ER

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The first season of ER proves the strength of its storytelling and stellar ensemble cast. From exploring personal problems outside of Chicago's County General Hospital to the political issues being raised inside, the drama is nothing short of intense. Featuring Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Juliana Marguiles and Eriq La Salle.
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Anthony EdwardsGeorge ClooneySherry Stringfield
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Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. 24 Hours
    September 18 1994
    1 h 26 min
    13+
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    The chaos of an urban, public hospital emergency room and the lives of its devoted doctors and staff, a Chicago building collapses.
  2. 2. Day One
    September 21 1994
    47min
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    Dr. Ross works up the nerve to visit Carol eight weeks after her attempted suicide. Carter is enchanted by an attractive young patient.
  3. 3. Going Home
    September 28 1994
    48min
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    Dr. Lewis is confronted by a private physician concerning her risky treatment of a heart patient. Carol returns to work at the ER. A mysterious woman wanders the halls of the hospital.
  4. 4. Hit and Run
    October 5 1994
    47min
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    Carter contacts the wrong parents to inform them that their son is dead. Ross is still attracted to Hathaway--who just moved in with Dr. John Taglieri.
  5. 5. Into that Good Night
    October 12 1994
    46min
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    A business contractor prepares his family for his impending death because a heart donor can't be found for him. Greene's wife gets a job in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  6. 6. Chicago Heat
    October 19 1994
    44min
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    Dr. Ross and Greene treat a 5-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed cocaine. Closed ERs at two other hospitals make the ER very busy. Susan's sister, Chloe, is becoming mentally unstable.
  7. 7. Another Perfect Day
    November 2 1994
    44min
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    A drunk Chloe shows up in the hospital. Carol and Doug share a kiss. Benton and Langworthy are rivals for the Starzl fellowship.
  8. 8. 9 1/2 Hours
    November 9 1994
    42min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    Dr. Susan Lewis notices that Cvetic is tempered. Benton has family problems. Carol takes care of a rape victim. Doug is overwhelmed by his position as acting chief when Mark calls in sick.
  9. 9. ER Confidential
    November 16 1994
    45min
    13+
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    Ross continues his relationship with medical supply saleswoman Linda Farrell. Carter and Benton treat a suicidal transvestite.
  10. 10. Blizzard
    December 7 1994
    46min
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    The ER goes from completely empty to jammed beyond capacity during a snowstorm that caused a 32-car pile up. During this Christmas season, Hathaway announces her engagement to Taglieri.
  11. 11. The Gift
    December 14 1994
    45min
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    Benton announces the availability of a dying man's organs before he has permission from the wife. Chloe is pregnant. Ross shows up at Hathaway's engagement party--univited.
  12. 12. Happy New Year
    January 4 1995
    44min
    13+
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    Chloe plans to move to Texas with her boyfriend and have her baby. Carter struggles through his first surgery. Benton's sister insists they place their mother in a nursing home.
  13. 13. Luck of the Draw
    January 11 1995
    44min
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    Benton is called out of surgery to find his senile mother. Kayson formally charges Lewis with negligence in the death of a patient. Carter is forced to help Benton's new intern.
  14. 14. Long Day's Journey
    January 18 1995
    46min
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    Kayson is brought in as a heart patient. Susan is cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of a patient. Peter hires someone to take care of his mother--without consulting his sister.
  15. 15. Feb 5, '95
    February 1 1995
    45min
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    Morgenstein offers Greene a position as attending physician. New crash carts for the ER are stolen by cardiology. Deb outshines Carter.
  16. 16. Make of Two Hearts
    February 8 1995
    44min
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    Kayson, a married man, tries to start a romance with Susan by asking her to dinner. Deb unknowingly eats LSD-laced chocolates. Carol takes an interest in a Russian girl abandoned in the ER.
  17. 17. The Birthday Party
    February 15 1995
    46min
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    Carol wants to adopt Tatiana, but Taglieri doesn't. A conflict arises between Mark and his wife when she accepts a job in Milwaukee.
  18. 18. Sleepless in Chicago
    February 22 1995
    47min
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    Jennifer informs Mark that she wants a divorce. Benton falls asleep while taking care of his mother, and she gets injured. Susan is fascinated by a doctor she meets--but the man is a fraud.
  19. 19. Love's Labor Lost
    March 8 1995
    46min
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    Mark misdiagnoses a pregnant woman, who returns to the ER shortly afterward. The ER staff works frantically to save Jodi O'Brien and her baby in this Emmy-Award winning episode.
  20. 20. Full Moon, Saturday Night
    March 29 1995
    46min
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    Hathaway's patient believes that he is a werewolf. Ross goes out on a date with Diane Leeds. Lewis impresses the new chairman of the ER, and Greene doesn't. Benton tends to his sick mother.
  21. 21. House of Cards
    April 5 1995
    45min
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    Drs. Greene and Swift have a confrontation concerning the pregnant woman who died while under Greene's care. Benton places his mother in a nursing home.
  22. 22. Men Plan, God Laughs
    April 26 1995
    45min
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    Dr. Benton intends to heal every patient he sees. Ross makes plans with Diane and her son. Carter impresses Swift while Greene continues to have problems with his new boss.
  23. 23. Love Among the Ruins
    May 3 1995
    46min
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    Even though Jeanie is married, Peter finds himself attracted to her. The ER staff discovers that Carter is rich. Greene tries to reconcile with his wife.
  24. 24. Motherhood
    May 10 1995
    47min
    13+
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    Lewis delivers her sister's baby. Ross sees an old lover again, jeopardizing his relationship with Diane. Carter does not accept a posistion in the ER.
  25. 25. Everything Old Is New Again
    May 17 1995
    46min
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    Greene is sued for malpractice. Benton offers Carter a surgical internship, and Swift offers Greene an attending job in the ER for next year. Tag and Hathaway prepare for their wedding day.

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Noah WyleJulianna MarguliesEriq La Salle
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Season year
1995
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Jennifer LeeReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Enduring Classic
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I remember as a child getting to stay up late on Thursday nights in the 90s to watch ER with my mom, who is an ER and trauma nurse of some 30 years' experience. She would tell me what had been done right or wrong on the show (they got quite a bit right!). I dreamed of knowing what she knew and being in the world depicted on the show. Now, I am grown and a nurse myself, specializing in pediatric home care. One day I would like to work in the PICU.

However, the relationships, atmosphere, dilemmas, triumphs and tribulations of the ER staff are in some senses universal to all healthcare professionals: The desire for perfection while never being able to achieve it, power struggles among those who are supposed to be a team, work vs. family/personal life, being unable to help some patients, ethical dilemmas, finding your place as a new clinician, and the sometimes simply odd experiences of caring for the health and well-being of your fellow human. No other medical drama I've seen comes even close to showing it how it really is than ER, and I've taken a look at Gray's Anatomy, House, and others. All of them require a large suspension of disbelief on my part (first of all: Where the hell is their nursing staff?). With ER, I can simply turn it on and get lost in the story, even if medicine has taken leaps and bounds forward since the first season aired back when I was a kid.

The show is all the more satisfying for me now that the medical jargon is familiar to my ears and the experiences personal instead of second-hand. ER continues its excellence even well into the new millennium.
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M. ReynardReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
ER: Season 1
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Want to see blood? People with insane medical conditions? Nurses and doctors rushing about in a frenzy trying to help everyone who comes in through the doors? Go to the ER. Oh wait, you can't do that just to observe? Well then watch this show!

ER takes place in a busy Chicago hospital, in the Emergency Room of course! Following a particular cast of doctors and nurses, each day brings new types of trauma to the ER. But all these doctors and nurses have complicated personal lives as well and between that and the patients, sometimes the stress can get a little much. But there are always lives to be saved.

Characters:
Anthony Edwards: Dr. Mark Greene
George Clooney: Dr. Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield: Dr. Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle: John Carter
Julianna Margulies: Carol Hathaway
Eriq La Salle: Dr. Peter Benton

I could try to list all of the cast in this show, but it would take forever. But there are a lot, and they all play varied and important roles. The above named have the most screentime though. Anthony Edwards is one of my favorites. He plays a kindly doctor with an overbearing wife (at least in my opinion) and he's often the voice of reason. Clooney, on the other hand, is the wild child of the ER, frequently playing cowboy and getting himself into intense, but short romantic encounters. Stringfield is Susan Lewis, who is likable but has a bit of a temper even though she is supposed to be sweet. Margulies took some getting used to for me, but eventually I came around and enjoy seeing her on the show. Since she's the Head Nurse she has a pretty important role. And then there's La Salle, who does a great job playing the some-what jerk of a surgical resident.

A tv show in a hospital is nothing new. Which it is really why the actors drive this show. Otherwise it would just be procedures, gore, and lots of sick people. But with the cast and their different personalities and different lives, it makes it a little something different. I do find the medical terminology intriguing, although I don't know enough to say whether or not it is accurate. I'm going to assume that it's at least fairly accurate, or there would have been tons of outrage from the medical community when it aired. Regardless, it makes for good viewing, and while not classified as educational, still better than some of the mindless cartoons out there!

I do want to warn viewers that there is blood and violence and lots of things that may disturb viewers. It also deals with a lot of different social issues like suicide and abortion. So if you're not prepared to watch things like that, don't watch the show.

I really enjoy this show and am looking forward to watching all the seasons I can get my hands on.

Review by M. Reynard 2013
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B. MaroldReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A genuinely first rate beginning to a distinguished series.
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My beginning to watch the show ER on DVD is just a tad less rewarding than Sir Walter Raleigh's finding the Lost City of Gold, since in spite of its running as a highly rewarded and well received series for 15 seasons, I watched but one episode, the final one in 2009. Somehow, it never fit into my life on Thursday evenings. And, by the time I watched that one episode, it was long past being a very tired cast, crew, and format.

But, seeing it as it premiered in 1984, with a cast that was probably surpassed only by "The West Wing", it was crackling with life and excitement and humanity. Compared to it, the 2012 series "Monday Mornings" was a highly mannered, pretentious shadow of the real thing which was "ER". I could not keep my eyes off the screen, and I ordered Seasons 2 and 3 almost immediately. I can now look forward to several weeks of viewing the entire series at the rate of three to four episodes per night.

The main cast is quite good, but it goes to new heights when the show is peppered with some outstanding guest appearances such as ER chiefs played by William H. Macy and Michael ironside, and cardiac surgeon, CCH Pounder, plus brother in law Ving Rhames. At first, I'm surprised at the brusque treatment and "guidance" 3rd year medical student Noah Wyle gets from his 2nd year surgical resident, Eriq La Salle. This is about as close as "ER" ever gets to the prima donna characterization of a doctor on "House". In all other ways, it is the demonstration that "House" is a surreal abstraction of hospital behavior, far removed from reality.

One almost senses that the level of activity in the average day in the "ER" is exaggerated. I've been in very few Emergency Rooms in my life, and they tend to be relatively quiet. But then again, this is in downtown Chicago, and a teaching hospital, which probably has the mandate to turn down no one. In one episode, at night, during a heavy snow storm, we see for a small part of one episode, what the ER looks like when it is not busy. That didn't last long.

I have not yet seen any following seasons, but like "The West Wing" (same producer, John Wells), this show takes off from the opening scenes of the first episode, and never once drops the ball.
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James M. StrongReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
FRENCH SUBTITLES??????
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I am very hard of hearing even with hearing aids. I ordered Season 1-3 of ER expecting a series made for US TV audiences to have some type of closed captions..I could not believe when season 1 arrived and was opened to salute us hearing challenged with French subtitles. Of course there was ZERO indication in YOUR AD that only those with excellent hearing could understand the fast paced dialog..I am sure when our local library is able to reopen it will happy to accept our donation!!!!!!!Comeon JEFF get real.
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Ross AveryReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best Camera Work I've Ever Seen
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Absolutely exquisite. After Pulp Fiction, Quentin directed this. He did everything in ONE TAKE so that the industry couldn't screw his creative vision, and it's incredible work. You can really see Tarantino's masterful work with a camera. How did he not bump into people?? Sometimes life poses impossible questions. The dialogue and acting are also top notch. I'm glad I paid to see this, glad it was available, glad it was cheap, A++
David GoodwinReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great show, great extras, mediocre picture quality
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Two things:
a) ER is an excellent show, and the Season 1 set catches it at its earliest and (perhaps) most brilliant. The ensemble cast gels immediately, the writing is impeccable, the storylines compelling. You really can't do much better.
b) Some of the extras are stupendous. The behind-the-scenes documentaries, while presented in the interrupt-speech-with-video-clip-that-vaguely-relates-to-what-the-person-is-saying format I'm not too fond of, are very, very enlightening. I always wondered how much the instant success of the series impacted how easy it was to film on location, and I got my answer. The blooper reel is an expanded version of what we've seen before, and is very nice.
That said:
ER's first season has, believe it or not, actually been available for quite some time. The caveat: it was only available as an expensive Japanese set, and as our Benevolent Guardians the MPAA would have it, you of course needed an all-region player to play these discs if not in Japan. That said, having seen the first few seasons in that format a few times, I was blown away. The colors were vivid, and while the extras were bare to nonexistent, I was quite pleased with the presentation.
I am not similarly pleased with this domestic set. Firstly, the set is matted into widescreen. We've heard proponents of letterboxing whine (quite justifiably, of course) for absolute years about how pan-and-scan versions of feature films are an absolute abomination. I'd like someone to explain, then, why it's suddenly an acceptable practice to chop the top and bottom off of a TV program to make it look better on widescreen TVs? ERs first few seasons presumably weren't filmed in widescreen, as we're definitely getting less information in certain shots. I'd at least have liked a choice.
Additionally, the picture quality isn't quite up to snuff. In particular, there's TONS of visual garbage in certain scenes (and no, it isn't just my set...I've seen it on other people's). Check "Blizzard" right when Carol is taking the emergency phone in...there's a shot of Haleh which has a hilarious amount of white splotches flickering across it. Other scenes in other episodes are similarly plagued with what could either be dirt on the print or digital glitches, and several scenes seem oddly washed-out. This would be acceptable on a feature film from 30 years ago, but why here? Especially when the Japanese sets generally didn't have these problems? (needless to say, I hope these weren't caused during the matting transfer).
If you've never seen ER before, run run run and get this set. It's far cheaper than most equivalent sets, and well worth the $45 price. If, however, you either own the Japanese set or suspect that better things might come to those who wait...well, you might be better off waiting. I love the episodes, and love the extras, but the suspect picture quality and forced-widescreening (we don't see this being done to the freakin' Simpsons!) take a few points off this set.
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Barbara HuxleyReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this show when it premiered all those years ago ...
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I loved this show when it premiered all those years ago and love it now. It was a pioneer in medical storytelling, nothing else has come close. The rapid pace, chest-thumping in the elevators, all the drama of Cook County Hospital in Chicago; it's gritty, nasty, raw and real. I had the pleasure of working with an addictions counselor who had been a nurse at Cook County, she said the scenes were extemely realistic and made your BP spike just watching. Yeah, it's a show, but Thursday at 9 pm became a dedicated time. My kids had instructions not to bother me unless I could see the blood from 40 feet. What would Dr. Green say about that?
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Ohhh That Todd!Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
After all these years, ER is still number 1 for drama!
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E.R. ever since it's original debut has been one of the all time greats. Getting into the lives of the characters every week was amazing. Anyone who is into the whole medical genre loves this. By each episodes end you were anxiously waiting until the following week to find out what would happen next in Cook County's E.R. Doctor's Greene, Lewis, Ross, Benton, Medical student John Carter, and the others are always fun to watch. I still have a huge crush on Carol! I am alittle new to the idea of actually purchasing a season of something that resides on the amazon servers that you can see anytime you want but that you dont actually have physical possession of which take's alittle getting used to. I look forward to purchasing and watching more seasons of this exciting show that entertains as much now as it did way back in 1994 when it first aired on NBC. The drama and excitement will never get old.
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