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Chicago Hope (1994–2000)

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The lives and trials of the staff of a major hospital in Chicago.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Aaron Shutt (141 episodes, 1994-2000)
 Dr. Phillip Watters (141 episodes, 1994-2000)
 Dr. Billy Kronk (106 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Dr. Dennis Hancock (104 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Dr. Diane Grad (103 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Dr. Kathryn Austin (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Dr. Keith Wilkes (96 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Dr. Jack McNeil (95 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Dr. Daniel Nyland / ... (70 episodes, 1994-1998)
 Dr. Jeffrey Geiger (60 episodes, 1994-2000)


Television medical drama in soap-opera style. Surgeons Jeffrey Geiger and Aaron Shutte battle valiantly for their patients, often coming into conflict with the hospital administration, run by Dr. Phillip Watters. Their cases are usually ethically complex, highly sensationalistic, and very melodramatic. Meanwhile, Jeffrey and Aaron, who are best friends, commiserate about the shambles their tumultuous personal lives have become.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Release Date:

18 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bolnica Čikago  »

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(141 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mandy Patinkin portrayed his character Dr. Geiger in crossover appearances in both Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Picket Fences (1992). See more »


Dr. Billy Kronk: [there has been a shooting at a video store and Billy is about to go in to do surgery on a victim. He's putting on a flack jacket. Dr Grad does not want him to go inside] Look! It's bullet proof!
Dr. Diane Grad: Stay with me and I'll buy you one for your birthday.
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Crazy Credits

After Christine Lahti joined the ensemble cast in Chicago Hope: Stand (1995), she and Adam Arkin alternated (with one exception) first and second listing in the opening credits. After Lahti left the cast at the end of Season 5, Arkin and Mark Harmon alternated first and second listing. See more »


Referenced in South Park: World Wide Recorder Concert (2000) See more »

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User Reviews

Not bad for a doctor show
27 May 1999 | by (WA) – See all my reviews

I don't really care for the genre of "doctor" TV shows, but to give Chicago Hope credit, it does have more appeal than the majority of them. I was once a faithful viewer in its first season, after seeing the characters played by Mandy Patinkin and Hector Elizondo on a brilliant "cross over" episode of Picket Fences. Back then, Chicago Hope was admirable for its "quirky" plots and great character development, but over the years it has adapted more of the "formula" doctor show(6 thousand subplots and little chance to "bond" with the characters)and I have moved on. I still catch an occasional rerun on the show, and while it would not convert me back to being a regular viewer.

I do enjoy the characters of Adam Arkin and Hector Elizondo and the others aren't bad, except Christine Lahti's "feminist" character gets tiresome, and tends to overuse and ugly word that is a part of the male anatomy. Nevertheless, even an episode consisting of her, Jayne Brook and Stacy Edwards going to the mountains that I thought I would loathe did not turn out to be too bad, considering. Mark Harmon and Peter Berg's characters bring a slight amount of life, but as I said, it's still not enough to make me watch the show regularly and I hope it does not steal viewers away from Frasier, as it prepares to face against it in the 1999-2000 season. It's not THAT great.

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