Dr. Katz

Comedy Central (ended 1999)




Episode Guide

    • Movies
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Katz and Ben try to decide on a movie. Katz wants to see the romantic comedy "Love Strings," while Ben wants to see the action movie "Fire Power," which gets them into a habit of seeing a movie every night.
    • Ben Treats
      Ben Treats
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Ben wins $500 in the Sir Pay-a-Lot scratch-off lottery and takes Katz and Laura out to dinner. Soon enough, Ben and Laura both get drunk and start to act goofy.
    • Thanksgiving
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      It's Thanksgiving, and something big happening: Katz's ex-wife Roz is coming for dinner
    • Metaphors
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Katz brings up the job issue with Ben, who tries to evade it and the two discuss the issue with a series of metaphors.
    • Pot-Bellied Pigs
      Pot-Bellied Pigs
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      In the premiere episode, Ben sends off quite a lot of money -- $2,999.99 each -- to buy two pot-bellied pigs, theoretically to breed them, although he didn't specify which sexes he wanted. This sudden interest in animal husbandry comes after Katz lectures Ben about finding a job.

      Dom Irrera and Bill Braudis are the patients this week.moreless
    • Bystander Ben
      Bystander Ben
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Ben is proud to have been quoted in a newspaper article as a witness to a crime, and he considers himself to be a part of the media now. He thinks about getting a more exciting first name than Ben, like Zeus; his dad suggests Ben "The Over-Reactor" Katz. This episode's patients are Kevin Meaney and Steven Wright.moreless
    • Uncle Nothing
      Uncle Nothing
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      Ben and Dr. Katz meet at Julie's bar for a fun night on the town, but Dr. Katz reveals some startling news: Laura is engaged. Ben insists he's fine with it, but his actions (and words) prove otherwise.
    • Past Lives
      Past Lives
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Looking through the P.U. class catalog, Katz encourages Ben to take an adult education course with him on discovering your past lives.
    • Family Car
      Family Car
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Ben borrows the car for the day; Katz calls him on the cell phone; Ben parks in front of the building and narrowly avoids getting towed when Laura cries to the tow truck driver to get him to stop. The car has to go into the shop because Ben had the emergency brake on the whole time.

      This episode's patients are Anthony Clark and Andy Kindler.moreless
    • Mourning Person
      Mourning Person
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      92-year-old Aunt Estelle (wife of Uncle Morty) dies, and Katz is asked to give the eulogy, even though he insists to everyone he's not a "mourning person."
    • Pretzelkins
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      The first couple episodes had much more random discussion than did the ones that followed. "Pretzelkins" typifies it. The unifying theme is that Katz feels a bit of a malaise in his life. Julie thinks it's because he deals with unhappy people all day long; Stanley thinks he needs a little "you know." Katz asks Ben to drive Grandpa to the urologist, and "remind him to put his pants back on." Ray Romano and Wendy Liebman are the patients this week.moreless
    • Garden
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      Katz comes in, having just gone for a walk.Ben points out that for old people, everyday things like walking, chewing and swallowing become hobbies. Katz wants to get a plot at the municipal gardens. Ben finds this odd, until Laura says that lots of old people do it.
    • Lerapy
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      Conan O'Brien steals a couple of Dr. Katz's jokes, and Katz becomes obsessed with the incident. After recounting the events to Ben and Laura, Ben plots to sell some of his own jokes to Conan O'Brien.
    • Bees and SIDS
      Bees and SIDS
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Ben gets a sore throat, which then spreads to his legs -- his hypochondria is in full bloom. Katz tells him to stay away from the medical books. He finally settles on SIDS -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Meanwhile, Katz has a fear of bees, which comes to light when one finds its way into the office.

      This episode's patients are Dom Irerra, and Louis CK.moreless
    • Miles Away
      Miles Away
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      Ben's goes to visit his cousin Sarah, but he's worried she's still angry about the time he stole over a dollar from her when he was six.
    • Chopper
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Ben wins first runner-up in a WFEN radio contest to ride in the traffic helicopter. He hopes the real winner can't make it and he gets all psyched up for the possibility.
    • Glasses
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Katz gets glasses, although he doesn't think he needs them. He points out the irony in a store whose job it is to sell you glasses telling you after an examination that you need glasses. He makes Laura help him look at an eye chart which he wrote himself. Julie laughs when she sees him in his glasses, and Stanley is no help either.

      This week's patients are Dom Irerra and Emo Phillips.moreless
    • Community Theater
      Community Theater
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      Katz is auditioning for a community theater production of "Love's Retreat".
    • Reunion
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      While in the bathtub, Ben gets a phone call. It's Ann Howard, from high school, and there's a five-year reunion coming up. The only thing is that Ben is afraid to go
    • Vow of Silence
      Vow of Silence
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      When the paper doesn't get delivered for a few days, Ben observes that Katz is hooked on the news. Katz denies it and bets him that he can go longer without news than Ben can go without talking.
    • Snow Day
      Snow Day
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      Neighbor Mr. Graham (whose wife either died or left him, depending on who you ask) has asked Ben to take care of his pigeons on the roof for a week.
    • Koppleman and Katz
      Koppleman and Katz
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      While rummaging around in search of his birth certificate, Ben comes across evidence of Katz's former life: as a hippie folk singer.
    • Mask
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Katz takes a class in making African ritual masks, but when he brings home his finished mask, Ben won't stop playing with it.
    • Day Planner
      Day Planner
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Katz got practically no sleep because the air conditioner "shimmies" and keeps him awake. He asks Ben to fix it. Then, at work, Katz realizes he's forgotten his day planner and asks Ben to find it.
    • Wisdom Teeth
      Wisdom Teeth
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      Ben's wisdom teeth hurt, which he shows his dad (along with a mouthful of cereal). He fears going to Dr. Zelbar because of his violent history with him -- apparently, Ben used to fight him.
    • Sticky Notes
      Sticky Notes
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Katz suspects Laura of stealing office supplies but is too weaselly to confront her on it. Stan, at the bar, says it's not even stealing. Katz points out only he and Laura have keys to the office, along with the cleaning service -- "Finders Keepers." Meanwhile, Ben begins pursuing -- some would say stalking -- the new girl in the building.

      This episode's patients are Gary Shandling and Judy Tenuta.moreless
    • Feng Shui
      Feng Shui
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      Ben begins rearranging the furniture in the apartment after picking up a book on Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy that teaches believers to arrange the objects in their surroundings to achieve inner peace. Dr. Katz is wary of Ben's new obsession with Feng Shui, but Laura finally finds something to talk about with Ben.moreless
    • Real Estate
      Real Estate
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Katz's ex-wife announces she's coming for a visit, and Ben tells her she can stay at their place, which Katz isn't particularly happy about. Ben then brings up the possibility of getting his own apartment.

      This episode's patients are Barry Sobel and Rita Rudner.
    • Monte Carlo
      Monte Carlo
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Ben decides to go into the celebrity limo business. He moves into Katz's office to do this, which of course annoys Laura.
    • Memoirs
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Ben decides to write his memoirs, dedicated to the "loving memory" of his father.
    • Old Man
      Old Man
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Katz seems to be losing energy and is sleeping later in the morning. He wonders if he's feverish, but in fact, he feels a little cold.
    • Drinky the Drunk Guy
      Drinky the Drunk Guy
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Ben thinks Katz is drinking too much, which of course he is not. As usual, Ben goes way overboard, mentioning a TV program he plans to watch: "The Drinky Guy Who's Drunk All the Time, and His Name is My Dad" ("Drinky the Drunk Guy" is Katz's suggestion for a similar program). Ben calls Laura to check on his dad, and she tells him not to let his own hypochondria extend to his father. He attempts an intervention, guided by a pamphlet called "Why is Daddy Actin'Funny?" but it's a bad time for Katz, who is busy reading "The Foot Bridges of Madison County." So Ben vows to try the intervention at a more convenient time.

      This episode's patients are Ray Romano, and Janeane Garofalo.moreless
    • Ping-Pong
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      Katz's old ping-pong rival David Stanick calls and wants to play again -- for $750. Katz agrees and starts to train and worry.
    • Big Fat Slug
      Big Fat Slug
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Katz thinks Ben is watching too much TV, which he is. But he says TV influences people.
    • London Broil
      London Broil
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      Over breakfast, Ben complains to his dad that the two of them never have any fun, leading to a discussion of the old games he and Katz used to play when Ben was a kid. Katz asks him to take the London broil out of the freezer to defrost, and then goes to work. When he gets home, Ben greets him with a clue -- the first in a series of 54 -- for a game of Treasure Huntmoreless
    • Phone Luv
      Phone Luv
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Ben becomes enamored of Cindy, a telemarketer from Telepurchase. He mistakes her powerful sales skills for actual affection, and wants to have a private conversation with her, resulting in an angrily whispered argument between him and Katz.
    • Radio Katz
      Radio Katz
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      Katz's friend Carlton Campbell, host of radio show "Campbell's Couch," has asked Katz to fill in for him one night ("Does he know you well?" asks the typically supportive Ben
    • Trash Day
      Trash Day
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Katz finds a chair sitting outside on the curb and takes it home. However, he realizes his folly and sends Ben to take it to the dump, which proves to be difficult, because the dump is no longer open to the public.
    • ESP
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      After making a few lucky guesses, Ben thinks he has ESP ("Extra-sentencing something") and goes to extremes in trying to test it. He warns Katz not to go to the bar, or else something bad will happen.
    • Everybody's Got a Tushy
      Everybody's Got a Tushy
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Katz goes on a couple dates while Ben has no plans other than taking a shower, feeling clean, and then maybe shaving all his body hair. Katz expresses concern to Julie and Stanley about Ben's sex drive and social life. Ben looks up a few old girl friends and winds up with a date with one from fourth grade. He also wants to go into hydroponic farming "because it's fun." This episode's patients are Ray Romano and Larry Miller.moreless
    • Used Car
      Used Car
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      Laura tells Katz she wants to buy a used car, and Katz says he can help her out by asking the dealer the right questions. Unfortunately, Ben insists on coming along, and he and Dr. Katz manage to help the car salesman raise the price of the car Laura wants.
    • Bakery Ben
      Bakery Ben
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      Ben starts working at Steve's Bakery, his very first job. He has to get up at 4 A.M. to start work, and he gets fired on his 3rd day, for being 4 hours late.
    • Ball and Chain
      Ball and Chain
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      Katz goes on three dates with best-selling author and gastrointerologist Alice Webber, and -- surprise -- Ben over-reacts, fearing his dad will get married again.
    • Electric Bike
      Electric Bike
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Dr. Katz buys an Electric Bike because he always wanted one but never got it as a kid. They find that a $1,000 bicycle isn't all fun and games, when it breaks as Ben drove it down stairs. They soon learn that some inventions just were never meant to be.
    • Office Management
      Office Management
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Laura takes the day off for no good reason, and Ben thinks it's because she's not happy there, particularly when Katz asks Ben to fill in and then brusquely changes his mind. Katz worries Laura isn't happy with her job. Stanley suggests "Intra-Office Primal Screaming." Katz tries to convince Ben (and himself) that there is no problem with Laura, but then throws an office Christmas party -- even though his office consists only of him and Laura.

      This episode’s patients are Ray Romano, and Carol Leifer.moreless
    • Expert Witness
      Expert Witness
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      Katz is called to testify as an expert witness in the trial of a boy named Roger who broke into an elderly couple's home, tied them up, then wrote with permanent markers all over their walls. The issue is whether he's mentally competent to stand trial, and it's up to Katz to determine that. Ben wants to know why Katz is doing this, instead of the "charlatans" they usually get ("They were busy," Katz says), but when he learns that it pays $400 an hour, he encourages this new pursuit of his dad's. Eventually, Katz finds Roger not competent to stand trial.moreless
    • Babysitting Ben
      Babysitting Ben
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      Katz gets a death threat, via Laura, who is unclear on the details; she didn't press for more information because "I didn't want to make him angry--er."
    • It Takes Some Getting Used To
      It Takes Some Getting Used To
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Alerted that something is afoot by Katz wearing a bathrobe, Ben learns that he had a woman over the night before. At first he is incredulous, but then believes it and is offended.
    • Alibi
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      While watching the news, Ben and Katz learn that a mailbox in their neighborhood was struck by a car driven by a bald Caucasian male in his late 40s. Ben assumes it was his dad, despite dad's protests that while he is in his late 40s, he is "balding," not bald.moreless
    • The Particle Board
      The Particle Board
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Katz wants to put up shelves and convinces the reluctant Ben to help. Ben goes wild at the hardware store, buying lots of unnecessary stuff, including a nailgun, which he breaks through mis-use and can't return.
    • Undercover
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      Laura starts taking a lot of time off, but won't say why. Ben and Dr. Katz are curious, so Ben attempts to tail her.
    • Ben's Partay
      Ben's Partay
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Ben hears from an old friend who tells him that he and some others will be in town over the long weekend. Ben decides to throw a party, and when Katz threatens to bring his guitar, Ben tells him he's not invited. On the night of the party, Katz goes to the bookstore, and runs into Laura. The two of them call Ben, who wants to ditch the party and join them.moreless
    • Henna
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Ben and Katz both use "Ultra Henna Bouquet," which makes their hair an odd orange color. Ben just can't bring himself to complain, though, since he got the sample free in the mail and loves getting anything free. They do call the hotline, and Katz tries to complain, only to be stopped by Ben.moreless
    • You're Belinda
      You're Belinda
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      Ben hears about a new system of therapy called "brief therapy," wherein the patient is cured with only 10 questions. Katz is skeptical, of course, citing the example of Jonas Salk, which he then realizes is a bad example, since what he did worked. Laura brings up the Meyers-Briggs test, and Katz refers to them as "vaudeville."moreless
    • Anniversary
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      Katz's wedding anniversary is approaching, so Ben wants to do something for him.
    • A Journey for the Betterment of People
      Ben is approached by a "woman plying her trade," and it makes him decide to help people in need. He gets pretty obsessed about the whole thing, brags to Laura, calls Katz a failure, insults a long-time family friend, and finally gives up on the idea of helping people -- all in about three days.moreless
    • Paranoia
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      Ben wakes Katz up in the middle of the night, claiming to hear a noise. Katz hears it too, and they both think they're being burglarized. After first trying to scare off the burglar, they give up. Turns out the burglar doesn't get in, but Katz and Ben over-react. They get new locks and bars on the windows, and Ben wants a hamster. Katz suggests a lower peephole, in case the burglar is a midget. Why? Because every horror movie he's seen has an evil midget in it.moreless
    • New Phone System
      New Phone System
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      Katz gets a new phone system at the office with all kinds of great features, supposedly. He has Ben call it, but finds that calls are being forwarded to Laura's house.
    • Sharon Meyers
      Sharon Meyers
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Katz gets a phone call from Sharon Meyers, a very attractive dancer he dated briefly two years ago when she was also his patient. Ben and Laura warn Katz things will end badly again.
    • Lil' Helper
      Lil' Helper
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Katz puts his back out while putting on his shoes, and Ben, as usual, is a wealth of help. He eventually becomes Katz's primary care-giver, though, driving him to work, carrying him into the office, and turning him over to Laura, warning her that he's heavily doped up on medication.
    • Bully
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Ben finds that his favorite stuffed animal from his childhood, Bully, has been tossed in the dumpster. Ben immediately blames his father and begins to label all of his possessions; he even labels his labels. Ben starts to fear that his father is going to throw him out of the house like his Bully. Sick of his father playing his folk, blues and "Snoopy Dog Dog" songs, suggests that he should play an open mic night, so that he doesn't play in the house. Ben and Laura go to watch him humiliate himself. Ray Romano and Joy Behar are the patients this week.moreless
    • Waltz
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      As Katz and Ben prepare to go to Katz's niece Rachel's wedding, Katz discovers that since Uncle Morty is dead, he'll have to dance with Rachel -- and he can't waltz.
    • Chain Letter
      Chain Letter
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      Ben is surprised to get a letter from boyhood friend Lance Garcy. Turns out it's a chain letter, and Ben is quite awed by its power of causing tragedy to strike those who ignore it.
    • Big TV
      Big TV
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      Tragedy strikes when the family TV dies ("Maybe you should give it mouth-to-mouth," offers Katz). Ben, of course, is most stricken by this event, unable to live even a day without it. He also can't wait for Katz to get home so they can go buy one together; instead, he has a 72-inch TV delivered to the house.moreless
    • Blind Date
      Blind Date
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Julie sets Katz up on a blind date with her friend Beth, who makes her own clothes. Stan put in a good word for Katz, telling Beth that Katz's nickname was "Scootch."
    • Sissy Boy
      Sissy Boy
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      While picking up a box of donuts one morning, Ben is harassed by an old bully from school, Jimmy Solaray, and by Jimmy's son. They call him a sissy; Ben retorts by saying he's going to join the military.
    • Theory of Intelligence
      Theory of Intelligence
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Katz is asked to speak at an adult education class on his theory on intelligence. His theory is that a person's intelligence increases immediately after an intense emotional experience. Ben tries to prove this by inflicting pain upon himself, among other things.
    • Guess Who
      Guess Who
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Katz gets Ben to play "Guess Who," the old game from Ben's childhood. However, Katz accidentally sees Ben's card via the reflection in the TV, and he uses that information to win, without telling Ben that he had cheated.
    • Ben-Centennial
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      Katz wants to do something big for Ben's 25th birthday, but Ben doesn't want any fuss.
    • Fanny Pack
      Fanny Pack
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Katz gets a fanny pack to hold his cell phone, beeper, electronic organizer, and various other technological gadgets, however, Stanley and Ben both hate it.
    • Walk for Hunger
      Walk for Hunger
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      Laura tells Katz she'll be participating in a "Walk for Hunger" this Saturday, and asks him to sponsor her. When Ben hears about it, he decides to participate too, much to Laura's dismay.
    • Ticket
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      Katz gets a ticket for running a stop sign, despite his efforts to lighten up the cop. Ben asks, "Why didn't you play with his mind?" and insists they contest the ticket.
    • Closets
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Katz and Ben decide to reorganize their closet space, and they hire a company to do it.
    • Studio Guy
      Studio Guy
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Katz wants to take up recording again, because he's writing a new song. Ben is opposed to the idea, until Katz tells him he can be the producer.
    • Wild Weekend
      Wild Weekend
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Ben wants to take a bike trip to Nova Scotia, and he and Katz discuss the great outdoors. Several plans are offered, but what they wind up doing is sitting around the house all weekend. Ben gets the whole thing on tape, thanks to Laura's camcorder.
    • Broadcaster Ben
      Broadcaster Ben
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Apparently not having learned from his previous experience with journalism, Ben goes to a broadcasting school audition.
    • Alderman
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      Katz is disturbed to learn that the city alderman he voted for is corrupt. He talks about what HE would do if he were alderman. Ben immediately begins being his dad's campaign manager, despite Katz's insistence that he is not running. (Ben's platform: handicap parking for everyone.) He makes signs and harasses Laura, inviting her over to help with the "campaign".moreless
    • Cholesterol
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      When Katz becomes concerned about his health after a routine check-up, Julie the bartender agrees to help him get in shape. In exchange, he gives her guitar lessons and sings a songs he wrote about her, with one word: "Julie." Dr. Katz's patients this episode are Dave Attell and Laura Kightlinger.moreless
    • Fructose
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Katz decides to keep a bowl of fruit at the office, but it goes rotten pretty fast. He talks about it at the bar, and Stanley pronounces "fructose" as "fruck-tose." Meanwhile, Ben considers a variety of career options, after being told by his dad that he's "pissing his life away". He tries cake decorating and makes a cake made purely of frosting; takes up roller-skating; considers being a truck driver; and asks if there's a job for what he used to do as a kid: put on a pair of dad's pants, pull them way over his head, and stumble around the house.moreless
    • Pullman Square
      Pullman Square
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Ben calls Katz at work with the shocking news that Berman's is closing, the latest casualty in a renovation of Pullman Square -- Ben's old hangout. He wants to do something about it, natch, though he does it in a misguided way.
    • Earring
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Ben wants to change his image, and he decides to get an earring, after considering developing a tic, or getting allergies, or dressing like a pirate and calling everyone Captain.