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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.