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St. Elsewhere 

The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.
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Series cast summary:
Ed Begley Jr. ...  Dr. Victor Ehrlich 137 episodes, 1982-1988
William Daniels ...  Dr. Mark Craig 137 episodes, 1982-1988
Howie Mandel ...  Dr. Wayne Fiscus 137 episodes, 1982-1988
David Morse ...  Dr. Jack Morrison 137 episodes, 1982-1988
Christina Pickles ...  Nurse Helen Rosenthal 137 episodes, 1982-1988
Denzel Washington ...  Dr. Philip Chandler 137 episodes, 1982-1988
Norman Lloyd ...  Dr. Daniel Auschlander 132 episodes, 1982-1988
Eric Laneuville ...  Luther Hawkins 128 episodes, 1982-1988
Ed Flanders ...  Dr. Donald Westphall 121 episodes, 1982-1988
Stephen Furst ...  Dr. Elliot Axelrod 97 episodes, 1983-1988
Sagan Lewis ...  Dr. Jacqueline Wade 86 episodes, 1982-1988
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Ellen Craig 77 episodes, 1982-1988
Cynthia Sikes ...  Dr. Annie Cavanero 68 episodes, 1982-1985
Mark Harmon ...  Dr. Robert Caldwell 64 episodes, 1983-1987
Jennifer Savidge ...  Nurse Lucy Papandrao 62 episodes, 1982-1988
Terence Knox ...  Dr. Peter White 55 episodes, 1982-1987
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Storyline

This hour-long dramatic series featured life at St. Eligius Hospital, headed by Drs. Donald Westphall and Daniel Auschlander. Every year, new residents would walk down the halls of St. Eligius; learning to deal with perfectionist Cardiovascular Surgeon Mark Craig was only the beginning of the way the hospital and its interesting patients would change their lives forever. Written by Phil Fernando

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Drama

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chefarzt Dr. Westphall See more »

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Runtime:

(137 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The facade for the hospital St Eligius is the Franklin House on East Newton Street in Boston. That building provides affordable for residents in the South End of Boston. From the early 1900s to the 1970s the building was the Franklin Square Hotel for Women. It provided apartments for young working women in Boston. For a few months after she graduated from Boston University in the early 1960s Faye Dunaway was a resident there. See more »

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[repeated line]
Dr. Donald Westphall: Oh, boy.
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St. Elsewhere
by Dave Grusin
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One of the best
8 February 2002 | by wolf008See all my reviews

There is much to be said about St Elsewhere and its immense importance in defining the modern Television drama. The series set the formula for how future medical dramas would be produced. Physicians were not perfect individuals, and patients died. Doctors and nurses were "real people", and they, as did the patients, cope with day to day life inside and outside the confines of St Eligious hospital.

St Elswehere would bring the viewer into a drama filled hospital, where both doctors and patients interacted. The writers while giving us a look into the lives of both the Physician and patient, mercifully avoided a soap opera like atmosphere. They were instead disciplined in the intercourse between doctor and patient, and everything in between. They explored issues that TV had previously considered taboo, and handled those subjects in a mature, responsible manner, while never disregarding the intellect of the audience, and their ability to hold attention to dialogue.

Comparatively St Elsewhere moved on a slower pace than it's modern counterpart, "ER". The writers gave you scenes and story-lines that would cause the viewer to slow down and think, and avoided fast paced vacuous imagery and verbiage. Rarely did their ER blow-up, or the hospital fall victim to a helicopter crash. While there were expeditious Emergency Room exhibits in the St Elsewhere series, they did not bounce back and forth the camera like a ping-pong in an attempt to keep us amused. Instead, they focused on dialogue, the characters, and most imortant the plot.

Its drama along with real and diverse characters, will ensure its place in history, as one of televisions best series. St. Elsewhere is a prime example of how big ratings mean very little in defining a shows value or place in Televisions hierarchy.


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