Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.

American TV series

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Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.
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Based onDoogie Howser, M.D.
by Steven Bochco & David E. Kelley
Developed byKourtney Kang
Theme music composerMike Post
ComposerWendy Wang
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Megan Mascena
  • Sasha Stroman
CinematographyTimothy Gillis
  • Hugh Ross
  • Matthew Freund
  • Sarah Lucky
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time26–34 minutes
Production companies
  • Kang-Rosenblatt Productions
  • The Detective Agency
  • Steven Bochco Productions
  • 20th Television
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08) –
present (present)
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Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. is an American family medical comedy-drama developed by Kourtney Kang that is based on the 1989–93 ABC television series Doogie Howser, M.D.. It stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as the title character of Lahela "Doogie" Kameāloha, and Kathleen Rose Perkins, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Jason Scott Lee, and Ronny Chieng in supporting roles. The series premiered on September 8, 2021 on Disney+.[1]


Lahela "Doogie" Kameāloha is a teenaged child prodigy juggling her high school life and family with an early medical career. As well as having to deal with balancing her relationship with her mother, who is also her boss. The series is not a direct continuation of Doogie Howser, M.D.; rather, the characters acknowledge that series as a television show and give Lahela the nickname "Doogie" in reference to it.



  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Lahela "Doogie" Kameāloha,[2] a 16-year-old University of Hawaii Medical School graduate. She earned the nickname "Doogie" as an in-universe reference to the show Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • Emma Meisel as Steph Denisco,[2] Doogie's best friend
  • Matt Sato as Kai Kameāloha,[2] Doogie's older brother
  • Wes Tian as Brian Patrick Kameāloha,[2] Doogie's younger brother
  • Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Charles Zeller,[2] one of Doogie's colleagues at Oahu Health Medical Center
  • Mapuana Makia as Noelani Nakayama,[2] another colleague of Doogie's at Oahu Health Medical Center
  • Kathleen Rose Perkins as Dr. Clara Hannon,[2] Doogie's mother and the chief of medicine at Oahu Health Medical Center where Doogie works
  • Jason Scott Lee as Benny Kameāloha,[2] Doogie's father and the owner of a food truck called Benny's Shave Ice and Flowers


  • Ronny Chieng as Dr. Lee,[2][a] a heart surgeon at Oahu Health Medical Center
  • Alex Aiono as Walter Taumata,[2] a local teenage surfer whom Doogie is romantically interested in

Guest stars

  • Barry Bostwick as Will, a patient of Lahela's suffering from heart failure who passes away in the first episode. He is the first patient she's ever lost and originally the only person allowed to call her Doogie.
  • Randall Park as Dr. Choi, the chief of staff at Oahu Health Medical Center who leaving for another position with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Magic Johnson as Himself
  • Margaret Cho as Frankie, a patient of Lahela's who has chronic renal failure and needs a new kidney
  • Max Greenfield as Dr. Arthur Goldstein


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]Prod.
1"Aloha – The Hello One"Jake KasdanKourtney KangSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)1FSF01
2"Love Is a Mystery"Erin O'MalleyAlison BennettSeptember 15, 2021 (2021-09-15)1FSF02
3"License to Not Drive"Erin O'MalleySasha StromanSeptember 22, 2021 (2021-09-22)1FSF03
4"Lahela & Stitch"Jesse BochcoSteve JoeSeptember 29, 2021 (2021-09-29)1FSF04
5"Dunk Cost"Randall ParkPatrick Kang & Michael LevinOctober 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)1FSF05
6"Career Babes"Jesse BochcoHayley Adams & JoEllen RedlingshaferOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13)1FSF06
7"Mom-Mentum"Sean KavanaghMathew HarawitzOctober 20, 2021 (2021-10-20)1FSF07
8"Talk-Story"Gina RodriguezMatt KuhnOctober 27, 2021 (2021-10-27)1FSF08
9"Scutwork"[4]TBATBANovember 3, 2021 (2021-11-03)TBA
10"Aloha – The Goodbye One"[4]TBATBANovember 10, 2021 (2021-11-10)TBA


It was announced in April 2020 that a female-led remake of Doogie Howser, M.D. was put into development at Disney+, developed by Kourtney Kang. The series is set in Hawaii to reflect Kang's background.[5] In September 2020, it was picked to series by Disney+.[6] In January 2020, Peyton Elizabeth Lee was cast in the titular role,[7] with Kathleen Rose Perkins,[8] Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman,[9] and Jason Scott Lee cast as leads.[10] Mapuana Makia and Matthew Sato joined the cast as series regulars in the following months.[11][12] In March 2021, Ronny Chieng joined in a recurring role while Emma Meisel was cast in a main role.[3][13] Filming began on December 7, 2020, in Honolulu and Los Angeles.[14]


The series premiered on Disney+ on September 8, 2021. The rest of the episodes are scheduled to be released weekly on Wednesdays.[1]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 12 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "With a winning cast and a great bedside manner, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. pays homage to its predecessor while successfully carving its own charming path."[15] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 75 out of 100 based on 5 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]


  1. ^ Ronny Chieng is credited as "Special Guest Star" but is a recurring cast member.[3]


  1. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (August 3, 2021). "'Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.': Disney+ Reveals Premiere Date And First Look At Young Prodigy". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. Fact Sheet" (PDF). Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. August 3, 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 5, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b White, Peter (March 5, 2021). "'Doogie Kamealoha, MD': 'The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng Joins 'Doogie Howser' Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 5, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Shows A-Z - doogie kamealoha, m.d. on disney plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 8, 2020). "'Doogie Howser' Female-Led Reboot 'Doogie Kealoha, M.D.' In Works At Disney+ From Kourtney Kang". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 28, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 10, 2020). "'Doogie Howser' Female-Led Reboot 'Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.' Picked Up To Series By Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 10, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise. "Peyton Elizabeth Lee To Play Title Role In Female-Led 'Doogie Howser' Reboot On Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 14, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.': Kathleen Rose Perkins To Star In 'Doogie Howser' Reboot At Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 15, 2021). "Doogie Howser Reboot at Disney Plus Casts Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on January 17, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 27, 2021). "'Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.': Jason Scott Lee To Star In 'Doogie Howser' Reboot At Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 27, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 5, 2021). "'Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.': Mapuana Makia Joins 'Doogie Howser' Reboot At Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (March 3, 2021). "'Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.': Matthew Sato Joins 'Doogie Howser' Reboot At Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (March 5, 2021). "'Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.': Emma Meisel Joins 'Doogie Howser' Reboot At Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 5, 2021. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  14. ^ "Doogie Kamealoha, M.D." Film & Television Industry Alliance. Archived from the original on January 10, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  15. ^ "Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  16. ^ "Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 8, 2021.

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