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Chicago Hope

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  • Actors: Adam Arkin, Peter Berg, Christine Lahti
  • Directors: Adam Arkin, Peter Berg, Christine Lahti, Tony Bill, Arvin Brown
  • Format: NTSC
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO9X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Karen V. Blackburn on February 17, 2007
I love this show. I TIVO it everyday, and I haven't been able to delete about 30 episodes so far, because I am afraid that they will never come out on DVD ! What is the hold up? The show first aired over 10 years ago. I'm really tempted to try to contact David E. Kelley at Boston Legal offices at A.B.C. because I can't think of anything else to do to find out what the problem is. This is one of the best shows EVER on T.V. Mandy Patinkin and Christine Lahti were BRILLIANT on this show.

Thanks for reading and if you agree, lets make some noise !!!!

KarensKids2003@aol.com
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By ROCKY! on June 9, 2006
Is that why none of his shows are on DVD in America? Exactly what is keeping his stuff from being released? I'd quickly snatch up season 1 of "Chicago Hope" and the first 2-3 seasons of "Picket Fences" if they came out.

Regarding "Chicago Hope" vs "ER"...to me, if anything, they're complements to each other. "Chicago Hope" is quirky, methodical and character-driven. "ER" is grounded, fast-paced, intense and plot-driven. I've always preferred "ER", especially because I felt it was better and more satisfying for far longer("Hope" lost its appeal around season 3), but also because of the cast. While "Hope" featured better actors, the group on "ER" just came off as more likable and easier to get attached to. "Hope" also added and lost too many actors in its first couple seasons while "ER" lost just one core character in its first 4+ seasons.

With that said, the first season and a half of "Chicago Hope" is a revelation, with its wildly eccentric group of characters, often crazy plots and its ability to really tug at your heartstrings without being too corny or over-the-top. Not only is this a great cast in terms of individual performers, but they all work extremely well together. For the kind of material David E. Kelley is famous/infamous for, you need a group that can smoothly interact with each other and make the insanity seem natural. This wonderful ensemble gets the job done...nothing ever seems forced and you get the sense that these people feel genuinely comfortable in what is a surreal atmosphere.

Special mention goes out to Mandy Patinkin and his character "Jeffrey Geiger", one of the best performances and characters in tv history. Patinkin is always brilliant, managing to find the right note every time as a certifiable genius.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Evans on December 12, 2006
Here, in FL, it was on Discovery Health at 4 a.m.. now at 5 a.m. I started getting up at 3:30 so I wouldn't miss it (have to leave for work at 6, so I can't catch the 9 a.m. show!) and now I STILL get up at 3:30! It is better than ER and when ER beat it in ratings and drove it off, I was heartbroken! CH was ALWAYS BETTER!!!! ER is just drivel!

I wish they'd hurry up and release ALL seasons in a giant collection!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ozzian2000 on November 19, 2006
I think this is one of the funniest and yet most touching tv shows I have ever seen. Mandy Patinkin is as charismatic as it gets and he even SINGS! I would love to own the dvd set, so RELEASE IT ALREADY!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Isolde Baden on June 14, 2005
Chicago Hope is the best show ever produced for TV! Great actors, high tension and most entertaining. I'm wondering why it hasn't been released by now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Mclaughlin on March 27, 2007
This was one of the BEST shows on television. What will it take to get it released on DVD? Come on studio!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michele Strand on October 20, 2006
I don't know if I am duplicating my comments but here goes. I am currently hooked on watching Chicago Hope in the Seattle area which airs on the Discovery Channel at 2&5a.m. I didn't watch it when it was on primetime so I don't know where it is in the series of it's run. This is what's going on right now so if anyone knows what year I am into watching it I'd appreciate it. A month ago or so Dr.Katara(sp?)came to the hospital as Head of Neurosurgery when the other doctor had a stroke and is interning in psych., Mark Harmon went to Vegas for a medical convention and had a gambling meltdown, the head of the hospital's son died in the ER. I love the show and think Gray's Anatomy is just gen X's version of Chicago Hope! I'd definately buy the dvd of all the years it ran if they make it available.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Michael Enfield on October 3, 2005
"Chicago Hope" and "ER" were contemporaneous television medical dramas. The fact that "ER" was more commercially successful despite its palpably inferior quailities on every level, explains why it is currently possible to buy DVD performances of "ER" but not of "Chicago Hope". Hopefully, this will not long endure.

The casting and, perforce, the acting performances on "Chicago Hope" were among the finest in TV history. Adam Arkin is often praised, and he was very good. But there were at least three better. Mandy Patinkin was a breed apart, and Peter Nichol and Hector Elizando were not far behind.

A few of the "Chicago Hope" episodes even rose to a somewhat poetic level, but all were interesting, captivating, and anything but conventional fare.

This is television at its finest!
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