YMMV / Becker

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Take away the laugh track, and you have a sad story of a group of Jaded Washouts stuck in a crappy neighborhood, wondering what their lives couldíve been like if they didnít miss out on their dreams.
  • Anvilicious: Becker, frustrated that the local mental health facility is closing down and flooding his waiting room with mental patients, goes down to the local government office to complain. He finds an old bureaucrat, who says he wants to help Becker with his problem, he really does...but. There's just not enough money in the budget to help him. It turns out the bureaucrat, like Becker himself, wears Jade-Colored Glasses, and believes Humans Are Morons:
    "You're not listening! I can't help. Nobody can help. That facility is not going to reopen, and I'll tell you why: there is no money! There's no money because the federal government cut taxes, which is all anybody seems to care about anymore. That means less money for the state, which means less money for the city, which means we had to cut services, which means fewer cops, fewer firemen, bad air, bad water and crappy schools which will turn out another generation of voters too stupid and greedy to care about anything else besides cutting taxes! So don't you come in here and tell me to fix your problem, because there's not a DAMN THING I CAN DO ABOUT IT!... Where did that come from?"
  • Deader Than Disco: For most of the series' duration, Becker aired in the coveted Monday night slot following The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond, and the show was arguably as popular as its sister series' while it was on the air. While ELR and TKOQ are still ubiquitously syndicated as of 2018, Becker has largely descended into obscurity. It is not aired in syndication, and would probably only be remembered by an average TV fan as "Ted Danson's other sitcom."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Bob. So much that he became a main character in Season 3.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Chris Connor in Season 5. She becomes Reggie's replacement as the owner and manager of the diner and Becker's verbal sparring partner and Ship Tease Love Interest. She is little more than a boring Mary Sue who was there to give Becker a girlfriend. She also had no personality, unlike Reggie who was just as flawed and sharp tongued as Becker.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In a season 1 episode, one of Becker's patients is played by John Slattery, who later wound up on Becker writer Matthew Weiner's show Mad Men.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 5 and 6 were not nearly as well received as the previous seasons. Possibly due to Terry Farrell's dismissal in Season 5 and Saverio Guerra's resignation in Season 6. Not to mention Chris Connor and Hector being their respective Replacement Scrappies.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Other than a few one-liners from Bob, the show's humor is fairly dry and sarcastic with little in the way of generating uproarious laughter. The series is certainly watchable, but it never really rose to the comedic heights of its sister shows, Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. This no doubt contributed to the series' descent into obscurity in the years since it's gone off the air.
  • Values Dissonance: Bobís hobby of sexually harassing women is never met with anything more than snarky rejection, but itís easy to imagine that some of the behaviors he displayed in the show would be met with some legal problems today.
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