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

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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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Release Date:

19 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der erste Tag See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pilot wasn't shot in a set, but in an abandoned hospital (the Linda Vista Community Hospital in East Los Angeles). When the set was built, it was modeled after the real hospital, but it's not an exact replica: looking carefully it's possible to see several differences. For example, the entire corridor that goes around the curtained area 3 is absent in the pilot. 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 »


Patient: Are you married?
Dr. Susan Lewis: No, I'm a doctor.
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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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Best Hospital show ever
21 August 2014 | by sn-watcherSee all my reviews

If you are ever going to embark on a TV marathon then this is the show to watch. Many many seasons of it. This is the starting point. Episode 1 season 1. It's a bit dated and stuff being in 1994 but it is still pretty good and fresh even with todays standard. There are some shows that are based on characters and some on situations. This is definitely a character driven show.

Even from this one the show knows what it is and creates a world with characters and vibe. It really feels like a real hospital. You feel for the characters and what they are going through. Pretty good. Even though I have seen it before many years ago. You kind of forget what happens and it is the kind of show with so much going on that you can watch it again.

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