Set in a Chicago County General Hospital, the multi-Emmy winning ER
is very much in the tradition established by the earlier Hill Street Blues
. Like that series, ER
also features a range of strong characters whose personal lives often reflect the turmoil of their working environment. It also similarly features a deft, fast-moving mix of comedy, intrigue and tragedy. It could also be seen as a precursor to The West Wing
, in that we regard with some awe the ability of these characters to keep on top of the mounting chaos in their day-to-day lives and the myriad problems thrown at them. In ER, this chaos may mean crack addicts, violent patients tumbling through plate glass screens, vindictive colleagues or a chief of staff who insists that fellow surgeons operate on his sick dog. --David Stubbs
The complete fourth season of the popular medical drama. The season was originally broadcast in 1997/98 with developments including a new baby, an engagement and an emotional visit home. Maria Bello and British actress Alex Kingston joined the cast creating explosive new stories. Episodes are: 'Ambush', 'Something New', 'Friendly Fire', 'When the Bough Breaks', 'Good Touch', 'Bad Touch', 'Ground Zero', 'Fathers and Sons', 'Freak Show', 'Obstruction of Justice', 'Do You See What I See?', 'Think Warm Thoughts', 'Sharp Relief', 'Carter's Choice', 'Family Practice', 'Exodus', 'My Brother's Keeper', 'A Bloody Mess', 'Gut Reaction', 'Shades of Gray', 'Of Past Regret and Future Fear', 'Suffer the Little Children' and 'A Hole in the Heart'.