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Doctor, Doctor aired from June 1989 until July 1991 on CBS.
Mike Stratford ( Matt Frewer), was an idealistic, eccentric physician working in a group medical practice in Providence, Rhode Island. A general practitioner whose principal motivation was caring for the sick rather than getting rich, Mike was often at odds with his more cash-flow conscious partners-Abe( Julius Carry), his best friend and the group's mediator; Grant ( Beau Granville), a talented but avaricious cardiologist; and Dierdre ( Maureen Mueller) , Mike's sarcastic former girlfriend whose medical practice was much more successful than her social life. Faye ( Audrie J. Neenan), was their know-it-all nurse/receptionist and Richard ( Tony Carreiro), was Mike's gay brother, a college English Professor. Mike was also Co-Host, with Pia Bismark (Sarah Abrell), of " Wake Up Providence" a local morning tv show on which he provided off-beat ( but sound) medical information. A renaissance man, he had also written an unsuccessful novel, Panacea.
In the fall of 1990, Grant's neurotic, recently divorced younger sister, Leona ( Anne Elizabeth Ramsey), moved to Providence with her 8 year old daughter, Emily ( anna slotky). A psychiatrist, she set up her office in the same building in which her brother's group practice was located. She had a brief fling with Mike. The following spring, Abe seperated from his wife of almost 20 years and made his first tenative steps back into the dating world.
A Review From The New York Times
Review/Television; 'Doctor': Medicine As Farce
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: June 19, 1989
''Doctor, Doctor'' on CBS is to Marcus Welby what Max Headroom was to Ted Koppel. As a matter of fact, ''Doctor, Doctor,'' a sitcom having a trial run on Monday nights at 10:30, stars Matt Frewer, who portrayed Max from his early days of brilliant irreverence on cable to his eventual suffocation in ABC's commercial packaging. Mr. Frewer is now splendidly demonstrating that his own talent for inspired wackiness is not likely to suffer the same fate.
''Doctor, Doctor'' was created by Norman Steinberg, the executive producer, who also has written most of the episodes, and even directed some of them. Mr. Steinberg wrote the movie scripts for Mel Brooks's ''Blazing Saddles'' and for ''My Favorite Year,'' a thinly disguised tribute to ''Your Show of Shows,'' the television series that starred Sid Caesar. This is where Mr. Steinberg is coming from. ''Doctor, Doctor'' clearly plans to keep going in the same direction of determined looniness.
Mr. Frewer is Dr. Michael Stratford, an idealistic Rhode Island physician who somehow has become part of a medical partnership in which the other members are considerably more corporate minded. Grant Linowitz (Beau Gravitte), the matinee-idol cardiologist, looks on funerals as great networking opportunites. The idea of a Designated Mourner is considered. Dierdre Bennett (Maureen Mueller) is practical and simmering.
Grant: ''You know, Dierdre, sex isn't the answer to everything.''
Dierdre, thoughtfully: ''It works for me.''
And Abraham Butterfield (Julius Carry 3d), the wry peacemaker, is skeptical about Mike's lingering visions of a doctor with battered black bag and kindly disposition. ''When push comes to shove,'' Abe says, ''this is what I want to be, not Marcus Welby.''
Mike's world isn't limited to his doctor's office. He has written a novel and, after plugging the book on local television, has become the medical expert for the morning show ''Wake Up, Providence.'' Had he ever done television work before? ''I played Klaus Barbie in 'War and Remembrance,' '' Mike says amiably. At home, he jousts with Mom (Inga Swenson) and Dad (Dakin Matthews), a successful surgeon who considers the very idea of house calls obscene. Mike's brother Richard (Tony Carriero), a writer and critic, is gay, which doesn't play well with their father. Dad, disapprovingly: ''Are you still gay?'' Richard: ''Not flamboyantly.'' Mike exclaims in mock horror, ''Homophobia, what's that - a fear of full-fat milk?''
With a shock of worryingly wispy hair rising atop his receding hairline, the lean and angular Mr. Frewer dazzlingly flits in and out of whatever personality the occasion warrants. He can switch instantly from routines suggesting Pee-wee Herman or Martin Short's Ed Grimley to serious moments as a disappointed lover or frustrated doctor. Even the other actors seem unsure of what's coming next. This particular territory is no longer the private preserve of Robin Williams.
On a house call in tonight's episode, the second, a concerned Mike tries to cajole a crusty Mrs. Palumbo (Gloria Manos) into coming to his office for a full checkup. Pointing to a crucifix behind her, she explains she has someone else watching over her. ''Willem Dafoe?'' asks the wide-eyed doctor. Dropping names like like Pia Zadora, Pat Sajak, Jack Lord, Woody Allen, George Hamilton and Robert Mitchum as Pug Henry, Mr. Steinberg skips maliciously past the artifacts of pop culture, with a little something to offend just about everybody. Having laughed and occasionally howled my way through five of the six test episodes, I'm looking forward to a lot more.
An Article from People Magazine
* July 17, 1989
* Vol. 32
* No. 3
With Max Headroom Behind Him, Matt Frewer Mad-Libs Through Doctor, Doctor and a Smash Film
By Margot Dougherty, Michael Alexander
Matt Frewer is sitting in a lawn chair on the back patio of his new Marina del Rey house, luxuriating in the space he can call home. "It's peaceful," he says. Besides, in his mecca within Smog City, "it's nice not to bump into what you breathe." The inside of the modern three-bedroom house provides a similar freedom of movement. Discounting an Oriental rug and the previous tenants' curtains, which, Frewer notes, "you could probably make a burlap nightie out of," the decor is, in its owner's words, "kind of minimalist, kind of Japanese, kind of barren."
Life, on the other hand, is chock full these days for the kinetically deadpan actor best known until lately as the pre-prosthetic face of TV's favorite stuttering veejay and Coke pitchman, Max Headroom. Frewer has taken a right-angle turn to play Big Russ Thompson, Rick Moranis's oafish neighbor in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, which earned Disney its biggest opening weekend take at the box office in history $14 million. "It beat Three Men and a Baby, Good Morning, Vietnam, Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Son of Flubber!" says Frewer delightedly. "And it was up against the Flying Rodent!" (Probably better known as Batman.) That's just the half of it. Frewer's latest TV project, Doctor, Doctor, has critics howling through its crackpot comic sketches. The limited-run CBS series (the last episode airs Monday, July 24) stars Frewer as Dr. Mike Stratford, a madcap medical man in a clinic of straitlaced yup-ster MDs. More than his other roles, Stratford reflects the ricocheting, manic wit that has earned Frewer, 31, valid comparisons with Robin Williams. "The producers told me early on, 'Anytime you want to ad-lib or improvise, go to it,' " he says. "That's an unusual situation to get into in TV. With Max, if I wanted to change punctuation, I practically had to phone it in in advance."
Such constraints are alien to Frewer's naturally chaotic state. He seems barely able to sit in his chair, as though the very potential for stillness makes him itch. "I'm definitely twitchy," he admits, bobbing his head and shifting position. "But I'm better at focusing my energy now. When I was younger, I didn't cope as well with juggling a lot of different things. Now I feel more at home in my skin." Fact is, Frewer loves relaxing. "My wife and I have a new hobby," he says, looking out over the canal below the patio. "Every morning when the tide comes in, we watch little feces float down, and at the end of the day we watch them float up. "
Eliminated matter is something of a theme for Frewer. Never mind the chat about the "stereo poops" his and actress wife Amanda Hillwood's twin bearded collies leave around the house, or about the "wee-wee pads" that are supposed to house-train the dogs. Ask him about proposing to Amanda, 32. "I was walking along the street, looking down on the ground, and I almost stepped in a pile of dog poo," he says. "And instead of going 'Whoooa!' I said, 'Will you marry me?' I can actually thank a dog with bowel problems for my being married."
Psychiatrists would have to listen for hours to find an explanation for Frewer's scatology. Could it come from his father? Dad, after all, probably heard plenty of bathroom jokes as a pro hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, then as an officer in the Navy. Capt. Fred Frewer and Gill, a housewife, moved their family (Matt's the second youngest of five) from Washington, D.C., to Ontario, Canada, when Matt was 3 weeks old. Matt's plans to follow in his father's skating steps fell through after a high school leg injury. Ditching thoughts of college, he left for England to study acting. After three years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he went on to perform several Shakespeare roles with various British repertory companies. By 1984, Matt had tired of the straight and serious and decided to market a new image. He printed up glossies of himself glaring maniacally into the camera while sitting on the toilet (there it is again!) and made up a resume for his fictitious alter ego, Claude Pissoir (and again!), an actor "from not so gay Paree, where only the river is Seine."
"I just wanted to shake things up a bit," says Frewer. "I was feeling coltish,a song in my heart and wet hay on my breath." He answered auditions as Pissoir "dressed like Gerard Depardieu in an undershirt, chain-smoking." Nobody bit. "Some people would say, 'Who is this jerk?' " Others would say, 'Who is this jerk?' " Luckily, the Max Headroom opportunity came along shortly thereafter, providing Frewer with another "vehicle to put my own stuff into."
In 1987 Matt brought Max to Los Angeles,nearly 6,000 miles away from Amanda. The couple had met five years earlier when both were acting unknowns handled by the same agent, and married two years later. By the time Matt was established as Max, Amanda was making a name for herself with a BBC series, so they began two years of intercontinental commutes and calls. "The phone bills were huge," she says. "The most outrageous was $5,000 for three months. I thought we'd go bust if we carried on like that." Fortunately her series ended, and last February, Amanda moved to L.A.
"It's really neat," says Frewer of the novelty of living with his wife. While Amanda hopes to transplant her career and Matt waits for the prognosis on Doctor, Doctor (it may be picked up as a mid-season replacement this fall), the couple are collaborating on a sequel to The Fez Brothers, a children's book they wrote in 1985. The Fez Brothers in Hollywood'will have the protagonists whom Frewer describes as "two wayward Moroccans who leave the doldrums of Casablanca for the bright lights of London and find overnight pop stardom" getting jobs as hot-tub cleaners in LaLa Land. Maybe in the next installment, the boys will turn their attention to tidying up that canal.
Margot Dougherty, Michael Alexander in Los Angeles
An Article from USA TODAY
Published on October 18, 1990
ON TV/ BY MATT ROUSH
'Doctor,' just what CBS ordered
Open wide and say "Ha!"
Doctor, Doctor is the Peewee's Playhouse of sitcoms, a freewheeling dose of manic nonsense starring a rubberfaced and mercurial geek whose bedside manner is broad, to say the least.
Now on a high-viewership night, in a suitable time period, the long adrift Doctor may finally prove the cure to what ails CBS in this competitive slot ( 9:30 Thursday). It's barbed laughter is better medicine than the groan of NBC's Grand.
Not since Robin Williams' Mork or ALF's Alf has there been a cutup with the impulsively impish appeal of Matt Frewer's Dr. Mike Stratford. Balding, braying, he's snidely unpredictable whether mapping out the skin growths on his co-anchor's back on a local morning-TV show or dressing as a giant sperm to protest his clinic's upscale renovations.
He's the dressed-down pin-head who punctures the pretensions of his partners, especially the vain and glorious Grant ( Beau Gravitte) and sourpuss sex bomb Dierdre ( Maureen Mueller), who in tonight's unusually outlandish episode becomes a literal man-killer-in a cockpit yet.
Most epissodes are gag-heavy, but also have a conscience. Mike's hilarious squabbles with prim TV personality Hugh Parsons( Brian George) gained depth last season when we learned Hugh had tested positive for the HIV virus. This season he may lose his job because of it.
Mike's relationship with his gay brother Richard ( Tony Carreiro) is similarly well-handled, unforced yet sardonic. A standout episode yet to air finds Richard coming to terms with his homophobic father after a family crisis-all while Mike is decked out in pink dress and pumps.
Doctor, Doctor has heart and soul, wit and spirit. Take one episode and call your affiliate with praise in the morning.
Here is Julius Carey's Obituary from Variety
Posted: Wed., Aug. 20, 2008, 6:07pm PT
Character actor Julius Carry dies at 56
Veteran thesp played Sho'nuff in 'Last Dragon'
By Variety Staff
Character actor Julius Carry died Aug. 19 in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
He had recurring roles on TV shows including "Two Guys And Girl," "Boy Meets World," "Grown Ups," "The District," "Cosby," "Murphy Brown," "It's A Living" and "Duet."
Carry appeared in more than 100 guest roles including "Hill Street Blues," "Jag," "Spin City" and "Moesha."
He also appeared as the villain Sho'nuff in the cult pic "The Last Dragon." Other feature credits included "The New Guy," "Moving," "World Gone Wild," "The Man With The Red Shoe" and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh."
Born in Chicago, his first screen credit was in "Disco Godfather."
Carry is survived by his wife Naomi.
Donations may be made to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
To watch some clips from Doctor, Doctor go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=doctor%2C+doctor++matt+frewer
For Tim's TV Playhouse go to https://web.archive.org/web/20101225012655/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/doctor.html
For a Page on Doctor, Doctor go to http://www.dailyping.com/archive/2002/07/31/doctor-doctor/
For a Review of Doctor, Doctor go to http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=23&ved=0CCsQFjACOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgreatbutforgotten.blogspot.com%2F2011%2F07%2Fdoctor-doctor-tv.html&ei=dlTUTsSZIsangwexodSiAQ&usg=AFQjCNG7y6L3AmG00b1BO59ShlM-a0hARQ&sig2=gNiNnJgFCL4xDZ6Y5J9V1w
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmDurvRTXEw
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