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ER (1994–2009)

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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. John Carter / ... (254 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Dr. Kerry Weaver (250 episodes, 1995-2009)
 Nurse Chuny Marquez (219 episodes, 1995-2009)
 Nurse Malik McGrath (190 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Abby Lockhart / ... (189 episodes, 1999-2009)
 Dr. Luka Kovac (185 episodes, 1999-2008)
 Nurse Haleh Adams (184 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Dr. Mark Greene (182 episodes, 1994-2008)
 Dr. Peter Benton / ... (173 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Doris Pickman (168 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Dr. Elizabeth Corday (160 episodes, 1997-2009)
 Pamela Olbes (149 episodes, 1995-2009)
 Dr. Susan Lewis (142 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Jerry Markovic (137 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Dr. Gregory Pratt (136 episodes, 2002-2009)
 Nurse Carol Hathaway (136 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Dr. Neela Rasgotra / ... (129 episodes, 2003-2009)
 Frank Martin / ... (129 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Nurse Samantha Taggart (128 episodes, 2003-2009)
 Nurse Lily Jarvik (127 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Dr. Robert Romano (126 episodes, 1997-2008)
 Dr. Jing-Mei Chen / ... (120 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Dwight Zadro (117 episodes, 1995-2009)
 Nurse Lydia Wright (113 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Nurse Connie Oligario (113 episodes, 1994-2003)
 Dr. Archie Morris (112 episodes, 2003-2009)
 Dr. Doug Ross (109 episodes, 1994-2009)
 Jeanie Boulet (103 episodes, 1995-2008)


Michael Crichton has created a medical drama that chronicles life and death in a Chicago hospital emergency room. Each episode tells the tale of another day in the ER, from the exciting to the mundane, and the joyous to the heart-rending. Frenetic pacing, interwoven plot lines, and emotional rollercoastering is used to attempt to accurately depict the stressful environment found there. This show even portrays the plight of medical students in their quest to become physicians. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Did You Know?


The basketball hoop found outside the ambulance bay of the ER was actually George Clooney's idea. Apparently the actor likes to unwind in between takes by shooting some hoops. Because this, it was placed in an area of the Warner Brothers (Burbank, California) studio lot where it could be picked up by the camera. It quickly became a part of the series itself. See more »


Doctors and nurses frequently wear their stethoscopes backwards - with the binaural pointed toward the back of the head rather than the face - while listening to heart or lung sounds. In reality, this would not allow the listener to hear ANYTHING, as sound would be transmitted into the skin at the back of the outer ear rather than down the ear canal. See more »


Dr. Deb Chen: Luka's sleeping.
Dr. Susan Lewis: With who?
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Though It has Lost Its Edge Recently, ER Is Still The Best Medical Drama Produced
12 October 2007 | by (London, England, UK) – See all my reviews

Alongside The Simpsons, ER is one of the longest running US TV shows and through its successful blend of wonderful and memorable characters, intriguing story lines, strong intensity involving the cast and impressive action sequences, this medical drama is by far streets ahead of the likes of Chicago Hope and even Grey's Anatomy. Unfortunately in recent years, ER has declined in quality due to the departure of key characters, poor story lines and dull ideas, of which accounted for the decrease in viewing figures. The current crop of characters Neela, Luka, Abby, Pratt, Taggart and Barnett don't hold a candle to the experienced old rear guard of Greene, Carter, Benton, Lewis, Hathaway and Ross. They, in particular, were the original, and arguably the best set of characters the show has had.

The earlier seasons of ER were great- those times were witty, exciting and a joy to behold for us viewers. Such a shame however that when the old characters had left- or in the case of Mark Greene passed away- the writers of this drama were unable to fill that void with their newer, replacement characters, as well as good story lines and as such, the programme has suffered as a result.

There were a few story lines I didn't agree with; likewise for example, Mark Greene and Elizabeth Corday getting married together as a couple. I always had an inkling for Mark and Susan, of whom I felt had a lot more in common with each other and considering the history they had together as close friends and work colleagues they had a bond and chemistry that was like a match made in heaven. Also, a lot of ER fans preferred Mark to be with Susan, compared to those who liked Mark and Elizabeth. And so its such a shame that we never got to see Mark and Susan as a couple. There were also tragic and memorable story lines which are worth mentioning also that touched viewers hearts- Mark's brain tumour and his evitable death, Benton's son being mentally handicapped, Weaver coming to terms with her sexuality and coming out as a lesbian to her friends, work colleagues and family, and the consummation of Luka and Abbey and Ross and Carol's relationships.

The main problem with the ER though were the main characters of the earlier seasons who were on the show for a few series, and then suddenly they are written off. It doesn't matter how many new ideas, characters you introduce to the show because it is the original ideas, characters and realism of the show, of which worked so well in the first place that should be further developed. I wouldn't say that ER has jumped the shark, but it is certainly no longer the same show as it was back in 1994. ER is currently in its 14th season and whilst it is somewhat of an impressive feat, many of the original cast have gone and yet it can be argued that in reference to the current season the show has gradually become boring and stale, the longer it has gone on.

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end- and ER perhaps is no exception. Perhaps now it is the time to lay this ghost to rest. As much as it is arguably the best and most successful medical drama in TV history, ER during the last few years has spiralled downhill; the writing isn't as good as it was and it has lost a lot of its spark, which made it the no#1 hit US drama around. Still, as mentioned earlier, it is still the best medical/hospital drama to ever grace our screens. As not even the classic St Elsewhere and Chicago Hope comes close to matching, rivalling or surpassing ER's accomplishments.

Besides, this show will live long in TV history that's for sure and quite rightly so.

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