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Becker 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1998–2004)
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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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Series cast summary:
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
Terry Farrell ...  Reggie Kostas 94 episodes, 1998-2002
Saverio Guerra ...  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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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16 : 9
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Trivia

In one episode, Bob is walking out of Reggie's Diner as Becker walks in. Bob says, "out of my way, Gulliver," referring to Ted Danson's role in Gulliver's Travels (1996) 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 nurse's aide. 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, ...
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Goodbye, Becker
29 January 2004 | by Bobs-9See all my reviews

I watched the final "Becker" episode last night, and will miss this series. Critics have beaten up on this show quite a lot lately, but I watched it regularly and always enjoyed it. The characters are diverse and likeable, and I particularly admire Shawnee Smith, who played Linda, for taking a character that could have been annoying in the extreme and making her sweet and funny. One of the funniest things I've seen in a sitcom is when Linda, in trying to fix the hanging skeleton in Becker's office, managed to crazy-glue her hand to that of the skeleton. She ended up walking around the office all day holding hands with the skeleton, which rolled alongside her on its stand (you had to see it to appreciate it).

Ted Danson was quoted in TV Guide as saying that they decided to end the show with some grace, which I think they did quite nicely, tying up loose ends for the various characters. A couple of the jokes were particularly apt, i.e. Dr. Becker looking at the chart for a patient named "Mr. Nielsen" and saying he didn't know what he was complaining about because "these numbers don't look so bad to me." Danson's wife, Mary Steenburgen, appeared briefly as a deluded patient, and Becker exclaimed after she left "I pity the poor man who's married to her."

Anyway, I commend the makers of "Becker" for giving some closure to the characters in this show while they had the chance. As a regular viewer I appreciated it, and found it a very satisfying end to the series.


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