Becker (TV series)

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Becker
Becker Title.jpg
Title card
FormatSitcom
Created byDavid Hackel
StarringTed Danson
Hattie Winston
Shawnee Smith
Alex Désert
Terry Farrell (1998–2002)
Saverio Guerra (1998–2003)
Nancy Travis (2002–2004)
Jorge Garcia (2003–2004)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes129 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 22–26 minutes
Production company(s)Dave Hackel Productions
Industry Entertainment
Paramount Network Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runNovember 2, 1998 (1998-11-02)
January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)
 
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Becker
Becker Title.jpg
Title card
FormatSitcom
Created byDavid Hackel
StarringTed Danson
Hattie Winston
Shawnee Smith
Alex Désert
Terry Farrell (1998–2002)
Saverio Guerra (1998–2003)
Nancy Travis (2002–2004)
Jorge Garcia (2003–2004)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes129 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox. 22–26 minutes
Production company(s)Dave Hackel Productions
Industry Entertainment
Paramount Network Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runNovember 2, 1998 (1998-11-02)
January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)

Becker was an American television sitcom that ran from 1998 to 2004 on CBS. Set in the New York City borough of The Bronx, the show starred Ted Danson as John Becker, a misanthropic doctor who operates a small practice and is constantly annoyed by his patients, co-workers, friends, and practically everything and everybody else in his world. He is opinionated and cheap, he smokes, and he doesn't care what any one else thinks. Despite everything, his patients and friends are loyal because Becker genuinely cares about them. The series was produced by Paramount Network Television.

Premise[edit]

The show revolved around Becker and the things that annoyed him, although the supporting cast also had their moments. The relationships between Becker and Reggie (later, Chris) formed the key plots of many episodes. The show tackled more serious issues as well, such as race, homosexuality, Cerebral AVM, and political correctness.

Cast[edit]

ActorRoleYearsSeasonsEpisodes
Ted DansonDr. John Becker1998–20041–6129
Hattie WinstonMargaret Wyborn
Shawnee SmithLinda
Alex DésertJake Malinak
Terry FarrellRegina 'Reggie' Kostas1998–20021–494
(+1 Archive Footage)
Saverio GuerraBob1998–20031–2 (Recurring), 3–5 (Regular)91
Nancy TravisChris Connor2002–20044 (Guest), 5–6 (Regular)39
Jorge GarciaHector Lopez2003–2004613

Between the fourth and fifth seasons, Farrell was fired.[1] She has stated that it came as a complete shock to her and that she is unsure of exactly why it happened, although she denied that it was related to her participation with other cast members in a contract dispute before the fourth season began.[2] Travis was hired just before Farrell's dismissal, and became a regular after the dismissal. Creator David Hackel stated that Farrell was fired only to give the show's writers new ideas after four years, calling the cast change "one of the toughest decisions of my career."[3] Farrell praised Hackel after her firing, stating that he "really let you feel you had permission to fail if you tried things", and stated that the producers did not wish Becker and Reggie to have a Sam and Diane-like romance..[2]

Characters[edit]

Syndication[edit]

The show was offered in syndication between 2003-2006, after its network run on CBS ended. In the U.S., the show has previously aired on WGN America until 2010. ReelzChannel added the show in fall 2010.

Reception[edit]

Becker debuted in a Monday slot at 9:30 PM Eastern time.[6] The show performed well for its first four seasons, piggybacking off the ratings of its lead-in, Everybody Loves Raymond. CBS moved the show to Sunday in 2002, and its ratings deteriorated quickly, eventually forcing the network to put it on hiatus. CBS had planned to cancel it after the fifth season, but gave it a last-minute reprieve because of a dearth of promising comedy pilots. Becker's sixth season was to be as a mid-season replacement for the 2003–2004 season, and thus only 13 episodes were ordered. Despite this, CBS' comedy lineup forced them to move Becker's sixth season debut to the fall, where the show was moved to Wednesday and paired up with The King of Queens. Ratings remained low, and the show finished out its run in January 2004, after 129 episodes.

Nielsen Ratings[edit]

SeasonEpisodesTimeslot (ET)Season PremiereSeason FinaleRankViewers
(in millions)
122

Monday 9:30

November 2, 1998May 17, 1999#1813.9
224

Monday 9:30

September 20, 1999May 22, 2000#19[7]15.26[7]
324

Monday 9:30

October 9, 2000May 24, 2001#16[8]16.1[8]
424

Monday 9:30

October 1, 2001May 20, 2002#13[9]16.3[9]
522Sunday 8:00 (2002)

Sunday 8:30 (2003)

October 6, 2002April 20, 2003#51[10]10.43[10]
613

Wednesday 9:30

October 8, 2003January 28, 2004#46[11]10.29[11]

DVD releases[edit]

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released the first three seasons of Becker on DVD in Region 1. Season 4 & 5 are Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) releases, available exclusively via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.[12][13]

In Region 2, Paramount Home Entertainment released the first season on DVD on April 28, 2008. There were issues with the discs that meant audio and video were out of sync.[14]

In Region 4, Paramount Home Entertainment released the first three seasons on DVD in 2008/2009. These releases have been discontinued and are out of print. In 2013, Umbrella Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and have subsequently re-released the first three seasons. Season 4 will be released on February 5, 2014.[15]

DVD NameEp#Originally airedRelease dates
Region 1Region 4
The First Season221998–1999April 1, 2008May 1, 2013
The Second Season241999–2000February 3, 2009July 3, 2013
The Third Season242000–2001January 12, 2010November 6, 2013
The Fourth Season242001–2002July 3, 2012February 5, 2014
The Fifth Season222002–2003June 11, 2013TBA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farrell Falls Off "Becker"". Internet Movie Database. May 24, 2002. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Bobbin, Jay (2002-06-15). "Terry Farrell adjusts to life without 'Becker'". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Zap2It.com. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hackel, Dave (June 3, 2011). "Why did Terry Ferrell leave BECKER?". kenlevine.blogspot.com. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Seen in the season 1 episode "Activate Your Choices".
  5. ^ Seen in the season 2 episode "Sight Unseen."
  6. ^ "Hello, `Becker'; Farewell, Priestley". The Washington Post. December 1, 1998. pp. Y 03. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Top TV Shows For 1999–2000 Season". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "The Bitter End". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #598 Jun 01, 2001. June 1, 2001. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003. June 6, 2003. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Becker-Season-4/17163
  13. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Becker-Season-5/18554
  14. ^ "Becker: Season 1". play.com. March 2, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  15. ^ http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/p-3799-becker-series-4.aspx

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