History YMMV / ER

10th Jul '16 7:54:41 PM Temmere
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* HarsherInHindsight: The show's creator Michael Crichton (though he largely left the production after the first season) died shortly before it finally ended.

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The show's creator Michael Crichton (though he largely left the production after the first season) died shortly before it finally ended.ended.
** J. Madison Wright, best known as True on ''Series/Earth2'', played a little girl who died in the celebrated "Hell and High Water." This was the first death of a child in the show's history. Wright died of a heart attack shortly before her twenty-second birthday.
28th May '16 11:32:09 AM nombretomado
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* AcceptableTargets: Adult gamers. Kovac buying himself a PlayStation to relax with (after he's been working twelve-hour shifts at one of the most stressful jobs imaginable, as the show is keen to remind us) is presented as a sign of his deteriorating mental health and that he's becoming a {{Jerkass}}. Bonus points for PacManFever noises as he plays.

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* AcceptableTargets: Adult gamers. Kovac buying himself a PlayStation UsefulNotes/PlayStation to relax with (after he's been working twelve-hour shifts at one of the most stressful jobs imaginable, as the show is keen to remind us) is presented as a sign of his deteriorating mental health and that he's becoming a {{Jerkass}}. Bonus points for PacManFever noises as he plays.
25th May '16 8:36:20 PM Angeldeb82
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]CriticalDissonance: When this show premiered, it was going up against ''Series/ChicagoHope''. While not deriding ''E.R.'', most critics deemed ''Hope'' the better show and predicted that it would win the ratings battle. Only for ''E.R.'' to trounce ''Hope'' so thoroughly that within weeks, ''Hope'' shifted its timeslot and was off the air within six seasons (perfectly respectable, but nowhere near ER's 15)

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]CriticalDissonance: When this show premiered, it was going up against ''Series/ChicagoHope''. While not deriding ''E.R.'', most critics deemed ''Hope'' the better show and predicted that it would win the ratings battle. Only for ''E.R.'' to trounce ''Hope'' so thoroughly that within weeks, ''Hope'' shifted its timeslot and was off the air within six seasons (perfectly respectable, but nowhere near ER's ''E.R.''[='=]s 15)



* DesignatedEvil: The man who shot the psycho who was rampaging around the city killing people with the intent of getting to Greene's family. Keep in mind said psycho had ''already shot this guy'' before he pulled a gun of his own and shot back. But just to assure us that guns are evil and anyone who would use one is a {{Jerkass}} at best, he's smug over his "kill" and [[MartyStu Carter]] lectures him on how it's pure luck he didn't shoot a baby or something.

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* DesignatedEvil: The man who shot the psycho who was rampaging around the city killing people with the intent of getting to Greene's family. Keep in mind said psycho had ''already shot this guy'' before he pulled a gun of his own and shot back. But just to assure us that guns are evil and anyone who would use one is a {{Jerkass}} at best, he's smug over his "kill" and [[MartyStu Carter]] Carter lectures him on how it's pure luck he didn't shoot a baby or something.
25th May '16 8:35:35 PM Angeldeb82
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* Just about every piece in "Hell And High Water". In particular, the climax at the point where Doug emerges from the lake with the boy in his arms.

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* ** Just about every piece in "Hell And High Water". In particular, the climax at the point where Doug emerges from the lake with the boy in his arms.
25th May '16 8:34:42 PM Angeldeb82
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** Note that this was in complete contrast with earlier seasons. Carter bonds with a leukemia patient over MortalKombat, Greene plays VideoGame/KillerInstinct at an arcade to take his mind off of the events of 'Love's Labour Lost'. The ER staff are all playing [[{{VideoGame/Doom}} Doom II]] when Doug is out saving a drowning boy.
** Psychiatric patients were also uneven targets of this that [[DependingOnTheWriter Depended On The Writer]]. There were many mentally ill patients who were written seriously, but plenty ''more'' whose behavior was played for laughs, or were portrayed as terrifying, nearly inhuman forces of nature.

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** Note that this was in complete contrast with earlier seasons. Carter bonds with a leukemia patient over MortalKombat, Franchise/MortalKombat, Greene plays VideoGame/KillerInstinct at an arcade to take his mind off of the events of 'Love's Labour Lost'. The ER staff are all playing [[{{VideoGame/Doom}} Doom II]] when Doug is out saving a drowning boy.
** Psychiatric patients were also uneven targets of this that [[DependingOnTheWriter Depended On The on the Writer]]. There were many mentally ill patients who were written seriously, but plenty ''more'' whose behavior was played for laughs, or were portrayed as terrifying, nearly inhuman forces of nature.



* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]CriticalDissonance: When this show premiered, it was going up against ''Series/ChicagoHope''. While not deriding {{ER}}, most critics deemed ''Hope'' the better show and predicted that it would win the ratings battle. Only for {{ER}} to trounce ''Hope'' so thoroughly that within weeks, ''Hope'' shifted its timeslot and was off the air within six seasons (perfectly respectable, but nowhere near ER's 15)

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]CriticalDissonance: When this show premiered, it was going up against ''Series/ChicagoHope''. While not deriding {{ER}}, ''E.R.'', most critics deemed ''Hope'' the better show and predicted that it would win the ratings battle. Only for {{ER}} ''E.R.'' to trounce ''Hope'' so thoroughly that within weeks, ''Hope'' shifted its timeslot and was off the air within six seasons (perfectly respectable, but nowhere near ER's 15)



* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero[=/=]JerkSue: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Many, but Doug risking his life to rescue a drowning boy in a torrential downpour, then furiously improvising all the way back to the ER, is probably the crowner. It also started the tradition of having one episode a season where one of the main characters must perform medical feats away from the ER, most of which are also [=CMoAs=]. The episode was also the highest rated in ER's history, pulling in 48 million viewers.
** Dr. Dave Malucci's final words when he is fired to Kerry Weaver, because Weaver was a very annoying character at that time to many fans and deserved to be told off.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: A trope-savvy Carter gleefully plays "Ride of the Valkyries" when he gets the chance to take out Benton's appendix. At the end of the surgery "Mack the Knife" can be heard.

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* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero[=/=]JerkSue: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Many, but Doug risking his life to rescue a drowning boy in a torrential downpour, then furiously improvising all the way back to the ER, is probably the crowner. It also started the tradition of having one episode a season where one of the main characters must perform medical feats away from the ER, most of which are also [=CMoAs=]. The episode was also the highest rated in ER's history, pulling in 48 million viewers.
** Dr. Dave Malucci's final words when he is fired to Kerry Weaver, because Weaver was a very annoying character at that time to many fans and deserved to be told off.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: A trope-savvy Carter gleefully plays "Ride of the Valkyries" when he gets the chance to take out Benton's appendix. At the end of the surgery "Mack the Knife" can be heard.



* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.



* [[DieForOurShip Die For Our]] [[StrawmanPolitical Political Views]]: One character ([[PuritySue young, idealistic, and full of promise]]) gets sent to Iraq and dies basically just to give a ''medical show set in Chicago'' a chance to criticize the war.

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* [[DieForOurShip Die For Our]] {{Die for Our|Ship}} [[StrawmanPolitical Political Views]]: One character ([[PuritySue young, (young, idealistic, and full of promise]]) promise) gets sent to Iraq and dies basically just to give a ''medical show set in Chicago'' a chance to criticize the war.



** While he could be a bit of a MartyStu later on in the series, Carter was also this due to his immense character development from NaiveNewcomer to TheHero over a period of 11 years on the show. It made [[BackForTheFinale his return in the final season]] all the more fitting.

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** While he could be a bit of a MartyStu Marty Stu later on in the series, Carter was also this due to his immense character development from NaiveNewcomer to TheHero over a period of 11 years on the show. It made [[BackForTheFinale his return in the final season]] all the more fitting.



* HilariousInHindsight: A patient named Patrick (played by KevinMichaelRichardson) with an undisclosed mental condition (probably some form of autism) answers the phone at the ER when the Desk Clerk is away. He says '[[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants ER? No, this is Patrick]]'

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* HilariousInHindsight: A patient named Patrick (played by KevinMichaelRichardson) Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson) with an undisclosed mental condition (probably some form of autism) answers the phone at the ER when the Desk Clerk is away. He says '[[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants ER? No, this is Patrick]]'



** Female examples: One of the female med students planted a kiss on Neela once. She was surprised, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments to say the least]].
*** And before that, there was Maggie Doyle, Kim Legaspi, Kerry Weaver, Sandy Lopez...



* LesYay: One of the female med students planted a kiss on Neela once. She was surprised, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to say the least]].
** And before that, there was Maggie Doyle, Kim Legaspi, Kerry Weaver, Sandy Lopez...
* MartyStu: Carter. He's rich, handsome, kind, and a very talented doctor.
** Interestingly enough, when he ''isn't'' a MartyStu, he's usually a {{Buttmonkey}}.
*** This is due to CharacterDevelopment. When the series started, Carter was a naive newcomer who made many rookie mistakes and whose upbringing had made him nonchalant about peoples money-problem. As the show went on he lost his fumbling and his social ineptitude, but kept his money and his handsome-ness. His kindness was there from the start.
** He eventually became MartyStu, [[{{Anvilicious}} Dropper Of Anvils]] with the whole Doctors Without Borders thing not only making him seem even more heroic and selfless but giving him (and the show) opportunities to [[AuthorFilibuster lecture the viewers about social consciousness]].

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* LesYay: One SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Many, but Doug risking his life to rescue a drowning boy in a torrential downpour, then furiously improvising all the way back to the ER, is probably the crowner. It also started the tradition of having one episode a season where one of the female med students planted a kiss on Neela once. She main characters must perform medical feats away from the ER, most of which are also [=CMoAs=]. The episode was surprised, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to say also the least]].
highest rated in ER's history, pulling in 48 million viewers.
** And before that, there was Maggie Doyle, Kim Legaspi, Dr. Dave Malucci's final words when he is fired to Kerry Weaver, Sandy Lopez...
* MartyStu: Carter. He's rich, handsome, kind, and
because Weaver was a very talented doctor.
** Interestingly enough, when he ''isn't'' a MartyStu, he's usually a {{Buttmonkey}}.
*** This is due
annoying character at that time to CharacterDevelopment. When the series started, Carter was a naive newcomer who made many rookie mistakes fans and whose upbringing had made him nonchalant about peoples money-problem. As the show went on he lost his fumbling and his social ineptitude, but kept his money and his handsome-ness. His kindness was there from the start.
** He eventually became MartyStu, [[{{Anvilicious}} Dropper Of Anvils]] with the whole Doctors Without Borders thing not only making him seem even more heroic and selfless but giving him (and the show) opportunities
deserved to [[AuthorFilibuster lecture the viewers about social consciousness]].be told off.



* RelationshipSue: Kem, who makes her significant other, Carter, look like the most flawed, well-rounded character ever created in comparison. A selfless manager of a Congolese AIDS clinic, which is already a pretty Sueish occupation, she's never allowed to be wrong about anything and often expresses what are almost certainly [[WriterOnBoard the writers' views]] on US foreign policy. She and Carter don't get along, which of course leads to [[TheMasochismTango wild hatesex]] and her getting pregnant, and suddenly Carter's willing to give up basically his entire life as he knows it for her sake. The kicker? [[spoiler:They break up. ''Offscreen'']].
9th Jan '16 7:16:31 PM nombretomado
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* HilariousInHindsight: A patient named Patrick (played by KevinMichaelRichardson) with an undisclosed mental condition (probably some form of autism) answers the phone at the ER when the Desk Clerk is away. He says '[[SpongeBobSquarePants ER? No, this is Patrick]]'

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* HilariousInHindsight: A patient named Patrick (played by KevinMichaelRichardson) with an undisclosed mental condition (probably some form of autism) answers the phone at the ER when the Desk Clerk is away. He says '[[SpongeBobSquarePants '[[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants ER? No, this is Patrick]]'
29th Nov '15 5:37:11 AM Temmere
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* TookALevelInJerkass: Peter's sister Jackie after the murder of her son. Comes to a head during the custody battle over Reese between Peter and Roger McGrath when she tells Roger to butt out of their life and that Reese is 'theirs'. This despite the fact that Roger also views Reese as his own son and treated him as such.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Peter's sister Jackie after the murder of her son. Comes to a head during the custody battle over Reese between Peter and Roger McGrath [=McGrath=] when she tells Roger to butt out of their life and that Reese is 'theirs'. This despite the fact that Roger also views Reese as his own son and treated him as such.
1st Sep '15 10:54:47 PM DrOO7
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* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.

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* CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero: CreatorsPet[=/=]DesignatedHero[=/=]JerkSue: Shortly after joining the show, Maura Tierney's character Abby Lockhart became its central figure, with many episodes focused on her and her miserable life--an unfaithful ex (and other dysfunctional relationships), mentally ill mother and brother, career troubles, alcoholism. Abby was always portrayed as the innocent victim in these situations, even though later dialogue revealed that she was just as responsible for the failure of her relationships as her vilified partners. The writers persisted in this despite viewers' fatigue with the constant focus on her.
15th Aug '15 8:48:58 PM DrOO7
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* AwardCategoryFraud: Possibly to avoid canceling each other out (as possibly happened to Anthony Edwards and George Clooney along with Noah Wyle and Eriq [=LaSalle=], Julianna Marguiles was nominated for Best ''Supporting'' Actress during the time when Sherry Stringfield, who was nominated for Lead, was a cast member, even though the two had roughly the same amount of screen time and storylines.



* Just about every piece in "Hell And High Water". In particular, the climax at the point where Doug emerges from the lake with the boy in his arms.



* DoubleStandard: The female staff ogling handsome male coworkers/patients/relatives of patients and commenting on their good looks is seen as perfectly normal and not the least bit unprofessional. Male staff ogling gorgeous female coworkers/patients/relatives of patients and commenting on their good looks are viewed as lecherous perverts. A very striking example of this is when Pratt is accused of groping a female patient (he didn't, but his efforts to put her at ease by telling jokes backfires on him). All the women not only instantly assume that he's guilty, they accuse ALL male doctors of having gone to medical school solely to have a chance to ogle women, while sanctimoniously--and falsely--insisting that they have never had an inappropriate thought about an attractive male patient.

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* DoubleStandard: The female staff ogling staring at handsome male coworkers/patients/relatives of patients and commenting on their good looks is seen as perfectly normal and not the least bit unprofessional. Male staff ogling gorgeous female coworkers/patients/relatives of patients and commenting on their good looks are viewed as lecherous perverts. A very striking example of this is when Pratt is accused of groping a female patient (he didn't, but his efforts to put her at ease by telling jokes backfires on him). All the women not only instantly assume that he's guilty, they accuse ALL male doctors of having gone to medical school solely to have a chance to ogle women, while sanctimoniously--and falsely--insisting that they have never had an inappropriate thought about an attractive male patient.
6th Aug '15 9:27:15 PM DrOO7
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** In-universe. After Kerry Weaver came out of the closet, a lot of fans speculated that the antagonism between her and Susan when she first came on the show was in fact BelligerentSexualTension (even though she and Susan never got together) and that Kerry treated Susan as she did because she was confused and conflicted about her latent attraction to her.


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** Mark after Susan leaves and after getting beaten up.
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