Cynical Doctor in New York
Becker was not exactly a spin-off from Cheers but it was good to see Ted Danson playing the role of Dr. John Becker, a chronically cranky Harvard graduate who is running a small neighborhood clinic. The show is reasonably intellectual and the concept is fairly novel.
His best friend is blind and runs a newsstand in the diner which he frequents. His main interactions, apart from his patients, are with his employees and the people at the diner. The theme of the show is his dissatisfaction with his life and the people around him.
Becker is an interesting show to watch once or twice to get a feel for the real New York City life and the type of people you meet over there. While its not a show one would really rewatch in its entirety, there are several exceptionally good episodes to rewatch.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey