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Becker (1998–2004)

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Dr. John Becker goes through his daily routine of being a doctor, stopping at his favorite diner, and other various situations, all the while hating life and everything around him.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. John Becker (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
 Margaret Wyborn (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
 Linda (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
 Jake Malinak (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
 Regina "Reggie" Kostas / ... (94 episodes, 1998-2002)
 Bob / ... (90 episodes, 1998-2003)


Misanthropic Dr. John Becker runs a clinic in New York City. He is assisted by super-capable Margaret Wyborn and less-than-capable Linda, who's only kept on because no one else can stand the doctor. Becker's best (some would say only) friend is the blind Jake Malinak, who runs a newsstand in the diner across the street. The diner used to be run by Reggie Kostas, but it has been taken over by Chris Conner, a lady whom Becker fluctuates between loathing and being attracted to. The diner is also frequented by Robert Benito, who is universally known as Bob and is the super at Becker's apartment (much to the doctor's regret). Written by Thanos6

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His bedside manner is no manners at all! See more »




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2 November 1998 (USA)  »

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In one episode, Bob is walking out of Reggie's Diner as Becker walks in. He says, "Out of my way Gulliver," referring to Ted Danson's role in Gulliver's Travels (1996) See more »


[a patient can't open the door]
Dr. John Becker: Door's unlocked right?
Margaret: Yup.
Dr. John Becker: And he still can't get in?
Margaret: Apparently.
Dr. John Becker: I guess I can be a little more tolerant.
Margaret: Oh, come on, you can't possibly be that stupid! If you keep pulling and it isn't working there is only one possible option, press the button and push!
[opens the door and looks to Dr. John Becker]
Margaret: Jackass!
Dr. John Becker: Feels good, doesn't it?
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Referenced in The King of Queens: Pregnant Pause: Part 2 (2001) See more »

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Ted Danson's best work since Cheers
5 January 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

This show is funny and very original. The show is like a reflection of everyday life, sort of like Seinfeld. But whereas Seinfeld gives a more positive out look to the world, Becker does the opposite. Every episode has Ted Danson complaining about something; a broken street light in front of his apartment, his annoying patients, the post office and much, much more. A very funny show.

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