ER (1994–2009)
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24 Hours 

The pilot for the popular TV series is set during 24 frantic hours in the lives of a group of doctors, nurses, and staff members of a busy emergency room at a Chicago hospital. They deal ... See full summary »


Rod Holcomb


Michael Crichton (created by), Michael Crichton




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Mark Greene
George Clooney ... Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield ... Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle ... John Carter
Eriq La Salle ... Peter Benton
Julianna Margulies ... Carol Hathaway
Christine Harnos ... Jennifer Greene
William H. Macy ... Dr. David Morgenstern
Holly Gagnier ... Tracy Young
Glenn Plummer ... Timmy Rawlins
Vanessa Marquez ... Nurse Wendy Goldman
Yvette Freeman ... Nurse Haleh Adams
Deezer D ... Nurse Malik McGrath
Abraham Benrubi ... Jerry Markovic
Scott Jaeck ... Dr. Steven Flint


The pilot for the popular TV series is set during 24 frantic hours in the lives of a group of doctors, nurses, and staff members of a busy emergency room at a Chicago hospital. They deal with the seemingly endless casualties that stumble into their place of employment. The central characters are the chief resident and family man Dr. Mark Greene, who is considering a job in private practice due to pressure from his demanding law student wife Jennifer; outgoing Dr. Doug Ross, who deals with cases in his own personal way; straight-arrow Dr. Susan Lewis, trying to get by another long 36-hour shift; inexperienced third-year med student John Carter; cocky surgical resident Dr. Peter Benton; and troubled chief nurse Carol Hathaway. Written by Matthew Patay

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

19 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der erste Tag See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nearly fifteen years later, director Rod Holcomb would direct the show's final episode: ER: And in the End... (2009). See more »


After the rush of patients from the building collapse, Dr. Green (Anthony Edwards) and Dr. Ross (George Clooney) are talking in the hallway. On the floor, you can see the marker tape where they need to stand. It even appears that Edwards crosses his legs on purpose to cover his. See more »


Dr. Peter Benton: [showing Carter around the ER] This is Dr. Morgenstern. He's the head of ER. Watch out. He eats students for lunch.
Dr. David Morgenstern: [shaking hands with Carter] David Morgenstern.
John Carter: John Carter.
Dr. David Morgenstern: [to Benton] Uh, when did that severed hand go up?
Dr. Peter Benton: Vascular took it up an hour ago. I just hope they can do it right.
Dr. David Morgenstern: [turning to Carter] Dr. Benton is one of the best residents we have. You learn everything you can from him, except attitude.
[Morgenstern leaves]
Dr. Peter Benton: He didn't mean that.
Dr. David Morgenstern: [offscreen] Yes, he did.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


Sayin' It
Written by Barbara L. Jordan, William Peterkin and Lindsay Tomasic
Performed by Pete Peterkin
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An excellent start to one of the best shows around.
9 April 2004 | by ijrichterSee all my reviews

The way they start this show is not in an introductory manner. They don't do a slow introduction to every thing, every character around, slowly. They just take us into a regular day in the E.R., starting with a doctor waking up, to a med student's first day, it's kind of a sequence of different medical events. They also give us insight to some of the characters. This pilot is circled around Dr. Mark Greene (played by Anthony Edwards). It starts with a nurse waking him up, and him, going into his day. With this, they introduce to ped's resident Dr. Doug Ross (played by George Clooney), who pretends he's sick before his shift starts. A nice way to start the show. A little humor. We also look into Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), an E.R. resident, Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), a surgical resident, and the new guy on board, med student John Carter (Noah Wyle). Through their eyes, we go through different emergencies, from traumas, to cancer, to an abused baby, to Carter nearly throwing up, even to the team treating one of their own staff members, nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies, who later becomes a regular). This pilot opened doors to a great T.V. series, lots of medical emergencies, fast-paced action, different story-lines, from medical law suits, to lockdown emergencies, to staff members dying, everything you find in a County Hospital, started here.

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