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Doogie Howser, M.D. 

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A teenaged genius deals with the usual problems of growing up: having a girlfriend, going to parties, hanging out with his best friend, all of this on top of being a licensed physician in a... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Neil Patrick Harris ...  Dr. Doogie Howser 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Max Casella ...  Vinnie Delpino 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Belinda Montgomery ...  Katherine Howser 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Lawrence Pressman ...  Dr. Benjamin Canfield 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Kathryn Layng ...  Nurse Curly Spaulding 97 episodes, 1989-1993
James Sikking ...  Dr. David Howser 97 episodes, 1989-1993
Markus Redmond ...  Raymond Alexander 71 episodes, 1990-1993
Lucy Boryer ...  Janine Stewart 61 episodes, 1989-1993
Mitchell Anderson ...  Dr. Jack McGuire 51 episodes, 1989-1991
Lisa Dean Ryan Lisa Dean Ryan ...  Wanda Plenn 46 episodes, 1989-1992
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A teenaged genius deals with the usual problems of growing up: having a girlfriend, going to parties, hanging out with his best friend, all of this on top of being a licensed physician in a difficult residency program. Written by Phil Fernando

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doogie Howser See more »

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Runtime:

(97 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Doogie and Vinnie were supposed to be the same age, Neil Patrick Harris is six years younger than Max Casella. Harris was sixteen during the first season, and Casella was twenty-two. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits a newspaper clipping is shown, stating that Doogie Howser graduated from high school at the age of 12, but in the next newspaper clipping it says that he graduated from Princeton at age 10. It's not possible to graduate from college before graduating high school. This was not changed until season 3. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Conquered the World (1991) See more »

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Good for the first one-and-a-half seasons
18 March 2014 | by Mike-DDSee all my reviews

I suppose it must be different when you first watched this, but I only started watching this in 2013 when there were suddenly a few cultural references to Doogie Howser on TV and in the movies.

It was fun watching it at first - a boy genius who is a doctor. It's a show about growing up pains, with the quirk that the growing boy is smarter than his father and is an accomplished and respected doctor. I enjoyed the episodes where he is saving lives and learning adult perspectives in a medical setting, but the normal growing pains part are too normal to be interesting. I actually liked Vinny better as the normal kid with the genius friend - if you think it is easy being a genius, try being his friend!

By the second half of the second season, the show did not interest me as much as it initially did. I would have given it a 5, but thought 6 was more appropriate for the excellent first season.


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