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This 1989–91 CBS sitcom stars Matt Frewer as Dr. Mike Stratford, who shares his Northeast Medical Partners practice in Providence, Rhode Island with three other doctors.

Most of the comedy surrounds Dr. Stratford's zany antics, which are tempered by his obvious commitment to his profession and his patients. Though at first mainly serving as "straight men" for Frewer's manic style of comedic acting, the other characters gained more depth as the series progressed, with such issues as AIDS, breast cancer, and homophobia being touched on.

Not to be confused with the Australian drama series of the same name, or with the Doctor, Doctor, Doctor trope.


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  • Putting the "Medic" in Comedic
  • Refuge in Audacity: In a Very Special Episode the characters worry about their personal reactions to the possibility of operating on an HIV positive patient. Then the cast turn up for work, acting normal but wearing full body condom suits.
  • Running Gag: If a character names a woman he might be besotted with, the others burst into a parody of "Maria" from West Side Story. (Substituting the woman's name for 'Maria')
    Maria! Say it soft and it sounds like... Maria
    Maria! Say it loud and it sounds like... MARIA!!!
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: A rare non-holiday example. Over the course of a three-part episode Mike is wrongly sued for malpractice and is convinced by all his partners to settle instead of fight. Guilt — and mention of A Christmas Carol — cause him to revisit his past, present and future in a dream.
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