'Becker - The First Season'
(Ted Danson, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2008 / Paramount)
Overview: 'Becker' centers on the life of Dr. John Becker, a cantankerous, yet dedicated and talented physician, who, in spite of his constant rants, has a decent heart underneath the sarcasm. BECKER will continue to unleash his views at the local diner, even in Reggie’s continuing absense. Jake (Alex Desert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand continues to turn a deaf ear to John. Bob, Becker’s brash, obnoxious apartment super (Saverio Guerra), persists in annoying virtually everyone. At the office, Becker’s head nurse Margaret (Hattie Winston) continues to make order out of chaos, keeping John and his space-cadet nurses-aid Linda (Shawnee Smith) in line.
DVD Verdict: This has to be my favorite unreleased TV series! The first season of 'Becker' is full of great episodes. The plot lines have substance in addition to just humor. As well, the characters play off each other very strongly from the beginning of the show. Some of my personal highlights of this first / debut season are: "Activate your choices" the appearance of Dr. Becker's ex-wife, who has written a book about anger, and uses Becker as an example; and "Lucky Day" everything goes right for Becker, which upsets him for the entire day!
I was sooooooooooooo upset to see the series end and don't even bother watching today's mindless sitcoms. There hasn't been anything since to compare with Becker's wry humor and unique character roles. As in Raymond and Cheers, the casting was perfect! I was delighted to see that Season One was to be released on DVD and I'll look forward to the other season's series to follow!
One other great thing I can say about the show - or indeed perhaps Becker himself - is even though they write the show to kind of stab some fun at him the truth is he is right on the mark about 99% of the time on the things he gripes about! ie: people acting stupid, rude neighbors playing loud music, stereotypes, the silliness of political correctness, etc.! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.