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

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Series cast summary:
...  John Carter 254 episodes, 1994-2009
...  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
...  Luka Kovac 185 episodes, 1999-2008
...  Nurse Haleh Adams 184 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Mark Greene 182 episodes, 1994-2008
...  Peter Benton / ... 173 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Doris Pickman 168 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Elizabeth Corday 160 episodes, 1997-2009
...  Pamela Olbes 149 episodes, 1995-2009
...  Susan Lewis 142 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Jerry Markovic 137 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Gregory Pratt 136 episodes, 2002-2009
...  Carol Hathaway 136 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Neela Rasgotra 129 episodes, 2003-2009
...  Frank Martin / ... 129 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Nurse Lily Jarvik 127 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Samantha Taggart 126 episodes, 2003-2009
...  Robert Romano 126 episodes, 1997-2008
...  Jing-Mei Chen 118 episodes, 1995-2004
...  Dwight Zadro 117 episodes, 1995-2009
...  Nurse Lydia Wright 113 episodes, 1994-2009
...  Nurse Connie Oligario 113 episodes, 1994-2003
...  Archie Morris 112 episodes, 2003-2009
...  Doug Ross 109 episodes, 1994-2009
...  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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19 September 1994 (USA)  »

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Casting Director John Frank Levey originally suggested Michael Beach for the role of Dr. Peter Benton. John Wells felt Beach didn't complete the ensemble, and chose Eriq La Salle instead. Beach eventually appeared on ER as Al Boulet. Beach would also later be cast as a regular in Third Watch (1999), another Wells-produced series. 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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Dr. Robert Romano: Tell your chief of staff I expect him to treat each of my patients as if it were his mother, but without all the inappropriate touching.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.161 (2009) See more »

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Even an indifferent episode is better than the alternatives
29 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

In the UK we have the home grown medical dramas Casualty and its sister show Holby City. Putting these against ER is like comparing two Ladas to a Rolls Royce. The Brit shows look leaden, and have far too many hammy and wooden actors.

ER has set a very high standard of modern TV drama for 10 years. True, there have been the occasional duff episodes, but the urgency of the drama, combined with what looks like hand held camera work usually delivers punchy tension filled drama, with first rate performances.

Another contributor mentioned the only serious rival to ER, Chicago Hope, a show that was cheeky enough to have a character say "I was hoping to watch ER tonight", and had a hilarious scene which culminated in the death of a heart transplant patient! Unfortunately, that show suffered with the loss of Mandy Patinkin, and began taking itself too seriously. ER may have lost most of its mainstays, especially Anthony Edwards, but it still is a far better option than any other medical drama. I realise however, that it may struggle once Noah Wyle leaves.


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