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Becker: Season 1 (2008)

Ted Danson , Shawnee Smith  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ted Danson, Shawnee Smith, Terry Farrell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012EM5DS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Becker: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 22 episodes from the 1998-99 season on three discs

Editorial Reviews

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"Aren’t doctors supposed to be nice?" Running for six seasons, Becker broke the Cheers curse (RIP: Good Advice, Inc, Pearl). The role of Dr. John Becker was just what the doctor ordered for Ted Danson. Becker is, according to those who know, and grudgingly admire him, best, "a miserable human being" and "such an ass," but "a brilliant one." As for his bedside manner, he makes House seem like Marcus Welby. But this being a sitcom, the cynical and politically incorrect Becker also must have a heart. In the pilot episode, it is revealed that he will secretly pay for treatments for an HIV-positive seven-year-old. "You may go to heaven whether you like it or not," his chief of staff Margaret (Hattie Winston) tells him. Becker divides his time between his chaotic clinic and the local diner, where he alienates the patrons with his tirades on subjects ranging from Jerry Springer to reality shows. In its promising first season, there’s nothing wrong with Becker that sharper writing can’t cure. The first season suffers slightly from Night Court-itus; the gritty urban setting glimpsed in the show’s interstitials undercut by the broadly-drawn character types who are either Becker’s patients, or simply try his patience, like his flaky new nurse’s assistant (Shawnee Smith) or on the make diner (as opposed to lounge) lizard Bob (Saverio Guerra). Much better company are Jake (Alex Desert), the blind diner newsstand vendor, and "Reggie" (Terry Farrell), a gives-as-good-as-she-gets gal in the mold of Frasier’s Roz. Becker and Reggie aren’t exactly Sam and Diane, but this season sets the stage for romantic possibilities (although the season finale, in which he wrestles with whether to ask her to a formal charity benefit, is anti-climactic). As the season unfolds, Becker more closely examines the good doctor’s misanthropy. One of the season’s better episodes is "Becker the Elder," featuring Dick van Dyke as Becker’s estranged salesman father, who is as charming as Becker is abrasive. In "Activate Your Choices," we meet Becker’s ex-wife, who has written a self-help book in which she diagnoses Becker as "Angry Man." There are no spoonfuls of sugar (extras) to help the medicine go down, but for those who made an appointment to see Danson and company every week, the DVD release of Becker is good for what ails you. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

BECKER centers on the life of Dr. John Becker, a cantankerous, yet dedicated and talented physician, who, in spite of his constant rants, has a decent heart underneath the sarcasm. BECKER will continue to unleash his views at the local diner, even in Reggie’s continuing absense. Jake (Alex Desert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand continues to turn a deaf ear to John. Bob, Becker’s brash, obnoxious apartment super (Saverio Guerra), persists in annoying virtually everyone. At the office, Becker’s head nurse Margaret (Hattie Winston) continues to make order out of chaos, keeping John and his space-cadet nurses-aid Linda (Shawnee Smith) in line. New to the neighborhood is Chris Konnors (Nancy Travis), Becker’s new neighbor, with whom he must contend on a daily basis. Although her positive attitude is a major annoyance to Becker, he slowly begins to have feelings for her. John Becker is a cynical Harvard Medical School graduate who is somewhat of a loner and has trouble letting people get close to him. He looks at the world around him and feels society has gone mad - full of inconsistencies and just plain backward thinking. Although he is a diagnostician by trade, Becker feels he can dispense diagnoses even when no one asks. He has no qualms about saying what comes to mind, never sugarcoats his opinions and often seems to offend somebody nearby. However, his friends and colleagues recognize the heart beneath the hate and so accept his gruff demeanor for what it is.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!!!!!! January 18, 2008
Format:DVD
Becker was one of my all time favorite sitcoms along with Cheers and Everybody Loves Raymond. I was sorry to see the series end and don't even bother watching today's mindless sitcoms. There hasn't been anything since to compare with Becker's wry humor and unique character roles. As in Raymond & Cheers, the casting was perfect! I was delighted to see that Season One will now be on DVD and I'll look forward to the other season's series to follow. Count me in as a customer for them all!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first season for the show January 26, 2008
Format:DVD
The first season of Becker is full of great episodes. The plot lines have substance in addition to just humor. As well, the characters play off each other very strongly from the beginning of the show. Some of the highlights of the season are:
"Activate your choices" the appearance of Dr. Becker's ex-wife, who has written a book about anger, and uses Becker as an example.

"Lucky Day" everything goes right for Becker, which upsets him for the entire day.

All the episodes are good, and I look forward to the other five seasons.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becker January 18, 2008
Format:DVD
Oh yes. Someone finally has put Becker on DVD. I like how they put the newer shows on DVD and it takes a long time to put a go show on DVD. I bet if they were to bring Becker back now with what has transpired since the show ended, the writers could come up with realy good material to bring the show back, but we all know that will never happen. Atleast we will be able to enjoy the shows that were produced and watch good comedy again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becker is right 99% of the time April 9, 2008
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Oddly enough my wife and I always loved BECKER when we used to catch it on TV during its original run, but we were never regular viewers.
I guess it came on at a time slot we just missed.

We really watched it more in syndication and of course now on the DVD collection.

The best thing I can say about BECKER is even though they write the show to kind of stab some fun at him........ the truth is he is right on the mark about 99% of the time on the things he gripes about........ (ie.. people acting stupid, rude neighbors playing loud music, stereotypes, the silliness of political correctness, etc...)

BECKER has the right viewpoint most of the time.

I have to confess we started losing interest in the show after Reggi & Bob left.
Like many TV shows, the "chemistry" between leading cast often makes the show.
The "chemistry" of BECKER was lost quite a bit when Nancy Travis joined the show.
We found her a real negative detraction from the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST,,AT LONG LAST----- January 17, 2008
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FOR ALL OF US DISCONTENTS, A VOICE,,BECKER WITH HIS TRUTHS, SORROWS, AND
HUMOR, FINALLY, AT LAST,AND WELL WORTH THE PRICE...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And then there was .... Becker April 7, 2008
Format:DVD
Channel surfing one night, a few years back, changed my viewing pleasure as I found Becker. I missed the first season over here in NZ and so was absolutely thrilled to find it listed at Amazon.

It has now been approx 2 months and 7 days since I pre orderd the season 1 release. It should be here by the weekend and I have planned to watch it all over 2 days!!!

For its dry, hold no punches comedy it has to be one of the greats. Ted Danson gives us yet another character that you sometimes wish you had the guts to be like and get away with it.

Why is it that the great shows are cut off in their prime or moved to late night TV? And yet the mindless crap still gets prime time spots that I can't believe anybody really watches and enjoys.

The answer to this I fear will never be known, all I can say is keep releasing the greats to DVD ... All seasons of Becker are definitely on my purchase list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Becker!!!! April 3, 2008
Format:DVD
Yay! I had been hoping this would be out on DVD soon, and now the wait is over. Becker is the best show on tv right now, even though it is reruns. Can't wait for the remaining seasons!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comedy in Years April 5, 2008
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I started watching Becker in reruns. I could not get enough of Ted Danson. His portrayal of Dr John Becker is Danson at his best.
Then add in the best supporting cast since Cheers and this show ranks right up there with Cheers.
I am glad they have finally put the show on DVD finally. I only hope they don't make us wait another 5 years for season 2
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best shows that was on tv
Published 1 month ago by Gregory mode
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Becker!
Published 2 months ago by Marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Funny
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, well-acted. And mechanically flawed
My wife and I got to about episode 3 or 4. We hadn't seen the first season of Becker, and much enjoyed learning how the series started off. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan Lupton
5.0 out of 5 stars Super funny
This series is great! I'm glad I purchased it. It arrived early and in excellent condition. I highly recommend this DVD series for anyone that liked the show. Plenty of laughs.
Published 6 months ago by Mary Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Becker!!
No other words besides I love this show. I think it really shows real people and just because you work in a high position doesn't mean you need be some top high class person.
Published 7 months ago by B. Hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars BECKER THE FIRST SEASON
I JUST LIKED THIS SHOW IT WAS FUNNY TED DANSON + THE CASTS WORKED WELL TOGETHER IT'S A SHAME THAT GOOD SHOWS DONE LAST ANYMORE.
Published 9 months ago by LAVELL BAILEY
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome series
Awesome...sorry this isn't on the air anymore. I will be getting the next season. Watched during rainy day ans have not stopped laughing.
Published 11 months ago by R. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars this is good stuff
this is to me just really funny show, I laugh each time I watch this , wished they still were on tv.
Published 12 months ago by rmreg1
5.0 out of 5 stars A really awesome show
I received this DVD within 3 days and the quality was superb. I would highly recommend this seller to anybody that wants a great purchase. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Howard Browning
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I have both seasons, and both have closed captioning enabled. I saw no menu option for subtitles.
Sep 17, 2009 by C. Vance |  See all 6 posts
Chris ruined Becker
Agreed. And I hate looking at that damn poodle hair of hers! LOL ... She annoyed the crap out of me in that movie "Vanishing" also, remember that one?
Jun 1, 2010 by phoongdan |  See all 3 posts
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