People often ask me why I like to rewatch episodes of tv shows, I tell them that its comforting and it even helps with my anxiety. Being able to drift away from real life for 45 minutes and live vicariously through my favorite characters makes living in such a cruel world that little bit better.
I watched this show with my mom who is a nurse and has worked in the ER and med surg floor for 30 years. When she saw the show she was silent she didn’t say a word even through the commercials. When the show ended she turned to me and said that was the most realistic portrayal of a hospital she has ever seen and that it will help a lot of adolescents who are thinking of going into the medical field if they are 100% in it.
She hopes the show stays like this and isn’t lost with unnecessary plot lines and love connections.
Seriously? I mean this. I literally grew up watching ER and I have a special place deeply entrenched in my heart for each and every single member of the stunning cast of ER, each beautifully written character and heartwrenching sadness and uplifting joy.
You want a show that handles topics like HIV/AIDS, Homosexuality, Transgenderism, Cancer and other serious illnesses both physical and mental in a mature, realistic manner, without reducing the diverse world to simple arrogantly designed stereotypes?
How about a show that says everything that is wrong with North American medical facilities and national medical budgeting in a simple, effective manner?
A show that takes these well-written, strong characters, these very real people and puts them into everyday and not-so-everyday Emergency Medical situations?
Where a large part of the events that happen in the show are based on events that have happened to real hospitals in the US?
E-muthafuckin-R, my darlings.
Plus, hey guess what? The cast is stellar and when I say stellar is mean literally star-studded. Check this out:
Maura Tierney, recently known for her roles in The Good Wife, Ruth & Erica and Rescue Me. Also known for The Whole Truth and Liar Liar. Personal Quote via IMDB: “I diagnosed my husband’s recent appendix attack. At first, he didn’t believe me. He was having pain in his lower abdomen and felt nauseous. He also had a fever which I said was suspicious. I even did a stomach press check and I knew. Still, I got out my medical textbook they gave me on ER (1994) and said, ‘Let’s go to the real doc.’ He said, 'It’s just the flu.’ Of course, they admitted him and took out his appendix. Now he’s like, 'Get over yourself. You’re still not a real doctor.’”
Yvette Freeman, this beautiful lady has done Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, and a ton of other stuff. She’s one of the longest serving recurring characters on the show ER, having appeared in every season since 1994. She was also in the sitcom Working from 1997 until 1999, while still appearing in ER. In 2002, she lost 110 pounds due to health complications and diabetes and now speaks as a positive advocate for weight loss
Goran Visnjic, known for voicing Soto in Ice Age and portraying Dragan Armansky in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and roles in TV series' Red Widow, Pan Am and TV mini-series The Deep. Also his role in Practical Magic as Jimmy Angelov. Goran has a heart of gold. In 2002 he donated 1000 pounds in prize money that he won on a Croatian quiz show, giving it to the country’s theatres. At the time, he had never been on a TV quiz show.
Sherry Stringfield, After working a short time in a theater box office, she accepted a 3 years contract as character Blake in the daytime drama Guiding Light. After a short break, spent with traveling, she played Laura Kelly on NYPD Blue, an made appearances in various other works. Sherry received, for her character Dr. Susan Lewis on ER, three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress on a Drama Series as well as a Golden Globe nomination and a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Female Performer.
Mekhi Phifer, who has acted in Torchwood as Rex Matheson, Lie to Me as Agent Ben Reynolds, Puff, Puff, Pass, Dawn of the Dead, 8 Mile and more. Along with the Pennsylvania-based charity organization, The Vine Group, he donated over $100,000 in scholarships, books and computers to Ibadan, Nigeria, where the Mekhi Phifer Education Center opened in 2005 to help poor children get an education.
George Clooney, and I ask you, do I really need to do a blurb for George “the Amazing Actor and Yet Still the Worst Batman Ever” Clooney? This man has done more good movies than I can remember all of the names of, but I will always remember him first and foremost as Dr. Doug Ross on ER, the playboy ER pediatrician who falls in love with Julianna Margulies’ character.
Scott Grimes, a.k.a. Dr. Archie Morris on ER. Probably better known as the voice of Steve from American Dad!, and Kevin Swanson from .Family Guy. He’s been in a slew of other things. But for years I loved him as Dr. Morris, competent and intelligent, but also silly/goofy and adorable.