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  • TV-14
  • 1994
  • 15 Seasons
  • 7.9  (66,828)

The television series ER began in 1994 on the NBC network. It became the most nominated drama in TV history. ER is also the second longest-running program with 15 seasons. The show's brilliant creators knew how to merge new actors with longtime favorites, which permitted the series to continue its reign as a fan favorite. ERs last episode aired on April 2, 2009.

ERs original cast included George Clooney as Dr. Ross, Anthony Edwards as Dr. Greene and Eriq La Salle as Dr. Benton. During the premier episode, Carol Hathaway, a popular nurse played by actress Julianna Margulies, attempts suicide and is admitted to the hospital. The first episode depicted a surprise beginning that immediately hooked the television audience, as viewers were rooting for Nurse Hathaway to live, ensuring strong ratings throughout its run.

During the show's second season, actresses Gloria Reuben and Laura Innes joined the cast. After the season's end, the original cast began to leave the show. Sherry Stringfield was the first cast member to depart. Later, in 1999, George Clooney made his exit to begin a successful movie career. However, he never forgot the boost that ER gave his career and returned to the show for two memorable episodes.

Each member of the original cast eventually left the show, and creators gradually added new actors and actresses to the series. Television viewers welcomed Goran Visnjic as Dr. Kovac, Maura Tierney as Dr. Lockhart and Linda Cardellini as nurse Taggart.

The show's writers allowed the characters to date, marry and have babies with one another. For example, Dr. Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway have a relationship resulting in Carol becoming pregnant with twins.

Most of the show's episodes took place within the hospital's emergency room. Also, doctors and nurses used a number of lifesaving tactics during the run of the show. In season six, ER shocked viewers with the murder of Lucy Knight. She is a young medical student played by actress Kellie Martin. The same killer stabs John Carter, one of the show's original cast members who is played by Noah Wylie.

With Lucy's death, the show's creators left the viewing audience unsettled as any beloved character could immediately exit ER.

TV viewers will enjoy revisiting ER as a number of film stars made their initial acting appearance on the series. With its medical storylines and popular characters, ER is a cherished show that viewers continue to watch and remember fondly.

ER is a series that is currently running and has 15 seasons (334 episodes). The series first aired on September 19, 1994.

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Special One Hour ER Retrospective
23. Special One Hour ER Retrospective
April 2, 2009
As "ER" comes to a close, this hour-long retrospective takes a look back at past seasons with clips from the most memorable episodes_4-18 and interviews with many of the series' stars.
And In The End
22. And In The End
April 2, 2009
John Carter opens his new medical facility and his former colleagues and friends come to show their support. Meanwhile, Dr. Gates treats a teenager with alcohol poisoning after playing a drinking game. Sam is surprised when she receives a birthday present. Dr. Rachel Greene starts her first day as an intern, in the same ER her father worked many years before.
I Feel Good
21. I Feel Good
March 26, 2009
Doctors and nurses from the ER help out at a camp for children who have had open heart surgeries. A woman returns to County for the baby she previously abandoned there.
Shifting Equilibrium
20. Shifting Equilibrium
March 19, 2009
It's Neela's last day in the ER, but everyone seems to have forgotten that she is leaving. She proves she is ready to be an attending by arguing with Dr. Dubenko over two surgical cases. Meanwhile, Brenner reflects on his past.
In Times of Old
19. In Times of Old
March 12, 2009
Neela and Sam are stunned when they find their transplant plane has left without them. Dr. Carter gets a surprise from an old friend as he waits on his transplant. Meanwhile, Dr. Banfield bonds with a child abandoned in the ER.
What We Do
18. What We Do
March 5, 2009
The story of County General is revealed as a camera crew interviews the staff for a documentary on emergency medicine. Noah Wyle and Amy Madigan ("Grey's Anatomy") guest star.
17. T-Minus-6
February 26, 2009
Trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization proves frustrating and fruitless, so the Banfields explore their options with an adoption agency. Dr. Carter is overwhelmed by the procedural and technological advances to emergency medicine that have been implemented since he's been gone. Sam gets quite the shock when her mother comes into the ER. Banfield finds out a secret that Carter is hiding.
The Beginning of the End
16. The Beginning of the End
February 19, 2009
Valentine's Day in the ER finds Neela spellbound by Brenner. Determined to have a baby, Banfield comes up with a plan but has difficulty getting her husband on board. Neela performs surgery on a young girl's mother. Dr. Carter surprises the staff with a visit to the ER. Gates treats a strange patient who may have injested a toxin while hunting for mushrooms.
The Family Man
15. The Family Man
February 15, 2009
A car accident in the ambulance bay leaves a mother severely injured. Morris gets the run around from an insurance company. Neela and Brenner discuss her job offer
A Long, Strange Trip
14. A Long, Strange Trip
February 5, 2009
An old colleague visits the hospital to see a former mentor who is seriously ill. Sam's sister shows up unexpectedly. Gates and Morris tend to an elderly man who was assaulted on the street. A patient's diagnosis shakes Brenner up.
Love is a Battlefield
13. Love is a Battlefield
January 22, 2009
Morris faces a complicated case involving a young girl hit while riding her bicycle. Gates finds it very difficult to let go of his feelings for Sam. Neela becomes quite flustered when Brenner returns from Australia.
Dream Runner
12. Dream Runner
January 15, 2009
Neela finds herself having a recurring dream about her crazy day trying to save a young girl with sickle cell anemia. Gates works on saving a patient that jumped out of a window during his sleep. Meanwhile, Neela goes in for an attending interview and is surprised to see Dr. Corday.
Separation Anxiety
11. Separation Anxiety
January 8, 2009
Banfield treats two brothers that come into the ER with serious injuries after a drug deal goes bad. Gates is upset with Sam that she didn't tell him that Alex was going home from the hospital. Neela considers pediatric surgery after treating a young girl with sickle cell anemia. Meanwhile, Dr. Banfield and her husband make a critical decision about the future of their family.
The High Holiday
10. The High Holiday
December 11, 2008
Morris receives an unwanted package from his father at the ER doorstep. Sam is anxious about getting Alex off of the ventilator after his accident. Meanwhile, a pregnant woman with a high-risk pregnancy is in danger of getting deported.
Let it Snow
9. Let it Snow
December 4, 2008
Neela is in court to give her testimony over the death of one of her patients who bled out. Alex and Sarah get in a horrible car accident after going to a party against Sam's wishes. Meanwhile, Morris and Banfield are in Nebraska for an ER conference and become snowed in and stuck.
Age of Innocence
8. Age of Innocence
November 20, 2008
Gates obsession with a homeless war hero has Sam frustrated. When the whole surgery department gets named in a lawsuit, Neela becomes upset at her intern who caused the suit. A husband and wife come into the ER after an attempt was made by someone to burn down their home. Brenner gets physical with a patient after losing his cool.
Heal Thyself
7. Heal Thyself
November 13, 2008
Dr. Banfield sets out for a run to clear her head but soon finds herself attempting a rescue of a 3 year old girl who is drowning in a nearby lake. While trying to save the girl, Dr. Banfield has flashbacks to a time when Dr. Greene cared for her son at County. Gates tries to help a homeless war hero by pulling a few strings around the ER. Meanwhile, the interns continue to struggle in keeping up in the ER.
Oh, Brother
6. Oh, Brother
November 6, 2008
Morris decides to teach Chaz various risky medical procedures, much to Banfield's dismay. Meanwhile, Gates oversteps his bounds with Sam.
5. Haunted
October 30, 2008
Gates feels neglected as Sam spends all of her time studying for her upcoming pharmacology exam. Meanwhile, a stab wound victim comes into the ER following a vicious school fight and Brenner takes it upon himself to find out what really happened. Later, Morris surprises Neela and Gates finds himself locked in a stairwell with a young boy on Halloween.
Parental Guidance
4. Parental Guidance
October 23, 2008
Banfield heads out for a cup of coffee and is caught off guard when she is mugged. Meanwhile, Dubenko is placed back on the surgery team thanks to Dr. Brenner; Banfield and Gates believe the injuries of a gymnast who claims to have fallen are really due to a family member; and Gates learns Sarah got her tongue pierced without his permission.
The Book of Abby
3. The Book of Abby
October 16, 2008
Neela is disappointed when she finds out Abby's good news second hand. When a gunshot wound victim comes into the ER, the new chief, Catherine Banfield and Abby butt heads on how to treat the patient. Abby comes to Sam's defense when she goes before a nurses disciplinary board.
Another Thursday at County
2. Another Thursday at County
October 9, 2008
Dr. Banfield's arrival and tough attitude causes the whole ER staff to feel defensive. Gates and the new interns fight to save the life of a terrorist while risking their own lives. Neela finds an unlikely advocate in her fight to get Dr. Dubenko back on the surgery staff.
Life After Death
1. Life After Death
September 25, 2008
Abby wakes up after the ambulance explosion and realizes that she has a broken wrist but quickly rushes to check on the others in the ambulance. A mother and daughter are also rushed in from the explosion and Abby misdiagnoses the case. Meanwhile, Morris and Neela struggle to keep up with the injuries sustained from the explosion.
Series Retrospective
0. Series Retrospective
April 2, 2009
One hour of memorable clips from past episodes_4-18, as well as interviews with current and former cast members.
Where to Watch ER
ER is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch ER on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 19, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (66,828)