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

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 John Carter (254 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Kerry Weaver (250 episodes, 1995-2009)
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 Nurse Chuny Marquez (219 episodes, 1995-2009)
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 Nurse Malik McGrath (190 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Abby Lockhart (189 episodes, 1999-2009)
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 Luka Kovac (185 episodes, 1999-2008)
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 Nurse Haleh Adams (184 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Mark Greene (182 episodes, 1994-2008)
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 Peter Benton / ... (173 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Doris Pickman (168 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Elizabeth Corday (160 episodes, 1997-2009)
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 Pamela Olbes (149 episodes, 1995-2009)
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 Susan Lewis (142 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Jerry Markovic (137 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Gregory Pratt (136 episodes, 2002-2009)
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 Carol Hathaway (136 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Neela Rasgotra (129 episodes, 2003-2009)
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 Frank Martin / ... (129 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Nurse Lily Jarvik (127 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Samantha Taggart (126 episodes, 2003-2009)
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 Robert Romano (126 episodes, 1997-2008)
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 Jing-Mei Chen (118 episodes, 1995-2004)
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 Dwight Zadro (117 episodes, 1995-2009)
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 Nurse Lydia Wright (113 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Nurse Connie Oligario (113 episodes, 1994-2003)
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 Archie Morris (112 episodes, 2003-2009)
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 Doug Ross (109 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Jeanie Boulet (103 episodes, 1995-2008)
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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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Producers wanted the character of Carol, played by Julianna Margulies to switch from being a nurse to a doctor and even filmed episodes of her starting medical school. Margulies objected to the idea, saying that her character would be so proud of being a nurse she would never want to change, so the idea was dropped. Years later, the character of Abby, played by Maura Tierney did go from being a nurse to a doctor. See more »

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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 »

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Alex Taggart: I'm going to become a doctor when I grow up.
Frank: Dollars to donuts that kid's already dissecting neighborhood pets.
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Referenced in Joey: Joey and the Valentine's Date (2005) See more »

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Wanna See What Made this Show Great? Buy the 1st Season DVD
19 November 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

ER in its present, 2003 form is a schizophrenic mess. For every one intelligent, caring episode comes four or five exercises in downbeat, melodramatic soap opera which sap all the energy out of the show's still-present technical mastery. This four-disc set is a welcome flashback to the show's humble beginnings, when it wasn't supposed to be the most heart-pounding show on television, and succeeded on will, not on hype.

The central characters in the first season are Chief Resident Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), ER Residents Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) and pediatrician Doug Ross (George Clooney), Head Nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Marguiles), Surgical Resident Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq la Salle) and his protégé, third-year med student John Carter (Noah Wyle, the only actor to remain on the show through the entire run). They brought a fresh edge to the oft-repeated world of medical drama, helped greatly by the first television show, in my estimation, to ever put actual intelligence into the presentation. On ER, the cameras move, the people move, the consistent hustle and bustle of an actual environment is palpable, and not simply a setpiece. It's interesting to note that although the show was never broadcast in widescreen until 2001, in the middle of it's seventh season, these first episodes are all presented in the wider format. At first it might seem like hubris, but most of them fit the frame very well, with shots composed and staged for the wider picture - it's not `cinematic' just for its own sake.

Standout episodes from the season include the exposition-heavy `Pilot' which still found time for drama; `Blizzard' which was a tour-de-force of film, editing, and cutting edge medical realism; `Hit & Run' & `Sleepless in Chicago' which dealt with the heavy burden of juggling personal & professional medical care, as well as Carter's development as a doctor; and `Love's Labor Lost', an absolute masterpiece from every angle: drama, directing, scripting, staging, scoring, every cosmic tumbler clicked into place for this episode centered around Greene's tragic triumph in the case of a pregnancy gone bad.

The show took a few (deserved) knocks for being shamelessly convenient in its storylines and ignoring the realities of daily hospital structure in favor of sensationalism. This is exaggerated a little, but still a valid point; rarely an episode goes by without something in the line of an unexpected pregnancy, a suicide attempt, a violent skirmish between doctor and patient, or (in one outrageous case) a 12-year old gang member brining his Glock into a trauma room to try and finish another 12-year old off. Still, the show displayed remarkable resilience in almost always rising to become greater than the sum of its parts. Naturally, that ability has waned and virtually disappeared, but these episodes are no less enjoyable as a result of that.


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