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ER (1994)

Country: USA

Genres: Drama

Director: Christopher Chulack, Jonathan Kaplan, Richard Thorpe, Stephen Cragg, ...

Writers: Michael Crichton, David Zabel, Joe Sachs, Karen Maser, ...

Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Laura Cerón, Deezer D, ...

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.

Seasons:   15 - 14 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1

Goran Visnjic named his own character after the writers were unable to develop an appropriately Croatian name. The character is named for Visnjic's nephew (Luka) and his best friend (Kovac).
The entire main cast of the first season also appeared in the fifteenth and final season: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, George Clooney, Eriq La Salle, Sherry Stringfield, and Julianna Margulies.
The longest running relationship on the show was between Luka and Abby.
Frank, the desk clerk (Troy Evans), always talks about life on the "force" as a Chicago police officer. In a very early episode he had an appearance as a police officer who was shot and treated by the ER staff.
Out of all the numerous celebrity guest stars on the show, only Sally Field and Ray Liotta have won Emmys for their roles.
If anything had gone wrong during the broadcast of the live episode, such as a technical failure or forgotten dialogue, the producers had additional actors ready to improvise a scene that would have been inserted to cover. This contingency was never used.
Dr. Carter's date of birth is 4 June 1970. Noah Wyle's in 4 June 1971.
More performers (31) received Emmy nominations as lead, supporting or guest actors/actresses on this show than did for any other series.
Originally planned as a film, which Steven Spielberg was supposed to direct. When plans fell through and the project eventually became a series, Spielberg became interested in another Michael Crichton creation: Jurassic Park (1993).
Seasons Seven and Fourteen are the only seasons to not have a cast change.
Noah Wyle, Laura Innes and Alex Kingston are the only main credited actors to appear with every member of the main cast at one stage or another during the shows 15-year run.
George Clooney had his first regular TV role in a comedy ten years earlier called E/R (1984).
In the live broadcast of 1997, the baseball game that George Clooney's character is watching in the break room was the Cubs-Astros game, also being broadcast live that night on WGN.
The character of Dr. John Carter was named after the protagonist in the classic "John Carter: Man from Mars" pulp sci-fi stories. Michael Crichton, like many sci-fi writers, considers it an early influence.
Rod Holcomb directed the pilot and the last episode of the show.
Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane) has a model of an Apollo Saturn V rocket in the background of his office. McCrane played astronaut Charles Conrad, commander of Apollo 12, in the HBO mini-series _"From the Earth to the Moon" (1998) (mini)_
Matthew Watkins, the child who plays Reese Benton, Peter's deaf son, is hearing impaired in real life
This is NBC's second longest-running drama (after Law & Order (1990)), and, at 15 seasons, it's the longest-running American primetime medical drama.
In one episode, Dr. Lewis admits that she's only familiar with the Walt Whitman poem "I Sing the Body Electric" because it appeared in song form in the movie Fame (1980). That song in that film was sung by Paul McCrane (Dr. Romano).
In the novel written by Michael Crichton, Dr. Lewis is a man and Dr. Benton is not African-American.
Alex Kingston announced in an interview in 2004 that her contract to return for an eighth year on the show was not renewed. She said she was told plots for her character had "run their course".
Julianna Margulies originally read for the part of Dr Mark Greene's wife.
Due to a lack of time and money to build a set, the pilot episode of ER was filmed in the former Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles, an old facility that ceased operating as a medical center in 1990.
This is the most Emmy-nominated show in television history at 123 nominations.
The first six DVD box sets of ER are unusual in the fact that they are all in anamorphic widescreen even though these episodes were broadcast in a standard 4:3 format. Only the live episode "Ambush" is not in the widescreen format.
When the show debuted in 1994 it won the People's Choice Award for 'Favorite Dramatic Series' every year until 2002. It has also won the George Foster Peabody Award.
Dr. Chen is the only character to repeatedly call Carter by his first name.
The very first person to appear on-screen in the first episode is Anthony Edwards
Abby is the only character to have been both a nurse and a doctor.
The helicopter used for ER actually belongs to the University of Chicago Hospital.
Anthony Edwards, Paul McCrane, Laura Innes, and Eriq La Salle are the only cast members to direct episodes throughout the shows fifteen season run.
The first and last episodes of the series are the only two to not air at 10:00 during the shows fifteen year run.
Throughout its 15-year run, the show had 26 regular cast members, 19 of whom appeared in the final season at one point or another.
Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) was supposed to be brain-dead from a suicide attempt in the first episode, but the character was revived for the series. For the first episode, Margulies was credited as a guest star.
George Clooney's cousin, Miguel Ferrer, appeared as a guest star in the two-hour pilot episode, and Clooney's aunt, Rosemary Clooney (Ferrer's mother), appeared in the second regular episode. Clooney shared scenes with neither of them.
Vondie Curtis-Hall appeared on the show as two characters. In season one he played a transsexual (for which he was nominated for an Emmy) and in later episodes played Carla's husband and fought Dr. Benton for custody of his son, Reese.
Michael Crichton's original script took place in Boston Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mark Greene was "Richie Greene" in this version, and Dr. Susan Lewis was "Beth Lewis."
Sissy Spacek was originally cast as Dr. Weaver's mother, but was eventually played by Frances Fisher in episode "Just as I Am" (2005)
In 2007, this show tied with Cheers (1982) for being the most Emmy-nominated show ever with 117 nominations.
By season 13, Laura Innes became the longest running cast member of the show.
Author Michael Crichton wrote the script for the pilot episode and it remained unchanged when he wrote it 20 years earlier.
Sherry Stringfield is the only cast member to leave and return to the show. Ming-Na Wen had a recurring role in season one but came back in season six.
The characters of Luka and Abby lasted longer than the characters they replaced (Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway).
Of all the major characters, only Sherry Stringfield and Sharif Atkins have never been shown as patients in the ER.
The registration number of the hospital helicopter is N365UC.
After the show premiered on September 19, 1994, it has aired on Thursday nights at 10:00 for its entire run.
In the episode where Dr. Romano is showing his prosthetic arm to the staff at the desk, one of the other doctors refers to him as "Robodoc". Paul McCrane played one of the bad guys in RoboCop (1987).
Abby's full name is Abigail Wyczenski Lockhart
George Clooney's character was originally going to be called Tom Ross, and Julianna Margulies was going to be called Barb Hathaway.
After Laura Innes left the show in January 2007, NBC received some pressure from GLAAD to introduce more LGBT characters.
Carter's full name is John Truman Carter III.
Abby's middle name is Marjorie.
Lt. Sandy Lopez (Lisa Vidal) was the first lesbian Latina primary or secondary character on a TV series.
Mary McDonnell (Carter's Mother) was also in the sitcom E/R (1984) with George Clooney.
Dr. Ray Barnett's band is called "Skunk Hollow"
Lisa Zane tested for the part of Dr Susan Lewis. She would later play a love interest for George Clooney's character.
Drs. Mark Green and Elizabeth Corday lived at 1211 Dupont Drive.
Justina Machado makes a guest appearance here as the sister of a gangbanger. She would return to the series 11 years later in its final season to play the girlfriend of Dr Archie Morris.
Gloria Reuben (Jeannie Boulet), and Erik Palladino (Dave Malucci) left the show because they felt that their characters were being under-used. Kellie Martin (Lucy Knight) left the series when it became too painful to work in a medical show following the d
During an interview for the PBS series "Pioneers of Television," Noah Wyle said that while filming some of Carter's Africa storyline in the Kalahari Desert, the real on-set medic passed out from the heat, and Wyle (who by that time had been filmed pretend
Producers wanted the character of Carol, played by Julianna Margulies to switch from being a nurse to a doctor and even filmed episodes of her starting medical school. Margulies objected to the idea, saying that her character would be so proud of being a
Doug Ross frequently hung his head low, appearing ashamed or thoughtful or privately amused, depending on the scene. This wasn't just an element of the character: George Clooney had taken to writing his lines on papers, sheets, and other props (especially
The first four episodes of the show all began the same way, with one of the doctors being awakened early in the morning from "Exam 8" at the end of the hallway in this order: Greene (Pilot), Lewis (Day One), Benton (Going Home), Carter (Hit and Run). This
Frank, the desk clerk (Troy Evans), always talks about life on the "force" as a Chicago police officer. In the very first episode he had an appearance as a police officer who was shot and treated by the ER staff.
The basketball hoop found outside the ambulance bay of the ER was actually George Clooney's idea. Apparently the actor likes to unwind in between takes by shooting some hoops. Because this, it was placed in an area of the Warner Brothers (Burbank, Califor
Season 14 was supposed to be the final season but the 2007-08 WGA strike left both the producers and NBC without enough episodes to provide a proper final victory lap season. They agreed to bring the show back for the 15th and last season, that began in S
Laura Innes and Noah Wyle tied as the series' longest-appearing cast members, having appeared in 13 out of 15 seasons. Innes' Dr. Kerry Weaver made her first appearance in Season 2, stayed on as a regular until the midpoint of Season 13, and appeared in t
Noah Wyle was the last member of the original cast to leave, at the end of the 2004-2005 season. He will appear occasionally in future seasons. Sherry Stringfield is also an original cast member, but she left for 5 seasons, which made Noah Wyle the only c
Although mostly shot at Warner Brother's Burbank soundstages, the cast and crew usually will make at least two trips to Chicago each season to shoot realistic exterior scenes for several episodes which include many familiar Chicago landmarks. These scenes
Some of the operations in the series were dramatized versions of real-life operations. The writers scouted out hospitals around the L.A. area to get ideas for new episodes. An early episode, in which a baby gets a coat hanger stuck in it's throat, was bas
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
The set for the pilot episode was a rundown hospital in East Los Angeles, as they couldn't afford to build a proper set of their own. As the rooms were quite small, this necessitated the use of the Steadicam, which has since become the trademark of the sh
Because the show could make only a couple of location shoots in Chicago each year, the exterior scenes would often have to be filmed in advance of the rest of the episode's shoot back in LA. Sometimes a scene for an episode would have to be shot before it
All original cast members who appeared in Season 15 were listed in the credits with the current stars, not as guest appearances. Alex Kingston and Laura Innes also appeared in the opening credits to the series finale due to their roles in it. In the 2009
Glenne Headly was pregnant when she signed on to do her story arc as Dr Abby Keaton in the third season. Originally the writers floated the idea of writing the pregnancy into the show but then decided that audiences would have difficulty accepting John Ca
The character played by Ming-Na Wen was addressed only as Deborah Chen when she first appeared in the series in 1995. When she returned in 2000, she took to a more traditional name, Jing-Mei, which was also the name of the character Ming-Na played in The
Because the original credits were abandoned in season 13, neither Maura Tierney or Parminder Nagra were seen with the "Starring" moniker attached to their name, although they were each the lead roles for a time. John Stamos, Angela Bassett, and David Lyon
The character portrayed by Leslie Bibb, Erin Harkins, was originally supposed to die in the episode where she and Luka (Goran Visnjic) were in a car accident. The producers changed their mind after the episode had been written, and after an ambiguous endi
Including Gloria Reuben and CCH Pounder (who appeared as recurring guest stars during the first season), the original cast combined for 25 nominations in the Leading and Supporting Acting categories at the Emmy Awards from 1995-2000. Julianna Margulies (B
Anthony Edwards was first choice to play the part of Dr Mark Greene. Unfortunately Edwards was committed to direct a feature film at the time the pilot was due to shoot and was therefore unavailable. By sheer luck, his feature was pushed back and he was a
Troy Evans, who would later play desk clerk Frank Martin appeared in the pilot as a character referred to as Officer Martin. In scripts, the first name was Jonathan. There was never any indication given in the show if this is the same character and as of
One of Executive Producer Steven Spielberg's favorite films is Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The cast of this series has included Alex Kingston, whose ex-husband Ralph Fiennes played Lawrence in Great Performances: A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (199