Doogie Howser, M.D.

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ABC (ended 1993)

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Doogie Howser, M.D.

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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.
Kathryn Layng

Kathryn Layng

Nurse Curly Spaulding

Markus Redmond

Markus Redmond

Raymond Alexander

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Douglas "Doogie" Howser

Lisa Dean Ryan

Lisa Dean Ryan

Wanda Plenn

Mitchell Anderson

Mitchell Anderson

Dr. Jack McGuire

Robyn Lively

Robyn Lively

Michele Faber

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Memories

    7.0
    NPH typing out his memoirs on a green screen DOS based operating system. Good times.
  • i think that cancelling it was better than killing Doogie's career!

    7.5
    i still remember my first love, it was for the young doctor. i LOVED each episode, i used to tape them so i can watch them over and over again. but the writers intended from the beginning to get Doogie to quit his job as a doctor and become a writer. and if the show's fourth season didn't suck as much as it did, it would've happened. i hate how the show ended but i really wouldn't have liked seeing Doogie NOT being a doctor.moreless
  • Doc and friend.

    8.0
    Love finding old shows once again. Hate the way the show ended. After decades, I'm able to look at the shows final season through a different perspective. Too bad television producers canned the show. Maybe viewers count decreased. I could be scripts and ideas lacked focus forcing a network move. There were numerous complications in characters, personalities neglected, flaws introduced. All the "lessons" of the two protagonists, Doogie and Vinnie, were never carried over to newer episodes. The show became a string of episodes and alienated the essence it once was. I think its apt to say comedy and rating demand fueled the plot over development and continuity.



    There was no closure. Characters were forgotten. Entire relationships and friendships amounted to nothing after countless episodes of mutual learning, understanding. The show essentially regressed to a primitive version of season 1 in which the characters had more opportunities due to their older age. Different topics were skimmed based on this pretense and the show Doogie Howser was lost. At any rate, the show was nice to watch once again if only for completion's sake. Neil Patrick Harris and Max Casella played memorable characters. Adjoined with a rich supporting cast, it made a great show.moreless
  • A good funny light hearted show that's not boring.

    10
    You want to watch a good tv show that delivers, Doogie Howser MD is your show. This show starts off when Doogie is only 16 dealing with his hectic life just like everyone else. The last season shows him dealing with his young adult life figuring out what his life should be about. All the Doogie Howser episodes were good, even those that were a little melodramatic. You get good laughs with this show, you don't have to take it too seriously, which is a good thing, you just have to enjoy the show and have a good time. This show definitely has it.moreless
  • A show about a genius kid doctor... with a heart.

    9.5
    I was 1 when this show came out. I never saw or watched it growing up. I didn't even know who Neil Patrick Harris was until I saw the first Harold and Kumar movie. But- I've been lucky recently. I went to IMDB.com and found all the episodes posted there by hulu.com. I've got time to waste or spare. I had heard good things about the show so I figured, "What the hell?" For the last week I have sat in front of this computer screen watching the show, I couldn't get enough. The only other show I can compare it to is Scrubs (if you've seen it), aside from Scrubs having more humor, these shows are about the same. They try and balance humor, morality, and the day to day activites of doctors. Anyway it was a great show and Doogie Howser is a great character. I think I favored the first two seasons over the last two but overall it was a show that was still going in it's prime. I wish it hadn't gone so soon. But better left a winner and then thrown out a loser. Hats off to Neil Patrick Harris and Max Casella (Vinnie, Doogie's best pal and neighbor). Their characters will forever be engraved in my television mind and memory. I will miss you Dr. Howser.moreless
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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    grown up kids, hospital backdrop, child stars, growing up too fast, Teen