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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:
...  Dr. John Becker 129 episodes, 1998-2004
...  Margaret Wyborn 129 episodes, 1998-2004
...  Linda 129 episodes, 1998-2004
...  Jake Malinak 129 episodes, 1998-2004
...  Reggie Kostas 94 episodes, 1998-2002
...  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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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 played the barman to Danson's character - on Cheers (1982), Danson played the barman to Wendt's character; Grammer played an alcoholic friend of Danson's Harvard-graduate doctor - on Cheers (1982) 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 (1982), Danson played the cheery character and Perlman was the one unhappy with her life. See more »

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Hector Lopez: All right, people, give me your money!
Jake Malinak: Does he have a gun?
Chris Connor: No.
Jake Malinak: No.
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Ted Danson's best work since Cheers
5 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This show is funny and very original. The show is like a reflection of everyday life, sort of like Seinfeld. But whereas Seinfeld gives a more positive out look to the world, Becker does the opposite. Every episode has Ted Danson complaining about something; a broken street light in front of his apartment, his annoying patients, the post office and much, much more. A very funny show.


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