Becker (TV series)

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Created by David Hackel
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 129 (list of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time approx. 22–26 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release November 2, 1998 (1998-11-02) – January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)

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 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. 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 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.


Actor Role Years Seasons Episodes
Ted Danson Dr. John Becker 1998–2004 1–6 129
Hattie Winston Margaret Wyborn
Shawnee Smith Linda
Alex Désert Jake Malinak
Terry Farrell Regina 'Reggie' Kostas 1998–2002 1–4 94
(+1 from archive footage)
Saverio Guerra Bob 1998–2003 1–2 (recurring), 3–5 (regular) 91
Nancy Travis Chris Connor 2002–2004 4 (guest), 5–6 (regular) 39
Jorge Garcia Hector Lopez 2003–2004 6 13

Terry Farrell's departure

Paramount had Terry Farrell (who played Jadzia Dax) written out of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine so that she could appear in Becker as Ted Danson's love interest. According to Farrell, the original plan was for them to have a relationship with romantic tension over the course of the show; the show's ending would be them going on their first date. However, the producers became worried that this would be compared to Sam and Diane's relationship on Cheers, so they backed away from it.[1]

At the end of season four, Nancy Travis was introduced for a short arc playing Chris, Becker's new neighbor. Chris was a cheerful and optimistic character, the opposite of Becker, and would serve as a rival for Reggie. The season ended with a cliffhanger as Reggie kissed Becker and then left. However, Farrell was dropped at the end of season four,[2] which came as a shock to her.[1] Creator and EP David Hackel and Farrell have both stated that it had nothing to do with Farrell supporting the cast in claims for a promised pay rise after season three.[1][3] Hackel said that Chris and Becker's relationship would "shake things up a bit," which the network wanted, and that instead of having Reggie do the usual thing and return to patch things up she would just decide to leave.[3]


  • Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson) is a Harvard Medical School graduate who runs a neighborhood medical practice. He is frequently annoyed by things such as a flickering street lamp, noisy neighbors and rubbish on TV. Becker is pessimistic and superstitious, believing that just about everything brings him bad luck. Always trying to quit smoking, Becker hides a packet of cigarettes in the cash register of the diner where he hangs out to control his intake and keep his habit from Margaret. An atheist, because he can't accept a God who lets bad things happen, he does not rule out the possibility that God is torturing him for his nonbelief. He has been divorced twice and is very stingy. Becker is politically liberal (especially in later series), though he hates political correctness. Despite his gruff nature, Becker exhibits moments of kindness and shows the utmost professionalism in dealing with his patients, accepting gifts from those who can't pay. Initially, the reason why he is working in a run down neighborhood of The Bronx is a sore point, though he later says he turned down a research job at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore because the neighborhood is where he's most needed. Danson, whose hair had gone completely white, dyed his hair brown to match his appearance as Sam Malone on Cheers.
  • Margaret Wyborn (Hattie Winston) – Becker’s nurse and office manager, and one of the few people who can tolerate Becker, Margaret is a motherly figure to Becker and Linda. She is married, at best rockily, to the often mentioned but never-seen "Lewis", who hates Becker (and vice versa). She once thought about becoming a singer instead of a nurse. Margaret is a Christian, specifically a Baptist, and often quotes the Bible. Margaret is generally the most level-headed character and acts as the voice of reason. She also appears to have liberal views; in one episode, she is asked what Florida is known for, and sarcastically answers “not counting votes?”, and once chastised Becker for what she perceived as homophobic behavior. She is also shown to be quite stubborn, a prime example being getting her job by not leaving till Becker hired her.
  • Linda (Shawnee Smith) – A flighty, uneducated young woman who works as Margaret's aid in Becker's office. Becker explains her presence there by saying that he owed her father a favor. Although often inconsiderate and slow on the uptake, Linda sees events from a unique perspective which can be helpful. Her parents are very wealthy and bought her a luxury penthouse though she has a strained relationship with her alcoholic mother. In season two, she invites Bob to live with her after he becomes homeless, and is too polite to kick him out. Linda is popular with some of the patients due to her skimpy outfits and bubbly personality. She is good with kids and helps Becker out when they need shots. She is always deferential and calls Becker "Doctor" no matter where she is, and stuck up for him after a "sex talk" he gave to a school class didn't go down well. She has a soft spot for small animals and loves to go shopping, clubbing, and dating. She has an on-again/off-again ex-boyfriend Gil. She speaks Portuguese and learnt some Mandarin from an ex-boyfriend, which prove useful when dealing with patients.
  • Regina "Reggie" Kostas (Terry Farrell) – The owner and operator of the diner where Becker hangs out. A former model, she moved back home after her career had stalled and her father fell ill. She inherited the diner, along with its grumpy customer Becker, and continues to run it despite all of the complaints about her cooking and her dissatisfaction with her situation. Reggie gets an 'A' in psychology and has a panic attack thinking about her future after everybody jokes about the uselessness of the degree. Reggie has a love-hate relationship with Becker. At the end of the 4th season she becomes jealous of all the attention Becker is paying to Chris and kisses Becker. However, as the actress playing Regina was let go after season 4, in the 5th season's premiere ("Someone's In The Kitchen with Reggie?"), it's explained that Reggie and Becker had slept together, but then Reggie regretted throwing herself at him, regarding it as hitting rock bottom. She rings the bar, and leaves a message with a customer for Jake, explaining that she has gone to Europe with some friends from modelling and is reassessing her life and career.
  • Jake Malinak (Alex Désert) – Becker's best friend, who runs the newsstand in the diner. Jake lost his sight in a car accident several years ago. He was close to one of his grandmothers who raised him before she died. Jake married a woman called Amanda (played by Lindsay Price), 24 hours after they met. They had the marriage annulled but lived together for some time till Amanda left taking all his possessions with her. Jake competed three times in the National Scrabble Championship winning once. In the final episode, Jake decides to spend an inheritance on a college education. He enrolls to study in Chicago, where can he stay with a relative who teaches on campus.
  • Bob (Saverio Guerra) – Bob is an old high school classmate of Reggie's who is short, hyperactive, annoying, and refers to himself in the third person. Bob largely serves as the larger-than-life comic relief of the series, bringing levity to many of the serious issues encountered. A recurring character for season 1-2, he replaced a similar, but more toned down, character Manny (played by James Lorinz) in episode 6. Bob is a sex addict who initially continually hits on Reggie, who ignored him in high school, despite being married and Reggie making it abundantly clear that she still detests him. In season two, Bob becomes homeless after his wife cleans him out in a divorce. Linda kindly invites him to stay at her place but is soon trying to find him a job so she can get rid of him. He became a regular character for seasons 3-5 and worked as the lazy superintendent of Becker's building. Bob's middle name is Benito but his surname is never given. One of his few talents is that he is an excellent cook. Guerra did not renew his contract for the shortened season six. Bob's absence is explained by his going on vacation and he is never mentioned again.
  • Chris Connor (Nancy Travis) – Becker's new neighbor who moves to the Bronx after traveling the world. Chris, originally supposed to be in the show for only four episodes, joined the show at the end of Season 4 and became a regular cast member in Season 5. Chris takes over the diner and begins a love-hate relationship with Becker. She is his total opposite – always nice and cheerful, but they eventually get together by the end of the series. Travis had previously worked with Danson in Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady.
  • Hector Lopez (Jorge Garcia) – The little brother of one of Jake's childhood friends. Jake said that Hector would do anything to make money, including selling his parents' condoms, to which he responded, "Hey, those weren't scams, they were business ventures. Besides I got a baby sister out of it." He was a cast member only during the sixth season, serving as a replacement of sorts for Bob. In the last episode, Hector takes over control of the news stand after Jake announces he will be moving to Chicago for college.


Becker is an American situation comedy series which aired on CBS. Running for six seasons from 1998 to 2004, the show consists of 129 episodes.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 November 2, 1998 May 17, 1999
2 24 September 20, 1999 May 22, 2000
3 24 October 9, 2000 May 14, 2001
4 24 October 1, 2001 May 20, 2002
5 22 October 6, 2002 April 20, 2003
6 13 October 8, 2003 January 28, 2004


Season 1 (1998–99)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Pilot" Andy Ackerman Dave Hackel November 2, 1998 (1998-11-02) 101
Becker deals with an HIV-positive child, and the fact that Reggie has inherited his favorite diner from her father.
2 2 "Take These Pills and Shove 'Em" Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers November 9, 1998 (1998-11-09) 104
Becker must convince a skeptical patient, Mr. Marino, that his diabetes has triggered a minor heart attack and that he needs treatment. Meanwhile, Jake takes a sculpting class in order to meet women.
3 3 "Sex in the Inner City" Andy Ackerman David Isaacs & Sue Herring November 16, 1998 (1998-11-16) 103
Despite his best efforts, Becker can't escape the sexual overtones that follow him throughout the day. As his day progresses, a bemused Becker is faced with various circumstances that make him all too aware of his sex life -- or, rather, lack thereof.
4 4 "Tell Me Lies" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody November 30, 1998 (1998-11-30) 102
Becker and Jake notice that Reggie is upset about something, but she refuses to tell them why. Becker presses Reggie for details, but she responds with a series of lies before finally revealing the truth.
5 5 "My Dinner with Becker" Lee Shallat-Chemel Teresa O'Neill December 7, 1998 (1998-12-07) 106
When a patient tries to set Becker up on a blind date, he initially declines the offer, but he eventually agrees to meet the woman. Meanwhile, Reggie's evening goes south when she realizes that the guy she's dating is just too... nice.
6 6 "Man Plans, God Laughs" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz December 14, 1998 (1998-12-14) 105
Becker's attempt at friendship is short lived; with Margaret at home with the flu, the flaky Linda is left in charge of the office; Reggie receives an unwelcome visit from a former high-school classmate.
7 7 "City Lights" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody December 21, 1998 (1998-12-21) 108
Becker is crabbier than ever when a flickering street light keeps him from getting any sleep. When the city refuses to make the broken street light a priority assignment, Becker takes matters into his own hands.
8 8 "Physician, Heal Thyself" Lee Shallat-Chemel Ian Gurvitz January 11, 1999 (1999-01-11) 109
The arrogant Bronx doctor is once again complaining about the shortcomings of society, sparking another verbal sparring match with Reggie. But when his back goes out, he has no choice but to call her for help.
9 9 "Choose Me" Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers January 18, 1999 (1999-01-18) 110
When Reggie announces that she has an extra ticket to a Rangers-Flyers hockey game, Jake and Becker each makes it his primary goal to be chosen as the lucky recipient.
10 10 "P.C. World" Jeff Melman Michael Markowitz January 25, 1999 (1999-01-25) 113
When a self-serving reporter witnesses a heated argument between Becker and a man at the diner, he determines that Becker's comments are "politically incorrect" and uses his newspaper column to create a local controversy. Becker tries his best to ignore the situation but has a hard time letting it go.
11 11 "Scriptus Interruptus" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz February 1, 1999 (1999-02-01) 114
Becker agrees to write an article for a fellow doctor's medical journal, but has trouble finishing the project when he can't seem to acquire five minutes of quiet time before something or someone finds a way to interrupt his concentration.
12 12 "Love! Lies! Bleeding!" Andy Ackerman Michael Markowitz February 8, 1999 (1999-02-08) 107
Becker deals with a series of Valentine's Day issues with his usual cynical approach, but a late night hospital visit abruptly softens his perspective as he begins to understand why this holiday can be so important to others.
13 13 "Becker the Elder" Andy Ackerman Dave Hackel February 15, 1999 (1999-02-15) 111
Becker is less than thrilled when his estranged father, Fred, makes an unannounced visit. Although Becker is unhappy to see his father, the others are instantly charmed by Fred's easygoing personality.
14 14 "Larry Spoke" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody February 22, 1999 (1999-02-22) 115
Becker copes with a patient who believes he can talk directly to God. Meanwhile Linda decides to keep a jacket mistakenly returned to her by her drycleaner.
15 15 "Activate Your Choices" Andy Ackerman David Isaacs March 1, 1999 (1999-03-01) 112
When Becker learns that his ex-wife Sandra is in town for a book signing tour, he feigns disinterest until he learns that chapters of her new self-help publication denounces "Angry Man," a pseudonym for Becker. When Becker confronts Sandra at her hotel, it becomes abundantly clear that their explosive chemistry remains fiercely intact.
16 16 "Limits and Boundaries" Lee Shallat-Chemel Dave Hackel March 8, 1999 (1999-03-08) 116
When a patient's mother desperately needs Becker to watch her two kids for the day, he reluctantly agrees. But when the day turns into an unexpected sleepover at Becker's, his attempts to establish rules for the kids are ineffective.
17 17 "Partial Law" Ken Levine Michael Markowitz April 5, 1999 (1999-04-05) 117
When Becker's computer is stolen from his apartment, he's shocked to learn that the insurance company's reimbursement won't even cover the cost of a keyboard. Against his better judgment, he purchases a top of the line system via shady means and soon realizes he's made a "fatal error."
18 18 "Saving Harvey Cohen" Andy Ackerman Eric Cohen April 12, 1999 (1999-04-12) 119
Much to the Becker's dismay, an alley cat finds its way into his office and refuses to leave. When they realize that the cat is sick, Becker's guilted into taking care of it.
19 19 "Truth and Consequences" Leonard R. Garner Jr. Marsha Myers April 19, 1999 (1999-04-19) 120
Becker's cousin Barry invites him over to his house for dinner, and Becker learns first-hand that Barry and his wife are having major marital problems. However, Becker makes the situation worse by letting it slip that Barry once had an affair, which puts Becker in an awkward position.
20 20 "Drive, They Said" Andy Ackerman Ken Levine & David Isaacs May 3, 1999 (1999-05-03) 121
Becker reluctantly agrees to shuttle Reggie, Margaret, Jake and Linda to various engagements in Queens when they learn that he's heading that way in his car. It quickly becomes a "what-was-I-thinking" scenario for the gang when Becker's road-rage behind the wheel cause an accident.
21 21 "Lucky Day" Andy Ackerman Earl Pomerantz May 10, 1999 (1999-05-10) 118
A prime parking space, an unexpected tax refund and a flawless trip to the post office are just a few of the lucky breaks bestowed upon Becker. Unable to accept the idea that he might just be having a good day, he remains wary of each new stroke of luck and convinces himself that payback is on its way.
22 22 "Regarding Reggie" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody May 17, 1999 (1999-05-17) 122
Becker tries to find a date for a medical fundraiser while everyone insists that he should just ask Reggie. Fearing that Reggie will misread his invitation, Becker struggles to find someone else to take to the event.

Season 2 (1999–2000)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
23 1 "Point of Contact" Andy Ackerman Michael Markowitz September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20) 201
After saving a woman's life, Becker believes that she has become his stalker.
24 2 "Imm-Oral Fixations" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27) 202
After quitting smoking, John picks up another addiction.
25 3 "Cyrano de Beckerac" Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers October 4, 1999 (1999-10-04) 203
When Becker learns his patient is dating Reggie, he lends him some dating advice. Meanwhile, Linda tries to mentor a child with behavioral issues.
26 4 "Linda Quits" Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11) 204
Linda decides to quit her job at Becker's office. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang are trying to figure out what a man in front of Reggie's diner is waiting for.
27 5 "My Boyfriend's Back" Andy Ackerman Dana Borkow October 18, 1999 (1999-10-18) 205
As Reggie dates her high school crush, Becker becomes upset when he learns of an old friend's recent success.
28 6 "Shovel Off to Buffalo" Andy Ackerman David Isaacs October 25, 1999 (1999-10-25) 206
Becker and Reggie are stranded in Buffalo when their flight to Chicago is delayed due to bad weather.
29 7 "He Said, She Said" Andy Ackerman April Kelly November 1, 1999 (1999-11-01) 207
Becker is visited by a friend of an old friend who turns out to be the old friend. Meanwhile Margaret is upset with an acquaintance over an old debt.
30 8 "Stumble in the Bronx" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner November 8, 1999 (1999-11-08) 208
Becker is shot in the shoulder while trying to help Jake after Jake is robbed at gunpoint.
31 9 "Hate Thy Neighbor" Andy Ackerman Anne Flett-Giordano & Chuck Ranberg November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15) 209
While recovering from the shooting, Becker must put up with his neighbors. Meanwhile, Margaret and Linda must find a temporary doctor while Becker is out.
32 10 "Pain in the Aspirin" Jeff Melman Russ Woody November 22, 1999 (1999-11-22) 210
Becker catches Elizabeth in a lie and begins to question everyone's honesty.
33 11 "Blind Curve" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner November 29, 1999 (1999-11-29) 211
Jake's former best friend and person that caused his blindness returns to town wanting Jake's forgiveness.
34 12 "Santa on Ice" Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers December 13, 1999 (1999-12-13) 212
Becker ends up spending Christmas Eve in the morgue while he tries to identify a man who died while in his office. Meanwhile, Reggie gets ready for her Christmas party.
35 13 "The Hypocratic Oath" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz January 10, 2000 (2000-01-10) 213
When Margaret takes time off from work, Becker and Linda have to deal with a bad day at the office without her.
36 14 "The Rumor" Andy Ackerman Earl Pomerantz January 17, 2000 (2000-01-17) 214
A rumor is started that Becker is suffering from a terminal illness.
37 15 "All the Rage" Andy Ackerman Michael Markowitz February 7, 2000 (2000-02-07) 215
Becker must undergo anger management classes after he verbally assaults two police officers. Meanwhile, Bob's mother kicks him out of the retirement home.
38 16 "Old Yeller" Lee Shallat-Chemel Mark Egan February 14, 2000 (2000-02-14) 216
Everyone believes Becker is going through a mid-life crisis after he buys a motorcycle.
39 17 "The Roast That Ruined Them" Ken Levine Dana Borkow February 21, 2000 (2000-02-21) 217
Becker's girlfriend pressures him into hosting a dinner party.
40 18 "For Whom the Toll Calls" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner February 28, 2000 (2000-02-28) 218
After receiving a faulty charge on his telephone bill, he has to fight the phone company to take it off. Meanwhile, Bob produces a set of inspirational tapes.
41 19 "The Bearer of Bad Tidings" Leonard R. Garner Jr. Marsha Myers March 20, 2000 (2000-03-20) 219
After accidentally leaving a bad phone message, Becker tries desperately to delete it before the person listens to it.
42 20 "One Angry Man" Andy Ackerman Dan Wilcox April 10, 2000 (2000-04-10) 220
Becker and Linda both receive jury duty.
43 21 "Sight Unseen" Andy Ackerman Michael Markowitz May 1, 2000 (2000-05-01) 221
Jake ponders breaking up with a woman when he learns she too is blind.
44 22 "Crosstalk" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz May 8, 2000 (2000-05-08) 222
Becker and a priest go head-to-head over religion. Meanwhile, Reggie, Jake and Bob venture into online investments. Also, Linda can't stop laughing after hearing about Asperger syndrome.
45 23 "Cooked" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody May 15, 2000 (2000-05-15) 224
Becker's girlfriend gets a job offer in Chicago.
46 24 "Panic on the 86th" Andy Ackerman David Isaacs May 22, 2000 (2000-05-22) 223
Reggie suffers a panic attack when thinking about her future; Becker becomes friends with a prostitute.

Season 3 (2000–01)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
47 1 "The Film Critic" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz October 9, 2000 (2000-10-09) 301
John attempts to see a movie, but it keeps getting interrupted by rude people in the theater.
48 2 "Super Bob" Ken Levine Dana Borkow October 16, 2000 (2000-10-16) 302
After the building superintendent in John's building dies, Linda gets Bob to be his replacement.
49 3 "One Wong Move" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody October 23, 2000 (2000-10-23) 305
John leaves his credit card at a Chinese restaurant that the others convinced him to go to.
50 4 "What Indifference a Day Makes" Darryl Bates Michael Markowitz October 30, 2000 (2000-10-30) 304
John feels useless when a student doctor shadows him.
51 5 "The Usual Suspects" Ken Levine Ken Levine November 6, 2000 (2000-11-06) 308
After John's office is vandalized, he calls a detective to figure out who did it.
52 6 "The Wrong Man" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner November 13, 2000 (2000-11-13) 306
Becker is visited by an ex-girlfriend.
53 7 "Beckerethics" Ken Levine Marsha Myers November 20, 2000 (2000-11-20) 303
Becker's car is stolen. A guy asks Reggie to marry him.
54 8 "Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em" Andy Ackerman Kate Angelo November 27, 2000 (2000-11-27) 307
Jake bets John 300 dollars, if he can go a full day without smoking.
55 9 "Dr. Angry Head" Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers December 11, 2000 (2000-12-11) 311
Becker's back goes out while standing near a department store Christmas display and he is unable to move.
56 10 "Margaret's Dream" Gregg Heschong Mark Egan December 18, 2000 (2000-12-18) 309
Margaret has a sexual dream involving John; John plans to give Margaret a raise.
57 11 "Heart Breaker" Joyce Gittlin Mark Wilding January 8, 2001 (2001-01-08) 310
John is anxious about dating a younger woman; Reggie gets death threats from a former classmate.
58 12 "The Trouble with Harry" Wil Shriner Anne Flett-Giordano & Chuck Ranberg January 22, 2001 (2001-01-22) 312
John's patient dies and leaves his ashes to Becker.
59 13 "The Princess Cruise" Ken Levine Michael Markowitz February 5, 2001 (2001-02-05) 315
Linda accidentally sends John on a gay cruise for vacation.
60 14 "Pretty Poison" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner February 12, 2001 (2001-02-12) 317
When Becker's college sweetheart comes back into his life, he isn't prepared for the baggage she brings with her.
61 15 "2001½: A Graduation Odyssey" Darryl Bates Russ Woody February 19, 2001 (2001-02-19) 316
John is excited to give a graduation speech to a graduating high school class.
62 16 "Elder Hostile" Andy Ackerman Dana Borkow February 26, 2001 (2001-02-26) 313
John treats Jake's grandmother, and earns the ire of both.
63 17 "The Ugly Truth" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner March 5, 2001 (2001-03-05) 314
Jake's disability benefits get cut off after he receives a driver's license renewal form in the mail. Meanwhile Reggie performs a psychology experiment on John and becomes paranoid about Becker doing the same to her in revenge.
64 18 "The More You Know" Andy Ackerman David Isaacs March 19, 2001 (2001-03-19) 318
Linda and Reggie date the same man. Bob searches for the prostitute in the building.
65 19 "You Say Gay Son, I Say Godson" Darryl Bates Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman April 9, 2001 (2001-04-09) 321
John's godson comes to him, and explains he needs help telling his dad he is gay.
66 20 "Nocturnal Omissions" Wil Shriner Ian Gurvitz April 16, 2001 (2001-04-16) 319
John Becker has insomnia and the gang tries to help him get through it.
67 21 "The TorMentor" Andy Ackerman Kate Angelo April 23, 2001 (2001-04-23) 320
John runs into an old college mentor/professor who doesn't remember him. This torments John who tries to get the professor to remember him.
68 22 "Small Wonder" (Part 1) Andy Ackerman Dana Borkow April 30, 2001 (2001-04-30) 322
An obese patient of John's refuses to lose weight, so Becker takes him to a gym where he suffers a heart attack.
69 23 "Sue You" (Part 2) Andy Ackerman Marsha Myers May 7, 2001 (2001-05-07) 323
After being grateful to his doctor for saving his life at the gym, Becker's patient sues him on the advice of his hospital roommate, a lawyer who Becker insulted earlier. After being advised to settle, an incident in Central Park convinces him not to and he vows to fight it.
70 24 "Trials and Defibrillations" (Part 3) Andy Ackerman Russ Woody May 14, 2001 (2001-05-14) 324
Becker's lawsuit goes to trial.

Season 4 (2001–02)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
71 1 "Psycho Therapy" Andy Ackerman Matthew Weiner October 1, 2001 (2001-10-01) 401
John sees a psychologist; Linda looks for a new job.
72 2 "Breakfast of Chumpions" Andy Ackerman Russ Woody October 8, 2001 (2001-10-08) 402
John buys a ticket for a pancake breakfast from a little girl.
73 3 "Jake's Jaunt" Wil Shriner Kate Angelo October 15, 2001 (2001-10-15) 403
Everyone's shocked when Jake announces that he got married over the weekend to a woman he met at a friend's wedding. After realising he may have rushed things, Jake gets an annulment.
74 4 "Dog Days" Darryl Bates Liz Astrof October 22, 2001 (2001-10-22) 404
John helps a homeless man he discovered is a con artist when he learns the man is ill. Margaret is forced to act as nursemaid to a dog to earn extra money.
75 5 "Really Good Advice" Ken Whittingham Earl Pomerantz October 29, 2001 (2001-10-29) 406
John takes Reggie's advice to be more sensitive with women. It helps at the office with Margaret, but backfires with a woman he is dating. Jake and Bob trade jobs.
76 6 "Get Me Out of Here" Wil Shriner Ken Levine & David Isaacs November 5, 2001 (2001-11-05) 405
John panics when he has to get a MRI, finally resorting to Valium to get through the claustrophobic test. Linda tries to date twins, but breaks up with them when they ask her to choose between them.
77 7 "Hanging with Jake" Chris Brougham David Chambers & Julie Chambers November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12) 407
John is faced with telling a patient that he cannot possibly be the father of his wife's baby. Reggie, Bob, and Jake try to convince a suicidal man that life is worth living.
78 8 "Dinner and a Showdown" Gail Mancuso Marsha Myers November 19, 2001 (2001-11-19) 409
John and Reggie "double date" with Sara and her husband.
79 9 "The Buddy System" Gregg Heschong Ian Gurvitz November 26, 2001 (2001-11-26) 410
John tries to keep a casual love affair alive, while Bob tries to turn a found Super Bowl ring into his ticket to fame and fortune.
80 10 "The Ghost of Christmas Presents" Ken Levine Matthew Weiner December 10, 2001 (2001-12-10) 411
John believes that Christmas is a phony time of the year. Instead of embracing the Christmas spirit, he uses getting robbed as vindication for his position.
81 11 "Another Tricky Day" Ken Levine Michael Markowitz January 7, 2002 (2002-01-07) 408
John tells a patient that he is not dying, and is surprised by his reaction.
82 12 "The Ex-Files" Wil Shriner Kate Angelo January 14, 2002 (2002-01-14) 412
Reggie dates John's friend, who is recently divorced.
83 13 "Barter Sauce" Wil Shriner Michael Markowitz January 28, 2002 (2002-01-28) 413
John barters medical treatment in exchange for goods and services from Reggie, Bob, and Jake.
84 14 "V-Day" Andy Ackerman Kate Angelo February 4, 2002 (2002-02-04) 417
John dreads attending his ex-wife's wedding on Valentines Day.
85 15 "It Had to Be Ew" Andy Ackerman Liz Astrof & Ritch Shydner February 25, 2002 (2002-02-25) 414
John is disturbed when Jake's girlfriend shows disgust at the suggestion that she is interested in John.
86 16 "Let's Talk About Sex" Darryl Bates Marsha Myers March 4, 2002 (2002-03-04) 415
Margaret makes John speak at a local school about nutrition, but the kids ask questions about sex instead.
87 17 "Picture Imperfect" Gail Mancuso Liz Astrof March 11, 2002 (2002-03-11) 421
John publishes an article, but a picture of a very ugly man appears instead of his own.
88 18 "Talking Points" Chris Brougham Russ Woody March 18, 2002 (2002-03-18) 416
John get a portable talking computer for his speech-impaired patient, with unintended consequences.
89 19 "Too Much, Too Late" Leonard R. Garner Jr. Matthew Weiner April 15, 2002 (2002-04-15) 418
Jake receives a list of life goals he had written in high school, and realizes he hasn't completed any of them.
90 20 "Piece Talks" Darryl Bates David Isaacs April 22, 2002 (2002-04-22) 420
Reggie's freezer breaks, and she buys a new one from Bob's friend. Meanwhile, John gives sex advice to an 80-year-old couple.
91 21 "Parannoyed" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz April 29, 2002 (2002-04-29) 419
Newcomer Chris Connor arrives in the Bronx and makes her presence felt; Becker, meanwhile, is convinced one of his neighbours is out to get him.
92 22 "MisSteaks" Andy Ackerman Anne Flett-Giordano & Chuck Ranberg May 6, 2002 (2002-05-06) 422
When a patient leaves Becker several steaks as a gift, much to his annoyance, the other insist on helping themselves.
93 23 "Much Ado About Nothing" (Part 1) Gail Mancuso Marsha Myers May 13, 2002 (2002-05-13) 423
John is perturbed when he finds himself attracted to Chris.
94 24 "Everybody Loves Becker" (Part 2) Andy Ackerman Kate Angelo May 20, 2002 (2002-05-20) 424
John must make a difficult choice in his love life.

Season 5 (2002–03)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
95 1 "Someone's in the Kitchen with Reggie?" (Part 3) Gregg Heschong Ian Gurvitz October 6, 2002 (2002-10-06) 501
Becker battles with himself over which woman to romance-Reggie or Chris. Linda argues with Margaret over what the term "next Thursday" means.
96 2 "Do the Right Thing" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz October 13, 2002 (2002-10-13) 502
Becker tries to convince Chris that he chose to be with her before he learned that Reggie was leaving town, but Chris doesn't believe him. Margaret and Linda try to find out the identity of a man who claims he is a former patient. Jake and Bob decide to follow in Reggie's footsteps and travel.
97 3 "L.A. Woman" Darryl Bates Russ Woody October 20, 2002 (2002-10-20) 503
Neighbors John and Chris do whatever they can to annoy each other. Linda pretends she is from L.A. to impress a new man she is dating. Jake worries that Amanda is decorating his apartment in an overtly feminine fashion.
98 4 "And the Heartbeat Goes on" Gail Mancuso Perry Rein & Gigi McCreery October 27, 2002 (2002-10-27) 504
Becker promises to visit serious heart patient.
99 5 "The Grand Gesture" Gail Mancuso Michael Rowe November 3, 2002 (2002-11-03) 505
John tries "one last time" to romance Chris. The diner gets a new manager.
100 6 "The 100th" Ken Levine Ken Levine & David Isaacs November 17, 2002 (2002-11-17) 506
Becker tries to discourage a friend from expressing interest in Chris by telling him that she is gay. Unfortunately, the friend sets up Chris with a lesbian acquaintance. Bob buys a pair of walkie-talkies so that he and Jake can stay in constant contact.
101 7 "Papa Does Preach" Chris Brougham Norm Gunzenhauser November 24, 2002 (2002-11-24) 508
Becker treats a patient with multiple personalities. Chris and Jake annoy each other. Bob becomes a big brother to a 10-year-old boy.
102 8 "Atlas Shirked" Darryl Bates Liz Astrof December 1, 2002 (2002-12-01) 507
Becker tries to learn what happened to the atlas he bought. Chris takes responsibility for everyone's agendas. Bob plans his mother's funeral.
103 9 "Blind Injustice" Ken Levine Liz Astrof December 8, 2002 (2002-12-08) 509
Jake feels further handicapped by his blindness when he inadvertently allows a crook to rob the diner. He feels vindicated later when he thinks he has found the crook.
104 10 "Chris-Mess" Gail Mancuso Kate Angelo December 15, 2002 (2002-12-15) 511
Chris is jealous when Becker plans to spend Christmas in Vermont with a magazine editor he is dating. Margaret invites Linda to go caroling with her church group. Bob fears that a street-corner Santa is out to get him.
105 11 "Once Upon a Time" Gail Mancuso James Petrille January 5, 2003 (2003-01-05) 510
Margaret is not expecting any special treatment on the tenth anniversary of her working with Becker. Chris finds Jake's old keyboard. Bob hides at the diner from an angry tenant who wants him to fix a clogged drain.
106 12 "Bad to the Bone" Wil Shriner Russ Woody February 2, 2003 (2003-02-02) 513
Jake and Bob assume from overhearing one of Chris's phone conversations that she and John are sleeping together. John tries to convince a sexually active teen to use condoms.
107 13 "But I've Got Friends I Haven't Used Yet" Andy Ackerman Ian Gurvitz February 9, 2003 (2003-02-09) 516
Becker receives a visit from a medical school colleague.
108 14 "The Pain in the Neck" Randy Carter Perry Rein & Gigi McCreery February 16, 2003 (2003-02-16) 512
Becker is upset when a patient substitutes his Christian Science faith for medical treatment. Linda tries to continue the charade of her "long-distance" relationship with a New York City resident. Bob brags that he is part Native American and tries to cash in on his newly discovered heritage.
109 15 "Nightmare on Becker Street" Gail Mancuso Michael Rowe March 2, 2003 (2003-03-02) 515
John is stalked by a frisky, elderly neighbor. Linda decides to tell the truth about where she resides to her boyfriend, who thinks she lives in L.A.
110 16 "The Job" Darryl Bates Patricia Breen March 9, 2003 (2003-03-09) 514
John is frustrated with his practice and applies for a research position in Baltimore, without telling his staff or friends. His suspicious behavior leads them to believe he's either ill or on drugs.
111 17 "Thank You for Not Smoking" Mike Uppendahl Liz Astrof March 16, 2003 (2003-03-16) 517
John feels stifled when Chris prohibits smoking in the diner and Margaret prohibits it in the office. Bob convinces Jake that Amanda is cheating on him. Linda persuades John through her friend Holli to treat a friend's dog.
112 18 "Amanda Moves Out" Mike Uppendahl Perry Rein & Gigi McCreery March 30, 2003 (2003-03-30) 518
Amanda leaves Jake for a deliveryman. Becker's withdrawal from smoking is driving everybody crazy-again. Chris awaits her delivery of hair conditioner.
113 19 "Ms Fortune" Chris Brougham Russ Woody April 6, 2003 (2003-04-06) 519
A palm reader comes to the diner. Despite his own objections, Becker lets her take a look at his palm. Inspired by the psychic, Linda invests her inheritance in a grapefruit company.
114 20 "Mr. and Ms. Conception" Darryl Bates Michael Rowe April 13, 2003 (2003-04-13) 520
John is frustrated with a couple who seek counseling on conception and misinterpret his advice. Chris flirts with a fire marshal to avoid a ticket. Bob's attempt to charm a police officer out of a jaywalking ticket backfires.
115 21 "Chris' Ex" Gail Mancuso Ian Gurvitz April 20, 2003 (2003-04-20) 521
When Chris's extra-friendly ex-husband suddenly appears and stays at her apartment, Becker tries everything possible to keep the divorced couple apart.
116 22 "Daytime Believer" Chris Brougham Kate Angelo April 20, 2003 (2003-04-20) 522
After a series of romantic dreams about Chris, John realizes he still has feelings for her but wonders if she feels the same way about him. After Linda is involved in an accident on her way to work, she fears that something bad is going to happen to her.

Season 6 (2003–04)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
117 1 "What's Love Got to Do with It?" Chris Brougham Ian Gurvitz October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08) 601
John and Chris address their developing relationship. Chris tries to have a hospital bill reduced. Jake sells his dreadlocks to pay his rent.
118 2 "Dates & Nuts" Chris Brougham Bobby Gaylor October 15, 2003 (2003-10-15) 602
Chris pressures John into setting a time and place for their first date. Hector convinces Jake to make extra money by sampling experimental medications. Linda makes Margaret feel guilty for talking her way out of a traffic ticket.
119 3 "A Little Ho-mance" Darryl Bates Maisha Closson October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22) 603
Becker tries to plan a romantic first date with Chris, but unforeseen obstacles constantly appear. Jake receives shocking news about his grandmother after she dies in a retirement home.
120 4 "Spontaneous Combustion" Ken Levine Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman October 29, 2003 (2003-10-29) 604
Becker and Chris try too hard to consummate their relationship. Jake mourns his grandmother. Linda feng shui's the office.
121 5 "Afterglow" Chris Brougham David Isaacs and Ken Levine November 12, 2003 (2003-11-12) 605
Chris tries to get John to be more considerate of her feelings. Margaret takes a night job with a telemarketer. Hector tricks Jake into selling porn magazines.
122 6 "The Unbelievable Wrongness of Talking" Mike Uppendahl Lisa Albert November 19, 2003 (2003-11-19) 607
Chris is frustrated when John repeatedly refuses to maintain his side of a conversation. Linda claims that she has met "the one." Hector tries to persuade Jake to invest in his latest get-rich-quick scheme.
123 7 "Sister Spoils the Turkey" Darryl Bates Joyce Gittlin November 26, 2003 (2003-11-26) 606
Becker's and Chris's plans for a quiet Thanksgiving dinner with a few guests are disrupted by the appearance of Chris' sister.
124 8 "Chock Full o' Nuts" Chris Brougham Matt Ember December 3, 2003 (2003-12-03) 608
A large number of street people flock about the diner and John's office. Jake's grandmother leaves him $25,000.
125 9 "A First Class Flight" Ken Levine Dawn DeKeyser December 17, 2003 (2003-12-17) 609
Chris is incensed when Becker receives a free trip to Las Vegas and doesn't invite her. An "odd duck" plastic surgeon takes over Becker's practice during his absence.
126 10 "Margaret Sings the Blues" Chris Brougham Maisha Closson January 7, 2004 (2004-01-07) 610
Margaret is depressed about her career path after hearing about a childhood friend who has become wealthy. Becker tries to train Linda to give flu shots.
127 11 "Snow Means Snow" Mike Uppendahl Bobby Gaylor January 14, 2004 (2004-01-14) 611
Chris plans a trip to Bermuda with Becker. Margaret looks forward to a weekend without Louis. A psychic tells Linda she's going to meet the man of her dreams.
128 12 "Subway Story" Ian Gurvitz Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman January 21, 2004 (2004-01-21) 612
Linda deletes some important files and spends the day trying to recover them or cover up what she's done. Some out-of-town friends have come to see John but he's nowhere to be seen so Chris must entertain them, to the annoyance and embarrassment of all concerned. John is trying to get home on the subway but a little old lady needs help in getting to her destination. John stops to help her, but she needs to be helped again and again. And when he finally gets her to the station she's heading for, Chambers Street, why doesn't she want to go up to the street?
129 13 "D.N.R." Chris Brougham Ian Gurvitz & Dave Hackel January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28) 613
Chris fears that John is going to break up with her after he invites her to dinner at a nice restaurant with no explanation. Jake decides how to spend his inheritance from his grandmother. Linda finds a boyfriend.

External links


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. From January 2017 it is on Antenna TV.

In Australia, Becker was originally broadcast on Network Ten. Reruns of the series have been aired weekdays on Foxtel's pay TV network TV1 and Network Ten's digital channel Eleven, currently showing double episodes at 2:00 am and 2:30, followed by Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman then JAG.


Becker debuted in a Monday slot at 9:30 PM Eastern time.[4] 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

Season Episodes Timeslot (ET) Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1998–1999 22

Monday 9:30

November 2, 1998 May 17, 1999 #18 13.9
1999–2000 24 September 20, 1999 May 22, 2000 #19[5] 15.26[5]
2000–2001 24 October 9, 2000 May 24, 2001 #16[6] 16.1[6]
2001–2002 24 October 1, 2001 May 20, 2002 #13[7] 16.3[7]
2002–2003 22 Sunday 8:00 (Episodes 1-14, 21)

Sunday 8:30 (Episodes 15-20, 22)

October 6, 2002 April 20, 2003 #51[8] 10.43[8]
2003–2004 13

Wednesday 9:30

October 8, 2003 January 28, 2004 #46[9] 10.29[9]

DVD releases

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all six seasons of Becker on DVD in Region 1. Season 4-6 are Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) releases, available exclusively via's CreateSpace program.[10][11][12]

On June 6, 2017, CBS DVD will release Becker: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[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 subsequently re-released the first three seasons. Season 4 was released on February 5, 2014. [15] Season 5 and 6 were released in August 2016.

DVD name Ep# Originally aired Release dates
Region 1 Region 4
The First Season 22 1998–1999 April 1, 2008 May 1, 2013
The Second Season 24 1999–2000 February 3, 2009 July 3, 2013
The Third Season 24 2000–2001 January 12, 2010 November 6, 2013
The Fourth Season 24 2001–2002 July 3, 2012 February 5, 2014
The Fifth Season 22 2002–2003 June 11, 2013 August 3, 2016
The Sixth Season 13 2003–2004 December 17, 2014 August 3, 2016
The Complete Series 129 1998–2004 June 6, 2017 N/A

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bobbin, Jay (2002-06-15). "Terry Farrell adjusts to life without 'Becker'". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  2. "Farrell Falls Off "Becker"". Internet Movie Database. May 24, 2002. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hackel, Dave (June 3, 2011). "Why did Terry Ferrell leave BECKER?". Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  4. "Hello, `Becker'; Farewell, Priestley". The Washington Post. December 1, 1998. pp. Y 03. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Top TV Shows For 1999–2000 Season". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The Bitter End". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #598 Jun 01, 2001. June 1, 2001. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003. June 6, 2003. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  10. 'The 4th Season' DVD Release Date Announced by Amazon/CreateSpace
  11. We've Got a Date Now for the MOD Release of 'The 5th Season' DVDs
  12. 'The 6th and Final Season' DVDs Are NOW AVAILABLE!
  13. Ted Danson Stars in All 6 Seasons with 'The Complete Series'
  14. "Becker: Season 1". March 2, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 

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