The BEST Episodes of Doogie Howser, M.D.

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Doogie Howser showed the coming of age of a teenage genius who was a board-certified surgeon by the time he was 16. At that tender age, Doogie (a childhood nickname for "Douglas") has to balance life with his parents and contemporaries and the demands of a career that's stressful even for adults. He has help and support from understanding parents Katherine and David Howser, the latter also a doctor, co-workers at the hospital who respect him despite his age, best friend Vinnie, and girlfriend Wanda.

Revenge of the Teenage Dead

#1 - Revenge of the Teenage Dead

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 31, 1990

Vinnie makes a zombie horror movie

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: Win Phelps
Writers: Mitchel Lee Katlin, Nat Bernstein
The Doctor, the Wife, Her Son and the Job

#2 - The Doctor, the Wife, Her Son and the Job

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 13, 1991

Doogie's mom gets a job. Unfortunately for Doogie, it's at his hospital.

star 9.00
3 votes
A Kiss Ain't Just a Kiss

#3 - A Kiss Ain't Just a Kiss

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 24, 1991

Problems are bound to occur when Doogie kisses Janine

star 9.00
4 votes
My Two Dads

#4 - My Two Dads

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 6, 1991

Vinnie joins Doogie and David on a camping trip.

star 8.86
7 votes
Academia Nuts

#5 - Academia Nuts

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 24, 1990

Vinnie asks to "borrow" one of Doogie's old school papers. Meanwhile, Doogie treats a wealthy hypochondriac.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Ed Sherin
Writers: Nick Harding
Planet of the Dateless

#6 - Planet of the Dateless

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 20, 1991

Two weeks of volunteer work in Mexico makes Jack reevaluate his life.

star 8.75
4 votes
Dances with Wanda

#7 - Dances with Wanda

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired May 1, 1991

Doogie takes a still-grieving Wanda to the prom then introduces her to a young heart patient to rekindle her spirit for living

star 8.60
5 votes
To Live and Die in Brentwood

#8 - To Live and Die in Brentwood

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 9, 1991

Wanda wants time alone after a family member dies.

star 8.57
7 votes
A Woman Too Far

#9 - A Woman Too Far

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 1990

Doogie weighs his relationship with Wanda against an attractive nursing student.

star 8.50
8 votes
Presumed Guilty

#10 - Presumed Guilty

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 2, 1991

Doogie wrecks his father's car and tries to cover it up.

star 8.50
8 votes
Doogie's Wager

#11 - Doogie's Wager

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 3, 1991

Vinnie awaits word of whether he's accepted to film school.

star 8.50
4 votes
Do the Right Thing ... If You Can Figure out What It Is

#12 - Do the Right Thing ... If You Can Figure out What It Is

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1992

Doogie's heart tells him to do one thing, his head another in choosing the best candidate for a heart transplant. Vinnie's dilemma involves a vulnerable Janine.

star 8.50
4 votes
Spell It M-A-N

#13 - Spell It M-A-N

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 6, 1993

A nurse Doogie's dating retaliates against his braggadocio by spreading rumors about him; Vinnie gets a new film-school dormmate.

star 8.50
6 votes
Doogie Sings the Blues

#14 - Doogie Sings the Blues

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 17, 1990

Doogie treats a once popular singer who is trying to make a comeback.

star 8.44
9 votes
Oh Very Young

#15 - Oh Very Young

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 1990

Doogie rethinks his position on May-December relationships when he finds himself the victim of age discrimination.

star 8.43
7 votes
Doogie Has Left the Building (2)

#16 - Doogie Has Left the Building (2)

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1991

Life at Doogie and Vinnie's pad resembles one big beer commercial, but what Doogie really needs is a listening ear. (Part 2 of 2)

star 8.40
5 votes
Doogie, Can You Hear Me?

#17 - Doogie, Can You Hear Me?

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 1992

A hearing-impaired patient charms Doogie, who speaks her language by signing but may not be listening. She also offers creative inspiration for Vinnie's Chaplinesque film.

star 8.38
8 votes
Air Doogie

#18 - Air Doogie

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 23, 1991

Doogie joins the hospital basketball team in order to fit in.

star 8.33
9 votes
Club Medicine

#19 - Club Medicine

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 1992

The Drs. Howser spend a father-son trip at a Honduran operating theater, where Doogie gives a thumbs-down to a wisecracking surgeon.

star 8.33
9 votes
Use a Slurpy, Go to Jail

#20 - Use a Slurpy, Go to Jail

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 28, 1990

An embittered gang member holds Vinnie and Doogie hostage during a botched convenience-store holdup in which Doogie is left to ponder prejudice.

star 8.20
10 votes
Nothing Compares 2 U

#21 - Nothing Compares 2 U

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1992

Doogie's ego takes a beating when a winsome nurse chooses Vinnie over him. Raymond also comes up short when comparing himself to other technicians.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Rachel Feldman
Writers: Barry Gurstein, David Pitlik
The Mother of All Fishing Trips

#22 - The Mother of All Fishing Trips

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 16, 1992

Doogie's mom makes a poor substitute as Doogie's fishing partner when Dr. Howser throws his back out and is at home being cared for by Vinnie.

star 8.20
5 votes
The Show Musn't Go On

#23 - The Show Musn't Go On

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 12, 1992

An egotistical actor observes Doogie's hospital procedures to give his TV series a shot in the arm.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Scott Goldstein
Writers: Mitchel Lee Katlin, Nat Bernstein
Simply Irresistible

#24 - Simply Irresistible

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1989

After a grueling 48-hour shift amid hothouse conditions, Doogie is tempted to switch loyalties to an upscale pediatrics group eager to woo him away from Eastman.

star 8.15
27 votes
Directors: Sheldon Larry
Writers:
If This Is Adulthood, I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia

#25 - If This Is Adulthood, I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 19, 1992

After months of dating Cecilia, Doogie discovers what she's been hiding a 4-year-old son, who stirs Doogie's paternal instincts.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Mitchel Lee Katlin, Nat Bernstein