YMMV / St. Elsewhere

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The ending's surprise is probably the most popular thing about the show.
  • Epileptic Trees: The final scene created an interesting conundrum — since St. Elsewhere had cameos and crossovers with a good dozen other shows, are all those shows products of an autistic boy's imagination, too? And all the shows they crossed over with? And all the… well, you get the point.
    • There is a running joke among some creative folks that all of television is All Just a Dream…and that the final five moments of St. Elsewhere are the only "real" moments in television.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • While the rapist is terrorizing the hospital, Dr. Fiscus offers to escort some of the female nurses to their cars, and is turned down because the women don't know if he's the rapist or not. He tells Dr. Morrison offhand that he feels bad because they don't know what the women are going through. Until a couple seasons later, when Morrison is himself raped.
    • The last episode, released in 1988, had a Logo Joke where throughout the credits, Mimsie, the cat from the MTM logo, was seen on a hospital bed as the beeps of a life monitor played in the background. When the credits ended, Mimsie flatlined. Mimsie would die for real shortly after the episode aired.
    • Also, think about the above: autistic boy dreaming of serial rape. (It's just one of the ways in which the ending is considered to not quite work these days, since the writers almost certainly hadn't planned to make that connection when writing that arc or coming up with that ending.)
  • It Was His Sled: It was all a dream.
  • Saved by the Fans: Lloyd was only supposed to do four episodes before his character died, but ended up proving to be so popular that he lasted six seasons.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The All Just a Dream ending was originally considered quite clever for its day, and was parodied and homaged a lot throughout the years. Nowadays it would be considered a cop-out.
  • The Woobie: Dr. Eliot Axelrod.