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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.

NBC
15 Seasons, 334 Episodes
September 19, 1994
Drama
7.7/10
Cast: Anthony Edwards, Mark Greene, George Clooney, Doug Ross, Sherry Stringfield
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ER Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Morris decides to teach Chaz various risky medical procedures, much to Banfield's dismay. Meanwhile, Gates oversteps his bounds with Sam.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • One hour of memorable clips from past episodes_4-18, as well as interviews with current and former cast members.

  • Everybody at County are endangered by the actions of a drunken patient. Also, Pratt moves closer to becoming the new chief resident; gates worries about his budding relationship with Sam; while Kovac and Dr. Moretti have an unexpected encounter.

  • Neela is under great pressure after her patient needs more follow up surgery. A run-in with thieves has Morris visiting a therapist, and Abby must make a tough decision when offered a great opportunity.

  • Pratt hopes he can salvage his relationship with a wary Bettina. Meanwhile, Neela feels her patients may be criminals, and Abby fears that Luka is has quit on their marriage.

  • An upbeat cancer patient has a great impact on Luka as he searches for work as a hospice care worker. At County, a patient of Neela's comes down with an infection caused by her aorta surgery. Meanwhile, Abby treats a beating victim, and Brenner continues to belittle the ER staffers.

  • Neela has an odd daydream at work after working an all-night shift. Sarah's grandfather has to be taken to the ER when he collapses during an air hockey game. Meanwhile, Gates tries to prove himself to Sam by sending her flowers and Neela must make a quick decision when a patient suffers a torn aorta.

  • Dr. Pratt and Dr. Brenner get off to a shaky start when Brenner refuses to teach the interns. Meanwhile, Dr. Gates treats a transplant patient who is having heart issues. Abby debates telling Kovac about her affair and Sam learns of Gates and Julia's break-up.

  • Neela's journey into Orthopedics means teamwork when she joins their hockey team. Pratt is uncertain about moving his relationship with Bettina forward. Sam and Gates are at odds while Julia assists a prison doctor with a guilty conscience.

  • Abby feels like she is being judged by her peers as she returns from a stay at rehab. Meanwhile, she treats a fire victim who's eyes may have been damaged, and Harold's night with Neela's cousin has given him an ego boost.

  • In ER's landmark 300th episode, Luka and Abby arrange to head off to Croatia following the death of Luka's father. Meanwhile, a man learns his wife's startling secret while she is about to pass away, while the ER staff reminisces on past patients throughout the years.

  • Kovac's brother arrives from Croatia to visit, which causes Abby to feel crowded. Gates begins to feel the pressures of being a father when Sarah has a sleepover. Meanwhile, a temporary ER chief is named, much to Pratt's dismay.

  • Gates and Julia are enjoying their new relationship, but are thrown off when they get a disturbing call from Sarah. Abby's struggles with Kovac gone begin to worry the staff, but she soon receives an unexpected surprise. Meanwhile, Harold is the hero in a critical situtation.

  • In the midst of the "go green" craze, Morris buys a new energy-efficient car. Abby and Pratt disagree on the diagnosis of a fussy baby. Later, Abby falls back into old bad habits while Kovac is away in Croatia.

  • Morris and Pratt study for their board exams and Morretti brings in an attending to help with the load. Sam and Abby work with a young woman with elusive symptoms.

  • Moretti determines that since Gates has been impressive in ICU, he is ready to return to the ER. Neela is assigned to mentor Harold, a young genius intern. Meanwhile, Abby struggles without Kovac and Morris has a hard time resisting other women while Hope is away.

  • County General is unwittingly turned into a beauty parlor when a former patient decides to give beauty treatments to patients. Meanwhile, Abby is saddened when baby Joe is brought in following a fall off of the jungle gym; Gates helps a young boy's dream come true; and Pratt tries to defend his brother, but ends up making things worse in the process.

  • A teen wrestler comes to the ER experiencing severe vomiting and Pratt finds that the cause of the problem is very serious. In ICU, Gates tries to help a young child with a deadly disease. Meanwhile, Abby and Morris help two volunteer cops shot in the line of duty.

  • Dr. Morretti continues to implement new measures that lead many of the doctors to despise him. A teacher and student arrive at the ER after a car accident, and Morris and Sam are shocked when they find out why the two were together. Abby treats a patient with a stomach ache, but finds that there may be more to the ache than meets the eye.

  • Abby, Pratt and Morris cope with Dr. Morretti's new ER procedures, which are more strict than what they are used to. As injuries from an anti-war rally roll in, Gates worries about Neela and takes issues into his own hands when he learns who was behind the rally explosion.

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Medicaid Protest Gets Former 'E.R.' Star Noah Wyle Arrested

He might not be a real doctor. He might only have played one once upon a time on TV. That doesn't mean the politics of modern medicine don't touch something deep within Noah Wyle. The one-time "E.R." doctor John Carter has been arrested in Washington, D.C. today, People reports. He was one among 100 taken into custody today during a gathering by ADAPT on Capitol Hill.

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