ER

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In the emergency room of County General Hospital the difference between life and death rests on the split-second decisions of its dedicated physicians and medical personnel. These healers deal with AIDS, a brutal attack and the departure of a beloved colleague. Laura Innes joins the cast.
Starring
Anthony EdwardsGeorge ClooneySherry Stringfield
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Dr. Carter, I Presume
    September 25, 1996
    46min
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    Jeanie discovers she is HIV positive but refuses to disclose her status to the hospital. Her former lover, Dr. Peter Benton, tests negative.
  2. 2. Let the Games Begin
    October 2, 1996
    46min
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    While undergoing aggressive treatment for HIV, Jeanie gets dismissed from a bloody trauma by Benton. Greene and Lewis' mutual attraction increases.
  3. 3. Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    October 9, 1996
    45min
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    Carter has a problem with Anspaugh when Carter pretends that his patient's condition is worse than it is so he can operate.
  4. 4. Last Call
    October 16, 1996
    46min
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    Ross' personal life results in tragedy. Hathaway considers enrolling in medical school. Carter annoys Benton by impressing Dr. Keaton.
  5. 5. Ghosts
    October 30, 1996
    44min
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    On a stormy Halloween, Hathaway and Ross ride in a health mobile dispensing free medical care in poor neighborhoods. Greene and Lewis enjoy the ER Halloween party together.
  6. 6. Fear of Flying
    November 6, 1996
    46min
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    Lewis confronts her fear of flying to travel in a rescue helicopter with Greene and assist a family of accident victims. Jeanie and Doyle keep a dead man on ice for cryogenic storage.
  7. 7. No Brain, No Gain
    November 13, 1996
    46min
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    Benton keeps vigil on a critically ill baby whose condition is the result of Benton's surgical error. Greene worries that Lewis is dating Morgenstern…
  8. 8. Union Station
    November 20, 1996
    46min
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    Nurse Lydia Wright and police officer Al Grabarsky get married. Jeanie's husband finally signs the divorce papers.
  9. 9. Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies
    December 11, 1996
    45min
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    Greene snoops into Jeanie's confidential files and learns her secret after he discovers that Al is HIV-positive.
  10. 10. Homeless for the Holidays
    December 18, 1996
    46min
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    Jeanie finally divulges her HIV status to her co-workers. Ross befriends Charlie, a homeless 14-year-old girl.
  11. 11. Night Shift
    January 15, 1997
    45min
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    Gant feels intense pressure from Benton who Gant feels is too tough on him. Carter ignores Gant because he's tired of listening to his constant complaints.
  12. 12. Post Mortem
    January 22, 1997
    47min
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    Carter feels sorrow and guilt about Gant's death even though the police rule it an accident. Carter rebukes Benton for his seeming lack of concern. Ross refuses to be Charlie's guardian.
  13. 13. Fortune's Fools
    January 29, 1997
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    Carol admits to a newspaper reporter that she made a fatal mistake and, consequently, the hospital suspends her. Benton learns that Carla, his girlfriend, is pregnant.
  14. 14. Whose Appy Now?
    February 5, 1997
    45min
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    Jeanie and Fischer's relationship continues to grow, they share their first kiss. Ross treats a 17-year-old patient with cystic fibrosis who wants to die but is too young to sign DNR order.
  15. 15. The Long Way Around
    February 12, 1997
    45min
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    Although she is suspended from work, Hathaway experiences a busy day when she and a store full of customers are taken hostage.
  16. 16. Faith
    February 19, 1997
    45min
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    Hathaway gets reinstated. She leaves work early to take the medical school admissions test. Carter disagrees with Anspaugh's diagnosis and is proven correct, impressing Anspaugh.
  17. 17. Tribes
    April 9, 1997
    46min
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    Jeanie treats a pregnant Carla who is experiencing premature labor as the result of a car accident. Jeanie discovers that Benton is the father.
  18. 18. You Bet Your Life
    April 16, 1997
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    Greene competes with Weaver for a teaching position. Carter undermines Anspaugh's judgment by asking Hicks to perform delicate surgery on a patient Anspaugh refuses to operate on.
  19. 19. Calling Dr. Hathaway
    April 23, 1997
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    Hathaway finds out that she had a high score on her medical-school admissions test; however, she realizes she loves being a nurse and really does not want a career change.
  20. 20. Random Acts
    April 30, 1997
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    Greene is severely beaten by an unknown assailant in a hospital bathroom. Jeanie and Al rekindle their relationship. Ross transfers his obsession with sex to golf.
  21. 21. Make A Wish
    May 7, 1997
    44min
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    A battered and bruised Greene returns to work. Carla delivers her baby two months prematurely and in critical condition.
  22. 22. One More For The Road
    May 14, 1997
    47min
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    Unable to sleep, Greene destroys the hospital lounge, throwing furniture and other items around. He refuses to acknowledge that he has a problem and buys a gun.

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Supporting actors
Noah WyleJulianna MarguliesGloria ReubenLaura InnesEriq La Salle
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Season year
1997
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KHowardReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a fantastic TV show!
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I find it difficult to search for movies to watch when I know "ER" is way better than most of them. I've now purchased (rented) the first 4 seasons of the show, and will probably end up watching the entire 15-year run. It's simply amazingly well-written, year-after-year, with interesting characters, and maintains those qualities, even as characters leave while new ones are introduced.
Joshua SpauldingReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
Goodbye (for now) Dr. Lewis
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Since it's beginning in September of 1994, ER has been my favorite television shows. The great story lines and great characters that have appeared on this show have occupied my Thursday nights for 11 years.

While I still enjoy the show now, the prime of the show, at least to me, was in the beginning. With Anthony Edwards, George Clooney and Sherry Stringfield, plus Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and Eriq LaSalle, the early years were some of the best television hours ever.

Season three was one that saw a number of changes to the ER. Dr. Susan Lewis (Stringfield) left the ER for Phoenix. She returned a number of years later and is still part of the show, but her departure left a hole in the staff, not to mention, in the heart of fellow doc Mark Greene (Edwards). This season also saw the edition of Laura Innes to the regular cast. She appeared in season two as a recurring character and was added to the cast to start season three. Her character of Dr. Weaver has experienced some of the greatest changes of anyone since her arrival on the show.

Some of the key storylines early in this season involve Greene and Lewis, as there is an obvious romantic connection between the two, that leaves Greene feeling betrayed when she leaves. A highlight episode of the season was "Fear of Flying" where the two docs take a medivac chopper to a remote accident scene and save a family of four. Greene, who is one of my all time favorite television characters, also experiences a brutal attack in the restroom of the hospital and has a hard time readjusting as he returns to work.

Dr. Doug Ross (Clooney) begins the season as he ended the second, still moving from woman to woman, but when a woman whom he barely knows passes out at his apartment and eventually dies at County, he begins to change his ways, mainly pointing his affection in the direction of nurse Carol Hathaway (Margulies), who is also one of his exes. Clooney's work with a homeless teen, portrayed excellently by Kirsten Dunst, is one of the great story arcs throughout the season.

As for Hathaway, she takes the medical school tests, and does incredibly well, but realizes that she likes being a nurse. As nurse manager, she takes on the administration with some solid results and also gets a highlight episode where she is caught in an armed robbery at a convenience store. It is in this episode that you see the true Carol Hathaway and her compassion for others. Ewan McGregor also does a great guest stint as one of the robbers.

Dr. John Carter (Wyle) looks so young, especially as I finished this past season watching him leave the show after 11 seasons. Carter has an affair with his superior, and also sees the death of one of his fellow surgical interns (guest star Omar Epps). He also begins to realize that he may have chosen the wrong elective, as he sees that his healing ways may be better suited for the ER, not the surgical unit.

Dr. Peter Benton (La Salle) is probably one of the best surgeons on the staff, but it is his people skills that make his turn in pediatrics a tough one. The death of intern Gant weighs heavily on Benton, but it is the birth of his son as the season comes to a close that really begins to change his ways. The Benton as father story line served the show well for a number of years until his eventual departure.

Weaver (Innes) is in almost constant combat with Greene. She has ideas that she tries to implement that just don't sit well with the senior doc. Her kissing up to the bosses irks not only Greene, but a number of other staff members. She was not a likeable character for a long time, but that has changed over the last few years.

The one ER character that I never really cared for was PA Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reuben). This season featured a lot of stories for her, as she battled her HIV status and considered relationships before reconciling with her ex. This character, although Reuben is a good actor, always seemed to be concerned with herself and nobody else and that always bothered me.

Additionally, this season saw some great guest and recurring stars. As mentioned, Dunst and Epps were key figures for many episodes, while William H. Macy and John Aylward continued there positions as hospital staffers. Jorja Fox came on board as Dr. Maggie Doyle and Veronica Cartwright won praise for her guest turn as the mother of a sick young man. Glenne Healy, cch Pounder, Kevin Tighe, Sam Anderson and Jamie Gertz were just a few of the many who had a presence in the ER. Maria Bello guest starred at the end of the season and was added to the staff in the next year.

There are two great commentary tracks, as well as two very good documentaries. One involves the Fear of Flying episode while the other deals with the support staff at the hospital, the nurses, desk clerks, etc. Both are very informative. There are also a great gag reel and some deleted scenes.

Of course I am biased, as this is my favorite show, but I don't think you could find a finer group of actors and better story lines than this season of ER provided.
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James M. StrongReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
FRENCH SUBTITLES??
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I ordered season 1,2 and 3. Season 1 gets the same review of season three. Who on earth would produce
a great US TV Series and NOT PLAINLY SAY THAT IF YOU NEED ENGLISH SUBTITLES don'y buy these films!!!!!
But then I guess I am the only purchaser who is very hard of hearing, even with hearing aids.
B. MaroldReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another five star season.
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I can hardly improve on many of the reviews for this season, so I will just mention those things I like best.

At the top of the list is the chance to see several actors, early in their career, who later became prominent in other series. At the top of the list in this season are Jorja Fox, Khandi Alexander, and Omar Epps, who went on to supporting leads in CSI, CSI:Miami and House respectively. I am less thrilled with the new face in senior management, Dr. Donald Anspaugh, played by John Aylward, as something of a hard headed bottom line kind of administrator, especially since he replaces William H. Macy as the face of the hospital administration. His personality softens just a bit in the course of the year, but the sharp edges surface every once in a while.

The stories are taking the lead actors out of the ER in medical crisis situations, such as in local stores, and in ride alongs in EMT ambulances and in helicopters. They are also dealing more often with situations of medical ethics regarding HIV status, race relations, and DNR (do not resuscitate) orders.

One major character, who may have been the weakest in the first two seasons, leaves the cast, and Laura Innes' character becomes more central to the story arcs dealing with the hospital administration. As I expected from season one, John Carter's character growth continues, mostly advancing, but sometimes taking a step backwards.

The lead character whose role I enjoy the most is Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway. It seems as if every major character has gone through some kind of professional and personal crisis in the first three seasons, and Hathaway's are the hardest to take. She is the one character I most want to see succeed, along with Noah Wyle's John Carter.

I do not recommend your starting with season 3, as most of the relations between characters and character roles will seem unfinished. Season 3 is just as good as season 2, and that's saying a lot.
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RachelReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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I enjoy this series and wanted to complete my collection.
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aliceReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Er season 3
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Received well ahead of time love the er series
Stacey NelsonReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
great product at a great price
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great product, excellent service and great price
happy girlReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
bad DVD!
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ER season one the first disk was scratched bad it kept freezing up on me er season three disk messed up and disk five would not play at all I am very upset with both season 1 and 3 they were a waste of money shouldn't they have been tested before being sold? I will never buy a DVD from you again
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