ER (1994–2009)
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24 Hours 

The pilot for the popular TV series is set during 24 frantic hours in the lives of a group of doctors, nurses, and staff members of a busy emergency room at a Chicago hospital. They deal ... See full summary »


Rod Holcomb


Michael Crichton (created by), Michael Crichton




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield ... Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Christine Harnos ... Jennifer Greene
William H. Macy ... Dr. David Morgenstern
Holly Gagnier ... Tracy Young
Glenn Plummer ... Timmy Rawlins
Vanessa Marquez ... Nurse Wendy Goldman
Yvette Freeman ... Nurse Haleh Adams
Deezer D ... Nurse Malik McGrath
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic
Scott Jaeck ... Dr. Steven Flint


The pilot for the popular TV series is set during 24 frantic hours in the lives of a group of doctors, nurses, and staff members of a busy emergency room at a Chicago hospital. They deal with the seemingly endless casualties that stumble into their place of employment. The central characters are the chief resident and family man Dr. Mark Greene, who is considering a job in private practice due to pressure from his demanding law student wife Jennifer; outgoing Dr. Doug Ross, who deals with cases in his own personal way; straight-arrow Dr. Susan Lewis, trying to get by another long 36-hour shift; inexperienced third-year med student John Carter; cocky surgical resident Dr. Peter Benton; and troubled chief nurse Carol Hathaway. Written by Matthew Patay

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Nearly fifteen years later, director Rod Holcomb would direct the show's final episode: ER: And in the End... (2009). See more »


A woman comes in with burns on her upper thighs near her crotch. She leaves with bandages on her lower thighs near her knees. See more »


John Carter: [sighs] I thought I was gonna be sick.
John Carter: I'm sorry.
Dr. Mark Greene: Don't ever say you're sorry. See, there's two kinds of doctors: there's the kind that gets rid of their feelings, and the kind that keeps them. If you're gonna keep your feelings, you're gonna get sick from time to time. That's just how it works.
Dr. Mark Greene: Keep your head down.
Dr. Mark Greene: [squats down beside Carter] People come in here and they're sick and dying and bleeding, and they need our help. Helping them is more important than how we feel.
John Carter: [nods]
Dr. Mark Greene:
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


Sayin' It
Written by Barbara L. Jordan, William Peterkin and Lindsay Tomasic
Performed by Pete Peterkin
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Watching 1994 in 2018
15 June 2018 | by Br4ve-trave1orSee all my reviews

This pilot was very impressive. non-stop as you're thrown into each and every dynamic case or event. The music score is perfect and the tension is so authentic.

But first, we're introduced to Dr. Green as hes sleeping in an unused room while waiting for his next shift. You can literally feel what its like to live under such enormous stress and having to be on your toes.

Hes woken up and we see him rush to assist another doctor only to realize its George Clooney, who apparently is inebriated from the night and needs an IV and fluids. Right away we get the sense of who clooney's character is. Right away we feel who Dr. Green is in this scene.

Then later the day begins and its nonstop DRAMA! This show is DRAMA. But its opposite greys Anatomy where as, it's all about the ER life. Because of this it always feel very captivating, gripping, and so real!

The best thing...IT HOLDS UP TO TODAY IN 2018!!! A series that premiered in 1994. I'm probably the only person who has just watched the first episode of this series but I love John Carter the new resident that joins them. I feel like we're much like him in this episode, experiencing all of this pandemonium for the first time. His facial expressions are great but I heard the real winner is Dr. Green! I can easily see why as he works to save one of their own in head nurse Hathaway.

Theres a vritness about series of the 90s that i love and appreciate. They're less censored and raw. Watch the pilot of NYPD Blue and you'll see what I mean. Stuff that would be on TV today. The nineties had many series that were way ahead of it's time and that's why I feel like I finally know what all the acclaim for ER was for.

Theres so many incredible series of the 90s that still hold up. I could name them but this is all about ER and shows what it's like in the ER for 24 hours.

They even humanized Dr. Bennet who came off as a jerk but clearly will have excellent character development I'm assuming. The most jarring thing for me was seeing William H Macy in a dramatic role after 8 seasons of shameless and George Clooney so young and a pediatrician. Also, the good wifes star was a invredi le scene filled with a lot of edge of your seat moments as with Dr. Bennets surgery.

I dont watch much medical shows but have seen masterful ones before. Its hard for me to binge a medical series filled with high octane. For e.g. greys anatomy was too sad for me where as Getting on (U.S) is HBOs best comedy and a medical.

If theres anyone out there wondering if this series still holds up with time and is worth watching after all these years the answers always yes. Time never decreases a shows value it can only make it better! This is binge material!!!

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19 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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