Saturday, October 20, 2018

SKITLANDIA SATURDAY - 70s SLEUTHS SPOOFED


Next stop, Skitandia!  All aboard!



BCnU!

Friday, October 19, 2018

FRIDAY HALL OF FAMER, 10/19/18 - BARNABAS COLLINS


It’s the penultimate edition of the Friday Hall of Famers for October and the honoree this time around is a multiversal character who for me is the ultimate symbol of Toobworld horror. 



BARNABAS COLLINS

From Wikipedia:
Barnabas Collins is a fictional character, a featured role in the ABC daytime serial ‘Dark Shadows’, which aired from 1966 to 1971. Barnabas is a 175-year-old vampire in search of fresh blood and his lost love, Josette. The character, originally played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid, was introduced in an attempt to resurrect the show's flagging ratings, and was originally to have only a brief 13-week run. He was retained due to his popularity and the program's quick spike in ratings, and became virtually the star of the show.


A defining feature of Barnabas' character development is his gradual but persistent transformation from a frightening creature of the night into the show's protagonist, who selflessly, heroically and repeatedly risks his life to save the Collins family from catastrophe.

Barnabas Collins was a member of the late 18th century Collins family, from the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine. He was the son of Joshua Collins and Naomi Collins. Barnabas' many cousins included Millicent and Daniel Collins. During the flashback, Barnabas intended to marry an heiress from Martinique named Josette du Pres, but had a brief affair with Angelique Bouchard, Josette's maidservant.


Upon Angelique's arrival in Collinsport for the wedding, Barnabas was determined not to resume his affair. The spurned Angelique Bouchard, a practitioner of witchcraft, used a number of spells to manipulate Barnabas and his family and force his agreement to marry her. Barnabas discovered Angelique's duplicity, and shot her. With what she believed to be her dying words, she took revenge on Barnabas by summoning a vampire bat from hell to attack him. Barnabas fell extremely ill and died. Angelique survived and attempted to rescind the curse, but was unsuccessful.



Barnabas shortly thereafter rose as a vampire, and soon strangled Angelique. Collins later frightened his aunt Abigail to death, and left the hatefully fanatic witch-hunter Reverend Trask entombed alive in the Old House basement. Sarah Collins died of pneumonia after a cold night spent hiding in the woods from her deceased brother. Adding to Barnabas' grief, his mother Naomi committed suicide after discovering his secret. Barnabas Collins blamed Angelique for the deaths of both his sister and his mother, and also blamed Lt. Nathan Forbes, who had told Naomi about him. Barnabas strangled Forbes, and attempted to transform Josette into a vampire. Josette was willing, if not fully cognizant of what this would entail, until Angelique revealed a vision of what she would become. Fleeing from Barnabas, Josette leapt off the cliffs of Widow's Hill to her death.


Unable to bear what he had become, Barnabas Collins asked his father, Joshua, to destroy him. Joshua Collins was unable to slay his son, and ordered servant Ben Stokes to nail a cross to the inside lid of Barnabas' coffin and to wrap chains on its outside, forever imprisoning the vampire in a secret room of the family mausoleum at Eagle's Hill Cemetery.

In 1967, while searching the Collins family crypt for their rumored lost jewels, Willie Loomis stumbled upon the chained coffin in which Barnabas slept. Believing the coffin to contain the Collins family riches, Willie inadvertently released the vampire. Barnabas attacked Willie and turned him into his unwilling servant.


Barnabas Collins introduced himself to the modern Collins family as a cousin from England, a hard-working businessman never seen during the day. The family accepted this story, despite having never before heard of him, because of his resemblance to the portrait of the ancestral Barnabas which hung in Collinwood. The thirsty Barnabas made victims of several Collinsport residents. He was particularly taken with waitress Maggie Evans, who resembled his long-lost love, Josette. Barnabas was told by David Collins that Josette's spirit still haunted the Collinwood estate, where it periodically helped and protected others, including young David. Barnabas Collins kidnapped Maggie, hypnotized her to believe that she was Josette, and planned to make her his vampire bride. Maggie escaped with help from the ghost of Sarah Collins, but the emotional distress of being kidnapped caused Maggie to regress to a childlike mentality and to forget all that had happened. Barnabas Collins then targeted David's governess, Victoria Winters as a potential consort. He tried to seduce her away from her fiancé Burke Devlin, and then to bite her. The ghost of Sarah appeared repeatedly throughout and warned Barnabas, who was tormented by a feeling of responsibility for her death, away from evil deeds.


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In Earth Prime-Time, Barnabas Collins may only have one show to his credit, even if he did 594 episodes worth.  But he was also in the Cineverse and in the Audioverse as well, making him a multiversal.  Then there is the possibility he appeared in another TV dimension as well.  That one will need some splainin.

Here are the credits for Barnabas Collins.  All of the summaries are from the IMDb, unless otherwise specified.

EARTH PRIME-TIME

‘Dark Shadows’
The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences.  
594 episodes

THE CINEVERSE

“House of Dark Shadows”
Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.  

From Wikipedia:
The 1970 MGM film “House of Dark Shadows” centers on the release of Barnabas Collins from his coffin by Willie Loomis. Unlike Frid's television portrayal of Barnabas, the Barnabas featured in the film was truer to a typical evil vampire, who by the end of the film had killed half of the Collins family. Barnabas himself is killed by Jeff Clark, now depicted as Maggie's boyfriend, and a dying Willie Loomis, when Barnabas tries to make Maggie Evans his vampire bride. Barnabas does not appear in the sequel, "Night of Dark Shadows", which focuses on another relation, Quentin Collins.

O’Bservation: This is not a movie which can be absorbed into the TV Universe, nor even be found in one of the Borderlands, which combine the Cineverse and Toobworld at key points, like a Venn Diagram.  Because the storyline was altered even if slightly from what actually happene on TV, then “House Of Dark Shadows” should remain in the Cineverse.
 
AUDIOVERSE

Jonathan Frid returned to portray the role of Barnabas Collins one last time, but in a world in which he was heard but not seen..…..

‘Dark Shadows’
“The Night Whispers”


From Wikipedia:
‘The Night Whispers’ is a 2010 Big Finish Productions original dramatic reading based on the long-running American horror soap opera series ‘Dark Shadows’.


As a storm rages through Collinsport, a mysterious spirit threatens Barnabas Collins.

And then there is the universe where Barnabas exists and can be assumed to be the same as the televersion due to Jonathan Frid’s depiction on the covers.

BOOKWORLD

From Wikipedia:
Barnabas Collins was the main character in most of the 32 "Dark Shadows" paperback novels written by Marilyn Ross (Canadian author W.E.D. Ross) from the late 1960s to the early '70s. (Ross wrote hundreds of novels in several genres and under various pseudonyms.)

I'm sure my friends who toil in the Wold Newton Universe
know about that book in the middle.....

 And then we have these TV appearances by Jonathan Frid as Barnabas:


‘The Generation Gap’ 
- Episode #1.8 (1969)
A team of three teenagers faces off against a team of three adults. Contestants must answer questions to earn points. The catch is, the teenagers must answer questions from the adults' time period, and the adults must answer questions from the youth culture. Which team will know the other generation better?  

O’Bservation: Frid showed up in the next episode as himself.

Frid also appeared on the ‘Bozo The Clown Show’ of WJRT and in some local version of 'Dialing For Dollars', dressed as Barnabas Collins.

Here’s my splainin…..

Within the universe of Earth Prime-Time, ‘Dark Shadows’ was a TV show as well, running during the same time period as it did here in Earth Prime.  This is buttressed by its mention in two episodes of ‘Mad Men’.

Its existence as a TV show within the TV Universe was also confirmed by ‘Angel’, ‘Gilmore Girls’, and ‘King of Queens’. 


This was produced by the agents of UNReel.  They hired the televersion of Canadian actor Jonathan Frid to play the role of the vampire Barnabas Collins in both that TV series and the movie of “House Of Dark Shadows”.  This would provide plausible deniability – much like “weather balloons” when it came to UFOs – when people vacationing in Maine claimed they saw the real Barnabas Collins in action – if they survived the encounter.

If they knew about Barnabas, why would agents of a shadow ops group (associated with UNIT) want to protect the vampire rather than go to Collinsport, hunt him down, and destroy him?


This is fanfic territory, but I imagine Barnabas Collins served a purpose that the government decided was more important than those lives lost to his bloodlust.  He may have served in a “Suicide Squad”/”League of Extraoridnary Gentlemen” type of group on top secret missions to save Earth Prime-Time.
That's my Occam's Razor splainin.  It's certainly simpler than the premise of two supernatural beings meeting in plain sight.  One a vampire, the other the embodiment of evil taking the form of a clown to lure children to their deaths.

I'm not saying it's Pennywise or even one of the Killer Clowns from Outer Space.  But in the reality of Toobworld, it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that at least one of the many incarnations of Bozo wasn't actually a human.

I've got plenty of coulrophobic friends who would readily believe that!

At any rate, the UNReel splainin may be the reason behind this weird picture within the reality of Toobworld:


From Armand Vaquer’s blog:
During his heyday as Barnabas Collins on ABC-TV's Dark Shadows, Jonathan Frid made guest appearances on different shows, including the Mike Douglas Show.

However, Frid was also called upon to make an appearance on Bozo the Clown's show at the WJRT TV station and also . Here's a photo of Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins trying out a Hula Hoop on the Bozo show as Bozo watches while holding Barnabas's cane.


So the televersion of Jonathan Frid was probably an unwitting pawn in the plan to keep the rest of Toobworld believing that Barnabas Collins was fictional, a practice that probably began with Dr. Watson’s stories about Sherlock Holmes.

At any rate, his appearance on those three shows as Barnabas Collins are not officially of the vampire, but they do acknowledge that Barnabas existed.


And yes, I use the past tense.  I believe that Barnabas Collins is dead.  He may have been staked by a Slayer or he could have been cursed to a terminal bout of SORAS - Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome.  It doesn't just happen to kids, I guess, 



Image result for barnabas collins

But if such a remake as I suggested happened, I have a recastaway wish-craft for Barnabas: Lukas Haas.


In my perfect vision of Toobworld, we should have seen Barnabas Collins – still looking as he did in 1969 – show up in other TV shows.  Most O’Bvious choices would have been ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘Passions’, and ‘Struck By Lightning’.  (Those are off the top of my head for TV shows set in Maine.) 


But there could have been appearances in ‘The X-Files’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker’, even cameo appearances in shows that are out of left field.  Let’s say he took a trip to the Big Apple: ‘McCloud’, ‘Kojak’, ‘Law & Order’, even as a cab passenger in ‘Taxi’.



If it was just Barnabas who was brought back in some TV remake, I could probably come up with a reasonable splainin for why his physical appearance had been altered.  But more than likely the same situation as happened with the 1991 remake, almost every character from the original was recast.  So that show had to be relegated to Toobworld2 and we’ll never see that Barnabas in the Hall of Fame.

So as a representative of the Multiverse, we welcome Barnabas Collins to the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.


BCnU!
I'm dedicating today's blog post entry to my fellow Iddiot, Tay Mueller.  She's quite a dedicated fan of 'Dark Shadows'.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

THEORIES OF RELATEEVEETY - OF SUARI BLOOD 2



‘THE NEWSROOM’
“BULLIES”


From the IMDb:
As Will deals with insomnia and online death threats, Sloan's frustrating interview with a Japanese nuclear rep about the Fukushima disaster gets her in major trouble.

Will McAvoy sought help for his insomnia from his doctor.  Apparently, he hadn’t actually seen him in quite some time…….
 


Dr. Jacob Habib: 
Will?

Will McAvoy:
Yeah.

Dr. Jacob Habib:
I'm Jack Habib. Come on in.

Will McAvoy:  
Are you Abe's son?

Dr. Jacob Habib:
I am. 

Will McAvoy:  
Nice to meet you.

Dr. Jacob Habib:
You, too. Come on in.

Will McAvoy:  
Is your dad inside?

Dr. Jacob Habib:  
No.

Will McAvoy:  
I can wait out here.

Dr. Jacob Habib:
My father died two years ago and I took his practice. Come on in.

Will McAvoy:  
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Wait, what?

Dr. Jacob Habib:
Will, I'm Dr. Jacob Habib, son of Dr. Abraham Habib. My father passed away and his patients now see me. You've been paying me for two years. Come on in.

Will McAvoy:  
How old are you?

Dr. Jacob Habib:
I'm 29.

Will McAvoy:  
Shut up. Can you write prescriptions?

Dr. Jacob Habib:
Yeah. Let's go. I'll be two minutes.

Will McAvoy:  
All right. So if you're 29--

Dr. Jacob Habib:
Don't try to count backwards. I did everything early. So unless you're certain you've got a Doogie Howser joke I haven't heard, why don't we just assume it was hilarious and move on?


It is my contention that the Drs. Habib were of Suarian descent.  Suari is a Middle-East nation only to be found in Earth Prime-Time, not here in Earth Prime.  It has only been cited once in the ‘Columbo’ episode “A Case of Immunity”, but for this Curator of Toobworld it is the go-to kingdom In the Middle East when no specific nation in that region is named.

Dr. Abraham Habib could have been a first generation American with his parents having come over to the United States from the homeland of Suari, like Louie the bartender in the ‘Columbo’ episode “Identity Crisis”.  And when his parents emigrated to America, they left behind family.  And I believe that one of those family members left behind would have eventually had a son who was the same age as Dr. Abraham Habib, Jack’s father. 


This cousin who had remained behind in Suari grew up to go into government service.  His name was Rachman Habib and he rose to the position of code clerk at the Suarian legation in Los Angeles.  He became a protégé to the First Secretary of the legation, Hassan Sallah.  Sallah saw in Rachman a pliable pawn he could use in his long-range plan to one day overthrow the rightful king of Suari to take the throne for himself.  With silken lies worthy of the Islamic demon Iblis, Sallah quickly converted Rachman Habib into his plot to kill the legation’s chief of security, steal funds from the safe, and blame it all on the Suarian protestors outside the premises.  (Most of them were in America on student visas and who were in support of the King.  By blaming them, Sallah would establish the groundwork for turning the people back home against King Ahmed Kamal.)


Luckily for the kingdom of Suari, Lt. Frank Columbo was able to thwart the nefarious plans of Hassan Sallah, but not before the First Secretary had murdered Rachman Habib as part of his cover-up. 

As I said, this is just a theory of relateeveety.  But I wonder if Dr. Abraham Habib ever got the chance to meet his cousin from back in Suari?  It’s a certainty that Abe Habib’s son never got to meet his second cousin – Jack Habib wasn’t born until 1983, eight years after the death of Rachman Habib.

So that’s my theory of relateeveety and I’m sticking to it.

BCnU!



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

DE-ZONKING "DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D."


I've been running the Inner Toob blog since 2004; in the early days I sometimes would post ten times a day.  But in the last few years it's been a steady once per day, save for the "Two For Tuesday" theme.  Or something comes along that needs to share the same day (my brother's birthday and Gandhi's as well back on October 2nd, for example.)

But with an output like that, sometimes I fear I won't have enough "grist for the mill" so to speak, even with 70 years worth of TV output to work with.  So I'm always happy when you, Team Toobworld, send me something to inspire a post.

And recently, my muppetational Facebook friend Andrew Leal did just that:


Something unrelated but it suggested an alternate Toobworld (which you may already have), so thought I'd share with you. PERFECT STRANGERS referenced DOOGIE HOWSER, as in a show on TV... by saying an FBI agent (you know how they always show up for hijinks) looks like "the neighbor on DOOGIE HOWSER."

Except in our world, there *was* no neighbor on DOOGIE HOWSER. They may have written the bit and inserted a show title later, and it just happened to be one of the shows of its time with no neighbor as a regular or recurring character. Except in the universe of STRANGERS (and the shows it spun-off or crossed over with).


As the Ninth Incarnation of the Doctor would say, "Fantastic!"


Long ago I had to reconcile myself to the idea that eventually every TV character living in Toobworld would have a TV show made about them. This was in order to disable Zonks created by TV shows and characters being mentioned in other TV shows, when they are supposed to be sharing the same world. It was one of several compromises I had to make in order to keep as many TV series as possible in Earth Prime-Time.  (Another compromise?  The change in appearance for historical figures - mostly - because of recastaways was due to our view of the historical portrayal from the perspective of some other character in the scene.)

When it comes to TV characters having TV shows made about them, it is a bit of a stretch sometimes, but hey - if it was a concept that was good enough to get its own TV show in the Trueniverse, than it's good enough for Toobworld as well.

At least with 'Doogie Howser, MD', I think we have an excellent reason to have a TV show made - a kid who becomes a licensed doctor.

And that TV series was made probably as soon as Doogie got his medical license, since – according to ‘The Goldbergs’ – it began airing in 1980-something.  

The Goldbergs: 
Baré
(2017) 

‘Doogie Howser, MD’ clips are shown in the episode.  
[The series began in 1989 and ran until 1993 in the Real World.]

As Andrew pointed out, the TV show within a TV show of 'Doogie Howser, MD' is different from the one we know here in the Real World because of the mention of that next door neighbor.  (I didn't get to watch the series due at that time due to work and a lack of a VCR, so I'm assuming Doogie's friend Vinnie was a friend with whom he grew up, not an actual neighbor.)

Here's what the website "Perfect Strangers Online" had to say about the reference:




One would almost except to see the series Doogie Howser M.D. in the credits of actor Richard Hoyt-Miller after Balki comments that he looks like the neighbor from that series and the audience reacts so strongly.  But in fact that joke was written before the role was even cast and his name is not listed in that series at all.  He has appeared in many other series, such as Falcon Crest, Hill Street Blues, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote and more recently The Bold and the Beautiful.  



'Perfect Strangers' is not the only TV show which mentioned 'Doogie Howser, MD' as a TV show.  Its existence on air is confirmed by the following references in other TV series.  And we’ll start off with the mention that got us started:

Perfect Strangers: 
A Blast from the Past
(1990) 

Balki mentioned Doogie Howser.

Mama's Family: 
Bye Bye Baby
(1990) 

Mama mentions the title

Night Court: 
Melvin and Harold
(1990) 

Main character reference

Night Court: 
Still Another Day in the Life
(1990) 

A child surgeon is called Loogie by Christine.

Parker Lewis Can't Lose: 
Jerry's First Date
(1991) 

Parker says, "I'll bet Doogie Howser never went through this!"

Parker Lewis Can't Lose: 
Love Handles
(1991) 

Parker types his final thoughts in his computer journal and says, "Hey, it works for Doogie."

Saved by the Bell: 
S.A.T.s
(1991) 

Screech says: "Zack's even smarter than Doogie Howser."

Roseanne:
Less Is More
(1992) 

Doogie Howser appears in Roseanne's dream.

Married with Children:
High I.Q.
(1992)  

When he tries to get into the Alpha meeting Bud gives his name as "Howser, Doogie Howser".

Melrose Place:
Leap of Faith
(1992) 

Billy says, "Move over, Doogie Howser".

Saved by the Bell: 
Screech's Spaghetti Sauce
(1992) 

Screech says: "I really look like Doogie Howser."

Designing Women: 
Oh Dog, Poor Dog
(1993) 

Mentioned by name.

Caroline in the City: 
Caroline and the Twenty-Eight-Pound Walleye
(1996) 

As her brother Chris is the youngest heart surgeon in the history of Wisconsin General, Caroline refers to him as 'Doogie Duffy, M.D.'.

The Outer Limits: 
Music of the Spheres
(1997) 

To Devon's irritation, Vic's nickname for him is "Doogie."

Friends: 
The One Hundredth
(1998) 

To a young looking doctor, Phoebe says, "shhh, Doogie, shhh" and makes him leave the room in tears.

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal: 
Old Wounds
(1999) 

Matt references the show.

Big Wolf on Campus: 
The Exor-Sis
(1999) 

Dean confuses Tommy with Doogie Howser.

Action: 
Re-Enter the Dragon
(1999) 

Peter calls Adam 'Doogie'

Action: 
Twelfth Step to Hell
(1999) 

Peter mentions the show.

ER: 
The Longer You Stay
(2001) 

Carter called Doogie

Scrubs: 
My Fifteen Minutes
(2001) 

Dr. Cox refers to J.D. as "Doogie."

Gilmore Girls: 
Run Away, Little Boy
(2001) 

Luke says, "Doogie Howser was a doctor 16."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 
Help
(2002) 

Willow mentions Doogie Howser fan fic.

Gilmore Girls: 
The Lorelais' First Day at Yale
(2003) 

Lorelai calls one of Rory's dormmates "Doogie." 

The O.C.: 
The Rager
(2005) 

Reed: You're like a Doogie Howser meets Gordon Gekko.

Gilmore Girls: 
Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out
(2005) 

When Jess finds out that Rory is not at Yale, he assumes she has graduated early and calls her "Doogie."

Veronica Mars: 
Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner
(2005) 

Veronica mentions Doogie Houser when she writes the e-mail to Wallace

Scrubs: 
My Buddy's Booty
(2006) 

JD is called Doogie

Scrubs: 
My Extra Mile
(2006) 

Mentioned in dialogue

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 
The Unusual Suspect
(2006) 

Hodges refers to Marlon as Doogie Howser.

House: 
The Jerk
(2007) 

Nate calls Chase 'Doogie'

Psych: 
If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?
(2007) 

Shawn calls a kid Doogie.

The Big Bang Theory: 
The Grasshopper Experiment
(2007) 

Raj's parents want to hang up from their web-cast because it's time for Doogie Howser to air, and they don’t want to miss it. Then Leonard, Sheldon, and Wolowitz discuss why Doogie Howser might be so popular in India.

Psych: 
The Old and the Restless
(2008) 

Shawn introduces himself as Dr. Howser, the title character played by Neil Patrick Harris.

General Hospital: Night Shift: 
Truth and Consequences
(2008) 

Doctor is called Doogie

Nip/Tuck: 
Ronnie Chase
(2009) 

Doogie Howser mentioned

Nip/Tuck: 
Ricky Wells
(2009) 

mentioned in dialogue

Drop Dead Diva: 
Dead Model Walking
(2009) 

Millie mentions it.

Community: 
Social Psychology
(2009) 

Troy refers to Jeff as "Dr. Doogie Seacrest."

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 
Doctor Who
(2010) 

mentioned by Brass

The Big C: 
Musical Chairs
(2011) 

Doogie Howser mentioned

Breaking Bad: Shotgun (2011) 
mentioned in dialogue
30 Rock: 

Dance Like Nobody's Watchin
g (2012) 
Liz says her gynecologist is a Doogie Howser type, but younger

The Newsroom: 
Bullies
(2012) 

Dr. Habib mentions the title character.

Hot in Cleveland: 
The Conversation
(2013) 

Joy calls Lloyd "Doogie Howser".

Arrested Development: 
A New Attitude
(2013) 

Mentioned in dialogue

The Vampire Diaries: 

Dead Man on Campus
(2013) 
Damon Salvatore tells Elena Gilbert over the phone, "that's what Doogie says," referring to Dr. Wes Maxfield when she asks him if Jesse feeds on vampires.

O'Bservation:
I'm not sure if this show and its spin-off 'The Originals' belong in Earth Prime-Time.  I do have a vampire-infested Toobworld - Nosferatoob - because 'Being Human' and 'True Blood' became too entrenched into everyday life of their world to remain in the main Toobworld.


Psych: 
Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement
(2014) 

Referenced by Morty

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: 
Pilot
(2014) 

Mentioned in dialogue

The Night Shift: 
Coming Home
(2014) 

Mentioned in dialogue

Gilmore Girls: 
A Year in the Life: Winter
(2016) 

Paris refers to one of her clients as "Doogie Howser."

The Goldbergs: 
Baré
(2017) 

Barry wants to go to medical school and be like Doogie Howser.

LA to Vegas: 
The Yips and the Dead
(2018) 

Artem refers to Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser during a discussion 

Instinct: 
I Heart New York
(2018) 

Mentioned by Dylan

And then there were all the mentions by the Bots on the Satellite of Love as they watched the following movies…..

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Carnival Magic (2017) 

Tom: "Never fear! Doogie Howser is here."

12 to the Moon (1994) 
Crow: "Cram it, Doogie!"

Zombie Nightmare (1994) 
Crow: "Doogie Howser, detective"

Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) 
Tom: "That's Doogie Howser, all grown up."

The Hellcats (1990) 
Joel: "Last time he made me watch 'Doogie Howser.''"

It Conquered the World (1991) 
Crow: "Who am I, Doogie Howser?!"

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992) 
"Howser...Doogie Howser"

All of those entries were supplied by the IMDb.
That was a long list!  And that’s after I excised the talk show mentions and references in reality competition shows, animation (‘The Simpsons’, ‘Rugrats’) and series which were set in other TV dimensions (‘Veep’, ‘Castle’, ‘Shameless’).  

So thank you, Andrew, for giving me another day’s grace in maintaining the blog!


BCnU!