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"Doogie Howser, M.D. – Season 4"
Jakob Brzovic
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: TV-Series
Special Features: New Interviews with co-stars Lawrence Pressman and Kathryn Layng.

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris), as Doogie Howser ended it’s run after season 4 with a grand total of 97 episodes (3 shy of that magic 100 number for syndication). For me, Doogie on DVD is a renaissance of sort, as these are episodes I haven’t seen since they originally aired and let me tell you, I was a lot younger then. ***

It’s disappointing that Season 4 was the end for the show about the teenage doctor as it was a highly fun concept that was executed quite well. Season 4 includes the Emmy award winning episode “Doogie Got A Gun”, in which Doogie wrestles with the idea of buying a gun after the family is robbed. It is the highlight of season 4 although the series finale is done pretty well, with Doogie viewing his genius as a curse rather than a gift and he starts exploring opportunities outside the field of medicine. ***

Image and Sound:

Season 4’s visuals are on par with Season 3. There’s not much improvement, as the source material, video instead of film, is hard to make look really good (not much of a step above broadcast quality). The sound is steady, sounding just as good (or bad, depending on what you consider good) as the previous seasons ***

Special Features: Considering this season picked up an Emmy, I would have at least enjoyed a commentary by Neil Patrick Harris and Co. on that episode. It shouldn’t have been too hard, considering then NPH to do new interviews for the sets. As is stands, we’re treated to interviews by co-stars Lawrence Pressman and Kathryn Layng. There about as informative as the interviews on previous season sets but since they aren’t what I’d call integral characters, their contributions were a little vapid for my taste. What can I say, I was a fan of Neil and Max, not these two. ***

Final Words:

If Doogie Howser was your thing back in the day, or you’re looking to check out some earlier work from Neil Patrick Harris if you’re a fan of “How I Met Your Mother” than don’t hesitate to rent of buy Dooge Howser Season 4. You just can’t go wrong with any season of Doogie as all of them had their fair share of hits and misses. Enjoy the DVD’s and lets hope for a reunion show down the line, maybe have it take place during an episode of ER? ***


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