423 votes


CBS 1998

Ted Danson (Cheers) starred as Dr. John Becker, a dedicated and talented physician with a gruff exterior. Unfortunately, his interior isn't all that warm and fuzzy either. While he offends those around who try to get close to him, he is extremely dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx where he always goes the extra mile to help those in need.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Becker

Becker - S6E1

#1 - What's Love Got To Do With It? (Season 6 - Episode 1)

John and Chris reluctantly confront their feelings for each other in the sixth-season opener. Meanwhile, Chris is furious over an outrageously high hospital bill and tries to get some of the charges dismissed in a meeting with an unsympathetic hospital administrator (Paul Dooley). Jake sells his dreadlocks to pay his rent.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 56 votes.

Becker - S5E22

#2 - Daytime Believer (Season 5 - Episode 22)

John realizes he still has feelings for Chris after a series of romantic dreams about her, but he fears she doesn't feel the same way about him. Meanwhile, Linda lives in fear that something bad is going to happen to her after she is involved in an accident on her way to work

The episode was rated 8.08 from 51 votes.

Becker - S2E9

#3 - Hate Thy Neighbor (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Confined to his apartment during the recuperation period, Becker is subjected to the intruding lifestyles of those who live in his building, which has him seeing red. His mood brightens -- temporarily -- when his doctor from the hospital, Elizabeth Carson, makes a house call. Meanwhile, "good help is hard to find" takes on a new meaning when Margaret and Linda try to find a doctor to fill in for Becker.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 63 votes.

Becker - S6E13

#4 - DNR (Season 6 - Episode 13)

In the series finale, Becker realizes he's happy, but Chris fears that John is going to break up with her after he invites her to dinner at a nice restaurant; Jake used his inheritance from his grandmother to go off to Northwestern University; and Linda finds a new Italian boyfriend on the subway.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 39 votes.

Becker - S5E11

#5 - Once Upon a Time (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Margaret looks back 10 years to her first meeting with John, when she persuaded him to hire her and keep his practice open instead of closing shop and returning to Boston. Meanwhile, Bob hides at the diner from an angry tenant who wants him to fix a clogged drain; and Chris finds Jake's old keyboard.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 44 votes.

Becker - S6E3

#6 - A Little Ho-mance (Season 6 - Episode 3)

John tries to plan a romantic first date with Chris, but unforeseen obstacles keep cropping up; Jake gets shocking news about his grandmother after she dies in a retirement home.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 42 votes.

Becker - S4E17

#7 - Picture Imperfect (Season 4 - Episode 17)

John is elated to learn that an article he submitted is being published in The New York Medical Journal, but when it appears, his article is accompanied by a picture of an overweight, unattractive stranger. After constant phone calls to correct the mistake, John is finally able to meet Wally, the editor, but then even more damage occurs. Meanwhile, Jake loses his hearing after going to a concert, and Linda is the dumpee-not the dumper-when she goes out Arnoldo the water delivery man.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 33 votes.

Becker - S4E13

#8 - Barter Sauce (Season 4 - Episode 13)

John agrees to give free medical care to Bob, Reggie and Jake in exchange for repairs, food and magazines.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 42 votes.

Becker - S3E5

#9 - The Usual Suspects (Season 3 - Episode 5)

Becker's office is vandalized, and many, many people appear to have a plausible motive. It turns out that it was just Linda throwing a party, but she goes on a date with the clueless cop assigned to the case to keep him quiet. Meanwhile, Bob has been hanging out in Becker's apartment during the day and impersonating the doctor.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 54 votes.

Becker - S5E17

#10 - Thank You for Not Smoking (Season 5 - Episode 17)

John feels like climbing the walls after Chris bans smoking from the diner and Margaret won't let him light up in the office. Elsewhere, Bob convinces Jake that Amanda is cheating on him after Jake unwittingly walks into the diner wearing lime green pants that are too small for him; and Linda persuades John to treat a friend's dog.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 39 votes.

Becker - S5E5
#11 - The Grand Gesture
Season 5 - Episode 5

John becomes jealous when Chris turns down his offer to watch a movie with him and instead goes out with another man. Later, in an awkward attempt to show Chris his true feelings, John shows up at her job and inadvertently gets her into trouble.

The episode was rated from 48 votes.
Becker - S3E8
#12 - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Season 3 - Episode 8

Becker decides to quit smoking -- unfortunately, on a day when nothing goes right; Margaret is worried that her marriage is falling apart when her husband plans a trip to Atlantic City without her; when Linda keeps screwing up an X-ray, she convinces an old woman that she's crazy to get the woman to keep coming in for new X-rays; Bob, instead of fixing Becker's broken radiator, sleeps in Becker's bed and breaks his clock radio; and Reggie makes Becker do a memory test for a school project.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Becker - S5E21
#13 - Chris's Ex
Season 5 - Episode 21

When Chris's all-too-friendly ex-husband unexpectedly shows up and stays at her apartment, Becker tries everything he can to keep the divorced duo apart.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
Becker - S4E11
#14 - Another Tricky Day
Season 4 - Episode 11

John's day is filled with wacky people, from two guys who want a prescription for marijuana to a man who is upset when he learns that he isn't dying.

The episode was rated from 48 votes.
Becker - S4E24
#15 - Everybody Loves Becker
Season 4 - Episode 24

The fourth season concludes with a romantic cliffhanger as Reggie and a new neighbor (guest star Nancy Travis) each vie for John's affection. Also, Linda takes Margaret out for a night on the town, which Margaret lives to regret.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.
Becker - S1E1
#16 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1

Becker deals with an HIV-positive child, and the fact that Reggie has inherited his favorite diner from her father.

The episode was rated from 161 votes.
Becker - S1E21
#17 - Lucky Day
Season 1 - Episode 21

A prime parking space, an unexpected tax refund and a flawless trip to the post office are just a few of the lucky breaks bestowed upon Becker. Unable to accept the idea that he might just be having a good day, he remains wary of each new stroke of luck and convinces himself that payback is on its way.

The episode was rated from 67 votes.
Becker - S2E17
#18 - The Roast That Ruined Them
Season 2 - Episode 17

Annoyed that they never hang out with other people, Becker's girlfriend, Liz, makes him throw a dinner party. Becker invites the gang, although only Reggie and her date attend -- a college boy she worries is too young for her -- unless you count the complete stranger with whom Becker seems to have the most in common.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.
Becker - S5E15
#19 - Nightmare on Becker Street
Season 5 - Episode 15

John is stalked by an elderly but frisky neighbor (Betty Garrett) who is determined to make him her man. Also: Linda decides to tell her boyfriend (Shawn Christian), who thinks she lives in L.A., the truth about where she resides.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
Becker - S1E20
#20 - Drive, They Said
Season 1 - Episode 20

Becker reluctantly agrees to shuttle Reggie, Margaret, Jake and Linda to various engagements in Queens when they learn that he's heading that way in his car. It quickly becomes a "what-was-I-thinking" scenario for the gang when Becker's terroristic skills behind the wheel cause an accident. Even More Shameless Crossover Monday winds up when Dr. Becker returns to his office waiting room to find Hilton Lucas, Doug Heffernan and Ray Barone -- side-by-side -- waiting.

The episode was rated from 66 votes.

Last updated: aug 08, 2022



**Ted Danson was awesome! And the main cast was near perfect. ** I watched the series several times over the decade and it never gets old (to me, at least.)


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