ER (1994–2009)
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Mark's wife arrives in the ER with the news that she has passed her bar exams but several members of the staff interrupt their intimate celebration. Greene treats an elderly woman whose ... See full summary »


Mimi Leder


Michael Crichton (created by), John Wells


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield ... Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Glenn Plummer ... Timmy Rawlins
Christine Harnos ... Jennifer Greene
Tobin Bell ... Hospital Administrator
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic
John Randolph ... Mr. Franks
John Terry ... Dr. David 'Div' Cvetic
Ed Cambridge ... Victor
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Mrs. Franks
Scott Jaeck ... Dr. Steven Flint


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Mark's wife arrives in the ER with the news that she has passed her bar exams but several members of the staff interrupt their intimate celebration. Greene treats an elderly woman whose husband isn't ready to let her go. It's been eight weeks since Hathaway's attempted suicide, but Doug Ross has yet to bring himself to visit the woman he went out with for two years. Susan Lewis saves a newborn who is brought into the ER choking. She also argues with the psychiatric attending who refuses to admit a patient suffering from dementia. Carter finds himself having to care for a group of German tourists who are suffering from food poisoning. He also treats a young flirt with a rash. Benton treats a recent surgery patient and finds his correct diagnosis overturned by the man's physician. Susan Lewis treats a family struck by a drunk driver. The husband and daughter will survive but there is little hope for the woman. The drunk driver is also brought in suffering from only a few scratches. Written by garykmcd

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This is the first episode to feature the familiar opening credits, though the sequence is edited in such a way that the names and faces do not match up as they would in subsequent episodes. These opening credits would not be changed, cast additions aside, until Season 13. See more »


When Dr. Benton treats a gunshot victim Mr. Brady, about 13 minutes in, the bandage near the wound on his upper arm appears and disappears; and although the bullet supposedly traveled through the arm, the makeup artist simply swabbed the barest hint of blood on the arm. See more »

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John Carter is the comic relief
16 June 2018 | by Br4ve-trave1orSee all my reviews

In day one we learn a bit more in this world where the hospital of this ER exists in Chicago. I love how all these characters have a lot of things we see that theres lef to explore.

I find John Carter to be laugh out loud hilarious!! His facial expressions alone steal a few laughs. He seems like a very intelligent capable doctor but someone that is oblivious to things. For e.g. rubbing the cream on the woman. He had absolutely no idea in what kind of context that could have been construed. Yet, hes very attentive in detail of observing DR. Bennet and noticing how Dr.bennet is just giving him a tough go of it for reasons that are shown in the pilot. He obviously wasnt respected and was taught the same.

Dr. Bennet is interesting because he at the second episode comes off as a character that I dont like or one that perhaps I do like or rather am intrigued with because he is capable and maybe is the smarter man in the room, though his problem seems like he has to let you know it often enough. Hes arrogant but inside he wants to finally prove to everyone that he can achieve a impressive surgery in the OR like william H. Macys character and have him respect him finally. I feel he wants those things but he goes about it terribly by the way he treats people. He at times portrays someone who will be a shoulder for you to cry on when you're a patient and he tells you your wife is dead, or someone that's cocky.

Thus, it's too early for me to cast him aside. I think the writer made him layered and complicated for a reason. Hes obviously an important character that has room to grow the most.

Then theres the characters we just havent explored yet to see enough of to tell, for e.g. Dr. Ross George clooney.

Hathaway's suicide attempt is very intriguing and to learn her and Ross had a 2 year relationship makes me wonder based on their scenes together, what really went on? I didnt see anything unhealthy so there got to be so much to explore here.

For starters Dr. Ross. Sure, hes a charming man that knows hes good looking. He confident and has passion for what he does and cares a lot about kids. He genuinely seems like he enjoys his job. But we first meet him when hes drunk as hell coming into the ER in the middle of the night and also during the same shift or two as when his girlfriend attempts suicide. Something is there. Of course, those that have seen this may be rolling their eyes bc I'm so wrong these are just feelings based off 2 episodes of watching ER.

Hathaway is obviously the character I want to get know the most because although it came out in 1994, suicide today is so significant and huge, and I can personally relate on a level and would love to learn what happened to her. Not why she did it, but the things that happened to cause her to feel like that was her only choice. Btw, she looks so different then. They all dom

Of course, there was the scene in which Dr. Greene is in the bathroom celebrating his wifes passing the bar as an attorney. They hit a emergency button and it results in an audience.

I immediately felt tension or passion from Susan lewis and greene. I guess I'm wrong but we'll see. I can feel it. And when the great doctor hugs his wife after saying he loves her I cant help but see the train leaving in the background.

Again, John Carter is the character of my choice that you can count on to always laugh with or at! Hes the comic relief in a series about drama and insane thrilling scenes.

I hope we get more John Carter moments and scenes to come.

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22 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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