Sunday Matinee: Becker [TV Classics]

 

 

A couple (few?) months ago, one of my favorite comedians, Chris Cubas, tweeted something along the lines of (I’m paraphrasing here, because I am too lazy to go back and screenshot the actual tweet):

 

“Post Malone is what I refer to Ted Danson’s work on the television show Becker.”

 

And dammit if I didn’t laugh my ass off at the though of this. Not just because of it’s social relevance today, but because any time that I have a chance to see and or talk about this incredibly underrated sitcom, I instantly become excited.

 

Folks, if you are a regular reader here at Trainwreck’d Society, the idea that we would have the series Becker featured so prominently on our Sunday Matinee series, as well as throughout the upcoming week, might not seem so strange. In fact, all six of you may rejoice a bit. But, for those of you who may just be tuning into our digital pages, please let me explain. So here’s the thing: In short, I absolutely adored the television series Becker, which ran from 1998 to 2004. I did an incredible amount of growing up during this period. The growing up wasn’t directly related to my watching Becker almost religiously, but it definitely played a part. No, the real growth came due to the fact that the show started when I was 13 years old, and ended its run far too quickly when I was 19 years old. Now, for those of you who were familiar with the show while it was on, I can honestly understand that you may seem a bit confused as to why a 13 year old would become attracted to such a program. And for those of you who don’t understand why it might be a bit odd, here is a short description of Becker from the ever so informative and accurate site that is Wikipedia.org:

 

“Becker is an American 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 cantankerous doctor who operates a small practice and is constantly annoyed by his patients, co-workers, and friends, and practically everything and everybody else in his world. Despite everything, his patients and friends are loyal because Becker genuinely cares about them. The series was produced by Paramount Network Television.

The show revolved around Becker and the things that annoyed him, although the members of 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, transvestism, addiction, nymphomania, schizophrenia, cerebral AVM, and political correctness.”

 

 

Now, that description doesn’t exactly scream “young adult” or “teen friendly” in any kind of way. But for us weirdos out there in the world, it was a PERFECT show that was had a great run yet was still taken away from us far to quickly.

Over the years here at Trainwreck’d Society, we have spoken with several folks who worked on this damn fine program. Including Hattie Winston, who by our count was one of the first people to share words with us, way back in 2012, when we were just learning how to do this thing (we still are). And since then we have featured the likes of writer Maisha Closson who worked on the program, as well as actor Damon Standifer who had a recurring role in the series. Even when it comes to folks who may have only appeared in one episode of the program, such as pen15’s Taylor Nichols and Getting Grace writer and director Daniel Roebuck, I always feel compelled to ask them how they enjoyed working on this program. And they ALL had only nice things to say about both the show’s star Ted Danson, as well as the crew that made up the core of the series. And I simply cannot tell you how much it warms my heart to know that Ted is a genuinely good guy, and that the general nicety of the program’s production was what exuded onto the screen and brought so much joy into my life.

So Folks, here is what we shall do! All this week, we are going to be almost 100% Becker! We have four wonderful interviews to share with you all. Four brilliant writers, directors, producers, that helped bring this amazing program to the world….right down to the show’s creator himself, Mr. Dave Hackel!

 

 

I am not blowing smoke up your proverbial asses when I say that a week like this was something I had been hoping to be able to do since I started this little project almost 8 years ago, on a whim, in a shitty hotel room outside of Biloxi, Mississippi. Now, here I am on a rare sunny day in the East Anglia region of the UK writing to you all about a show that I loved so much, trying to share my respect for the program 15 years after it went off the air. This is sort of a dream, Folks. And I thank you for coming to hang out within it.

So again, we have 4 days of interviews with some of the fine folks who were behind the making what I consider to be the greatest sitcom ever produced. And we will even have a special “New Music Tuesday” feature that is also relevant as well. All of you hardcore Becker fans out there probably already know where I might be going with that one.

 

To kick things off here, check out this incredible 10 minute collection of some of Ted Danson’s best moments as Becker, according to YouTube user illshelteru. Enjoy!

 

 

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2 Responses to Sunday Matinee: Becker [TV Classics]

  1. Kendall says:

    Have no clue if you will ever see this but… THANK YOU! It feels amazing that FINALLY someone else talks about Becker. One of my favorite sitcoms and imo one of TV’s best! Dr. John Becker is also one of the greatest sitcom characters on the same list of Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, Alex P. Keaton, Al Bundy, Fred Sanford, Ralph Kramden, Louie Depalma, Martin Payne, Dan Fielding etc. it was always one of my dad’s favorite and he passed it down to me. I too was pretty young when I started Becker and that was during it’s reruns (when it came out I was 5 and didn’t ever see it til after it had gone off the air) I now own the first three seasons on DVD and so happy to see that someone else other than my dad and me know and appreciate this amazing show. Dr. John Becker is one of the greatest characters ever because like Archie Bunker, like George Jefferson and many others I mentioned is that he speaks his mind and is not politically correct, he tells it like it is and how we all wish we had the balls to speak. I’m a writer myself and developed my sitcom inspired by Becker. So thanks for this and I dare hope to see more interviews with cast and crew including Ted Danson himself 🙂

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