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Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season One (1989)

Neil Patrick Harris , Max Casella , Betty Thomas , Bruce Seth Green  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery, Lawrence Pressman, Kathryn Layng
  • Directors: Betty Thomas, Bruce Seth Green, Charles Haid, David Carson, Gabrielle Beaumont
  • Format: Color, 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: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076YOZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 26 Episodes from Season One
  • Brand New Interviews with Co-Creator & Producer Steven Bochco and Star Neil Patrick Harris

Editorial Reviews

"THE COMPLETE PREMIERE SEASON PLUS ALL-NEW BONUS MATERIALS FEATURING NEIL PATRICK HARRIS Neil Patrick Harris stars as Douglas "Doogie" Howser, a whiz kid who breezed through high school in 9 weeks, graduated from Princeton at 10 and passed his medical board at 14. But as a 16-year-old doctor, Doogie must now find a way to balance the demands of professional medicine with the everyday pressures of being a teenager. In this debut season, Doogie experiences his first kiss, loses his first patient, fights the system at Eastman Medical Center, and discovers some unique lessons about life, death and growing up with the help of his best friend Vinnie (Max Casella), his parents (Belinda Montgomery and James Sikking), his new girlfriend Wanda (Lisa Dean Ryan), his boss Dr. Canfield (Lawrence Pressman) and more. When you’re a boy genius, life can be a mystery: This is DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D. This collection includes all 26 first season episodes of the hit comedy-drama created by Emmy® winners Steven Bochco (HILL STREET BLUES, L.A. LAW, NYPD BLUE) and David E. Kelley (ALLY McBEAL, CHICAGO HOPE, THE PRACTICE), and featuring revealing new interviews with Steven Bochco and Neil Patrick Harris produced exclusively for this collection. FEATURES FEATURES • All 26 Episodes From Season One • Brand New Interviews with Co-Creator/ Producer Steven Bochco & Star Neil Patrick Harris • 8-Page Journal With Liner Notes & Color Photos"

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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get a check up with Dr. Doogie today December 23, 2004
How does a child prodigy (who theoretically can do anything in the world) stay balanced with everything they will face?

This ABC sitcom showed the balancing act which fictional 16 year old Douglas "Doogie" Howser constantly faced in his life. Doogie decided he wanted to become a doctor after surviving a form of childhood cancer (although in retrospect, we do not see him going to survivor activities which are so common now).

Although he is a Princeton-trained doctor, Doogie is still subject to his parents rules and needs personal guidance from friends. Being booksmart only gets people so far in life. The 1989-1990 season has 26 episodes which are the perfect treatment for just when you feel blah. This season has some notable episodes.

In "Vinnie Video Vici" we see a great example how Doogie's `normal' friends help keep him grounded. Aspiring filmmaker and best friend Vinnie Delpino trails "Doog" around on his hospital rounds with the trusty video camera to chronicle the life of a teenage doctor. Vinnie and his video camera are a constant presence throughout this season (and the rest of the series) proving that people smarts are sometimes better than book smarts.

Also helping are Doogie's parents Katherine and David Howser (Belinda Montgomery and James B. Sikking). Although they allow their son to graduate from Princeton and work as a doctor at the local hospital, they still insist he pull his own weight around their house. He is not allowed to think that he is any better than the rest of the family because of his intellectual feats.

A pivotal episode is "Use a Slurpy, go to jail" where a gang member named Raymond Alexander (Markus Redmond) holds Doogie and Vinnie hostage in a convenience store.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somehow it's believable September 22, 2008
"Doogie Howser M.D." was first aired when I was a child/young teen and I refused to watch it on principle. The whole idea of a 16 year old doctor just struck me as being both far-fetched and nauseating (I didn't particularly like the idea of being treated by a 16 year old). Years later I ended up buying the first season of "Doogie" in a fit of madness, after reading that David E. Kelley was one of the co-creators and surprised both myself and my parents by actually enjoying it.

Yes, the principle behind "Doogie Howser" is far-fetched, but somehow Neil Patrick Harris makes Doogie believable. I was watching this show at the same time as I was watching "Damages" (Season 1) and I found Harris to be more convincing as a teen doctor than Rose Byrne as a 20-something lawyer. I also like the fact that it is a teen show that portrays intelligence in teenagers as being cool, as opposed to things like clothes or going to parties, a rarity in teen programs both now and when "Doogie" was made.

"Doogie Howser M.D." occupies a place in my mind alongside shows like "The Brady Bunch", "Boy Meets World" and "Degrassi High". To me, they're all comfort programs. They're light-hearted shows that deal with "issues", but you know that at the end of the day, the protagonist will make the right decision and that everything will turn out for the best. Sure, life isn't really like that, but at the end of a hard day, it's nice to imagine that it could be.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah the memories....... August 22, 2005
Wow, all 26 episodes from the first season of Doogie! When my girlfirend and I put that first disc in and watched the pilot we were taken back! Back to a time when it was fun to be a teen.

This was a classic show that is just as memorable the second time around. That simple 'theme song' is addictive it will stay in your head for days. Neil Patrick Harris was so tiny back then. He was really quite good at being a doctor - muchmore believable than some 'ER' doctors nowadays.

You must watch the interview with Niel Patrick Harris. He is quite a funny guy. This set is well worth it especially if you want to relieve those memories from 16 years ago (yes its been that long!)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show for the family July 18, 2005
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Aside from the high-school aged prodigy doctor theme, this show presents many real issues; and it handles them in a more meaningful way than one might expect from most sit-coms. Learning that the show's creator was also responsible for Hill Street Blues explained the quality.

I gave this show five stars because I couldn't give it 4 1/2 and 4 seemed too low. That rating would just have been because of the predictable antics that showed up too many times for my taste. But compared to most TV out there, it's still a worthwhile purchase for family television collections.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor's prescription to reliving great memories. March 27, 2005
I remembered the show Doogie Howser MD so I bought it. Though I was not prepared on how wonderful it made me feel. Reliving the 80's was great, not dorky like some other shows. Doogie Howser MD is not dated, the stories and characters are as fresh today as they were 20 years ago. Thank goodness for dvd, to help us relive or find good shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the DOOG is back! March 22, 2005
By Weezy
All I have to say, is I feel like a little kid again. I grew up with this show, and I have always been upset that it was never really in re-runs like it should have been. Neil Patrick Harris is the man, I missed this show so much. When I found out it was coming on dvd, I couldn't stop whistling the theme song! Everyone who was ever a fan of this show, go out and get this dvd...you will love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was great. No damage and arrived on time!
Published 1 month ago by Hope Marie Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Doogie Howser
I like this series because of watching the rest of the cast in action doing medical stuff!
Published 2 months ago by Capital One Platinum
5.0 out of 5 stars good
It's a great show. I was too little to know it then but loved it. And now I don't understand why someone let their kids watch it with sex crazed Vinny... Read more
Published 3 months ago by misty
3.0 out of 5 stars oops
I had ordered this for my daughter and knew it was used but when it arrived it was scratched up ,it plays but not as it should.Sorry.
Published 7 months ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars The ubiquitous Neil Patrick Harris in his early sitcom days
Well worth a look for those who remember Doogie and for those who think Neil Patrick Harris is only the host of every awards show and star of How I Met Your Mother.
Published on March 11, 2011 by bewley brother
1.0 out of 5 stars doogie howers first year
have not ordered my copy yet because the price is rather high i guess i could wait until prices get better or get it some where else 17. Read more
Published on January 19, 2010 by James E. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie for kids
the dvds were in very good condition and the kids love to watch them because of the clean fun shown in the shows. Would recommend them to anyone.
Published on July 5, 2007 by P. Zweckbronner
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Remembered!
Back in the 80's, I was listening to a radio program that was talking about the new shows the networks were planning to release for the upcoming fall season. Read more
Published on June 20, 2007 by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dr is IN
This show is great, and I was so excited to find it. I remember watching growing up and how much I loved it! Anyone who loves good wholesome shows should pick this one up!
Published on April 6, 2006 by Rebecca Grooms
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on! It's freakin' Doogie!
How can you not love Doogie? This kid was the balls when it wasn't even an expression. Enough with the player hatin. Read more
Published on January 15, 2006 by pen_name
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