty into cases, complete with role playing the murder with her retired cop father to figure it out and showing a very hot style that included tight jeans and shirts often showing a mid-riff or the rest of her nice curves. With her husky voice and lush dark hair, Hennessy was captivating in the lead and grounding the often wild series with its murders and supporting cast to make this a popular show and one of the hotter ladies to be seen in the cold cases.
5. Alexx Woods – CSI: Miami
A great highlight of the first several seasons of the long-running spin-off was Khandi Alexander as Alexx Woods, the ME for the Miami crime squad. She came out in good clothing and sunglasses, handling bodies of all types and often forming a connection, even talking to the corpses to find out what happened. Woods’ silky voice made the talk of how a body died sound sexy as hell and she could handle things like abducted by a killer and helping her troublesome son. She left a bit of a hole in the show when she left, a nice calm heat to things and still a reason to catch it in reruns for a lady equal to the Miami heat.
4. Megan Hunt – Body of Proof
Dana Delany is one of those women who has just gotten sexier with age. She was good on China Beach but really showed a hot style on this 2011-2013 ABC series, playing Megan Hunt, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon whose career is ruined by a car crash. She thus moves to becoming a medical examiner, far more comfortable with the corpse than living people, including her own daughter. Always attired in designer dresses and suits, never a hair out of place, the feisty redhead would butt heads with her ex and her boss (the equally hot Jeri Ryan) but still be dedicated to solving the case. With a nice dry humor and ability to look stunning no matter what, Delaney is living proof that some bodies get hotter with time.
3. Liv Moore – iZombie
Being dead never looked so good. On the CW hit, Rose Mciver plays Liv, a medical student who’s transformed into a zombie in a party massacre. Hiding her condition from her family and boyfriend, she joins the Seattle morgue so she can feast on the brains of cadavers. Doing so allows her to take on their memories to see how they died and so (telling the cops she’s “psychic”) she helps solve the cases. McIver is able to make the all-white complexion of Liv look sexy as hell, especially when she takes on the traits of people from a Casanova putting the moves on women to a frat boy that had her dressed in nothing but tape. She has heart still loving her boyfriend and family but handling the various personas well, kicking ass and sharp humor in order to make this one zombie series full of life.
2. Maura Isles – Rizzoli & Isles
The TNT hit drama focuses on the partnership (in more ways than one) between tough cop Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and her best friend, ME Maura Isles. Sasha Alexander does a great job as the wealthy and intelligent woman who takes almost everything literally, always dresses to the nines, even on crime scenes and able to handle a horrific bloody body like it’s a walk in the park. Her humor and chemistry with Rizzoli has given rise to the show’s huge lesbian fandom and Alexander’s charm wins you over majorly. Strong enough to handle a stint in jail but still hot to work a form-fitting running outfit, Maura may be a bit sarcasm-impaired but still gorgeous to help make this show a smash.
1. Tru Davies – Tru Calling
Any character played by Eliza Dushku is automatically high on a list of “hottest” of any occupation. This cult 2003-05 Fox series had an intriguing setup: Working at the Boston morgue to make ends meet, medical student Tru sees a corpse look at her, whisper “help me” and suddenly Tru is thrust back in time to the previous day. She thus tries to use this “rewind” to stop that person from dying, a challenge as she often has no idea who the corpse is. This leads to adventures involving posing in a beauty pageant and other sequences that allow Dushku to dress up even while looking stunning in just jeans, top and white lab coat. She handles it with sassy humor and toughness while still driven by the confusion of time travel and trying to save those in need. The series sadly was axed early in its second season but retains a cult following thanks to its amazing leading lady who makes the reruns fun to watch multiple times.
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