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"Becker" (1998) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1998-2004

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
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 »
User Reviews:
AKA "Harvey Pekar, M.D." 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 / ... (103 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)
Rodger Goeckeritz (7 episodes, 1999)
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 (128 episodes, 1998-2004)

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
Sheila Guthrie (98 episodes, 1998-2002)
Suzanne Goddard-Smythe (44 episodes, 2000-2004)

Emily Deshotel (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Roy Christopher (62 episodes, 1999-2003)
Rodger Goeckeritz (15 episodes, 1999)
 
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-Iacofano .... 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)
David Reid .... audience switcher (9 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:PG (some episodes) | UK:U (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Dr. John Becker's office phone number is 555-0199.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John Becker:Too many people know where I eat.See more »
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FAQ

What happened in the Becker/Chris/Reggie triangle?
What are Linda and Margaret's jobs?
Why did Terry Ferrel leave the show and what happened to her character?
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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
AKA "Harvey Pekar, M.D.", 17 February 2004
Author: smithster from Chicago

This show is hilarious.

I never understood the scorn the critics heaped on this show over its time on the air.

It's about as realistic a comic portrayal of our nation's largest city as will ever be seen on broadcast TV. It's certainly more realistic than "Friends", which show a New York almost completely devoid of minorities, or "Will and Grace", an allegedly "gay" show in which the gay characters have almost no sex lives. (Could we at least hear some moaning from behind a locked door once in a while?)

But back to "Becker". It's as though someone at CBS said, "What if Harvey Pekar, the grumpy file clerk from 'American Splendor', had a medical degree from Harvard?" Fiction, you say? You must belong to the Shangri-La HMO.

A divorced, single50-something man in a job he really doesn't like, in a city he'd rather not live in, working with people he's not that crazy about, eating every meal in a diner that looks like a roach motel, going home every night to a peeling, cramped apartment that looks like it reeks of cigarette smoke, in full self-pity mode, wondering what that whoop-di-doo college education was worth if all it got him was THIS!? You see that type every day, and that includes doctors.

The only thing that could make it funnier would be if Wanda Sykes were the owner of the diner (and his love interest). Or maybe Whoopi Goldberg. Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg as a romantic couple!? Nah ;)

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