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Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season One
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- All 26 Episodes from Season One
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Season 1 is the best and only great season ever. This show started out so awesomely and ended horribly. Read morePublished 10 days ago by materialgirl8707
Doogie Howser is such a repulsive show that it brings to mind what morgue attendants do in the afterhours. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bartok Kinski
This medical drama that ran on ABC from 1989-93 was a show about a teenage medical doctor, Douglas "Doogie" Howser(Neil Patrick Harris)who aces through high school after 9 weeks... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Taheen Lopez
I like this series because of watching the rest of the cast in action doing medical stuff!Published 17 months ago by Capital One Platinum
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 morePublished 19 months ago by misty