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Personal Journal of Doogie Howser - Computer journal (electronic diary) of genius teenage physician Douglas "Doogie"  Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) on the medical drama DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D./ABC/1989-93.

Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser

At the conclusion of each episode, Doogie sat at his personal computer and typed in his day's experiences (as a voyeuristic TV camera scanned each line of white text that he wrote on the monitor's blue screen).

TRIVIA NOTE: Some other diaries kept by TV characters over the years are listed below:

  • On the futuristic 21st century cartoon comedy THE JETSONS/ABC/1962-63, 15-year-old Judy Jetson recorded her inner feelings and teen angst into Di Di The Diary, her talking electronic diary (voice of Selma Diamond).

  • On the sitcom BLOSSOM/NBC/1991-95 fourteen-year-old Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) routinely kept a video diary of her day-to-day activities as a teenager.

  • On the sitcom MR. BELVEDERE/ABC/1985-90 British manservant Lynn Belvedere, living with the Owens family in Pittsburgh regularly recorded the days events in his personal diary. He later turned those memories into the book, "An American Journal: The Suburban Years."

Mr. Belvedere updates his diary

  • On the sitcom RAISING MIRANDA/CBS/1988 Miranda Marshack (Royana Black), a teenager living in Racine, Wisconsin recorded her daily activities in diary at the end of each episode concluding with "Confidentially, Miranda."

  • At the beginning and ending of each episode of the sitcom JACKSON & JILL/SYN/1949 newlywed Jill Jones (Helen Chapman) jotted daily entries into her paper diary (her words heard via voice-over narration) often concerning misadventures with her accountant husband Jackson (Todd Karns).

And long before any of these modern day record keepers, there was Johnny Yuma, (Nick Adams), a wandering Confederate soldier who kept a diary (his "book") of his travels as he roamed the post Civil War landscape of America in the frontier drama THE REBEL/ABC/1959-61.

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