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D is for Doogie Howser, M.D.

Cast of Doogie Howser, M.D.

Why do they look so unhappy?

Like my B post, this one’s also about a television show. Apparently I watched a lot of TV as a kid, which is interesting because I don’t watch too much today. In fact, I actually have a very low tolerance for most of the crap that they try to pass off as entertainment these days. And I try not to use it as a babysitter for my son when I’m busy. I don’t mind it so much when it’s a social activity, though. I fondly remember visiting my friends after school and having a lot of sleepovers, watching our favorite shows and movies–when we weren’t gossiping or crank calling boys.

So…Doogie! (Or “Doog,” as his best friend Vinnie called him.) I think I was about 13 when this show started. It was about a boy, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who graduated from Harvard at 9 or 10 years old and then became a doctor. And who wouldn’t want a cute teenage genius for a boyfriend? I don’t even recall the specific details of certain episodes, but I do know where I was and what I was doing. Life as a new teenager was getting pretty complicated. So it was nice just to sit quietly after dinner and before bed, with my mom close by and my younger brothers already asleep (ah, the privileges of being the oldest sibling) and escape reality for half an hour.

Click Here for a clip from Season One, including the opening theme song.

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Comments on any or all of the above are welcome. I’m all about reminiscing.


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I am a mom, a wife, and a freelance writer. I love to research and have a passion for social justice and nonprofit work.


8 thoughts on “D is for Doogie Howser, M.D.

  1. Oh my gosh! Doogie Howser was one of my MUST watch weekly shows!! I loved that show!!! Besides who doesn’t love Neil Patrick Harris??!
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    Posted by Peanut Butter and Whine | April 4, 2013, 11:25
  2. I just loved watching Doogie Howser….and still love Neil Patrick Harris. I agree with you on your observation that tv today is not the entertainment it was when that show was airing.!

    Posted by Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice | April 4, 2013, 12:18
  3. I never watched Doogie as a kid, shockingly (I wanted to be a doctor when I was younger). The show that I’m most nostalgic about is definitely Star Trek — my dad and I used to watch it together most evenings, so I somehow associate aliens & spaceships with family.

    Posted by Nickie Anderson | April 4, 2013, 15:38
  4. I remember Doogie very well, but wasn’t a regular watcher. I don’t remember why. Everyone else was watching it, but I wasn’t/

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge. It’s my first year.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

    Posted by transformednonconformist | April 4, 2013, 23:49
  5. I used to love this show! It’s fun to see him now too, sort of grown up but still looking a lot like Doogie : ) Stopping by from the A-Z today. Good luck with the challenge!

    Posted by jodaley | April 5, 2013, 09:10
  6. I think i saw nearly every episode of this show. i always though Doogie’s girlfriend was so cute. Neil Patrick harris showed some great acting chops, but of course there was no hint to the barney Stinson character to come.

    Posted by Joe Owens | April 8, 2013, 14:57

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