As the longest-running prime time medical drama in the history of television, ER took viewers into the emergency room of the fictional County General Hospital for 15 seasons, following the lives of a team of dedicated doctors and nurses amidst all of the chaos of a typical trauma center.

Created by author, Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain) ER was based on a screenplay he wrote in 1974 called EW (Emergency Ward). Twenty years later, ER debuted on NBC in the same timeslot (Thursday nights at 10) that it occupied for its entire duration.

A long list of characters wandered through the halls of County General throughout the years, both as doctors and as patients. In the first 8 seasons, Dr Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) served as the Chief Resident of the hospital, until he was eventually diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Dr John Carter (Noah Wyle) began as a third-year medical student and spent the next 11 years at the hospital. In his early years, he was closely watched by Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle) a firm, but exceptionally talented Surgeon.

Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney) served as the ER’s pediatrician for six years before relocating to Seattle. Dr Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) moved up in the ranks over the years, starting as Chief Resident, later became the Attending Physician, and eventually rose to the position of Hospital Chief of Staff.

Throughout the years, each of these doctors interacted with each other, sharing in the joys and pains of both their professional and private lives, all while treating a steady stream of injured, and often colorful, patients, played by such notable actors as Steve Buscemi, Hal Holbrook, James Woods, Ray Liotta, Rosemary Clooney, Alan Alda and James Cromwell. A number of visiting physicians also appeared throughout the course of the series, which included memorable appearances by Ed Asner, John Leguizamo and Michael Gross.

For its efforts over the years, ER was honored with an astounding 124 Emmy Award nominations (and 22 wins) making it the most nominated show in history. It also received People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Television Dramatic Series” every year from 1995-2002. All told, the show was nominated for a total of 375 industry awards, taking home 116 of them.

In 2008, with 15 years of service under its belt, ER closed its doors for good after an amazing prime-time run that made household names out of countless actors, and gave millions of viewers a chance to visit an emergency room each week from the comforts of their own home.

If you were a regular viewer of ER, we hope you’ll take a moment to share some of your favorite thoughts and memories in our comments section below.

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