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Becker: Season 2

4.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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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.

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Having conducted our seasonal check-up, the prognosis is positive for Becker, which, following a healthy first season, showed a steady improvement with sharper writing, funnier jokes, and a more at ease ensemble. Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson in his Golden Globe-nominated role), who operates out of a Bronx neighborhood clinic, is pretty strong medicine, and this season, the writers upped his dosage with more potent misanthropic rants against "a world that sucks." Prone to losing his temper and alienating everyone, Becker is "not good on the phone, not good in person, you’re just not good," his much more likeable chief of staff Margaret (Hattie Wilson) tells him. Whether fighting the phone company over a call he insists he didn’t make or, dismissed for jury duty, railing against a justice system that doesn’t "value my intelligence and want my talents," Becker sees conspiracies and stupidity everywhere. He is invariably his own worst enemy, as in the season opener in which he saves a grateful woman’s life and repays her acts of gratitude toward him by accusing her of being a stalker (spoiler alert: she’s really a nun). Becker is an equal opportunity offender with an unkind word for all, including blind newspaper vendor Jake (Alex Desert), and "Reggie" (Terry Farrell), owner of the struggling diner where Becker holds court and slings insults. But we do get to see his more vulnerable side after he is accidentally shot during a street altercation. He even gets a girlfriend this season, the doctor (Frances Fisher) who treats him (surprise; he’s even a bigger pain in the posterior as a patient). But no amount of pathos can redeem two of the most annoying and obnoxious characters in prime time, flaky and "hardcore unemployable" nurse’s assistant, Linda (Shawnee Smith) and loser Bob (Saverio Guerra). Becker does have a heart, but it also has a brain. One of the best episodes this season is "Crosstalk," in which atheist Becker and a priest (Frasier’s John Mahoney) anxiously await the results of a patient’s operation and debate the nature of faith. Becker wasn’t exactly a water-cooler show, but it’s solid, dependable, and worth checking out if you missed it the first time around. --Donald Liebenson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell, Shawnee Smith, Alex Désert
  • Writers: Dave Hackel
  • Producers: Gigi McCreery, Liz Astrof, Maisha Closson, Michael Rowe, Perry M. Rein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HUHBD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Becker: Season 2" on IMDb

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By Damian M. Gabor on February 6, 2009
Format: DVD
In this funny series we continue to follow Dr. John Becker as he continues to bitch and moan about everything but deep down inside he has a heart.

We get the second season on dvd containing all 24 episodes Staring the funny as always Ted Danson(tv's Cheers)and we see him in his daily life from being a doctor, eating at his favorite diner and other situations while he hates life and everything all around him.

John has two assistants, Magaret (Hattie Winston) the one who makes sure everything is in order and make sure becker lands on his feet and the incapable Linda (Shawnee Smith) who is only kept cause no one else can stand Becker and vice versa.

Becker's favorite Diner is run by Reggie (Terry Ferrell) who loaths and sometimes is attracted to.

This second season is hillarious and comes HIGHLY RECOMENDED!
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Ted Danson is brilliant as the edgey Dr. Becker, who would rather rant and rave about EVERYTHING in his world than see the good all around him. Ya just gotta love Becker.... he's all the crabby people in your life rolled into one character and you can laugh yourself silly as you listen to his continual tirades..... but, then there are those endearing moments when he lets his softer side show, but only when no one else is looking but the audience.... just brilliantly portrayed by Danson and kudos to all the rest of the cast too!
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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. The show is absolutely hilarious and has so many great characters to feed off of. Loved Ted Danson in Cheers and he does an exceptional job portraying somebody that is so different from the role of Sam Malone.
I recommend this show that loves truly well written comedy.
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I see that the first 3 seasons of Becker are the only seasons available. Where are Seasons 4, 5, & 6?? This sitcom ran for 6 Seasons. Oh but we have Seinfeld coming out of our ears. Never cared for Seinfeld and felt it was way overrated. Becker more or less went unnoticed and underrated. I thought finally that Ted Danson had found his niche in this sitcom.
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This is one of the most well written comedies to grace TV. The acting is wonderful and the crazy characters believable. The program has lived up to expectations from the first season. John Becker is the Grinch of the medical profession and Reggie, Bob, Linda, Margaret and Jake the perfect foils!
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This is the complete second season. It comes in a pretty standard dvd set box. Other than that I don't think there's much to say. With Becker you either like it or you don't. I won't recommend him to just anybody cuz the humor varies greatly. But he's like one of the first versions of House.
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The second season is as great as the first season! Just love it. Please don't make me wait another year for season three to come out =D
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By Brenda on August 12, 2012
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I bought a 3 disk set for the second season of Becker. I am sure it is just a fluke, as it came in a timely
manner and was packaged just fine. But only the 1st and 3rd disk work. the second disk (8 episodes) doesn't work in
any of my players and I tried it in all 3. I have no idea how to contact the seller other than this way, the feedback
button.
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