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.
  • One of the first sitcoms that did not have an audience or any laugh track.
  • Douglas "Doogie" Howser was born on September 21, 1973.
  • This episode takes place from September 21 to September 22, 1989.
  • SPOILER: William Johnson died on September 22, 1989.
  • This episode takes place from October 6 to October 7, 1989.
  • This episode takes place from October 17 to October 18, 1989.
  • David and Katherine Howser was married on October 24, 1969.
  • This episode takes from October 23 to October 24, 1989.
  • This episode takes place from October 31 to November 1, 1989.
  • One of the boys in the Brentwood Paediatric Group is named after Brandon Tartikoff, the President of NBC from 1980 to 1991. As Doogie Howser, M.D. was an ABC series, it may have been meant as a jibe against him.
  • Hector Gonzales was born in 1976.
  • This episode takes place from November 11 to November 13, 1989.
  • One of the boys in the Brentwood Paediatric Group is named Bobby Iger. This is a nod to entertainment executive Bob Iger, who had just been named as head of ABC Entertainment at the time.
  • 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 "Thora," her first name only.
  • Megan was born in 1983.
  • This episode takes place from November 3 to November 7, 1989.
  • 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.
  • This episode takes place from November 28 to November 30, 1989.
  • Doogie's Blog Entry: "December 3, 1989... Went on annual fishing trip with Dad. He still talks to the fish. Still does his bird calls. Still tells the same stories... I can't wait till next year."
  • This episode takes place from November 30 to December 3, 1989.
  • 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...

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