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Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 2 (1989)

Neil Patrick Harris , Max Casella , Bill D'Elia , Brad Silberling  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery, Lawrence Pressman, Mitchell Anderson
  • Directors: Bill D'Elia, Brad Silberling, Charles Haid, David Carson, Edwin Sherin
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A3DGEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 25 episodes from Season Two
  • Brand New Interviews with Stars Neil Patrick Harris and Max Casella
  • Trivia Quiz and Photos

Editorial Reviews

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Oh, the torments of being a teenaged surgeon! It's funny that a nation known for distrusting intellect would embrace a show about a young genius who becomes a doctor at 14. Debuting in 1989, Doogie Howser, M.D. originally emphasized Doogie's medical career, contrasting the issues of life and death with star Neil Patrick Harris's chipmunk cheeks and buoyant energy. Season Two tilted more towards Doogie's life as a teenager--particular the bubbling of his adolescent hormones, often sparked by the schemes of Doogie's best friend, the relentless horndog Vinnie Delpino (Max Casella, later to appear in Ed Wood and The Sopranos). The show's sexual frankness can be startling--it's hard to imagine a contemporary show that would openly advocate condoms, as Doogie does when he makes public health promotions for a music video channel.

Given the gimmicky nature of the premise, it's also surprising how emotionally complex Doogie Howser, M.D. could be. The season opens with a realistic investigation into Doogie's lost youth and closes with a multi-episode storyline about Doogie's girlfriend Wanda (Lisa Dean Ryan, Surfacing) struggling with depression after losing her mother in a car crash. Of course, the show was just as often silly (Vinnie enlists his friends to make a zombie/slasher movie) or awash in sentimentality--Doogie's journal entries, which conclude every episode, could be wincingly sappy. But even at its weakest, producer Stephen Bochco (creator of L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues, who created Doogie Howser, M.D. with David Kelley, creator of Ally McBeal) kept the writing and directing crisp, and the cast (including James Sikking, Belinda Montgomery, and Lawrence Pressman as the adults in Doogie's life) turned in solid work. Harris successfully carried off the role of a genius who still had the emotional confusions of youth; it's jarring to see him as an adult in a short interview, included as an extra, as well as an interview with Casella (who, it turns out, was already in his 20s when the show began). The show rested on Harris' shoulders, and, like his character, he carried his responsibilities lightly and with style. Warning: Repeated exposure to the theme song will inspire suicidal thoughts; fast forward through the credits to preserve your sanity. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Doogie Howser, a whiz kid who breezed through high school, graduated from Princeton, and passed his medical board by age 14, must now find a way to balance the demands of professional medicine with the everyday pressures of being a teenager.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Paging Dr. Doogie...you're needed for season 2 September 6, 2005
America's favorite teenage doctor, Doogie Howser MD makes more rounds in 25 episodes of the 1990-1991 season. By this time, Neil Patrick Harris's freshly-scrubbed image graced countless teen magazine covers and bedroom posters (I know-I had them all!) so the writers could have grown lazy with their scripting quality and/or Harris could have become lazy with his execution of those scripts. However the second season of this ABC series continued dispensing a great prescription for entertainment.

A theme throughout this whole second season is that Doogie, for all of his accomplishments, also faces challenges. Steven Bochco continued avoiding the stereotypical portrayal of child geniuses in favor of giving his viewing audience a more complex picture. Instead the season illustrates that child prodigies are not perfect and cannot get everything they want in the world. Trying to be perfect also wears these people out.

Doogie's heavy third-year residency duties make him fear he's missing out on his youth. While other teens are out shopping at the mall and partying, he is patching up people who come into Eastland Hospital. To this day, I still remember Neil Patrick Harris passed out on his bathroom toilet from exhaustion over those shifts just because it's a powerful contrast against the `perfect child prodigy' able to withstand anything.

Of course, dad (James B. Siking) provides some shared empathy from his own residency experiences, but this is one of the times where David Howser MD does not fully understand his son's experiences because of the generation/age gap. Doogie is intellectually a genius but physically he's still only a teenager with the average teenager's physical stamina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fav show as a kid May 23, 2014
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I love this show. I bought all the seasons to share it with my teenage kiddos. They seem to love it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS SHOW IS ONE OF A KIND February 6, 2014
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I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND I REMEMBER WATCHING DOOGIE HOWSER..I LOVED IT THEN..I DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND IT , BUT NOW THAT I AM IN MY 20'S EVERYTHING FALLS INTO PLACE...THIS SHOW IS THE BEST!! THE OPENING THEME SONG AND MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE SHOW WARMS MY HEART..AND I LOVE WHEN DOOGIE TYPES IN HIS JOURNAL AT THE END...VINNIE IS THE BEST FRIEND THAT WE ALL WISH WE HAD...THIS SHOW HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART..IT ALLOWS ME TO REFLECT BACK TO THE TIME WHEN LIFE WAS SIMPLE AND CAREFREE..THIS DVD IS WELL WORTH IT...YOU WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING IT...:-) VERY HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These old shows are great January 1, 2013
Perfect Christmas gift. Takes me back to my childhood. Best part my 10 year old likes it now too. It's a bonding moment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE DOOGIE!!! April 30, 2011
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Doogie Howser is the kid I always wanted to be...well, if he was a girl and not as much of a player. haha.

I love this show and have all four seasons (unfortunately I misplaced :( disc 1 of season 1) This product came in great condition and I have had absolutely no problems with it. Purchased several years ago and still working well.

What else can I say...Doogie is awesome! :)
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