Sep. 19, 1989
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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Doogie Howser, M.D.

Doogie is no ordinary teenager, he is a doctor. As smart as they come, he has been a doctor since the age of fourteen. But it's not because you are highly intelligent that you don't have the same feelings toward life. He is constantly torn between a life of teenage fun with his buddy Vinny, and a more serious and quiet life practicing medicine.

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  • Star Neil Patrick Harris reportedly drew inspiration from watching Robert Young in Marcus Welby, M.D.. Learning that Young was ill and pondering death, Harris visited Young with tapes of "Doogie Howser" and helped cheer him up.
  • Steven Bochco stated in his interview on the Season One DVD that had he been able to finish the series and write a "final" season (as opposed to ABC's abrupt cancellation of the show in its fourth season), he would have had a season long story arc in which Doogie becomes disillusioned with medicine and in the end, becomes a writer.
  • Steven Bochco partially modeled the character of Doogie Howser after his father who had been a child prodigy himself as a violinist.
  • In 2008 Neil Patrick Harris appeared in TV and print ads for Old Spice deodorant spoofing his Doogie Howser character (he said that he could recommend the product as a "former make-believe doctor" and because he "used to be a doctor for pretend;" (he also tried to use a stethoscope on a patient's nose instead of his chest).
  • Doogie was born September 21, 1973. His sixteenth birthday, which is celebrated in the pilot episode, is only two days after the pilot aired (September 19, 1989).
  • Doogie's word processor program is based on Word Perfect 5.1 for MS-DOS.
  • Although Doogie and Vinnie were supposed to be the same age, Neil Patrick Harris is actually six years younger than Max Casella. Harris was 16 during the first season and Casella was 22.
  • Unknown to British audience's at the time, actor Neil Patrick Harris, was pleasantly surprised that media interest in Doogie Howser, M.D., had preceded his PR tour with cast of Purple People Eater (1988), when visited the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event 'Save the Rose Theatre' campaigns, public PR day, May 1989.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry: November 7, 1989... I know that I'm supposed to be the smart one, but when it comes to the art of friendship, Vinnie's a genius.
  • Thora Birch is credited as only Thora, her first name only.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry...Love is not just flowers and poems. It's compromise and forgiveness. You don't need to be a genius to know love is impossible to understand.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry December 3, 1989... Went on annual fishing trip with Dad. He still talks to the fish. Sill does his bird calls. Still tells the same stories... I can't wait till next year
  • Doogie's Blog entry: December 15, 1989... Helping a little kid got me fired. Public opinion got me rehired. I realize medicine is a business... but the best part of all is listening to your heart...
  • Doogie's Blog Entry December 25... Christmas. Getting is good. Giving is better. Once you understand that, it's always Christmas.
  • Doogie's Blog entry: January 12, 1990... I guess Joe E. Dunn was right - The best prize of all is knowing that winning isn't always a victory, and losing isn't always a defeat.
  • The episode's title derives from a quote from Wall Street: "Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good."
  • Doogie's Blog Entry: January 17, 1990...Jealousy. You never outgrow it. As Bogey might have said - the only thing worse than jealous lovers is a slug from a .44... then again ... there's nothing better.
  • Doogie's Blog entry: February 15, 1990 Fathers and sons... When we're little we want to be just like them. When we're teenagers we want nothing to do with them. When we're adults we end up just like them.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry March 3, 1990... I never thought of myself as prejudiced against black people... but after last night, I think I may have to rethink what I thought.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry: March 10, 1990... Tonight my dad heard people say things about him you usually don't hear until you're dead. He couldn't ask for a better reason to go on living.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry: April 14, 1990... It's a hollow victory that comes at someone else's experience... I wish I'd understood that a week ago.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry: April 28, 1990... Wanda and I broke up tonight. If I don't love her anymore, why do I feel so sad?
  • The episode's title derives from a quote from Gone with the Wind: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
  • A clips of Doogie is seen as a guest on the Arsenio Hall Show. This is from Neil Patrick Harris's appearance in Season 3 episode 2 that aired earlier that month on September 11, 1990.
  • In his bedroom, Vinnie has the photo of himself climbing Devil's Peak from the camping trip Doogie and his Father took him on.
  • The episode's title references "Dangerous Liaisons", a novel by Choderlos de Laclos.
  • Vinnie complains about being 5'2 /5'3. In reality, actor Max Casella is 5'7.
  • According to Doogie's journal, he has made 4,773 journal entries, one entry for each day since 1979. If he did this every day until 1992, it would add up to over 13 years of journal entries.
  • The episode's title references the song "Janie's got a Gun" by Aerosmith.
  • The episode's title references the sing "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Prince.

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