Besides being a character with one of the strangest names ever in the annals in television, Doogie Howser of Doogie Howser, M.D. was also one of the smartest. He was a child genius who breezed through high school, college and medical school before he could grow facial hair, eventually becoming a doctor who was younger than most of his patients.
Neil Patrick Harris starred as the sixteen-year-old genius who worked as a second-year resident at Eastman Medical Center. The structure of the show was unusual in its day, because it mixed both drama and comedy in a half-hour format with with no laugh track, in a vein similar to the late 90’s hit Ally McBeal. Doogie lived at home with his parents, mom Katherine and fellow doctor dad David.
Because Doogie spent most of his time working and interacting with adults, he relied on his best friend Vinnie Delpino and girlfriend Wanda to keep him in touch with his inner teenager. Doogie had to deal with intense life and death situations in his work, but he also had to deal with sex, relationships, and coming of age as a young man in his own life. The show depicted all of these personal struggles in a humorous and realistic way.
In fact, the real surprise of the show was just how believable Doogie was. Doogie didn’t come off as superhuman or geeky; he was just a normal kid with a high I.Q. Although his life was quite extraordinary, the audience had no problem relating to Doogie as a person. The creators of the series, Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue) and David E. Kelley (L.A. Law, The Practice), are known for creating memorbable and realistic characters such as Doogie.
What also helped make Doogie into such a credible character was the journal entry he made into his computer at the end of each episode. One week, Doogie might have an incredible insight about the value of life and the next, he could be dealing with the painful teenage ritual of breaking up with his girlfriend. Either way, he was a person you couldn’t help but admire and, more importantly, like.
USA / ABC – Steven Bochco Productions / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 September 1989 – 21 July 1993
Creators: Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley / Theme Music: Mike Post
Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Douglas “Doogie” Howser
James B. Sikking as Dr. David Howser
Belinda J. Montgomery as Katherine Howser
Max Casella as Vinnie Del Pino
Lawrence Pressman as Dr. Benjamin Canfield
Kathryn Layng as Nurse Curly Spaulding
Markus Redmond as Raymond Alexander
Lucy Boryer as Janine Stewart
Lisa Dean Ryan as Wanda Plenn
Mitchell Anderson as Dr. Jack McGuire
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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