At the end of the 80's, ABC was experimenting with producing comedy-dramas, now known as "dramedies", without laugh tracks. Veteran producer Steven Bochco helmed two of them, Hooperman (with John Ritter) & Doogie Howser, MD.
Douglas "Doogie" Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) is the youngest licensed physician in the country. He aced his SAT's at 6 (!!!), graduated high school at 9 (!!!), and college at 13. Not humanly possible in this day and age, but then....! Doogie follows in the footsteps of his father, David (James B. Sikking, ex-Hill Street Blues), and joins him at Eastman Hospital.
At the same time, Doogie also must deal with the usual issues that go with being a teenager. His best buddy, Vinnie (Max Casella) dispenses advice, and fixes Doogie up with a classmate, Wanda (Lisa Dean Ryan).
Doogie Howser, MD lasted 4 seasons, but things didn't really end well for Doogie & Wanda, as they split up when she went to college. Ryan would resurface in MTV's short-lived sci-fi drama, Dead at 21. Casella co-starred in the orignal feature film version of "Newsies" for Disney, and we all know what Neil Patrick Harris has done in recent years, including the recently concluded How I Met Your Mother.
Following is a sample first season episode:
Mature themes aside, ABC could've used this series to provide some backup for their Saturday morning lineup, especially when NBC went to an all-live-action lineup in 1992, Doogie's final season.