Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season 2
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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
- All 25 episodes from Season Two
- Brand New Interviews with Stars Neil Patrick Harris and Max Casella
- Trivia Quiz and Photos
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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.Read more ›
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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i love these movies, there good to watch, i would recommend anyone to buy this moviePublished on November 3, 2008 by Lynettte Russell