St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

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The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Victor Ehrlich (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Mark Craig (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Wayne Fiscus (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Jack Morrison (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Nurse Helen Rosenthal (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Philip Chandler (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Daniel Auschlander (132 episodes, 1982-1988)
Eric Laneuville ...
 Luther Hawkins / ... (128 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Donald Westphall (121 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Elliot Axelrod / ... (97 episodes, 1983-1988)
 Dr. Jacqueline Wade (86 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Ellen Craig (77 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Annie Cavanero (68 episodes, 1982-1985)
 Dr. Robert Caldwell (64 episodes, 1983-1987)
 Nurse Lucy Papandrao (62 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Dr. Peter White (55 episodes, 1982-1987)


This hour-long dramatic series featured life at St. Eligius Hospital, headed by Drs. Donald Westphall and Daniel Auschlander. Every year, new residents would walk down the halls of St. Eligius; learning to deal with perfectionist Cardiovascular Surgeon Mark Craig was only the beginning of the way the hospital and its interesting patients would change their lives forever. Written by Phil Fernando

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26 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chefarzt Dr. Westphall  »

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Just like ER - St. Elsewhere does a 5 minute straight shot scene with a single moving camera where cast members jumps in & out doing their lines & if someone screws up (especially the last group) the whole thing is to be re-done again - from the start. See more »


Dr. Mark Craig: Do me a favor, say "moose and squirrel".
Natasha: [in her thick Russian accent] Moose and squirrel.
Dr. Mark Craig: That's what I thought.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, they show the MTM kitten wearing a surgical mask and smock to match the show. In final episode, the MTM kitten is shown underneath the credits, hooked up to life-support. At the end of the credits, the kitten flatlines. See more »


Referenced in Dharma & Greg: Protecting the Ego-System (2002) See more »


St. Elsewhere
by Dave Grusin
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One of the best
8 February 2002 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

There is much to be said about St Elsewhere and its immense importance in defining the modern Television drama. The series set the formula for how future medical dramas would be produced. Physicians were not perfect individuals, and patients died. Doctors and nurses were "real people", and they, as did the patients, cope with day to day life inside and outside the confines of St Eligious hospital.

St Elswehere would bring the viewer into a drama filled hospital, where both doctors and patients interacted. The writers while giving us a look into the lives of both the Physician and patient, mercifully avoided a soap opera like atmosphere. They were instead disciplined in the intercourse between doctor and patient, and everything in between. They explored issues that TV had previously considered taboo, and handled those subjects in a mature, responsible manner, while never disregarding the intellect of the audience, and their ability to hold attention to dialogue.

Comparatively St Elsewhere moved on a slower pace than it's modern counterpart, "ER". The writers gave you scenes and story-lines that would cause the viewer to slow down and think, and avoided fast paced vacuous imagery and verbiage. Rarely did their ER blow-up, or the hospital fall victim to a helicopter crash. While there were expeditious Emergency Room exhibits in the St Elsewhere series, they did not bounce back and forth the camera like a ping-pong in an attempt to keep us amused. Instead, they focused on dialogue, the characters, and most imortant the plot.

Its drama along with real and diverse characters, will ensure its place in history, as one of televisions best series. St. Elsewhere is a prime example of how big ratings mean very little in defining a shows value or place in Televisions hierarchy.

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