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
He's only human... sometimes.
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Did You Know?
Before the fourth season, Terry Farrell
, Hattie Winston
, Shawnee Smith
, Alex Désert
, and Saverio Guerra
staged a protest over their salaries by refusing to show up for work. The five actors had expected a pay raise after the third season but did not receive one. They filed a lawsuit against Paramount Television for breach of contract. The suit was eventually settled and the actors returned to work. See more
[Answering machine voice over message
Hi, this is Jake. Please look outside and then into the mirror. If it's dark outside and you're Becker, do me a favor, and go to hell.