From PBS: From George Clooney on "ER" to Richard Chamberlain on "Dr. Kildare," television's long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards... See full summary »

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From PBS: From George Clooney on "ER" to Richard Chamberlain on "Dr. Kildare," television's long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle open up about the secrets of "ER"; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles revisit "St. Elsewhere." The episode also features the final interview with Chad Everett of "Medical Center". Written by Anonymous

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An ER/St. Elsewhere Retrospective
23 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spoiler Alert Typical of this poorly done series, the focus of Doctors and Nurses was extremely limited and myopic. 35% of the show talked with E.R. actors; 33% talked with St. Elsewhere actors (10% of the show had Norman Lloyd reminisce about his time with Hitchcock). The remaining third had snippets of Kildaire, Ben Casey, Marcus Welby and Chad Everett. Some of the other 47 medical shows on TV listed by IMDb that were ignored included (recent) Grey's Anatomy, House, Doc Martin, Scrubs, and going back a bit Dr. Quinn, Chicago Hope, MASH, Quincy, Trapper John and even Doogie Howser. To illustrate the nearsightedness, although the show pointed out that Marcus Welby had the first Hispanic playing a professional in a series, it completely ignored that Julia in the '60s was the first show to have an Afro-American star as a medical professional. When I watch a series that calls itself "Pioneers of Television" my expectation is that the distant past isn't 2005.


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