Saturday, October 20, 2018


Next stop, Skitandia!  All aboard!


Friday, October 19, 2018


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. 


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.


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


“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.

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.


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.

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



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 McAvoy:

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:  

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.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Today is the 102nd birthday of actress Rita Hayworth. If you’re reading this on the day or soon after, you may have found the link via my FB pages for the Toobworld Dynamic or TVXOHOF.  But if all goes well, it will be buried two years deep into the Inner Toob blog for a celebration of her 100th birthday.

I had never thought of her being qualified for the Television Crossover Hall of Fame as a member of the League of Themselves.  She barely made a blip in Toobworld, unlike others better known for the fictional televersions of themselves like Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, and Bob Hope among many others.

But over the years I’ve softened my stance on several fronts, including the premise that if someone is refeenced then it verifies their existence in Earth Prime-Time.  And so it is for the iconic pin-up girl of the 1940s….


From Wikipedia:
Margarita Carmen Hayworth (née Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "The Love Goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.

Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir “Gilda”, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role. She is also known for her performances in “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939), “The Lady from Shanghai” (1947), “Pal Joey” (1957), and “Separate Tables” (1958). Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, “You'll Never Get Rich” (1941) and “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942), once called her his favorite dance partner. She also starred in the Technicolor musical “Cover Girl” (1944), with Gene Kelly. She is listed as one of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time in the American Film Institute's survey, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars.

For her movies, “Gilda” and “Lady From Shanghai” are the two that definitely links for her in Toobworld, with “Gilda” actually seen by characters on our TV screens.  But it’s her iconic role as the pin-up queen which cements her place in pop culture.  She serves as a signpost to alert many viewers that what they’re watching is taking place in the 1940s.

Here are those referential touchstones which cement the existence of her televersion in the main Toobworld.  Let’s begin with the actual appearance by Rita Hayworth as herself.

The Carol Burnett Show
Episode #4.3

Highlights of this show include: a salute to Columbia Pictures, featuring the famous "Golda" (spoof of "Gilda")

Had it been any other variety show on which Rita Hayworth appeared, it might not have counted as part of her tally.  But ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ is part of the life within Toobworld:

Here's Lucy
Lucy and Carol Burnett

There is a scene in which Lucy and her kids attend a taping.

Here's Lucy
Lucy Helps David Frost Go Night-Night

Lucy mentions that she saw David Frost on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Frost had been one of Carol's celebrity guests on March 22, 1971

And here are the other TV shows in which Rita Hayworth was just referenced not seen, beginning with shows set in the war years (in no particular order otherwise.)

Hogan's Heroes
Sergeant Schultz Meets Mata Hari

Sticky Wicket Newkirk

The poster hidden in the bunk panel is of the famous WWII Rita Hayworth pin-up.

O’Bservation – It was Brad Fillipone’s collage (above) which was posted on a Facebook page celebrating Ms. Hayworth on her 102nd birthday which made me realizes that she is a part of Earth Prime-Time as more than just a reference.

McHale's Navy
A Star Falls on Taratupa

[The crew is making Hollywood pin-up pictures to sell]

Lester Gruber:
Alright let's move it, guys! We have orders to fill. Let me see… we have orders for six Rita Hayworths, four Ginger Rogers, a dozen pictures of Trigger….
George Christopher:
Lester Gruber:
Yeah, from the Army Cavalry Unit. They've been out here a long time.

Bomb Girls
Where There's Smoke

Victory Munitions hosts a star-studded cavalcade to raise money for war bonds.
O’Bservation – I’m only assuming Ms. Hayworth was one of the stars who showed up.

The Pacific

You must've been through a lot.  Well, here we are.
So what's next?
I don't know….  I didn't get that far.
And why me?  Why not Rita Hayworth or Betty Grable? Because I know you-#
Bob, you don't....  You don't really know me.

And looking back on “the Big One”….

The Golden Girls
Rose: Portrait of a Woman

Miles Webber:
Let me tell you something: Back when I was in the Army, inside my locker I kept a picture of Betty Grable, and she was wearing a lot less than you were wearing in my birthday photo. Sweetheart, she was the darling of America.
Rose Nylund:
Miles, she was in her twenties, and she had the most beautiful legs on the planet.
Miles Webber:
Ah... the *second* most beautiful.
Rose Nylund: [flattered]
Oh, Miles.
Miles Webber:
Rita Hayworth had a set of gams on her, boy....

We’re going to leave Earth Prime-Time for a moment to take a look at the post war years in Comix Toobworld….

Agent Carter
Bridge and Tunnel

Peggy Carter:
So we're scanning everyone on the Roxxon's staff. There's a chance this is an inside job.
Jack Thompson:
Yeah, there's a chance I take Rita Hayworth home tonight, but it's unlikely, if you catch my drift.
Better Angels
Peggy Carter:
Did you watch it?
Jack Thompson:
If Rita Hayworth's not in it, I'm not interested.

We go back to the main Toobworld and run through the other references.

Deep Space Nine
Little Green Men

Hayworth was featured on the July 1947 page on a calendar in an United States Army Air Corps base near Roswell, New Mexico.

Magic City
Feeding Frenzy

This is your little girl's Bat Mitzvah.
Oh, my God.  I went to bed with Rita Hayworth and woke up with Golda Meir.

Mad Men  
The Jet Set

“I have a list of conditions and an alimony that could support Rita Hayworth.”

All in the Family
Lionel Steps Out


I am telling you that whites should only dance with whites! You don’t believe me, look at the movies - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth -#
Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson.

Will & Grace
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me in the Closet and I'm So Sad


George: [To Grace]
And who looks more like Rita Hayworth every day, huh?
Oh, George, you're gonna spoil me.
The other Rita Hayworth.

Modern Family
The Big Guns

Hey, dad, what's the... what's the plot of that Rita Hayworth movie? My friends here were wondering.
That's my cue. Time to help my boy get rid of a boat. Uh, "Lady from Shanghai"?
That's the one. I... I can't remember all the details.
Pretty sure there was a horse in that movie.
Or was it a baby? Funny thing... none of it was in Shanghai. Or was all of it in Shanghai? Anyway, where was I? Oh, right. So, either the horse or this baby...

To Trouble
In this episode, Mike Ross ended up in prison.
Now, when I get back, if there's a hole in the mirror covered by a Rita Hayworth poster, I will not be happy.

District Manager

Myrtle challenges Jonah to name one picture Ginger Rogers was better than Rita Hayworth in.

The Blacklist
Zarak Mosadek (No. 23)

Red is watching “Gilda” when Elizabeth comes to see him.

Modern Love
Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am
Lexi mentions the film “Gilda” and the title character in voice-over several times. Lexi is seen watching the film on TV.


Baptiste talks to Kim Vogel about Hayworth in an attempt to gain information from her about Natalie, after noticing that she has several DVDs of Hayworth's films:

You Were Never Lovelier

Miss Sadie Thompson

And the 1946 “Gilda” poster was on the wall at the Dream Room Club.

Here are a few other TV show episodes which mention Rita Hayworth:


Two of a Kind

Laverne & Shirley
Not Quite New York


We know Rita Hayworth exists in other Toobworlds as well.

MOTW Toobworld
RKO 281
(1999 TV Movie
Mrs. Harris
(2005 TV Movie)

Towards Zero


And in an alternate timeline for Earth Prime-Time:

Star Trek: Enterprise
Storm Front

From Memory Alpha:
A German SS officer claimed that Americans were good at making movies with stars like Hayworth, Betty Grable and Veronica Lake, but not at fighting. 

Welcome to the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, Rita Hayworth!


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: 

‘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

Balki mentioned Doogie Howser.

Mama's Family: 
Bye Bye Baby

Mama mentions the title

Night Court: 
Melvin and Harold

Main character reference

Night Court: 
Still Another Day in the Life

A child surgeon is called Loogie by Christine.

Parker Lewis Can't Lose: 
Jerry's First Date

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

Parker Lewis Can't Lose: 
Love Handles

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

Saved by the Bell: 

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

Less Is More

Doogie Howser appears in Roseanne's dream.

Married with Children:
High I.Q.

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

Melrose Place:
Leap of Faith

Billy says, "Move over, Doogie Howser".

Saved by the Bell: 
Screech's Spaghetti Sauce

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

Designing Women: 
Oh Dog, Poor Dog

Mentioned by name.

Caroline in the City: 
Caroline and the Twenty-Eight-Pound Walleye

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

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

The One Hundredth

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

Matt references the show.

Big Wolf on Campus: 
The Exor-Sis

Dean confuses Tommy with Doogie Howser.

Re-Enter the Dragon

Peter calls Adam 'Doogie'

Twelfth Step to Hell

Peter mentions the show.

The Longer You Stay

Carter called Doogie

My Fifteen Minutes

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

Gilmore Girls: 
Run Away, Little Boy

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

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 

Willow mentions Doogie Howser fan fic.

Gilmore Girls: 
The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

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

The O.C.: 
The Rager

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

Gilmore Girls: 
Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out

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

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

My Buddy's Booty

JD is called Doogie

My Extra Mile

Mentioned in dialogue

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 
The Unusual Suspect

Hodges refers to Marlon as Doogie Howser.

The Jerk

Nate calls Chase 'Doogie'

If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?

Shawn calls a kid Doogie.

The Big Bang Theory: 
The Grasshopper Experiment

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.

The Old and the Restless

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

General Hospital: Night Shift: 
Truth and Consequences

Doctor is called Doogie

Ronnie Chase

Doogie Howser mentioned

Ricky Wells

mentioned in dialogue

Drop Dead Diva: 
Dead Model Walking

Millie mentions it.

Social Psychology

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

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 
Doctor Who

mentioned by Brass

The Big C: 
Musical Chairs

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: 

Dr. Habib mentions the title character.

Hot in Cleveland: 
The Conversation

Joy calls Lloyd "Doogie Howser".

Arrested Development: 
A New Attitude

Mentioned in dialogue

The Vampire Diaries: 

Dead Man on Campus
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.

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.

Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement

Referenced by Morty

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: 

Mentioned in dialogue

The Night Shift: 
Coming Home

Mentioned in dialogue

Gilmore Girls: 
A Year in the Life: Winter

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

The Goldbergs: 

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

LA to Vegas: 
The Yips and the Dead

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

I Heart New York

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!