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Doogie Howser, M.D.

Doogie Howser, M.D.

Long before Neil Patrick Harris portrayed the skirt-chasing Barney Stinson in ``How I Met Your Mother,'' he was a favorite of TV audiences as medical prodigy Dr. Douglas ``Doogie'' Howser in this 1989-'93 comedy-drama. Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, the series follows Doogie's daily trials and travails at work, the problems that come along with the notoriety as the country's youngest surgeon, and his personal life as a regular teenager who just wants to borrow his dad's car to take his girlfriend out on a date. When he's not tackling social issues of the day or butting heads with his stern but wise father, Dr. David Howser (James B. Sikking), Doogie pals around with window-entering best bud Vinnie Delpino (Max Casella) and always finds time to post select tidbits of wisdom into his computer journal.

Premiere:
Sep 18, 1989
Original Network:
ABC
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All Upcoming Times for Doogie Howser, M.D.

Episode Air Date Channel

Attack of the Green-Eyed Monster

S01, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1990)
Jealousy affects Wanda, Doogie, his parents, McGuire and Spaulding.

It Ain't Over Till Mrs. Howser Sings

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1990)
A medical scare convinces Katherine to fulfill a dream and live her life to the fullest.

Tough Guys Don't Teach

S01, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1990)
Doogie (Neil Patrick Harris) teaches a high-school sex education class. With James B. Sikking.

I Never Sold Shower Heads for My Father

S01, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1990)
After a clash, Vinnie's father (Don Calfa) has a heart attack.

Doogie's Awesome, Excellent Adventure

S01, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 14, 1990)
Doogie is part of the ``in'' crowd after saving a popular student.

Use a Slurpy, Go to Jail

S01, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1990)
Doogie is held hostage during a botched robbery at Vinnie's convenience store.

Whose Mid-Life Crisis Is It Anyway?

S01, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 1990)
Doogie's father undergoes a mid-life crisis and considers retirement.

Vinnie's Blind Date

S01, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 25, 1990)
Vinnie finds out that his dream girl is blind and awaiting a surgery that could make her see.

A Stitch Called Wanda

S01, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 27, 1989)
Wanda (Lisa Dean Ryan) breaks up with Doogie (Neil Patrick Harris) when she learns he assisted with her appendectomy. With James B. Sikking.

Frisky Business

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 4, 1989)
Vinnie persuades Doogie to have a party while his parents are away.

And the Winner Is ...

S01, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1990)
Doogie and McGuire compete against each other for ``resident of the year.''

Breaking Up Is Hard to Doogie

S01, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1990)
Doogie and Wanda attempt to save their relationship through counseling.

The Grass Ain't Always Greener

S01, E25  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1990)
Doogie dates a Lakers cheerleader, but finds that he really wants to be with Wanda.

Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Gland

S01, E26  (First Aired: May. 2, 1990)
Bad tonsils thwart Vinnie's plans for a romantic night with Janine.

Guess Who's Coming to Doogie's

S02, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1990)
The man who held Doogie and Vinnie hostage visits the hospital.

Ask Dr. Doogie

S02, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1990)
A series of TV public service announcements makes Doogie a star.

C'est la Vinnie

S02, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 1990)
Vinnie is stuck in an elevator with his pregnant teacher (Mimi Kuzyk).

Car Wars

S02, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1990)
Doogie gets a classic car, but his father forbids him to keep it.

Doogie Sings the Blues

S02, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1990)
A homeless patient (Joe Seneca) claims to be a legendary jazz musician.

Academia Nuts

S02, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1990)
Vinnie passes off an old biology paper that Doogie wrote as his own.

Pilot

S01, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1989)
Doogie (Neil Patrick Harris) tries to pass his driving test, kiss his dream girl (Lisa Dean Ryan) and cope with a young patient. With James B. Sikking.

Vinnie Video Vici

S01, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 25, 1989)
For a class project, Vinnie wants to videotape Doogie on rounds.

Tough Guys Don't Teach

S01, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1990)
Doogie (Neil Patrick Harris) teaches a high-school sex education class. With James B. Sikking.

Use a Slurpy, Go to Jail

S01, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1990)
Doogie is held hostage during a botched robbery at Vinnie's convenience store.

Doogenstein

S02, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 12, 1990)
Increasing responsibility makes Doogie lament the loss of youth.

Don't Let the Turkeys Get You Down

S02, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1990)
Katherine's parents come to visit for Thanksgiving; Vinnie and Janine's relationship hits a snag.

To Live and Die in Brentwood

S02, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 1991)
Doogie struggles to help when an unexpected death strikes Wanda's family.

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

S02, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1991)
Doogie and his grandfather run into problems when they help remodel the kitchen.

Dances With Wanda

S02, E25  (First Aired: May. 1, 1991)
Doogie wants to take a grieving and reclusive Wanda to the senior prom.

The Summer of '91

S03, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1991)
Doogie endeavors to visit Wanda before she leaves in order to lose his innocence.

The Cheese Stands Alone

S03, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 1991)
Janine tells Doogie why she's pushing away Vinnie, who eyes another.

Double Doogie With Cheese

S03, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 5, 1992)
Vinnie challenges Doogie to work in a fast-food burger joint.

Sons of the Desert

S03, E21  (First Aired: Apr. 22, 1992)
Vinnie and Doogie head out on a Palm Springs vacation for spring break.

That's What Friends Are For

S03, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 1992)
Wanda wants Doogie to side with her in an issue with her father.

There's a Riot Going On

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 23, 1992)
Doogie clashes with an orderly (Markus Redmond) while treating riot victims.

Doogie Got a Gun

S04, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 7, 1992)
Doogie fantasizes after he and Vinnie are robbed at gunpoint.

Dorky Housecall, M.D.

S04, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 1993)
A cartoonist patient staying at the hospital caricatures Doogie.

What Makes Doogie Run

S04, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 24, 1993)
Doogie thinks he is too focused on his job, and questions his future in medicine.

The Short Goodbye

S01, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 11, 1989)
Doogie moves to a cheap hotel after a fight with his parents.

Simply Irresistible

S01, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1989)
Doogie considers a lucrative offer from a posh pediatrics practice.

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 18, 1989)
A teenage doctor struggles with being accepted.