St. Elsewhere

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  • TV-PG
  • 1982
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.0  (5,128)

St. Elsewhere was a critically acclaimed medical drama that aired on FOX from 1982 to 1988. The show was set in the fictional St. Eligius Hospital in South Boston, and it followed the lives and careers of the doctors, nurse, and staff who worked there. The show was renowned for its gritty realism and frank exploration of social issues such as poverty, substance abuse, and mental illness.

David Birney starred as Dr. Ben Samuels, a gifted surgeon who struggled with personal demons and a tumultuous marriage. Howie Mandel played Dr. Wayne Fiscus, a wisecracking anesthesiologist with a heart of gold. Norman Lloyd portrayed Dr. Daniel Auschlander, the hospital's wise and compassionate chief of services. Kim Miyori played Dr. Wendy Armstrong, a talented physician who faced discrimination as a woman of Asian descent. Piper Laurie played Nurse Clara Edwards, a veteran caregiver with a wry sense of humor.

Eric Laneuville played orderly Luther Hawkins, a streetwise young man who used his wit and charm to get by in a tough world. David Morse played Dr. Jack Morrison, a dedicated intern who struggled to balance his personal life with the demands of his job. Ronny Cox played Dr. John Gideon, a no-nonsense surgeon who clashed frequently with his colleagues. James Coco played guest star Arthur Harmon, an eccentric millionaire who funded the hospital's foundation.

Mark Harmon played Dr. Robert Caldwell, a charming and flirtatious surgeon who often found himself in trouble because of his womanizing. Christina Pickles portrayed his on-again, off-again love interest, Dr. Joanne Gideon, the hospital's chief of pathology. Bruce Greenwood played Dr. Seth Griffin, a highly skilled trauma surgeon who struggled with addiction. Cynthia Sikes played Dr. Annie Cavanero, a resident who faced discrimination because of her Italian heritage.

France Nuyen played guest star Dr. Paulette Kiem, a brilliant physician who struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. William Daniels played Dr. Mark Craig, the hospital's ambitious chief of surgery who was frequently at odds with his colleagues. Stephen Furst played guest star Dr. Elliot Axelrod, an overweight and insecure resident who struggled to assert himself. Ed Begley Jr. played Dr. Victor Ehrlich, a sensitive and earnest resident who often served as the voice of reason.

Bonnie Bartlett played Dr. Ellen Craig, Mark's long-suffering wife who grappled with her own personal issues. Doris Roberts played guest star Theresa Falco, a patient who became close to Luther Hawkins. Terence Knox played guest star Bryan Chandler, an HIV-positive patient who faced discrimination and stigma. Ed Flanders played Dr. Donald Westphall, the hospital's compassionate and dedicated chief of medicine who served as the show's moral center. And Denzel Washington played Dr. Philip Chandler, a talented surgeon who faced racism and other obstacles in his career.

St. Elsewhere was a groundbreaking show that tackled difficult subject matter with sensitivity and realism. It was known for its unflinching portrayal of medical procedures, as well as its exploration of complex social and ethical issues. The show was a critical and commercial success, winning numerous awards and legions of devoted fans. While it was cancelled after six seasons, its impact on the medical drama genre is still felt today.

St. Elsewhere is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (137 episodes). The series first aired on October 26, 1982.

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The Last One
22. The Last One
May 25, 1988
Lives and careers are in the balance as Auschlander labours mightily to keep St Eligius from closing and promises a major announcement. The Craigs' reconciliations is jeopardised when…
The Abby Singer Show
21. The Abby Singer Show
May 18, 1988
The annual awards dinner for Doctor of the Year has the medicos sorting out their towering dreams and infernal failures when a fire breaks out and strands them forty two stories high.
Split Decision
20. Split Decision
May 11, 1988
A renewed Craig, returning to work with a vengeance, defies Gideon and arranges multi-organ transplants from a single donor, which endangers the lives of the three recipients.
Requiem For a Heavyweight
19. Requiem For a Heavyweight
May 4, 1988
A suspended Craig isn't around to help Axelrod whose life is threatened by a severe heart attack. Ellen breaks off her romance with Gideon.
The Naked Civil Surgeon
18. The Naked Civil Surgeon
April 27, 1988
Some of the doctors shyly agree to an experimental surgery procedure which requires them to work unclothes. A dewy-eyed Auschlander greets the son he never knew.
Their Town
17. Their Town
April 20, 1988
Dr Westphall, who left St Eligius to set up a simple practice in a quaint new Hampshire community, is visited by the feuding Craigs, Novino and his daughter Lizzie.
Down and Out On Beacon Hill
16. Down and Out On Beacon Hill
February 17, 1988
Craig's life becomes a shambles when Gideon temporarily kicks him out of St Eligius during a malpractice suit, his divorcing wife kicks him out of his home and a thieving bum just plain…
Fairytale Theater
15. Fairytale Theater
February 10, 1988
Novino is touched by the devotion of a chivalrous elderly man who brings in his childhood sleeping beauty in the hope that the doctors can magically snap her out of a sixty year 'spell'.
14. Curtains
February 3, 1988
Morrison must inform a patient that she has incurable Huntington's disease, and her children must decide if they want to be tested.
Heaven's Skate
13. Heaven's Skate
January 13, 1988
Kiem brushes aside the threats of gang members as she struggles to save one of their rivals who was shot.
Final Cut
12. Final Cut
January 6, 1988
After discontinuing his own chemotherapy, Auschlander defies Gideon and tries to stave off death for a fellow cancer patient by enrolling her in a controversial and experimental treatment…
A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking
11. A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking
December 16, 1987
Craig uncharacteristically refuses to bask in the limelight after installing the hospital's first artificial heart and its elderly recipient curses Craig's name for prolonging his agony.
No Chemo, Sabe?
10. No Chemo, Sabe?
December 9, 1987
A sizable media contingent waits as doctors gently prod the first artificial heart's recipient to walk, roll or even crawl before the camera, but he refuses to budge.
Weigh In, Way Out
9. Weigh In, Way Out
December 2, 1987
Time seems to be ticking everyone off as Craig laces up the gloves and enters the square circle to reclaim some of his lost and bloodied youth.
Heart On
8. Heart On
November 18, 1987
Craig's decision to implant his newly designed artificial heart in a less-than- willing patient is questioned when complications arise during surgery and the recipient's quality of life is…
7. Handoff
November 11, 1987
Craig must play God when he interviews a field of needy cardiac candidates; one will receive his new artificial heart, the others will die.
The He-Man Woman Hater's Club
6. The He-Man Woman Hater's Club
November 4, 1987
Newlywed Ehrlich feels pangs of conscience when he is invited with Craig to the traditionally all-male Cushing Society convention, and is paired off with a high-priced call girl.
Night of the Living Bed
5. Night of the Living Bed
October 28, 1987
It's a wild 'n' wooly Halloween when Craig performs the hospital's first artificial heart transplant on a cuddly sheep who captures his sympathy.
Ewe Can't Go Home Again
4. Ewe Can't Go Home Again
October 21, 1987
Just as the progressive Dr Gideon battens down the hatches for a strike by orderlies, Auschlander's interest in maintaining the hospital's old values seems to ebb.
A Moon For the Misbegotten
3. A Moon For the Misbegotten
September 30, 1987
Dr Westphall's resolve to push Ecumena to provide an Aids patient programme may instead push him out the door of St Eligius forever, and the hospital staff is dismayed at the prospect of…
The Idiot and the Odyssey
2. The Idiot and the Odyssey
September 23, 1987
Dr Westphall is put out by Dr Gideon whilst imminent divorce, ex-husbands and weddings create staff problems.
1. Resurrection
September 16, 1987
St Eligius is spared the final fury of the wrecker's ball and, after a huge conglomerate company comes to the rescue, the doctors and staff return to a refurbished, shiny new hospital.
Where to Watch St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch St. Elsewhere on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (5,128)