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 Dr. Doogie Howser (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Vinnie Delpino (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Katherine Howser (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Dr. Benjamin Canfield (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Nurse Curly Spaulding (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Dr. David Howser (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Raymond Alexander (71 episodes, 1990-1993)
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 Janine Stewart (61 episodes, 1989-1993)
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 Dr. Jack McGuire (51 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lisa Dean Ryan ...
 Wanda Plenn (46 episodes, 1989-1992)
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A teenaged genius deals with the usual problems of growing up: having a girlfriend, going to parties, hanging out with his best friend, all this on top of being a licensed physician in a difficult residency program. Written by Phil Fernando

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Steven Bochco stated in his interview on the Season One DVD that had he been able to finish the series and write a "final" season (as opposed to ABC's abrupt cancellation of the show in its fourth season), he would have had a season long story arc in which Doogie becomes disillusioned with medicine and in the end, becomes a writer. See more »

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In the Season One opening credits, the article discussing Doogie graduating from high school says that he is 12-years-old in the first line. The next article, however, says that he graduated from Princeton, a college, at age 10. This was later changed, in Season 2, from 12 to 9-years old. See more »

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Good for the first one-and-a-half seasons
18 March 2014 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I suppose it must be different when you first watched this, but I only started watching this in 2013 when there were suddenly a few cultural references to Doogie Howser on TV and in the movies.

It was fun watching it at first - a boy genius who is a doctor. It's a show about growing up pains, with the quirk that the growing boy is smarter than his father and is an accomplished and respected doctor. I enjoyed the episodes where he is saving lives and learning adult perspectives in a medical setting, but the normal growing pains part are too normal to be interesting. I actually liked Vinny better as the normal kid with the genius friend - if you think it is easy being a genius, try being his friend!

By the second half of the second season, the show did not interest me as much as it initially did. I would have given it a 5, but thought 6 was more appropriate for the excellent first season.


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