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Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series 1989–1993) Poster

(1989–1993)

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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.
Star Neil Patrick Harris reportedly drew inspiration from watching Robert Young in Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969). Learning that Young was ill and pondering death, Harris visited Young with tapes of "Doogie Howser" and helped cheer him up.
In 2008 Neil Patrick Harris appeared in TV and print ads for Old Spice deodorant spoofing his Doogie Howser character (he said that he could recommend the product as a "former make-believe doctor" and because he "used to be a doctor for pretend;" (he also tried to use a stethoscope on a patient's nose instead of his chest).
Steven Bochco partially modeled the character of Doogie Howser after his father who had been a child prodigy himself as a violinist.
Doogie was born September 21, 1973. His sixteenth birthday, which is celebrated in the pilot episode, is only two days after the pilot aired (September 19, 1989).
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Although Doogie and Vinnie were supposed to be the same age, Neil Patrick Harris is actually six years younger than Max Casella. Harris was 16 during the first season and Casella was 22.
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One of the first sitcoms that did not have an audience or any laugh track.
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Doogie's word processor program is based on Word Perfect 5.1 for MS-DOS.
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Unknown to British audience's at the time, actor Neil Patrick Harris, was pleasantly surprised that media interest in Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), had preceded his PR tour with cast of Purple People Eater (1988), when visited the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event 'Save the Rose Theatre' campaigns, public PR day, May 1989.
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