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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 Dr. John Becker (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
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 Margaret Wyborn (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
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 Linda (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
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 Jake Malinak (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
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 Regina 'Reggie' Kostas (94 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Bob / ... (90 episodes, 1998-2003)
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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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He's only human... sometimes. See more »

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There have been numerous references to Danson's former series Cheers (1982). Cheers co-stars George Wendt, Rhea Perlman and Kelsey Grammer have all appeared on the show: Wendt playing the barman to Danson's character (On "Cheers", Danson played the barman to Wendt's character) and Grammer playing an alcoholic friend of Danson's Harvard-graduate doctor (on "Cheers" and Frasier (1993), Danson played an ex-alcoholic and Grammer played the Harvard-graduate doctor. Rhea Perlman appeared as a therapist with an optimistic view on life, with Danson as the character who's not happy with his life (on "Cheers", Danson plays the cheery character and Perlman's the one who's not happy with her life). See more »

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Linda: Doctor, do you have a problem with these?
Dr. John Becker: [looks at Linda's low-cut top and exposed abdomen] These?
Linda: These clothes? Margaret says that anyone who goes around dressed like this has no self respect. Now I'm not saying I'm the capital of self respect, but I feel pretty good about myself.
[follows John to the restroom and props the door open with her foot]
Linda: I mean, the clothes I wear have no effect on the way I do my job. Sure if I wore a suit of magnets then metal stuff would come flying at me, so I ...
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Becker : Where The Laughing Voices at Every Situation or Line are So Right !!

Now this is a rare time to describe a sitcom as great. Every other show got something to do with what I call it the American comedy. But Becker is for all I think. That's related to what kind of characters, cases, situations, ironies it presents. So its cleverness here to make it humanly profound whereupon internationally effective.

Here, we have a very stingy caustic peevish M.D. yet with a heart of gold (he still insists on treating the poor people in Queens). And most of his nervousness comes from some idealism exists under the scalding surface, and causes it. Add to that a crazy bunch that represented the strangest family that doctor might have had : cynical nurse (a mom), lazy childish employee (a young sister), diner's kind disappointed owner (a girlfriend-wannabe !), a black blind man (a friend or a brother), annoying handyman (the opposite friend or brother).

Actually the writing for this man's world was all perfect. The genius concept is that it centered on how to make you think and feel with laughing. Others prefer to make you laugh, smile, then forget about the whole thing after ! Yes, more than 1 plot per episode but there must be something touching in the way. Just imagine wise lines through comic sitcom ! Truly this show provided me with a lot of deep meanings with unstoppable comedy. Wow, a sitcom with meaning ! Now that's something I forgot that it even exists !

Becker was my first time ever to witness such a miracle where everyone and everything are laughable. Every episode is assured riot. The comedy (from situations to gags) is plenty and absolutely not mannered nor dirty nor tacky. Its sense of humor was bitter, cynical, and jocose all at once. It floated serenely and naturally. The characteristic about this show is that it had stereotyped characters yet their talking wasn't stereotyped ! And with talented harmonizing cast the hot lines were delivered cutely and truthfully. So through humane situations they became real people.. Real and damn funny ones too.

(Ted Danson) made some glory out of being the dusty irate John Becker, who is always grinning, deriding, and in one cheap coat ! (Hattie Winston) is the nurse every one needs, her performance made the character so vivid and honest like it's not acting. (Alex Désert) was enjoyable even by saying nothing and consummate as the mate; he confirmed that Becker can really get a friend (and be, metaphorically, blind to overlook his harsh behaviors). (Saverio Guerra) was Bob himself, the desperate lover and the little worm in the same time. (Terry Farrell) was good but the less powerful among the rest. (Shawnee Smith) was great as (Linda) but poor Linda, the writers wanted nothing for her but being the stupid (Linda) all along !

The memorable moments are endless : Becker is about making a moral mistake and then all his world's characters appear as ghosts to judge him. Becker meets his total opposite (Nancy Travis). (Bob) wants to be in a photo with (Reggie). (Becker) can't sleep because electric lights attack his bedroom. (Jake)'s grandmother slaps (Becker) in the face for treating her right. (Becker) is on a plane that has serious problems. (Becker) is a jury. (Becker) is making a speech in his high school. And (Becker) is trying to quit smoking. For anyone doesn't watch the show that means nothing, but for the one who did.. This is thorough Classic.

So, smart comedy, clever lessons about life, perfect cast.. I don't need more. This is one of the best of its kind. And that's coming from a guy who doesn't use the term "The best" in his talking much or ever ! and let alone that in every other sitcom the laughing (track or studio audience) is terribly provocative, but here it's believable to an extent won't push you to press "Mute" !

When you compare Becker to shows like -God forbid- Friends, it wouldn't be like comparing good sitcom to bad one, it's more like comparing good one to NO one !


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