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Doogie Howser - Series of the 90s

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Doogie Howser - Series of the 90s

 

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This comedy-drama show created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, aired on ABC from September 19, 1989 to March 24, 1993 for 97 episodes of 21–23 minutes each divided into 4 seasons.

This was the story of a 16-year-old child genius who breezed through high school, college and medical school, becoming a doctor who was younger than most of his patients.

Dr. Douglas "Doogie" Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) worked as a second-year resident at Eastman Medical Center. The structure of the show was unusual in its day, because it mixed both drama and comedy in a half-hour format with no laugh track. Doogie lived at home with his parents, Katherine (Belinda Montgomery) and David (James Sikking) who happened to be also a doctor.

Because Doogie spent most of his time working and interacting with adults, he relied on his best friend Vinnie Delpino (Max Casella) and girlfriend Wanda (Lisa Dean Ryan) (Seasons 1-2, recurring in season 3), to keep him in touch with his inner teenager. Doogie had to deal with intense life and death situations in his work, but he also had to deal with sex, relationships, and coming of age as a young man in his own life. The show covered all of these subjects in a humorous and realistic way.

The story of Doogie was very believable as he wasn't a superhuman or geek; he was just a normal kid with a high I.Q. making thus the audience relate him as a normal person. What also helped make Doogie into such a credible character was the journal entry he made into his computer at the end of each episode. Sometimes he could have an incredible insight about the value of life and other times, he could be dealing with more normal issues for a teenager of Generation Y.

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