The Best Episodes of Becker

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

Ted Danson (Cheers) starred as Dr. John Becker, a dedicated and talented physician with a gruff exterior. Unfortunately, his interior isn't all that warm and fuzzy either. While he offends those around who try to get close to him, he is extremely dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx where he always goes the extra mile to help those in need.

What's Love Got To Do With It?

#1 - What's Love Got To Do With It?

Season 6 - Episode 1

John and Chris reluctantly confront their feelings for each other in the sixth-season opener. Meanwhile, Chris is furious over an outrageously high hospital bill and tries to get some of the charges dismissed in a meeting with an unsympathetic hospital administrator (Paul Dooley). Jake sells his dreadlocks to pay his rent.

star 8.20
55 votes
Directors: Chris Brougham
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
Daytime Believer

#2 - Daytime Believer

Season 5 - Episode 22

John realizes he still has feelings for Chris after a series of romantic dreams about her, but he fears she doesn't feel the same way about him. Meanwhile, Linda lives in fear that something bad is going to happen to her after she is involved in an accident on her way to work

star 8.06
48 votes
Directors: Chris Brougham
Writers: Kate Angelo
Hate Thy Neighbor

#3 - Hate Thy Neighbor

Season 2 - Episode 9

Confined to his apartment during the recuperation period, Becker is subjected to the intruding lifestyles of those who live in his building, which has him seeing red. His mood brightens -- temporarily -- when his doctor from the hospital, Elizabeth Carson, makes a house call. Meanwhile, "good help is hard to find" takes on a new meaning when Margaret and Linda try to find a doctor to fill in for Becker.

star 8.02
64 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Chuck Ranberg, Anne Flett-Giordano
DNR

#4 - DNR

Season 6 - Episode 13

In the series finale, Becker realizes he's happy, but Chris fears that John is going to break up with her after he invites her to dinner at a nice restaurant; Jake used his inheritance from his grandmother to go off to Northwestern University; and Linda finds a new Italian boyfriend on the subway.

star 7.98
35 votes
Directors: Chris Brougham
Writers: Dave Hackel, Ian Gurvitz
A Little Ho-mance

#5 - A Little Ho-mance

Season 6 - Episode 3

John tries to plan a romantic first date with Chris, but unforeseen obstacles keep cropping up; Jake gets shocking news about his grandmother after she dies in a retirement home.

star 7.93
40 votes
Directors: Darryl Bates
Writers: Maisha Closson
Thank You for Not Smoking

#6 - Thank You for Not Smoking

Season 5 - Episode 17

John feels like climbing the walls after Chris bans smoking from the diner and Margaret won't let him light up in the office. Elsewhere, Bob convinces Jake that Amanda is cheating on him after Jake unwittingly walks into the diner wearing lime green pants that are too small for him; and Linda persuades John to treat a friend's dog.

star 7.92
37 votes
Directors: Mike Uppendahl
Writers: Liz Astroff
Lucky Day

#7 - Lucky Day

Season 1 - Episode 21

A prime parking space, an unexpected tax refund and a flawless trip to the post office are just a few of the lucky breaks bestowed upon Becker. Unable to accept the idea that he might just be having a good day, he remains wary of each new stroke of luck and convinces himself that payback is on its way.

star 7.92
63 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
Chris's Ex

#8 - Chris's Ex

Season 5 - Episode 21

When Chris's all-too-friendly ex-husband unexpectedly shows up and stays at her apartment, Becker tries everything he can to keep the divorced duo apart.

star 7.91
44 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
The Usual Suspects

#9 - The Usual Suspects

Season 3 - Episode 5

Becker's office is vandalized, and many, many people appear to have a plausible motive. It turns out that it was just Linda throwing a party, but she goes on a date with the clueless cop assigned to the case to keep him quiet. Meanwhile, Bob has been hanging out in Becker's apartment during the day and impersonating the doctor.

star 7.91
52 votes
Directors: Ken Levine
Writers: Ken Levine
Once Upon a Time

#10 - Once Upon a Time

Season 5 - Episode 11

Margaret looks back 10 years to her first meeting with John, when she persuaded him to hire her and keep his practice open instead of closing shop and returning to Boston. Meanwhile, Bob hides at the diner from an angry tenant who wants him to fix a clogged drain; and Chris finds Jake's old keyboard.

star 7.90
41 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: James Petrille
Choose Me

#11 - Choose Me

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Reggie announces that she has an extra ticket to a Rangers-Flyers hockey game, Jake and Becker each makes it his primary goal to be chosen as the lucky recipient.

star 7.88
82 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Marsha Myers
Everybody Loves Becker

#12 - Everybody Loves Becker

Season 4 - Episode 24

The fourth season concludes with a romantic cliffhanger as Reggie and a new neighbor (guest star Nancy Travis) each vie for John's affection. Also, Linda takes Margaret out for a night on the town, which Margaret lives to regret.

star 7.86
43 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Kate Angelo
Barter Sauce

#13 - Barter Sauce

Season 4 - Episode 13

John agrees to give free medical care to Bob, Reggie and Jake in exchange for repairs, food and magazines.

star 7.86
43 votes
Directors: Wil Shriner
Writers: Michael Markowitz
The Job

#14 - The Job

Season 5 - Episode 16

Fed up with his practice, John applies for a research position in Baltimore, without telling his friends. His suspicious behavior then leads them to believe he's either sick or on drugs.

star 7.85
40 votes
Directors: Darryl Bates
Writers: Patricia Bree
The Grand Gesture

#15 - The Grand Gesture

Season 5 - Episode 5

John becomes jealous when Chris turns down his offer to watch a movie with him and instead goes out with another man. Later, in an awkward attempt to show Chris his true feelings, John shows up at her job and inadvertently gets her into trouble.

star 7.85
46 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Michael Rowe
Pilot

#16 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Becker deals with an HIV-positive child, and the fact that Reggie has inherited his favorite diner from her father.

star 7.85
154 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Dave Hackel
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Spontaneous Combustion

#17 - Spontaneous Combustion

Season 6 - Episode 4

Jakes mourns for his nana; Becker and Chris try too hard to consummate their relationship; Linda feng shui's the office.

star 7.84
38 votes
Directors: Ken Levine
Writers: Steve Peterman, Gary Dontzig
The Roast That Ruined Them

#18 - The Roast That Ruined Them

Season 2 - Episode 17

Annoyed that they never hang out with other people, Becker's girlfriend, Liz, makes him throw a dinner party. Becker invites the gang, although only Reggie and her date attend -- a college boy she worries is too young for her -- unless you count the complete stranger with whom Becker seems to have the most in common.

star 7.83
48 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Dana Klein
Subway Story

#19 - Subway Story

Season 6 - Episode 12

Becker meets an older woman on the subway who's on her way to Ground Zero; Chris entertains the doctor's out-of-town friends with whom he is supposed to have dinner; Linda accidentally deletes some important insurance files.

star 7.83
40 votes
Directors: Ian Gurvitz
Writers: Steve Peterman, Gary Dontzig
Nightmare on Becker Street

#20 - Nightmare on Becker Street

Season 5 - Episode 15

John is stalked by an elderly but frisky neighbor (Betty Garrett) who is determined to make him her man. Also: Linda decides to tell her boyfriend (Shawn Christian), who thinks she lives in L.A., the truth about where she resides.

star 7.83
41 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Michael Rowe
Let's Talk About Sex

#21 - Let's Talk About Sex

Season 4 - Episode 16

Parents are enraged when they learn that John's talk on nutrition to a class of 8-year-olds turns into a discussion about sex; two cops use the diner for a stakeout.

star 7.82
33 votes
Directors: Darryl Bates
Writers: Marsha Myers
The Wrong Man

#22 - The Wrong Man

Season 3 - Episode 6

"The one who got away" comes back into Becker's life looking to rekindle the flame -- even though she's married. He entertains an invitation up to her hotel room, but after he hallucinates his friends mirroring his own guilt, he makes the hard decision to leave shortly after getting there. Meanwhile, Margaret struggles desperately to get Linda and Becker to sit still long enough to have a staff meeting.

star 7.80
50 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Matthew Weiner
Picture Imperfect

#23 - Picture Imperfect

Season 4 - Episode 17

John is elated to learn that an article he submitted is being published in The New York Medical Journal, but when it appears, his article is accompanied by a picture of an overweight, unattractive stranger. After constant phone calls to correct the mistake, John is finally able to meet Wally, the editor, but then even more damage occurs. Meanwhile, Jake loses his hearing after going to a concert, and Linda is the dumpee-not the dumper-when she goes out Arnoldo the water delivery man.

star 7.80
35 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Elizabeth Astrof
Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

#24 - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Season 3 - Episode 8

Becker decides to quit smoking -- unfortunately, on a day when nothing goes right; Margaret is worried that her marriage is falling apart when her husband plans a trip to Atlantic City without her; when Linda keeps screwing up an X-ray, she convinces an old woman that she's crazy to get the woman to keep coming in for new X-rays; Bob, instead of fixing Becker's broken radiator, sleeps in Becker's bed and breaks his clock radio; and Reggie makes Becker do a memory test for a school project.

star 7.79
44 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Kate Angelo
Sister Spoils the Turkey

#25 - Sister Spoils the Turkey

Season 6 - Episode 7

What was supposed to be a quiet Thanksgiving dinner for Becker and Chris turns into a stressful feast when Chris' long-lost sister shows up. The gang learns she served time for cutting off her husband's finger in a fit of rage, and nervously watch her for signs of a relapse.

star 7.79
38 votes
Directors: Darryl Bates
Writers: Joyce Gittlin