The WORST Episodes of Doogie Howser, M.D.

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

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.

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Love Means Constantly Having to Say You're Sorry

#1 - Love Means Constantly Having to Say You're Sorry

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 27, 1993

Laura makes Vinnie feel he's "become a man," but he reacts with adolescent jealousy to men around her. Meanwhile, a traveler's illness puzzles Doogie.

star 6.40
5 votes
Directors: Craig Belknap
Writers: Mitchel Lee Katlin, Nat Bernstein
You've Come a Long Way, Baby-Sitter

#2 - You've Come a Long Way, Baby-Sitter

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 3, 1993

Some things are better left unexplored, like Doogie's crush on his old baby sitter or Vinnie's dream of having a star read his script.

star 6.75
8 votes
Directors: Mark Horowitz
Writers: Nick Harding
Thanks for the Memories

#3 - Thanks for the Memories

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 6, 1992

Cherished memories get lost in the aging process for a patient who relies on Doogie to help him remember; and Vinnie takes a video journey of self-discovery.

star 6.78
9 votes
The Patient in Spite of Himself

#4 - The Patient in Spite of Himself

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 1992

A med-school project has Doogie and a fellow doctor posing as patients, being poked, prodded and probed to learn how to empathize with patients.

star 7.14
7 votes
Directors: Win Phelps
Writers: Hollis Rich
It's a Tough Job ... But Why Does My Father Have to Do It?

#5 - It's a Tough Job ... But Why Does My Father Have to Do It?

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 13, 1993

Vinnie can't adjust to the masseuse his father is dating; Doogie's dad is asked to replace a doctor who expired while on duty.

star 7.17
6 votes
The Adventures of Sherlock Howser

#6 - The Adventures of Sherlock Howser

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 20, 1993

Doogie as Sherlock Holmes and Vinnie as Dr. Watson play out Doogie's confusion over Michele.

star 7.17
6 votes
Writers: Elaine Aronson
Pilot

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1989

Doogie passes one test to get his driver's license, but he must pass another when he treats a critically ill boy.

star 7.20
169 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: David E. Kelley, Steven Bochco
Roommate with a View

#8 - Roommate with a View

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 30, 1992

Doogie learns a lesson about trusting the unknown from a free-spirited model sharing his loft, as does a kidney-transplant candidate.

star 7.33
9 votes
Directors: Joan Tewkesbury
Writers: Mitchel Lee Katlin, Nat Bernstein
The Short Goodbye

#9 - The Short Goodbye

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1989

Moving out of his parents' house proves to be an eye-opening experience for Doogie. Meanwhile, a rock star is admitted to the hospital for vocal-cord surgery.

star 7.44
43 votes
Mummy Dearest

#10 - Mummy Dearest

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 22, 1992

The examination of a mummy brings rumblings of a curse from the staff and has Doogie contemplating the limits of modern medicine.

star 7.50
6 votes
To Err is Human, to Give up Isn't a Bad Idea

#11 - To Err is Human, to Give up Isn't a Bad Idea

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 1992

Doogie faces his first solo surgery fearing he's not perfect; and Vinnie faces his first time voting.

star 7.50
6 votes
Double Doogie with Cheese

#12 - Double Doogie with Cheese

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 5, 1992

Vinnie bets that Doogie can't last in a "mindless" fast-food job.

star 7.55
11 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Hollis Rich
A Stitch Called Wanda

#13 - A Stitch Called Wanda

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1989

Out on a date with Doogie, Wanda suffers an appendicitis attack and is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.

star 7.55
73 votes
Guess Who's Coming to Doogie's

#14 - Guess Who's Coming to Doogie's

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 1990

Former gang member Raymond Alexander begins working at the hospital but his past may come back to haunt him.

star 7.58
12 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Mitchel Lee Katlin, Nat Bernstein
Doogie Got a Gun

#15 - Doogie Got a Gun

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1992

After the family is robbed, Doogie considers buying a gun, but he's haunted by memories of shooting victims he's treated.

star 7.60
10 votes
Dangerous Reunions

#16 - Dangerous Reunions

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 1992

Katherine relives the past with her visiting first love; Raymond starts hanging out with pals from the 'hood.

star 7.63
8 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Ellen Herman
Sons of the Desert

#17 - Sons of the Desert

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 22, 1992

Spring break in Palm Springs is just what the doctor orders for Vinnie, who pursues a jealous vendetta against Janine, and Doogie, who weighs a fellowship in trauma surgery.

star 7.63
8 votes
Blood and Remembrance

#18 - Blood and Remembrance

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 1989

Doogie's hectic schedule prevents him from spending time with Wanda, a situation that renders him more sympathetic to a patient.

star 7.63
30 votes
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

#19 - Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 13, 1991

Grandpa Howser causes problems as Doogie's parents try to renovate the kitchen.

star 7.64
11 votes
Frisky Business

#20 - Frisky Business

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1989

His parents' trip signals party time for Doogie and friends, whose plans include drinking beer while Doogie is on call.

star 7.65
40 votes
What Makes Doogie Run

#21 - What Makes Doogie Run

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 24, 1993

Doogie sees his gift of genius as more of a curse than a blessing as he seeks inspiration outside the world of medicine.

star 7.67
9 votes
Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Grand

#22 - Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Grand

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired May 2, 1990

Vinnie is nervous about his "first time" with Janine; Doogie feels unexpected emotions over Wanda's announcement.

star 7.69
13 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers:
Vinnie Video Vici

#23 - Vinnie Video Vici

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 25, 1989

Vinnie is no fly on the wall as he observes Doogie's personal and professional life while shooting a documentary on a day in the life of a teenage doctor.

star 7.70
33 votes
TV or Not TV

#24 - TV or Not TV

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1990

Vinnie tries to get help getting into film school from a TV network executive who's been admitted to the hospital.

star 7.73
11 votes
Doogie Doesn't Live Here Anymore

#25 - Doogie Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 1992

Doogie hunts for new digs—a Venice Beach loft; and Vinnie must also find a new home when his parents divorce.

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: Win Phelps
Writers: Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo