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Goodbye to "ER": Remembering the Top 5 Episodes

Goodbye to "ER": Remembering the Top 5 Episodes

September 25, 2008

Tonight beings the end of an era. The hit medical drama, “ER,” will begin its 15th and final season tonight. It is NBC’s second longest-running drama (after Law and Order) and is the longest running medical drama of all time. Originally created by best-selling novelist, Michael Crichton, “ER” was not only lauded for its writing and acting, but for its real-to-life emergency scenarios. Set in the emergency room of the fictional County General Hospital in Cook County, Chicago, “ER” helped launch the careers of George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle and many others.

In order to commemorate “ER’s” long lasting run, NursingLink is counting down the 5 best episodes of "ER:

#1: 24 Hours: Season 1, Episode 1

It might be a cop out to pick the pilot as the best episode ever, but how can you not pay homage to the episode that started it all?

A day filled with traumas packs the ER. Under pressure from his wife, Chief Resident Dr. Mark Greene considers leaving the ER to join a private practice that would give him a much higher salary. When a building collapses, multiple casualties are brought in. New medical students start their ER rotation, among them John Carter, an inexperienced third-year student. As the day continues, Dr. Peter Benton operates on a patient with an aortic aneurysm, a procedure normally performed by senior staff. Head nurse Carol Hathaway is brought into the ER after a suicide attempt.

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