Q&A with former child star Neil Patrick Harris -- The genius of ''Doogie Howser, M.D.'' chats about the DVD release of the show's first season and the unexpected attention he's received from recent film cameos

By Mandi Bierly
Updated March 21, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season One

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A 16-year-old genius who rocks a bouffant and diagnoses his girlfriend’s appendicitis by performing a pelvic exam? Yes, we’re still scarred, and so is the star of Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season One

So, about that appendicitis episode. . .
Harrowing. I also saved the life of a dog in the ER. Very profound and moving.

The show often was.
Because of the name, people assumed it was a Punky Brewster kind of hysterical. But the writing was actually good.

Cocreator Steven Bochco says the Doogmeister would have grown disheartened with medicine and become a writer.
I assumed he’d have overdosed on hospital medication due to the inordinate strain on his young mind.

No reunion movie, then?
I don’t think that’s Bochco’s style, and I agree.

How often do you get ”Hey, you’re Doogie!”?
Lately, I’m getting ”Harold & Kumar!” which makes me happy. I enjoy the progression.

Doogie Howser, M.D.: Season One

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