Doogie Howser, M.D.

ABC (ended 1993)
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  • Doogie Howser showed the coming of age of a teenage genius who was a board-certified surgeon by the time he was 16. At that tender age, Doogie (a childhood nickname for "Douglas") has to balance life with his parents and contemporaries and the demands of a career that's stressful even for adults. He has help and support from understanding parents Katherine and David Howser, the latter also a doctor, co-workers at the hospital who respect him despite his age, best friend Vinnie, and girlfriend Wanda. Doogie Howser, despite having a relatively short four year run, was popular among young adults of the early 1990s. The show catapulted star Neil Patrick Harris to fame.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 22

    What Makes Doogie Run

    Aired 3/24/93

  • S 4 : Ep 21

    Eleven Angry People ... and Vinnie

    Aired 3/17/93

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    Dorky Housecall, M.D.

    Aired 3/10/93

  • S 4 : Ep 19

    Love Makes the World Go 'Round ... or Is It Money?

    Aired 2/24/93

  • S 4 : Ep 18

    You've Come a Long Way, Baby-Sitter

    Aired 2/3/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lawrence Pressman

    Dr. Benjamin Canfield

  • James B. Sikking

    Dr. David Howser

  • Neil Patrick Harris

    Douglas "Doogie" Howser

  • Belinda Montgomery

    Katherine O'Brien Howser

  • Robyn Lively

    Michele Faber

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  • bmoshier

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (143)

    • Personal journal of Doogie Howser, M.D: (Night time entry/end of episode) September 22, 1989 Kissed my first girl. Lost my first patient. Life will never be the same again...

    • Doogie makes a journal entry in the beginning of the episode. "Date: September 21, 1989 Today is my 16th birthday. A major milestone because my driver's license is at long last a reality. Wich means tomorrow, Sept. 22, I'll be behind the wheel on the way to the Harvest Dance with Wanda Plenn, the prettiest most beautiful girl in the whole world."

    • Vinnie: We're out in the parking lot progressing nice then boom, deja vu, Susie Berlutti. Doogie: You puked? Vinnie: Right down the front of her dress. She's in the bathroom cleaning up.

    • Vinnie: Oh, I was just visiting with Doogie, Dr. Howser, listening to his plan to part Wanda Plenn's pulsating red lips with his probing pubescent tongue.

    • Doogie's Journal Entry: October 7, 1989... Today I made my first real adult decision. I decided to stay a kid a little longer.

    • Vinnie: I'm addicted to sex. Doogie: Vinnie, how is that possible? You're a virgin.

    • Doogie's Journal Entry: October 17/18 1989... Went to see Batman. Parked at Mission Point. Removed Wanda's appendix. Broke up. Got back together. What can I say? Just your average weekend.

    • Vinnie: Dr. Howser, what's this stuff about grasping Wanda's conundrum?

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    Notes (243)

    • TV Rating:
      Canada: PG
      USA: TV-PG

    • The German episode title is "Sein 16. Geburtstag", meaning "His 16<sup>th</sup> Birthday".

    • Featured Music: "Wild Thing" by Tone-Loc

    • The German episode title is "Ein Kind von Douglas", meaning "A Child of Douglas'"

    • The song playing while Doogie and Wanda are in the car is "Longshot" by Stacy Lattisaw.

    • TV Rating:
      Canada: PG
      USA: TV-PG

    • The German episode title is "Wandas Blinddarm", meaning "Wanda's Appendix".

    • TV Rating:
      Canada: PG
      USA: TV-PG

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    Trivia (22)

    • Doogie was Born on the 21st September 1973

    • Goof in opening credits: The second newspaper article shown says that Doogie graduated from high school at the age of 12 years old (after being in high school for 9 weeks). The third newspaper article shown says that he graduated from Princeton at the age of 10. So he graduated from college before graduating from high school?

    • Continuity error: When Doogie's dad says "I have never been more disappointed in you than I am now." You can see Doogie in the back seat in the background looking straight at his father with no movement. A quick cut close-up on him shows him looking to his right then straight at his dad with no time to move his head.

    • Doogie knows Japanese, which he learned from the gardener.

      At the age of four, Doogie's Mother realized he was able to learn languages very quickly when she took him to her Spanish class and by the end of the first week, he was helping her with her homework.

    • We discover Doogie had cancer and that Vinnie shaved his own hair when Doogie's fell out.

    • This episode shows the first time Doogie shows his journal to anyone. He actually writes the entry while Wanda is watching.

    • In the Christmas carol that the staff was singing, they "received": 7 Giant Colons 6 Small Intestines 5 Prolapsed Hemorrhoids 4 Gastric Ulcers 3 Yellow Gallstones 2 Fatty Livers And an asthmatic in the E.R.

    • In this episode Doogie renamed his journal from the "Personal Journal of Doogie Howser, M.D." to the "Personal Journal of Dr. Doogenstein."

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    Allusions (52)

    • Nurse Curly Spaulding: Oh, Doogie Monster.
      Doogie Monster is an pun off the "Cookie Monster", from the kids show Sesame Street.

    • Episode title: "The Ice Queen Cometh" Based on the title of successful play "The Iceman Cometh," considered one of the most powerful works of Eugene O'Neill and appearing both on Broadway and as a motion picture over the years.

    • Episode title: "A Stitch Called Wanda" Based on the title of 1988 comedic feature film, A Fish Called Wanda, starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin.

    • Episode title: "Frisky Business" Based on the title of the 1983 film that garnered attention for Tom Cruise, Risky Business.

    • Episode title: "The Short Goodbye" A variation on the title of The Long Goodbye, a 1954 Raymond Chandler novel, also made into a feature film in 1973.

    • Episode title: "Simply Irresistable" Probably a nod to the song of the same name that became a big hit for singer Robert Palmer a year before this episode.

    • This episode title refers to a famous quote from Julius Caesar regarding his conquest of Asia Minor "Veni, Vidi, Vici" I came, I saw, I conquered.

    • Episode title: "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Cousin" Based on the title of the 1969 hit song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," by the Hollies.

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  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Memories

    By FX, May 28, 2012

  • i think that cancelling it was better than killing Doogie's career!

    By Danah, Dec 08, 2011

  • Doc and friend.

    By Mathlol1, Feb 28, 2011

  • A good funny light hearted show that's not boring.

    By sfviewer, Aug 13, 2006

  • A show about a genius kid doctor... with a heart.

    By paul_panhook, Feb 05, 2009