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ER Graced Our TV Screens Launching Several Careers

Updated on December 12, 2017
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I've written, contributed to several books on film, and worked in the film industry. I like to share the insights of the movie business.


Crichton and Spielberg Winning Team

The producers of ER television series created a show that lasted 15 years. They pooled together astonishing talents: the late best-selling author Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. The shows multiple Emmy Award-winnings speak for the caliber of work that stood behind the camera and, of course, in front of the camera, launching the stellar career of George Clooney.

If anything, ER is a lesson on how to produce an award winning television show and keep on the air practically forever. I am sure students of film and television study this series in its entirety, pick up or indicating successful factors that kept the show strong.

Unforgettable Series

Although I never watched the series as a whole, I tend to shy away from medical shows, ER taps into the intimate workings of an urban training hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its vigilant emergency room. Weekly, fans were fascinated as they watched medical professionals steadfast and determined to save lives in a place where nothing is taken for granted or certain. The emergency room doors open and another distraught person or persons placed in their hands – life or death within an hour’s worth of television programming.


Endless Series

This DVD is a collector’s item in that it hones the 15th and final season as an all time favorite of multiple shows about the famous emergency room drama.

I am sure you’ll dig watching the episodes, knowing that you can watch it again and again since you own the DVD. The cast changes through the years might throw you off; but you will be graced with a guest appearance of Clooney and other original cast.

If you still need an emergency room fix on television, there are similar shows that followed ER’s formula, which validates the series even more, such as Hawthorne, Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy. The DVD is available through Warner Bros. archives.

© 2011 Kenna McHugh


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    • Kenna McHugh profile image

      Kenna McHugh 6 years ago from Northern California


      Thank you. As you know, I never watched a complete show, but some good actors.

    • bethperry profile image

      Beth Perry 6 years ago from Tennesee

      Well-written review, even though I hated that show.