When Family Ties first came on TV, Michael J Fox, as Alex Keaton, the boy genius became an overnight icon among most teenagers and their parents. Similarly, when Doogie Howser, MD was launched, this child prodigy who at 16 was a certified doctor was loved by everyone.
Here was someone who was a a medical genius at 16, who could not only spout out scientific terms at the drop of a stethoscope, but was also a very skilled surgeon. At such a young age he had to deal with professional issues such as hospital bureaucracy, patient's pain, emotions of their loved ones and the limitations of medical science. At the same time he was your everyday teenager having to cope with issues such as peer pressure, girlfriends, parents, etc.
This balancing act by this young doctor was not only entertaining but also a refreshing change from the run of the mill programs one comes across based on teenagers or the medical practice.