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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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The first four episodes of the show all began the same way, with one of the doctors being awakened early in the morning from "Exam 8" at the end of the hallway in this order: Greene (Pilot), Lewis (Day One), Benton (Going Home), Carter (Hit and Run). This became a recurring motif throughout the run of the series, and the 200th episode began this way as well. Of the original five doctors, Ross (George Clooney) was the only one who was never shown sleeping in Exam 8. See more »


The paramedics that come into the ER wear national registry patches on the uniforms. All Illinois medics wear Illinois state patches. Illinois does not recognize the NREMT. See more »


Dr. Mark Greene: [to the bickering Chen and Malucci] You know why we only had one kid? So I wouldn't have to deal with the two of them fighting in the backseat.
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Best Drama on Television.
21 November 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I started watching ER on Thursdays in 1995 after my basketball practices. Already at its second season, I had heard a lot of good from the show, but never bothered to see what it was all about. I was exhausted, relaxing on the couch after a good workout and a cooling shower, flipping channels, something I rarely ever do, when my attention was grabbed by the intensity of the scene that was been played out before me. Something to do with Eriq Lasalle's character (Dr. Benton) and his mom or sister, I vaguely remember. Then the emergency room complications, the tension. Blood. Hospital. This must be that doctors show, ER, I thought. Let me see what this fuss is all about, I said to myself, intended to watch at least the end of that show… But it was already too late!! I was already hooked. The next week, I found myself driving back faster from my basketball practice to make sure to catch the show again.

Seven years later, I'm still watching (or taping) it every week. Why? Because it's the best drama show on TV, hands down, no contest. I thought at first I was biased because I studied physiology and am pretty versed in the technical jargon and medical realities they face on the show. I have a great interest in medicine and even considered a career in that path at one point in my life. However, the more I watched the show, the more I realized that it's not about the physical traumas, but about the human traumas. The admittedly romanticized, but no less relevant, reality of a profession that deals with life and death day after day, night after night. This is what makes it compelling. This is what makes it of greater scope and deeper emotions.

An ER doctor never gets enough sleep, never gets to go home. Is facing critical situations one after the other. Must make life-altering decisions daily. And yes, also has to cope with his personal life. Relationships, achievements and short-comings.

The setting aside, ER is a show that can boast about serious talent in the writing, directing, acting, casting, cinematography, editing, sound and even the pretty realistic make-up-F/X departments. And I'm talking about top-notch rendition, year after year. Just look at the list of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations over the years. What should also be kept in mind is the genuine appreciation by the public, as demonstrated for example by the People's Choice Award for Favorite Television Dramatic Series for eight years straight.

Created by writing mogul Michael Crichton, this show has passed a host of extremely talented actors that went on to 'bigger and better things', while still keeping the quality and the excitement of interesting and captivating stories told by equally apt newcomers. The style of the show is unique. The humour is witty and often sarcastic (see the purposely unlikable, sharp-tongued Paul Crane's Dr. Robert Romano). The tension is handled impeccably. The death of main characters truly riveting, sad and heartfelt (no question some of the best shows). The personal stories of the nurses and doctors and their work interactions with each other is worthy of a soap opera, but handled with a honest hard look at the twists and turn of life and personal interplay. The directing is smart, thorough. The long continuous takes (with great cinematography work) enables us to feel right in the action and switch from a tense situation to the other. What can you ask more of a TV show?

I enjoy ER and give my hats off to everyone involved with the show. Back in 1994, they re-invented the TV drama genre, upping the level of writing, acting and directing. This challenged the competition at the time and started giving us altogether better drama shows (for the most part). In its ninth season, ER is still the best; it hasn't lost any steam yet. Yes, there has been a lot of changes (actors-characters), but the essence (writers, directors, producers) of what makes the show great is still there and still strong.

When it comes down to it, the daily stress and life-affecting decisions at County General Hospital coupled with the hectic work environment is a place I want to vicariously live in every week. Because, with all the pain and hardness, we understand that these doctors like to help people, but they also love the RUSH.

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