Becker (TV series)

American sitcom television series (1998-2004)

Becker was a 1998 American television series. It was a sitcom on the CBS network. It starred Ted Danson as Dr. John Becker, a very grumpy family doctor who is unhappy with his life in The Bronx, New York. Becker became famous for his witty responses and constant negative outlook on all situations. The show aired on Wednesdays, and was cancelled in January 2004.

Created byDave Hackel
StarringTed Danson
Terry Farrell
Hattie Winston
Shawnee Smith
Alex Désert
Saverio Guerra
Nancy Travis
Jorge Garcia
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes129
Running time30 minutes (including commercials)
Original release
ReleaseNovember 2, 1998 (1998-11-02) –
January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)


Actor Role Character run
Ted Danson Dr. John Becker (1998–2004)
Terry Farrell Regina 'Reggie' Kostas (1998–2002)
Hattie Winston Margaret Wyborn (1998–2004)
Shawnee Smith Linda (1998–2004)
Alex Désert Jake Malinak (1998–2004)
Saverio Guerra Bob (1998–2003)
Nancy Travis Chris Connor (2002–2004)
Jorge Garcia Hector Lopez (2003–2004)

For the first four seasons, the main characters were:

Becker, a Harvard Medical School graduate, runs a neighborhood medical practice. He is easily annoyed by things, and is a very angry person. He has been married and divorced twice.

Becker's office manager, and one of the few people who can not get annoyed by Becker and his ways. Margaret is a motherly-like figure to Becker and Linda. She is married.

A muddle-headed girl whose surname is never revealed. She works at the doctor's office to establish independence from her wealthy parents.

The owner and worker of a diner she inherited from her late father. Reggie is a former model and is unhappy being stuck running a diner.

Becker's best friend. Jake also works at the diner selling newspapers and miscellaneous items such as candy, magazines, cigarettes, gum, etc. Jake is blind following a car accident several years before.

Bob loiters at the diner and is Italian. He is an old high school classmate of Reggie's who is short, annoying, and refers to himself in the third person.