DVD Review: Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season Three
Release Date: January 17, 2006
Distributor: Anchor Bay
· Neil Patrick Harris
· James Sikking
· Belinda Montgomery
· Season 2 DVD Review
by Chad Maddux
Published: January 13, 2006
I had never seen Doogie Howser, M.D. before preparing for this review. Before electing to review this title, I probably should have known more about the show.
In September 2005, our own Molly Bishop reviewed the second season. In her review, she called this show a "dramedy," part comedy and part drama. She's right. The show interjects dramatic elements (such as virginity, religion, and old age) with comedic elements. Unlike my colleague, I found the show's gimmick to be...well, goofy.
Doogie Howser is a teenage doctor. Seeing Doogie bark out medical commands and treat patients was just weird. There are certainly a good number of laughs but also plenty of comedic attempts that failed. Viewing the show wasn't all that bad but I wouldn't really want to see it again. The show's cast does a good job and were well-suited for their roles.
The show lasted just four seasons. This release features all 24 episodes from the third season that originally aired on ABC from September 25, 1991 through May 13, 1992. During this season, Doogie confronts his virginity. A young patient's life is in jeopardy. Religious beliefs jeopardize treatment of a patient. A classmate seduces Vinnie. Wanda returns from art school and starts some new friendships. Doogie plays a Civil War doctor. Doogie meets a soul mate. Doogie's parents want him to pay for his space. Wanda calls Doogie for advice on a new relationship. A librarian catches Doogie's eye. Doogie discovers the medicine of laughter.
Katherine relives her past. Doogie thinks about the limitations of modern medicine. Doogie couldn't handle working at a fast-food restaurant. A mummy is examined. An actor watches Doogie for help with his television role. Doogie learns that Cecilia has a 4-year-old son. Doogie takes Spaulding for a 30th birthday celebration. Doogie considers a career specialty. Janine decides to skip college for a fashion job. Doogie considers trauma surgery. Doogie loses his popularity after some choice remarks. Doogie must become a patient's memory. Doogie and his father travel to Honduras.
There are two bonus features including with this set. First, "Neil Patrick Harris: Growing Up on the Set" is a 12-minute featurette with Harris discussing his life and the show. Clips from the show are interspersed throughout. "James B. Sikking: The Other Dr. Howser" is the other bonus feature. Sikking discusses various aspects of the show including how he arrived, creator Steven Bochco, and, of course, Harris.
This set features four single-sided discs contained in two slim clear cases that slide into the outer box. The inclusion of bonus features, a rarity with some older TV shows, was a nice addition. If you were a fan of the show, this set would be a good purchase. If you've never seen the show before, you might pass on this one.
Also available for purchase: Season 1 | Season 2
|Disc Guide for Season Three
The Summer of '91
Doogie Has Left the Building Part 1
Doogie Has Left the Building Part 2
It's a Damn Shaman
The Cheese Stands Alone
When Doogie Comes Marching Home
Room and Board
Truth and Consequences
It's a Wonderful Laugh
Double Doogie with Cheese
The Show Mustn't Go On
If This is Adulthood, I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia
What You See Ain't Necessarily What You Get
My Father, My Self
Sons of a Desert
That's What Friends Are For
Thanks for the Memories
James Sikking: The Other Dr. Howser (9:31)
Neil Patrick Harris: Growing Up On The Set (12:02)