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|Original title:||Becker – Season 1|
|Genre:||TV series, Comedy|
|Production country:||USA 1998|
|Running time:||Approx. 440 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
|Number of discs:||3|
|Languages:||German, English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Picture format:||4:3 (1.37:1)|
Content: Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson) is a physician with body and soul. But he's anything but a philanthropist. There's almost nothing and nobody Becker isn't upset about. TV talk shows, noisy neighbours, cyclists, farm workers, incompetent waiters and, of course, his patients - the permanently annoyed doctor has to constantly vent his anger. And that's what Reggie (Terry Farrell), the new owner of his regular dinner, as well as the blind kiosk salesman Jake (Alex Désert), who have learned to deal with Becker's moods over time, get. And the resolute doctor's assistant Margaret (Hattie Wilson) can also stand up to her boss, while the receptionist Linda (Shawnee Smith) meets Becker's insults with disarming naivety…
After the end of the successful sitcom "Cheers", Ted Danson had found another parade role with "Becker" in 1998. Instead of the charming womanizer Sam Malone, he was allowed to give the lovable stink boots for six seasons, who is unfamiliar with political correctness and who only complains when the opportunity presents itself. But in the end Becker has his heart in the right place, which his patients appreciate so much about him. This way he can not only straighten the head of a stubborn diabetic with very clear words, but also explain very sensitively to a little boy what it means that he is infected with HIV. In such moments John Becker also grows very close to the hearts of the audience.
But first and foremost the series developed by David Hackel ("Die Überflieger", "Mein lieber John") is very classic sitcom food, especially with regard to the figure constellation. This becomes especially clear with the introduction of Bob (Saverio Guerra), who is somewhat stupid, but very convinced of himself. He extends the up to the episode very well played diner trio with Becker, Reggie and Jake by a character, who at least at the beginning seems to be only a catchword for some good laughs. Over time, however, Bob, like Linda, develops into a lovable character who is more than just a joke.
A cult factor as high as "Cheers" can't be achieved by "Becker" though. The main character certainly offers the potential for this. But the secondary characters and the dramaturgy are too interchangeable and the series lacks an unmistakable charm that has made similar sitcoms far more successful and timeless. Nevertheless, the series is still a lot of fun in its simple way but also more than 17 years after the first broadcast. There are many moments when John Becker speaks from the hearts of his viewers when he sums up the pitfalls and annoyances of the normal madness of the big city. And at the latest when, at the end of the first season, one longs to be able to hold the second season in one's hands hopefully as soon as possible, it becomes clear what addictive potential the doctor from Brooklyn still has many years after his practice is already closed. And therefore for all lovers of classic sitcom food: Absolutely worth seeing!
image + sound: Here and there the image appears a little washed-out and with some faster camera pans a slight pulling effect is noticeable. Overall, however, the picture is very clean, the overall sharpness is at a good level for a TV sitcom over fifteen years old, and the color scheme is also absolutely convincing, especially in the brighter moments. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is also well mixed, whereby the very directionally mixed dialogues dominate the action.
Extras: Except for a short animated picture gallery on DVD 3, the box has no extras to offer.
Fazit: After the end of the cult sitcom "Cheers", "Becker" was another parade role for Ted Danson, which he was allowed to play for six seasons. The first episodes about the constantly irritating doctor and his friends offer even seventeen years after the first broadcast many good laughs and classic sitcom food of the timeless kind. The DVD version of the first season is on a decent TV level, but you won't find any bonus material worth mentioning. Nevertheless the series is worth seeing especially for Sitcom fans to be able to pronounce this DVD box a clear "recommendable".
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