Doogie Howser, M.D.

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Episode Guide

    • That's What Friends Are For
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      4/29/92
      8.8

      Doogie's advice that Vinnie accept his shortness and Wanda be open to her father's girlfriend goes over like a lead balloon.

    • Vinnie Video Vici
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      10/25/89
      8.8
      Vinnie videotapes Doogie, and his friends and colleagues, for an assignment to document a person he admires, catching both the fun of Doogie's personal life and the seriousness of dealing with a little girl who may have cancer.
    • Use a Slurpy, Go to Jail
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      2/28/90
      8.7
      Doogie gets a lesson in how lucky he is when he and Vinnie are held hostage by a black gang member during a botched convenience store robbery.
    • Tough Guys Don't Teach
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      1/31/90
      8.7
      Doogie learns that teaching a safe-sex course at Wanda and Vinnie's high school might not be so safe for his own health when he's called out by one of the school's football players.
    • Double Doogie with Cheese
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      2/5/92
      8.7

      Vinnie's sure that even working in a busy ER can't prepare Doogie for work in a burger joint.

    • Sons of the Desert
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      4/22/92
      8.7

      A Palm Springs vacation sees Doogie considering accepting a trauma surgery fellowship and Vinnie being jealous of Janine.

    • Doogenstein
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/12/90
      8.6
      Doogie's heavy third-year residency duties make him fear he's missing out on his youth.
    • There's a Riot Going On
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/23/92
      8.6

      It is April 29, 1992 and the next several days will test Doogie and the Eastman staff like never before in wake of he Rodney King verdict, which causes race riots.

    • The Cheese Stands Alone
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/23/91
      8.6

      When Janine seems to be distancing herself from Vinnie, he struggles with his desire for a classmate.

    • Doogie the Red-Nosed Reindeer
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      12/13/89
      8.6
      With several Eastman doctors already out sick with the flu, Doogie fakes being sick himself to avoid having to cover their shifts on Christmas Eve and go to a huge party Vinnie tells him about.
    • Don't Let the Turkeys Get You Down
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      11/14/90
      8.6
      Doogie's father and maternal grandfather spar over Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Vinnie has to deal with Janine's having been offered a Volkswagen to break up with him.
    • Dorky Housecall, M.D.
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      3/10/93
      8.5

      A cartoonist staying at the hospital helps Doogie deal with being 'just friends' with Michele.

    • Educating Janine
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      4/1/92
      8.5

      Janine's choice of a fashion career over college angers her parents.

    • My Father, My Self
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      3/19/92
      8.5

      Doogie ponders what his medical specialty should be and finds out his father's practice has offered someone else a job there.

    • A Stitch Called Wanda
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      9/27/89
      8.5

      Doogie's date with Wanda quickly turns into an emergency, when she needs an appendectomy, and he's forced to participate in the surgery. But the surgery's success also earns Doogie some ills of his own: a dressing-down from Dr. Canfield for not following procedures and Wanda being upset for seeing her undressed.

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    • It's a Wonderful Laugh
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      12/18/91
      8.5

      A spat with Vinnie allows Doogie to learn about the power of laughter when he runs into a patient with serious kidney disease and a boss who works for stooges.

    • Doogie gets the opportunity to see what it means to be a grown man, when he discovers his girl friend has a four-year old son and Dr. Ron Welch asks him to be his best man. Doogie starts to realize being a genius doesn't have to mean doing everything before people normally do it. He can do stuff in his own time, whether that be early, on-time, or even later than others.

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    • Doogie Got a Gun
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/7/92
      8.5

      When Doogie thinks about buying a gun after his family is robbed, he's given pause when he thinks of all the gunshot victims he's had to treat.

    • Look Ma, No Pants
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      9/30/92
      8.5

      Katherine keeps treating Doogie like a child—even though he's seeing her boss and skinny dips with her at the house.

    • The Show Mustn't Go On
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      2/12/92
      8.5

      Doogie is shadowed by a self-centered actor looking to give more realism to his performance on a TV show.

    • Mummy Dearest
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      1/22/92
      8.5

      The Eastman staff is on edge for fear the examination of a mummy will bring about a curse. Meanwhile, Doogie ponders on how much modern medicine still can't accomplish.

    • She Ain't Heavy, She's My Cousin
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      11/8/89
      8.4
      While Vinnie tries to convince Wanda's image-conscious heavy-set cousin Yvette that he truly does like her even with her extra pounds, Doogie deals with an already beautiful patient who's chasing perfection via continued plastic surgeries.
    • Doogie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/14/92
      8.4
      Doogie buys a run-down Venice loft, angering his father, who wanted him to buy a condo. Meanwhile, Vinnie's parents get a divorce.
    • My Old Man and the Sea
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      11/15/89
      8.4
      Feeling too grown-up for it, Doogie reluctantly accompanies his father on their annual fishing trip, resentful that he could've been with Wanda on a vacation to Palm Springs instead.
    • Frisky Business
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/4/89
      8.4
      Vinnie talks Doogie into hosting a party while his parents are away, and the pressure of potentially sleeping with Wanda leads Doogie to be tempted by the beer some seniors bring, even though he's on call at the hospital.
    • Vinnie's integrity is tested when a bank error gives him $16,000. Meanwhile, Doogie has to show a girl who's smitten with him that he's got integrity, too.

    • Dances with Wanda
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      5/1/91
      8.4

      Doogie takes a still-grieving Wanda to the prom, then introduces her to a young heart patient to rekindle her spirit for living.

    • The Short Goodbye
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/11/89
      8.4
      A fight over a new car prompts Doogie to move out and consider becoming an emancipated minor. Meanwhile, a pop star is admitted for surgery on her vocal cords and tells Doogie her own story of leaving home while still a teenager.
    • Car Wars
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/10/90
      8.4
      Doogie's challenged by his father over his wish to get a '57 Chevy and must come up with a way to convince a frightened mentally challenged patient to get the life-saving surgery he needs.
    • 2/3/93
      8.4

      Doogie and Vinnie come face to face with old dreams: Doogie's long-held crush on a former babysitter; Vinnie's desire for a real star to read one of his scripts.

    • 5/2/90
      8.3
      Vinnie tries to arrange the perfect evening for his first time with Janine, but tonsillitis puts a kink in his plan. Meanwhile, Doogie's taken aback by Wanda's plan to spend the summer studying art in Paris.
    • Room and Broad
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/27/91
      8.3

      Katherine and David want Doogie to start paying for his room and board, but at the same time continue to treat him like a "pre-adult." Meanwhile, Curly doesn't understand why her father is resistant to getting a pacemaker.

    • Tonight's the Night
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      11/22/89
      8.3
      Peer pressure makes Doogie and Wanda decide they need to have sex, but an unwed teenager who gives birth at the hospital ends up giving them a sneak preview of what careless sex can do to one's life.
    • Vinnie's Blind Date
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      3/25/90
      8.3
      Feeling neglected by Janine, Vinnie starts seeing a young blind girl awaiting a cornea transplant that may restore her sight.
    • Doogstruck
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/20/91
      8.3

      Doogie and Vinnie have a series of negative events leading them both to view aspects of their lives to be over. With Wanda's birthday the next day, Vinnie suggests a 2,000 mile road trip to Chicago. The leads Doogie and Vinnie to their own adventures and epiphanies after their car breaks down. Doogie meets a girl who like him is a genesis. Meanwhile Vinnie meets a man whose views on careers brings out the artistic side of Vinnie.

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    • Revenge of the Teenage Dead
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      10/31/90
      8.3
      Doogie worries the child prodigy he's observing is applying to medical school less for his wishes than his father's, and Vinnie sees him as the perfect choice to cast as the villain in his latest slasher flick.
    • 1/27/93
      8.3

      Though Laura has Vinnie finally feeling like a real man, he acts immaturely when other men are around her. Meanwhile, Doogie struggles to diagnose a traveler's ailment.

    • Thanks for the Memories
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      5/6/92
      8.3

      Doogie tries to help an elderlypatient whose memory is failing him. Meanwhile, Vinnie has an introspective video experience.

    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/19/89
      8.3

      The sixteenth birthday of a certified genesis arrives and we start to meet Doctor Douglas "Doogie" Howser, M.D. We see him in the many facets of his life both professional and personal. While many child prodigies have a difficult time adjusting we see how Doogie maintains a balance on life beyond his years and unrecognized by those around him, such as his protective Mother and a Father not yet ready to let his Son go into manhood. At work, Doogie has to deal with a very sick child and we learn why he became a doctor.

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    • 2/7/90
      8.3
      Unaware his father faces a heart bypass, Vinnie resists his increasing pressure to give up his dream of becoming a filmmaker to run the family's shower head business.
    • Breaking Up Is Hard to Doogie
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      4/4/90
      8.3
      Doogie and Wanda try counseling after it's clear their relationship has lost its spark. Meanwhile, Jack and Curly discover sparks of their own on their first date.
    • Truth and Consequences
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      12/11/91
      8.3

      Vinnie says Doogie is a bigger pig than him after Doogie talks up a girl but won't ask her out to a New Year Eve Concert. Doogie gets to evaluate Vinnie's opinion first hand after the girl decides to get plastic surgery and Doogie see the end results in advance of the surgery. Meanwhile, Ray's youth councilor turns out to have two major secrets that can cost him his life different ways.

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    • 2/13/91
      8.3
      Grandpa Howser causes problems as Doogie's parents try to renovate the kitchen.
    • The Big Sleep ... Not!
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      11/25/92
      8.3
      Doogie holes up at the hospital on Thanksgiving Eve for some R&R, as does a new mother who feigns illness to get away from her family.
    • Attack of the Green-Eyed Monster
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/10/90
      8.3
      Wanda puts Doogie in the doghouse when she feels he's falling for the flirtation offered by a cute former patient. Meanwhile, a rift forms between Doogie's parents over Katherine's accusation that one of David's co-workers came onto her.
    • Vinnie and Doogie both have father issues in this episode. Vinnie's father is dating again and chooses to bring a masseuse to a party at Doogie's new home. Meanwhile Douglas Howser M.D. gets a job offer to work at the hospital, which causes Doogie and his mother to consider (and hesitate at the thought of) another Howser working at Eastman.

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    • 2/14/90
      8.3
      Doogie takes things to extremes after he saves the life of the coolest guy at Wanda's high school, who then gives Doogie coolness lessons to return the favor.
    • What Makes Doogie Run
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      3/24/93
      8.3

      Doogie questions if medicine truly is the path he wants to take for the rest of his life.

    • Club Medicine
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      5/13/92
      8.2

      Doogie and his father visit an operating theater in Honduras, where Doogie finds a surgeon's professionalism to be lacking.

    • Dangerous Reunions
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/8/92
      8.2

      Katherine and Ray have their pasts come back as a temptation, which creates problems for Doogie in how to deal with his Mother's first love and Ray's old gang. A high intelligence doesn't always have the solution, especially for emotional issues; sometimes someone only needs the maturity that comes from experience.

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    • Blood and Remembrance
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/1/89
      8.2
      An argument over continued broken dates leads to Doogie and Wanda breaking up, and while he can't admit he may be in the wrong and apologize, a patient and his wife who are divorcing give Doogie a new perspective.
    • TV or Not TV
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      12/5/90
      8.2
      Vinnie tries to get help getting into film school from a TV network executive who's been admitted to the hospital. Doogie joins the hospital gang's poker game.
    • Lonesome Doog
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/30/91
      8.2

      Wanda returns to L.A. when a piece of hers is chosen for a gallery show, but Doogie's taken aback by how much she's changed in so short a time.

    • Every Dog Has His Doogie
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      11/29/89
      8.2
      Doogie tries to help a child's ailing dog by allowing a veterinary procedure to be done at the hospital. Meanwhile, the poor find themselves nudged out the door in favor of people who can afford to pay for their medical care.
    • Spell It 'M-A-N'
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      1/6/93
      8.2

      When Doogie lies about having bedded a nurse, he quickly regrets it when she finds out. Meanwhile, Vinnie's new film school roomate is a homosexual.

    • 3/14/90
      8.2
      Feeling beaten to the punch when someone else publishes work similar to his own research of six years, David thinks it may be time to retire, leaving Doogie and Katherine to figure out how to get him to reconsider.
    • Doogie Has Left the Building (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/9/91
      8.2

      Doogie and Vinnie's place is raucous and fun-filled, but Doogie really just needs someone to talk to.

    • 3/11/92
      8.2

      An outing for Curly's 30th birthday leads to Doogie seeing her in a completely different light.

    • Doogie's heart tells him to do one thing, his head another in choosing the best candidate for a heart transplant; and Vinnie's dilemma involves a vulnerable Janine.
    • Doogiesomething
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      12/4/91
      8.2

      While home sick, Doogie finds remaining friends with Wanda is more difficult than he imagined when she calls for relationship advice.

    • A Kiss Ain't Just a Kiss
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      4/24/91
      8.2

      A kiss between Doogie and Janine becomes problematic. Raymond's estranged father shows up in the ER.

    • To Live and Die in Brentwood
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      1/9/91
      8.2
      Doogies feels helpless to help Wanda after she becomes withdrawn following her mother's unexpected death.
    • Eleven Angry People ... and Vinnie
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      3/17/93
      8.2

      Vinnie struggles with his interpretation of the law when on a jury, while Doogie wrestles with what to do when he discovers an Eastman physician really isn't one at all.

    • Doogie, Can You Hear Me?
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/4/92
      8.2

      A deaf girl inspires Vinnie during his latest film and gives Doogie a lesson in how to really listen to a person.

    • Guess Who's Coming to Doogie's
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      9/19/90
      8.1
      Doogie gets Raymond, the newly reformed gang-banger who once held him and Vinnie hostage, a job at Eastman, but a missing watch immediately casts suspicion on the new hire.
    • The Grass Ain't Always Greener
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      4/25/90
      8.1
      Doogie starts dating a book-smart and beautiful Laker Girl, but realizes his heart still truly lies with Wanda.
    • The Summer of '91
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/25/91
      8.1
      Doogie talks to a psychologist about his virginity—but intends to visit a Chicago-bound Wanda before she departs.
    • A Life in Progress
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      1/30/91
      8.1
      An artist hired by Eastman's board to paint a mural in Pediatrics causes a panic when he reveals he has AIDS.
    • Doogie Has Left the Building (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/2/91
      8.1

      Doogie struggles making a decision on how to care for a young patient.

    • The Ice Queen Cometh
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/20/89
      8.1
      When the hospital's new Chief of Radiology asks Doogie to dinner, he's stunned by what she asks of him during their date. Meanwhile, Vinnie is concerned he may be a sex addict—despite never actually having had it.
    • 1/17/90
      8.1
      A lump in her breast leads to Katherine realizing she's indeed mortal and vowing to get more out of life, including returing to her performing roots by singing at a nightclub.
    • A Woman Too Far
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      12/12/90
      8.1
      Doogie is smitten with a new nursing student and contemplates going behind Wanda's back to date her. Meanwhile, a trucker staying over for tests finds himself in a sticky situation due to his bigamy.
    • Simply Irresistible
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      10/18/89
      8.1
      A long shift with no air conditioning and the red tape involved in trying to treat a Guatemalan child lead Doogie to seriously consider an exceedingly generous offer to work at a posh pediatric practice.
    • When Doogie Comes Marching Home
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      11/13/91
      8.1

      Doogie and Vinnie work on a screenplay, where Doogie is a Civil War doctor. Meanwhile Doogie learns an important lesson at the hospital that the old pedestrian ways has advantages over a new Top Gun method.

    • Nothing Compares 2 U
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      11/11/92
      8.1
      Doogie's ego takes a beating when a winsome nurse chooses Vinnie over him. Raymond also comes up short when comparing himself to other technicians.
    • Greed Is Good
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      1/3/90
      8.1
      As he nears winning $100,000 dollars on a quiz show, Doogie is reached out to by people looking to share in his good fortune. Meanwhile, he's rooted on by a former boxer with an eye ailment that could leave him blind.
    • And the Winner Is...
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      3/28/90
      8.1
      Learning they're in a dead heat to win Eastman's Resident of the Year award, Doogie and Jack start trying to one-up each other and curry favor with the undecided voters.
    • Roommate with a View
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      12/30/92
      8.1

      Doogie and a patient with renal failure get a lesson in trust from a friendly model.

    • Ask Dr. Doogie
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      9/26/90
      8.1
      Doogie becomes famous after doing some public service announcements.
    • Oh Very Young
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      11/28/90
      8.1
      Doogie gets a lesson in agism and his own biases, rethinking his position on Curly falling for the older Canfield when a visiting reconstructive surgeon he's been chosen to work with dismisses him as being too young.
    • Academia Nuts
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      10/24/90
      8.1
      Doogie's ethics are put to the test by Vinnie's request to use one of his old biology reports and Canfield's desire that he find something wrong—lying if need be—with one of Eastman's benefactors to make her think the hospital is worthy of yet another large donation.
    • The Adventures of Sherlock Howser
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      1/20/93
      8.1

      A Sherlock Holmes fantasyinvestigates Doogies confusion with his feelings for Michele. Meanwhile, Curly announces her engagement to Dr. Whitman.

    • The Mother of All Fishing Trips
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      12/16/92
      8.0

      Doogie's mother fills in for his father on their annual fishing trip. Meanwhile, Vinnie tries to take care of the recovering Dr. Howser.

    • C'est la Vinnie
      C'est la Vinnie
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/3/90
      7.9
      Vinnie and his pregnant French teacher get stuck in an elevator.
    • 12/9/92
      7.9
      Doogie spots evidence of child abuse when his dad's friend brings in his injured son for care.
    • It's a Damn Shaman
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/16/91
      7.9

      The parents of a disabled child stymie Doogie, when they choose their religion and community beliefs over allowing him to walk through an operation. Meanwhile Janine comes up with a solution to her father's rejection of Vinnie; they're going to follow the example of Doogie's parents. She proposes they elope to Vinnie.

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    • Air Doogie
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      1/23/91
      7.9
      Doogie gets an assist from Dr. J when he helps Eastman square off against a rival hospital on the basketball court. Meanwhile, Raymond hopes to score with a gorgeous girl admitted for leg surgery.
    • 10/28/92
      7.8

      Doggie worries he won't be able to handle his first solo surgery, and Vinnie votes for the first time.

    • Doogie Sings the Blues
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/17/90
      7.8
      Doogie treats a once popular blues singer, but surgery to remove a tumor may leave him completely deaf.
    • Nautilus for Naught
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/7/90
      7.8
      Doogie and a hospitalized model commiserate on having something in common—being judged by how they look. Meanwhile, he's roped by Canfield into being in a bachelor auction and jealous of Wanda spending time with a male nude model.
    • 3/13/91
      7.8
      Doogie's mom gets a job. Unfortunately for Doogie, it's at his hospital.
    • My Two Dads
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      2/6/91
      7.8
      Vinnie, unable to connect with his own father, joins Doogie and David on their annual father/son camping trip.
    • The Patient in Spite of Himself
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/21/92
      7.8

      Doogie and a classmate go undercover as patients as part of a lesson in empathizing with patients.

    • Presumed Guilty
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      1/2/91
      7.6
      When the '57 Chevy gets damaged when Vinnie takes it for a ride, Doogie and Katherine agree to help hide the news from David. Doogie is faced with an aspiring pro basketball player who refuses to get serious symptoms tested for fear of falling spots in the draft.
    • Fatal Distraction
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      2/20/91
      7.5
      With Wanda still reeling over the death of her mother, she tells Doogie to take someone else to the Eastman Monte Carlo night. Meanwhile, Dr. Canfield and Vinnie gamble together, with Dr. Canfield trying to win a Mexican cruise.
    • Doogie's Wager
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      4/3/91
      7.3

      Doogie wants a premature baby to have a chance to live. Meanwhile, Vinnie awaits word of whether he's accepted to film school.

    • Planet of the Dateless
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      3/20/91
      6.5
      Jack returns with new eyes on his life after volunteering with the "Flying Physicians" for two weeks in Mexico. Meanwhile, Doogie gets his eyes opened at home and shows his maturity.