Becker

Becker is a satirical comedy about a middle aged physician, his office staff, and a hodge podge collection of acquaintances. He is cynical at best and cheap at worst, but Dr. Becker has a good heart and a genuine desire to help others. He is in a perpetual bad mood and disagrees with love and charity yet paradoxically dedicates himself to his medical practice. Dr. Becker goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure his patients live a healthy lifestyle yet he is an active smoker.

The supporting characters include a mild love interest, a blind man, and a shady con man that all frequent a small dive cafe. The zany friends are all struggling with some major issue or another but seem to have fun doing life together. Daily activities are never quite routine as the clan goes about creating unusual problems and then calling upon the others for a viable solution. Despite the comedic routines, Becker also covers a variety of controversial and relevant social issues.

CBS
6 Seasons, 129 Episodes
November 2, 1998
Comedy
7.2/10
Cast: Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Shawnee Smith, Alex Désert
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Episodes

Becker Full Episode Guide

  • A patient fails to bother Becker while Jake leaves his newsstand.

  • After a long day at work, Dr. Becker goes to meet an old friend and his wife with whom he is supposed to go to dinner with. The only trouble is, he meets an elderly lady on the subway, and takes her all the way to Ground Zero, unfortunately missing his dinner date. Chris, however, has to deal with Becker's friend and rude wife, while at the office Linda seems to have deleted some important files off the computer.

  • Chris tries to convince Becker to go to Bermuda during a cold front in New York City.

  • Margaret is feeling down in the dumps after finding out that an old friend has become very wealthy. The city is in an uproar to get the flu shot.

  • A beautiful woman whispers in Becker's ear during a flight to Las Vegas.

  • When odd people begin to invade Becker's office, Margaret learns a half-way house was shut down.

  • The gang second guesses their choice to invite Chris's sister to Thanksgiving when they learn she did time for cutting off her husband's finger in a fit of rage.

  • Chris is worried when Becker doesn't talk to her about his day.

  • Becker creates a list of boundaries for Chris after she begins to smother him.

  • Becker and Chris become sexually frustrated after several failed attempts to take their relationship to the next level.

  • Jake's grandmother passes away in a compromising position, causing Becker to hesistate in telling Jake.

  • Becker has to go to a medical emergency while he is on his first date with Chris.

  • Becker and Chris get together after she has to undergo an apendectomy. Meanwhile, Jake must find something to sell in order to pay his rent.

  • Becker admits to Margaret that he has been having dreams about kissing Chris.

  • Becker becomes jealous when Chris's ex-husband visits.

  • Becker's advice turns out to be poor when he tries to help a couple trying to have a baby.

  • Becker is jolted by a palm reader when she flees the room without revealing what she read.

  • Amanda leaves Jake a shocking letter.

  • Becker learns he has a smoking problem after Chris bans smoking.

  • Linda begins to think Becker has a problem with drugs after he acts strangely.

  • Becker is annoyed by a woman who tries to pay him back.

  • Becker is skeptical when a patient's symptoms clear up after praying.

  • Becker assumes his college roommate stole his prescription pad.

  • Becker is stunned when his 15-year-old patient admits to having unprotected sex.

  • Margaret is upset when Becker fails to recognize that she's worked for 10 years with him.

  • Chris is jealous when Becker spends Christmas with his girlfriend.

  • When Jake recognizes a man's voice at a hockey game as being that of a robber, he has Becker put him under citizen's arrest.

  • After being too kind to a person, Chris begins to lose control.

  • A new patient schedules several appointments with Becker, each under a different alias.

  • Rumors circulate that Chris is gay.

  • Becker tries to charm Chris by inviting her to his place; instead, she brings a date.

  • Becker checks in with a former patient.

  • Rising tensions between Becker and Chris threaten their friendship.

  • Becker tries everything in his power to make Chris believe that he chose her before Reggie decided to leave.

  • Becker must make a tough decision between Reggie and Chris.

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