As of the new year, Antenna TV is running Doogie Howser at 11 PM every weeknight. Or at 2 AM if you're on the East Coast. As we learn in the lengthy opener set to random tones from a Casio keyboard, Doogie Howser graduated college at 14, delivered a baby on the street at 15, and got a job as a surgeon at 16. His voice makes him sound like he's 12. He is paid 20,000 a year, which was apparently a doctor's salary in the late 80's. Doogie has a friend named Vinnie who crawls up the wall of his house and into his bedroom every night, as you do (at least if you're an 80's sitcom character). Vinnie is basically Quagmire as a teenager and every single piece of dialogue he gets is about sex and his wanting it. Doogie also has a bland girlfriend named Wanda whom I assume we won't be seeing again after the first season wraps up in two weeks. Both the first two episodes have scenes where women nearly in their forties come on to Doogie. He's 16. What was going on with you, 1989? There was a promo on a Free Spirit episode for a Doogie episode where he checks into a motel and his neighbors are super loud, and one of them punches his fist through the wall. I wanted to see what led to that and the aftermath of it. It turns out that promo scene was the best part of the episode. Oh well. "Doogie Howser" was NOT filmed in front of a live studio audience. It's single-cam and shot on film, and has no laugh track either, which was very rare for the time period. Because of these artistic choices it hasn't aged as badly as some other shows, but I'd still rather watch something modern. This is because every episode has an Important Moral™ that is shoved in your face via the usual ham-handed manner of the 1980's. If we don't get it by the 25 minute mark, Doogie spells it out on his crappy computer one letter a second. "To....day.... I.... learned.....the..... real.... medicine..... was..... in..... my...... heart." Executive Producer Steven Bochco. Doogie once saved Wanda's life and she hated him for it. They were on a date when her appendix burst and he rushed her to the hospital and personally cut out the exploding organ. This wasn't what Wanda was upset about, it was the mandatory questionnaire Doogie had to ask her prior to surgery. "Are--are you pregnant? Are you sexually active?" Howser asked as her jaw dropped. Then he had to do something involving her nether region that the ABC censors wouldn't let the show describe. There is a poster from the Red Cross in Doogie's checkup room. It's a photo of a weeping man in his 50's with the caption, "WHY WON'T YOU GIVE MY DAUGHTER YOUR BLOOD?" It's disturbing. Antenna TV also runs Small Wonder on the weekends now. I turned it off after twenty seconds of it.