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July 31st, 2002

Doctor Doctor

Does anyone remember the television show Doctor Doctor? It was a short-lived comedy about four doctors who started their own practice. The main character was the nutty Matt Frewer (better known for his role as Max Headroom in the mid-80s), who provided a surprising number of laughs. The show didn’t take off and I barely remember anything about it, except that I looked forward to when it came on.

One memory of the show is shared by an IMDB visitor:

In a flashback to college, Matt Frewer’s character is acting like a doofus and distracting his colleagues while they’re supposed to be studying for exams. A particularly obnoxious comment makes one woman demand, “Who do you think you are?!” “Tippi Hedron!” Matt replies, and starts waving his arms around his head shrieking “The birds! The birds!”

Now that’s quality comedy.

I’d love to see this show again, but apparently I missed the re-runs on USA a couple years back.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 1:34:25 pm
Oh that show was awful. I don't remember it when it originally aired, but I would see the reruns on USA when I'd go home for lunch sometimes.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 1:40:50 pm
It was bad? I wonder if my memory has just made it seem better than it was. That happens, you know.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 2:29:49 pm
If I'm remembering correctly, it didn't have a studio audience, but rather a laugh track, and I cannot stand that. If a show has a laugh track, I assume it's because they tried it with a studio audience, and nobody laughed.

Don't assume I have taste though - I absolutely love 'Meet The Folks' for some reason.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 3:10:59 pm
Matt Frewer needs to be on TV and in movies. The last time I saw him was in (fake) National Lampoon's Senior Trip.

FROM: Anthony Liguori
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 3:26:19 pm
I remember from Philosophy 101 some theory (I think it was Hume) which stated that each second of our waking lives, 10,000 images, or frames, are stored permanently into our subconcious minds. Unfortunately, my subconsious has a corrupted index and I can't find anything having to do with the show. There are a few Max Headroom images in there though.

FROM: Viren
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 5:04:47 pm
Wow. I do remember the show...and remember finding it kinda funny. Also, the only character I can remember from that show is Matt Frewer -- so maybe that says something about Matt as opposed to the show in general.

FROM: Chris Shaver [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 10:09:32 pm
I have a faint memory of the show. I remember wanting to watch it because I had enjoyed Max Headroom. I have no specific memory of any scenes or plots though. (Actually that goes for Max Headroom as well.)

FROM: Chris Shaver [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 31, 2002 -- 10:30:01 pm
Ryan, is my new favorite timewasting website.

DATE: Wednesday January 22, 2003 -- 4:50:22 pm
I thought I was the only one who remembered this show! The only episode I recall had to do with a woman that Max was dating who could only have sex while listening to Muskrat Love, thus prompting a frantic search for someone who had this tape/LP. They don't write comedy like that anymore. I seem to think there was improvisational thing going on,too.

FROM: Paul C
DATE: Monday September 29, 2003 -- 2:12:38 am
This was the BEST and FUNNIEST show on TV. True you had to enjoy a 'certain kind' of humour, but if you did, this was the best.
I would BUY every episode if it was ever released on tape or dvd.

FROM: Shrun
DATE: Monday October 13, 2003 -- 1:59:44 am
I loved this show. Is it still on USA? I recently chucked primestar & had no idea the show was re-running there. If anyone has episodes on tape (esp. "Pediatricks" and the secret handshake sequence) lets tawk! Will routinely check back here in future. I would also buy every episode too.

DATE: Tuesday December 9, 2003 -- 11:13:24 am
I would buy the DVD too. It was exactly my kind of humor and thought it was the funniest show on at that time. Better than Cheers for me.

DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 8:07:52 pm
I remember that show, and I too have longed to find it on TV again, or even better, DVD, but, being n Canada, it's impossible to find. to paraphrase TV Guide at the time, Doctor Doctor was funnier in one week than any month's worth of Roseanne (which I also thought was hilarious at the time).

FROM: Edward
DATE: Sunday March 14, 2004 -- 12:24:29 pm
Any chance they'll put this out on DVD? They've put enough crap out, maybe it's time for my favorite improv show of all time! Well, at least Matt Frewer was doing improv. I think everyone else worked from the script. :)

DATE: Tuesday June 8, 2004 -- 3:59:00 pm
I remember thinking this was the funniest show on television at the time. The only thing I remember other than the aforementioned cast members was one joke involving a urine sample which had me rolling with laughter. I'd love to see this show again!

FROM: Josh
DATE: Monday November 29, 2004 -- 6:02:16 am
I used to TOTALLY LOVE "Doctor Doctor". It had me rolling in the floor laughing. The DVD format would be complete if they would release this show. It is the only thing left that I have been looking for on DVD. Heck, I would even buy this show on VHS and dust off my old VCR and hook it up to my TV again to see this show one more time. Here's hoping that the studios will put it out someday.

FROM: Billy
DATE: Thursday January 13, 2005 -- 12:25:48 am
I know I'm way late on this thread, but I was sitting here at work, in Tokyo, and suddenly I remembered this show (well admittedly it was immediately after looking up the lyrics to a Spin Doctor's song). I have spoken to friends about this show for years but could hardly find anyone who remembers it. I do. And I thought I was the only person who found it brilliant. Besides being witty and funny, wasn't his brother in the show gay? Someone was, and I remember thinking that was a pretty big deal back in '84. Well, my day is made. Back to work.

FROM: marcus
DATE: Monday January 31, 2005 -- 12:01:16 am
no Billy you're not too late. This show was the best. I would as well buy this on DVD.

FROM: Gavin
DATE: Thursday March 3, 2005 -- 2:19:55 am
OK - I'm getting in on this really late as well, but does anyone know HOW to get episodes of Doctor Docter? I've been searching forever and have had no luck. VHS is fine, as I doubt this would ever be put on DVD (but I'd buy it for sure if it did). Any help would be greatly appreciated.... Thanx!

DATE: Friday December 16, 2005 -- 10:16:22 am
I loved the show "Doctor Doctor" it was a very funny show. I would love to buy the all the shows. Today, there is so much CRAP out there. Big Brothers, Survivor shows are CRAP! Who wants to be reminded of the real world we face each day. When you come home for the day. How people treat each other, the alliances, being judgmental, greedy, and being deceitful. After one of these shows, its disgusting!

FROM: John O
DATE: Wednesday December 21, 2005 -- 3:11:00 pm
I thought that off-the-wall humor was great! Count me in for copies/complete set on any format!

FROM: Paul C
DATE: Thursday December 29, 2005 -- 2:49:50 am
To repeat what I said two years ago;

This was the BEST and FUNNIEST show on TV. True you had to enjoy a 'certain kind' of humour, but if you did, this was the best.
I would BUY every episode if it was ever released on tape or dvd.

Still searching for this show on DVD.

Why is it that every time a show goes on TV that requires an audience with an IQ it gets cancelled. Oh, I guess I just answered my own question.

DATE: Sunday February 12, 2006 -- 5:09:49 pm
Don't think it'll be out on DVD or VHS anytime soon...I've already offered up a kidney so a CBS exec could meet me in a dark alley with bootleg copies. Yet, they keep changing the location of CSI, trying to convince the masses that its a 'new' show. Next step will be Survivor: Bronx! I'd gladly give a kidney to see Doctor, Doctor again.

FROM: Janet
DATE: Tuesday March 21, 2006 -- 12:09:13 am
Add me to the growing list of those who'd buy the dvd in a second if it were offered. Matt Frewer was at his best in this show. Yes, an audience with an IQ is apparently not what the networks are looking for (although Scrubs and My Name is Earl are out there for us to enjoy). Keeping my fingers crossed and thinking about giving up one of my kidneys too!

FROM: Ethyl Merman
DATE: Thursday May 4, 2006 -- 11:40:29 am
D-D-D-D-Doctor Doctor? Funniest effing show on TV.

Other Doctor: We can't have your brother keep the kids for the weekend, he might show up wearing his chaps!

Dr. Mike: . . .and his chaps this week are Steven and David!

More funny than an entire year of Friends. . .

FROM: David
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2006 -- 4:04:45 pm
Great show. Would also like to see it on dvd. One memorable episode was when a butler spilled ice tea in his lap. He jumped up pulling at his crotch and said "I hope it's decaffinated or I'll be up all night."
Brilliant show, way before it's time.

FROM: Diana
DATE: Monday July 31, 2006 -- 3:04:47 pm
Would love to see this show without a doubt a completely brilliant show. One episode where he shows up in suba grear beause the other two doctors want to join is racists. Smart , slick and fast paced fun!

Surely there is interest in DVD's if they put crap like "Supernanny" why can't they bring back interesting shows.

Matt Frewer was a comic genius. Sure to miss it.

Lynn January 1, 2007, 3:07 am

As our New Year’s tradition, our family has watched Doctor, Doctor reruns – first on our vcr and now on the dvds we had made of the tapes. Our children were 5 and 3 when we started doing this and now at 19 and 17, they still enjoy this incredibly funny show with their parents. We would give anything to see a dvd of all the episodes and would give anything if outtakes were included!

Ted April 8, 2007, 12:45 am


Would it be possible to obtain copies of your dvds at my expense? I wish we had thought to tape “Doctor, Doctor” while it was on. We remember every episode. You can write to me at rapgroupltd “at” yahoo “dot” com.


Tammie Gardner May 23, 2007, 6:25 pm

I loved this show. I’m going to start writing CBS about having all seasons on DVD for purchase. My favorite episode is when Mike was on the news and in his discussion he used a doll, during the explanation the dolls head popped off. Mike propped his head on the dolls body and ad libbed the rest of his presentation. I’ve never laughed that hard in my life. Gosh I miss this show.

Mary Lou September 1, 2007, 4:43 am

I always looked forward to this show. These days, CBS could even iTunes this baby for downloads or something, so it’s not like it would cost them anything to make it available. The episode with “PEZ” had me rolling. I’ve only found one tiny snippit on youtube, so SOMEONE out there needs to get busy posting…

David January 14, 2008, 9:41 pm

Has anyone ever found a torrent for this series?

Nancy May 2, 2008, 6:44 pm

We taped about 6 episodes of this series to watch while I was in labor with my first child in 1991….unfortunately I had to have a C-Section so it wasn’t put to it’s intended purpose…sure wish I could share it now with my 17 year old on dvd…it was hilarious. I especially remember the episode where Matt Frewer stays hurt a little longer than necessary and gets caught….and sings “I been caught red-handed, like a fish that’s been landed”.

Tim Murphy September 2, 2008, 10:26 pm

Brilliant show…actually had three seasons. The initial 6 episode trial. Then it cam back for 13. Then one full year before CBS cancelled it. I believe there were about 40 episodes in all. Nik ‘N Daph was the production company. I have about 34 on tape. USA Network aired the show as part of it’s “US-A.M” morning block from 2000 to 2001. Don’t look for a DVD release anytime soon. The show really didn’t deleop a strong enough cult following. Bottom line the show was just “too hip for the room.”

Mike October 31, 2008, 4:35 am

I still love the show. I’ll never forget my favorite episode. Matt walks into an exam room and sees a salesman. He says something like “I’m here to help patients, don’t waste my time”. He hands Matt a tiny rectangle and says “Put this in your pocket”. Matt obeys. Then the salesman pulls out another one and makes a call while saying “World’s smallest cell phone”. Matt tilts to the left and then to the right repeatedly. When the salesman sees that Matt won’t answer the vibrating cell phone, he hangs up. Matt says “Why did you stop!”. Then he grabs the salesman by the jacket and says “Call me again!”

I have “Doctor, Doctor” on 5 DVDs. The quality is not perfect but I have 30 out of 40 episodes. I’d love to get someone else’s copies on DVD or VHS. Of course I’m expecting to get some of the episodes that I’m missing.

According to IMDB, these are the episodes that I’m missing: 1, 2, 4, 5, 13, 17, 22, 24, 38, 39. Let me know if you’re willing to trade!

Mike from Toronto.

MIKKKL May 14, 2009, 3:14 am

I have my own set of Doctor, Doctor – 38 episodes with good sound and picture on 8 DVD’s. Beware of poor quality copies. Mine are restored from my own tapes. This show is great and anyone who didn’t like it has no taste at all – it is probably the best medical comedy ever!

Leggmann June 2, 2009, 4:02 pm

If you have 38 out of the 39 episodes aired, and they’re in decent condition, why don’t you upload them as torrent files on for the rest of the world to enjoy?

Audrey September 28, 2009, 2:32 am

I thought this show was hilarious. We watched it every week. Now we wish it was on DVD since we never taped the shows. We’ll buy them if they ever come out on DVD. Great humor. What a hoot!

Trevor January 7, 2010, 6:56 pm

LOVED the show! My favorite episode was when an Elvis impersonator who thought really was Elvis, wanted a certificate to prove he was actually alive! Doctor took a certificate and crossed out the word Death and wrote in Live. Then the impersonator made sure he initialed the change!

Andy Phillips January 21, 2010, 4:06 pm

I have all the episodes except for two from the first season: “The Palumbo Affair” (episode 2) and “The MD Nest Syndrome” (episode 4) transferred to DVD since we taped as many of these as we could catch when they originally aired. Anyone out there have these two shows?

Bryin February 8, 2010, 10:06 am

@Andy Phillips – Can I get copies from you of the shows you have? I can trade other shows that you’re looking for.

Jaycatt April 23, 2010, 3:25 pm

I’d gladly pay for copies of the DVD collections I’ve been hearing about on this site. I’ve been missing this show for forever, and just can’t seem to find it anywhere. Never thought to tape it when I was watching it live, stupid me! Please email me if you would be willing to make copies for a fee 🙂

Babs February 27, 2013, 8:57 pm

I actually worked on the show as a stand in. It was taped in from of a live audience who LOVED it every week…a lot of improv and a lot of fun. Unfortuanatly I feel a lot was lost in the editing. I would love to get my hands on the DVDs…

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