Once you get past how impossibly young Neil Patrick Harris looks -- and was -- at the start of "Doogie Howser, M.D.," the skein's grownup appeal shines through the teencentric storylines.
Once you get past how impossibly young Neil Patrick Harris looks — and was — at the start of “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” the skein’s grownup appeal shines through the teencentric storylines.
Time has softened Doogie’s dorky earnestness; since the skein’s 1989 debut, viewers have seen similar young doc dilemmas replayed in “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” In one of the two interviews comprising the four-disc set’s extras, co-creator Steven Bochco explains his father, a musical prodigy, inspired the show, then rails at ABC for foiling his planned ending, which had the doc ditching medicine to become a writer. A fully adult Harris, meanwhile, still refers to the show’s co-creator as “Mr. Bochco” in his segment.