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Seasons:
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Release Date:
2 November 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
His bedside manner is no manners at all! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Caustic, sharp, bitter, sweet, and nigh-on perfect See more (88 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 53)

Ted Danson ... Dr. John Becker (129 episodes, 1998-2004)

Hattie Winston ... Margaret Wyborn (129 episodes, 1998-2004)

Shawnee Smith ... Linda (129 episodes, 1998-2004)

Alex Désert ... Jake Malinak (129 episodes, 1998-2004)

Saverio Guerra ... Bob / ... (104 episodes, 1998-2003)

Terry Farrell ... Regina "Reggie" Kostas / ... (94 episodes, 1998-2002)
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Series Directed by
Andy Ackerman (55 episodes, 1998-2003)
Ken Levine (14 episodes, 1999-2003)
Darryl Bates (14 episodes, 2000-2003)
Chris Brougham (11 episodes, 2001-2004)
Gail Mancuso (9 episodes, 2001-2003)
Wil Shriner (7 episodes, 2001-2003)
Lee Shallat Chemel (4 episodes, 1998-2000)
Michael Uppendahl (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gregg Heschong (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Joyce Gittlin (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Writing credits
Dave Hackel (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
Ian Gurvitz (15 episodes, 1998-2004)
Russ Woody (14 episodes, 1998-2003)
Marsha Myers (12 episodes, 1998-2002)
David Isaacs (10 episodes, 1998-2003)
Michael Markowitz (10 episodes, 1999-2002)
Matthew Weiner (9 episodes, 1999-2002)
Kate Angelo (9 episodes, 2000-2003)
Ken Levine (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
Liz Astrof (6 episodes, 2001-2003)
Dana Klein (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Anne Flett-Giordano (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Chuck Ranberg (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Earl Pomerantz (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Gary Dontzig (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
Steven Peterman (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
Gigi McCreery (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Perry M. Rein (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michael Rowe (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mark Egan (2 episodes, 2000)
Maisha Closson (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Bobby Gaylor (2 episodes, 2003-2004)

Series Produced by
Dave Hackel .... executive producer (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
Tim Berry .... producer / executive producer (124 episodes, 1998-2004)
Ian Gurvitz .... executive producer / co-executive producer (88 episodes, 1998-2004)
Michael Markowitz .... producer / supervising producer / ... (76 episodes, 1999-2002)
Russ Woody .... co-executive producer (75 episodes, 1998-2003)
Matthew Weiner .... co-producer / producer (48 episodes, 2000-2002)
Marsha Myers .... supervising producer / producer / ... (41 episodes, 1999-2002)
Andy Ackerman .... producer (39 episodes, 1998-2002)
Gary Dontzig .... co-executive producer / co-producer (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Matt Ember .... consulting producer (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Steven Peterman .... co-executive producer (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Lori A. Moneymaker .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1999-2002)
Leslie Arras .... associate producer (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Liz Astrof .... co-producer (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Gigi McCreery .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Perry M. Rein .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michael Rowe .... producer (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Darryl Bates .... co-producer (4 episodes, 2002)

Maisha Closson .... co-producer (unknown episodes, 2003)
Ross Woody .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Bruce Miller (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gregg Heschong (6 episodes, 1999-2002)

Tony Askins (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Darryl Bates (123 episodes, 1998-2004)
Debra F. Simone (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Susan Federman (2 episodes, 2002)
 
Series Casting by
Suzanne Goddard-Smythe (44 episodes, 2000-2004)
Sheila Guthrie (15 episodes, 1999-2002)

Emily Deshotel (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Roy Christopher (62 episodes, 1999-2003)
 
Series Art Direction by
Amy Skjonsby-Winslow (35 episodes, 2002-2004)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Linda Cooper (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sharon Sampson (107 episodes, 1999-2004)
 
Series Makeup Department
Paula Sutor .... makeup department head / makeup artist (37 episodes, 1999-2004)
Brenda Blatt .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1999-2002)

Leslie Lightfoot .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Cheryl Downey .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1999-2002)

Pamela Thur .... production manager: New York (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Carter .... first assistant director (128 episodes, 1998-2004)
Brian Fong .... second assistant director (108 episodes, 1999-2004)
Stephen Messer .... associate director (10 episodes, 2001-2004)

Marisol 'Ari' Oyola .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Tom Phillips .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Cynthia Riddle .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Steven J. Monroe .... construction coordinator (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
Larry Clark .... general foreman (107 episodes, 1999-2004)
Amy Skjonsby-Winslow .... set designer (94 episodes, 1998-2002)
Lorne Grant .... assistant property master (83 episodes, 2000-2004)
Michael Goyak .... property master (72 episodes, 2001-2004)

Matt Furginson .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Kevin Morrissey .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Charlotte Raybourn .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Nick Els .... sound mixer (126 episodes, 1998-2004)
Laurence Abrams .... boom operator (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Judi Frenkel .... sound (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rich Jacob .... production mixer (4 episodes, 2002)
Michael Ballin .... production mixer / production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
Charles Bruce .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1999)

Robert Adams .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
John DiSante .... sound utility (unknown episodes)
Scott C. Kolden .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
John Lazear .... utility sound (unknown episodes)
Richard Luckey Jr. .... sound (unknown episodes)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Mark Server .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Noel Vought .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Greg Anthony .... stunt double (1 episode, 2002)

Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (129 episodes, 1998-2004)
Troy Kohrs .... grip (24 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mark L. Johnson .... second assistant camera (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Craig T. Mathew .... still photographer (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
John Graham .... first assistant camera (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
Lance Dickinson .... lighting technician (3 episodes, 2003)
Rick Lamb .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1999)

Joey Alvarado .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Paul Ferrara .... key grip (unknown episodes)
David French .... grip (unknown episodes)
Chava Monjaraz .... best boy grip / grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Emily Deshotel .... original casting (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Sheila Guthrie .... original casting / casting executive (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Helen Mossler .... casting executive (3 episodes, 1999-2002)

Liz Dean .... casting intern (unknown episodes)
Linda DeArmond .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Thom Klohn .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Rice .... costume supervisor (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Heather Kohlhoff .... costume supervisor (5 episodes, 2001-2002)

Beth Beasley .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Debra Millison .... key set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bill Missett .... on-line editor (107 episodes, 1998-2004)
Jay Steinberg .... on-line editor (105 episodes, 1998-2004)
Debra F. Simone .... assistant editor (83 episodes, 1998-2004)
Susan Federman .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
 
Series Music Department
Chips Swanson .... music editor (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
 
Series Transportation Department
Dana Swartout .... driver: set dressing (5 episodes, 1999-2000)

Gary Edelman .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Zuzana Cernik .... assistant to executive producer (128 episodes, 1998-2004)
Robert G. Lee .... warm-up comic (107 episodes, 1999-2004)
Kim McLaren .... production accountant (107 episodes, 1999-2004)
David Isaacs .... creative consultant (79 episodes, 1999-2004)
Bob Ellison .... creative consultant (61 episodes, 1999-2003)
Mark Maitlen .... production secretary / production coordinator (54 episodes, 2001-2004)
Rob A. Fox .... production coordinator (48 episodes, 2000-2002)
Matthew Weiner .... executive story editor (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
Naisa Wong .... assistant coordinator / assistant to producers (24 episodes, 2001-2002)
Mark Reisman .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Howie Edelson .... production assistant (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brian Reeder .... production assistant (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Markowitz .... executive story editor (14 episodes, 1998-1999)
Richard T. Arami .... assistant accountant (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Trip Gould .... production secretary (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Keith Addis .... executive consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
Gena Bravos .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
H. Lee Kagan .... medical consultant (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jayme Petrille .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
Dena Waxman .... assistant to producers (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
Chris Brougham .... technical coordinator (5 episodes, 1999-2002)
Missy Alexander .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kate Angelo .... executive story editor / story editor (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ken Blankstein .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Rich Tabach .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Norm Gunzenhauser .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 2002)
Michael Ricci .... assistant to producers (4 episodes, 2002)
Ian Young .... assistant to producers (4 episodes, 2002)
Caroline McLaglen .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Thia Stephan .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 2002)
Bob Barress .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2001)

Georgyne LaLone .... assistant: Bob Ellison (unknown episodes, 1998-2002)
Shelley Andagan .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Gaye Ann Bruno .... photo publicity (unknown episodes)
Rob Greenberg .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
Ken Halsband .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Kristin Jones .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Dana Klein .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Conner McKinley .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Kimberley Nessler .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tennille Vega .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (including commercials - 129 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:PG (some episodes) | UK:U (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of Margaret's husband, Lewis, is never seen in the show, a gag in the tradition of "Cheers" (1982), in which Norm's wife, Vera, is never seen, and "Frasier" (1993), in which Niles' wife, Maris, is never seen.See more »
Quotes:
Linda:[Stops looking through the trash can as Dr. Becker walks by] Morning doctor!
Dr. John Becker:Oh yeah, good morning... um.
Linda:Linda.
Dr. John Becker:Right. I knew it was something weird like that.
Linda:I know you said not to talk to you unless it was absolutely necessary, but I just want to say thanks a lot for making me a nurses aid. I never thought I would be a professional anything! And this is way better than sweeping up hair at a beauty salon. Although the fumes from those hair dyes can give you a pretty good buzz! You know, this one time I...
Dr. John Becker:[interrupts] You know if you shut your mouth it keeps the words from just falling out like that.
Linda:I know! I know I talk too much and I'm working on that, but you just don't know what it's like in here!
[pounds on forehead]
Linda:All these thoughts keep flying around and... and I'm sensing a little hostility.
Dr. John Becker:Go with that.
[...]
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49 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Caustic, sharp, bitter, sweet, and nigh-on perfect, 11 March 2005
Author: Danny_G13 from Glasgow, Scotland

Razor sharp comedy starring Ted Danson might not appeal to everyone, given its focus on a cantankerous and highly grumpy doctor, but the script is incredibly strong.

Becker is a traditional style sitcom, much in the blend of the popular ones which went before it like Frasier and Cheers. Like Frasier, it stars a major actor from Cheers, in this case Ted Danson, but otherwise shares absolutely nothing with it and certainly isn't a follow-up. The only other thing the 2 share is that the star of Frasier, Kelsey Grammar, also features in a cameo in an episode of it.

The situation part of the 'sitcom' of Becker is that John Becker, a slightly bitter and abrasively outspoken doctor has set up a crummy practice in the middle of New York's Bronx. Suffering the 'morons' of regular society makes his attitude decline by the day and he constantly preaches his rants at Reggie's Diner where both his best friend Jake (Who's blind) runs a newspaper stall, and Bob the amiable pest hang out.

Becker also lives alone in a fairly seedy apartment where the rest of the block's residents universally loathe him.

Add his long suffering surgery assistant Margaret who's basically his rock, and the dipsy 'receptionist' Linda and you have the overall picture.

Sure, this doesn't perhaps sound all that original or even inspiring to any degree on paper, but bring it to life with a sharp script and quality actors and you have one of the finest comedies it's been my personal pleasure to witness.

To say Danson *is* Becker is the understatement of the year. He has created a character with complete life here, and embodies what he represents absolutely perfectly. His line delivery is totally spot on and he commands every scene such is his definite presence. Now when looking at him I see Becker, and not Sam Malone.

The other characters are pretty good as well, even Bob, who after simply getting on our nerves to start with eventually grows on you. Jake is extremely well played by Alex Desert as well, managing to portray a fairly decent level of vulnerability while trying to be as tough as possible. The only matter of taste with a blind character in a sitcom are the inevitable jokes at the expense of said blindness. Subsequently, it goes without saying that Becker is *not* PC - at times some of the gags can be slightly offensive, but nothing is ever truly over the score.

However, next to Becker the best character was the simply fantastic Reggie, who was played by Terry Farrel up until she was bizarrely fired based on reasons of 'creative direction' late on in the show's run by the producers. She gave the show a touch of glamour, but we identified with her because she never seemed to have anything go for her, and yet soldiered on in a state of light despair. Farrel captured her brilliantly, and her loss was felt big time. The replacement, Chris, was OK, but simply nowhere near in the league of Reggie.

However, this is an aside; the strength of Becker is and was the quality of the script. The dialogue was, at times, acidly delicious with razor sharp wit. In fact, most of the time it was like this. Becker's constant rantings might be repetitive, but they were always funny because we can actually relate to the aspects of life which got his goat up so much.

Furthermore, while he was shown as a cantankerous old git, Danson gave him plenty of self-deprecating moments too. Not only did we laugh at what he said, we laughed at his situations and the amusing body language he emitted regularly.

His practice was also a massive character in itself, with patients combining hypochondria and hemorrhoids much to the amusement of the viewer.

The other characters got plenty of hilarious lines as well, so this wasn't just the Ted Danson show, and consequently it was an extremely well-rounded show and not relying on any one character. But, as Farrel's absence later on showed, all of the main characters were vital. Bob was also written out for season 6, and his replacement Hector simply didn't fit in at all.

Despite these drawbacks, up till the chopping and changing, the show ran seamlessly and hilariously smoothly. It's a testament to the script that even *without* the main characters, although we didn't like their replacements, they still made us laugh.

Overall it's a superb comedy, and it's a rank pity it wasn't more levied by the Americans, many of whom seemed oblivious to its existence.

Said one: "Becker? The German tennis guy? I didn't even know that he had his own show," "Is it on BBC America or something?"...

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