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 ER - Pilot (TV Premiere DVD)

 ER - The Complete First Season

 ER - The Complete Second Season

 ER - The Complete Third Season

 ER - The Complete Fourth Season

 ER - The Complete Fifth Season

 ER - The Complete Sixth Season

ER - The Complete Seventh Season 

 ER - The Complete Eighth Season

 ER - The Complete Ninth Season

 ER - Season One / Online Video Download

The ER Companion: An Unauthorized Guide

 ER: Original Television Theme Music And Score


Show Type: Medical Drama

First Telecast: September 19, 1994

Last Telecast: Still On Air

Creator/Co-Executive Producer: Michael Crichton

Broadcast History:

September 1994, Monday 9:00-11:00 on NBC

September 1994 - February 1997, Thursday 10:00-11:00 on NBC

April 1997 - Present, Thursday, 10:00-11:00 on NBC


Dr. Mark Greene..... Anthony Edwards

Dr. Douglas Ross..... George Clooney

Dr. Susan Lewis..... Sherry Stringfield

Dr. Peter Benton..... Eriq LaSalle

Dr. John Carter..... Noah Wyle

Dr. David Morgenstern (1994-1995)..... William H. Macy

Dr. William Swift (1995-present)..... Michael Ironside

Head Nurse Carol Hathaway..... Julianna Margulies

Jerry..... Abraham Benrubi

Jennifer Greene..... Christine Harnos

Dr. John Taglieri..... Rick Rossovich

"Div" Cvetic..... John Terry

Nurse Lydia Wright..... Ellen Crawford

Nurse Connie Oligario..... Conni Marie Brazleton

Nurse Haleh Adams..... Yvette Freeman

Nurse Wendy Goldman..... Vanessa Marquez

Dr. Angela Hicks..... CCH Pounder

Mae Benton..... Beah Richards

Walter Benton..... Ving Rhames

Jackie Benton..... Khandi Alexander

Chloe..... Kathleen Wilhoite

Linda Farrell..... Andrea Parker

Timmy..... Glenn Plummer

Nurse Malik..... Deezer D.

Diane Leeds..... Lisa Zane

Deb..... Ming-Na Wen

Jeanie Boulet..... Gloria Reuben

Pickman..... Emily Wagner


This intense yet traditional medical series, set in the emergency room of Chicago's County General Hospital, was the surprise hit of the 1994-1995 season. Perhaps it had simply been too long since TV had a good, by-the-book doctor show. Though ER broke no new dramatic ground, it oozed adrenaline, projecting the breathless, high-pressure environment in which a group of young doctors struggled to save lives while trying to maintain their own emotional balance. There was a great deal of yelling and running down corridors, as blood spurted and doctors rattled off diagnoses ("Anterior and lateral right lower extremity, femur articulation, patella, tibia, fibula all appear normal!").

Rushing about were Ross, the womanizing, dreamboat pediatrician at the center of much of the action, both in the ER and out; Greene, the earnest chief resident, whose job stress was augmented by that of his home life with his demanding lawyer-wife, Jennifer; Lewis, the straight-arrow resident still looking for Mr. Right; Benton, the brusque, demanding black super-surgeon; Carter, the wide-eyed, sometimes inept (though not when it really counted) first-year resident assigned to Benton; Hathaway, the troubled chief nurse, who nearly OD'd in the first episode; and Morgenstern, the predictably crusty head of the ER (replaced by Swift in the spring of 1995).

Stories mostly revolved around the tangled romantic relationships of the doctors and staff, set against their heroics in the ER. During the first two years Greene's wife left, returned, and eventually left again, for good. Lewis had a fling with manic-depressive Cvetic, then adopted her drug-addicted sister Chloe's abandoned daughter, fighting to keep the child when the "cleaned up" Chloe returned with her husband. Hathaway became engaged to Taglieri, but dumped him at the altar, later taking up with playful paramedic Shep. Benton, in between terrorizing interns, had to deal with his deteriorating mother, Mae, hiring physical therapist Boulet to look after her. Ross slept with almost every female in sight, his personal irresponsibility nearly getting him fired on several occasions. His heroism in a pinch always saved the day, however.

During the second season, the rapidly maturing Carter became a doctor, and had an affair with intern Tracy. Benton joined eminent Dr. Vucelich in his research work, only to discover the latter was faking test results; turning on him almost cost Benton his job. He sought solace in Boulet's arms, only to learn that she was HIV-positive due to her philandering husband. Fortunately, she had not infected Benton.

In the 1996 season, Greene pursued Lewis, who departed for Arizona, leaving him to play the field. At the end of the season he was severely beaten by an unknown assailant, who was apparently angry over the death of a patient in his care. Hard-driving Benton had a tough year. Dismissed from a prestigious team by Keaton, he caused the suicide of a young intern, Gant, then found himself the father of Carla's baby Reese, who was born deaf. Ross's downward spiral continued as a one-night stand died while with him, and he was forced to tell the authorities he didn't even know her name. He attempted to redeem himself by helping a 14-year-old escape prostitution, but botched it. The 1997 season began with a highly publicized live telecast, in which a documentary film crew followed Greene around the ER. Benton cared for his deaf baby, while working for the manipulative Romano and having an interracial affair with English surgeon Corday. Carter had a tempestuous relationship with Del Amico, while Chief Resident Weaver faced a crisis when she was forced by new hospital boss Anspaugh to lay off staff. She started with Boulet, which was a mistake, since the latter claimed discrimination (due to HIV-positive condition) and forced the hospital to reinstate her. Ross got into his most serious trouble yet when he and Hathaway performed an unauthorized ultra-rapid detox of a methadone-addicted infant. Put on probation, he then helped a dying boy end his life, and was threatened with a murder charge. Early in 1999, he left the hospital hoping that Hathaway would go with him, but she didn't. Also in the 1998-1999 season, Hathaway opened a clinic; Carter found himself supervising a wide-eyed resident (Knight); Corday broke up with Benton and was demoted to intern by the vengeful Romano; and bad-luck Boulet learned she had hepatitis C, as well as being HIV-positive.

During the 1999-2000 season, Romano was promoted to chief of staff, wielding his new power with a vengeance. Weaver became chief of the ER. Boulet and Moore were married. Hathaway gave birth to twins, Chen returned (and eventually became chief resident), Greene dealt with his dying father, nutty "Dr. Dave" Malucci caused an uproar, and Knight and Carter were stabbed by a deranged patient. Knight died and Carter took time to recover, struggling with a drug addiction problem brought on by the trauma. The most dramatic development of 2000-2001 was no doubt Greene's discovery that he had a brain tumor; girlfriend Corday stayed by his side through the treatment, and in April they were married. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to baby Ella. Chen had a baby (which she put up for adoption), Weaver announced she was a lesbian and Lewis returned to the ER after a five-year absence.

The 2001-2002 season was pivotal for Benton and Greene, both of whom had been mainstays of ER since the beginning. Carla died in an accident and Benton discovered that he was not the biological father of her son Reese after all. He won a nasty custody dispute, but Romano refused to let him work reduced hours while he raised the deaf boy. Forced to choose between his son and the ER, he quit in December and moved with girlfriend Finch to the suburbs. Greene's ending was tragic. After a short period of remission, his brain tumor returned and was diagnosed as inoperable. With only a few months to live, he moved to Hawaii with his estranged 14-year-old daughter Rachel, hoping to spend his last days reconnecting with her and revisiting the scenes of his youth. Corday had left him, but at the end she returned and he died quietly in his sleep.

During 2002-2003, Romano was seriously injured and forced to stop performing surgery, leading to the promotion of Weaver.

Created by best-selling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Rising Sun) and based on his own experiences as a medical student at Massachusetts General Hospital.