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on June 12, 2005
Since it's beginning in September of 1994, ER has been my favorite television shows. The great story lines and great characters that have appeared on this show have occupied my Thursday nights for 11 years.

While I still enjoy the show now, the prime of the show, at least to me, was in the beginning. With Anthony Edwards, George Clooney and Sherry Stringfield, plus Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and Eriq LaSalle, the early years were some of the best television hours ever.

Season three was one that saw a number of changes to the ER. Dr. Susan Lewis (Stringfield) left the ER for Phoenix. She returned a number of years later and is still part of the show, but her departure left a hole in the staff, not to mention, in the heart of fellow doc Mark Greene (Edwards). This season also saw the edition of Laura Innes to the regular cast. She appeared in season two as a recurring character and was added to the cast to start season three. Her character of Dr. Weaver has experienced some of the greatest changes of anyone since her arrival on the show.

Some of the key storylines early in this season involve Greene and Lewis, as there is an obvious romantic connection between the two, that leaves Greene feeling betrayed when she leaves. A highlight episode of the season was "Fear of Flying" where the two docs take a medivac chopper to a remote accident scene and save a family of four. Greene, who is one of my all time favorite television characters, also experiences a brutal attack in the restroom of the hospital and has a hard time readjusting as he returns to work.

Dr. Doug Ross (Clooney) begins the season as he ended the second, still moving from woman to woman, but when a woman whom he barely knows passes out at his apartment and eventually dies at County, he begins to change his ways, mainly pointing his affection in the direction of nurse Carol Hathaway (Margulies), who is also one of his exes. Clooney's work with a homeless teen, portrayed excellently by Kirsten Dunst, is one of the great story arcs throughout the season.

As for Hathaway, she takes the medical school tests, and does incredibly well, but realizes that she likes being a nurse. As nurse manager, she takes on the administration with some solid results and also gets a highlight episode where she is caught in an armed robbery at a convenience store. It is in this episode that you see the true Carol Hathaway and her compassion for others. Ewan McGregor also does a great guest stint as one of the robbers.

Dr. John Carter (Wyle) looks so young, especially as I finished this past season watching him leave the show after 11 seasons. Carter has an affair with his superior, and also sees the death of one of his fellow surgical interns (guest star Omar Epps). He also begins to realize that he may have chosen the wrong elective, as he sees that his healing ways may be better suited for the ER, not the surgical unit.

Dr. Peter Benton (La Salle) is probably one of the best surgeons on the staff, but it is his people skills that make his turn in pediatrics a tough one. The death of intern Gant weighs heavily on Benton, but it is the birth of his son as the season comes to a close that really begins to change his ways. The Benton as father story line served the show well for a number of years until his eventual departure.

Weaver (Innes) is in almost constant combat with Greene. She has ideas that she tries to implement that just don't sit well with the senior doc. Her kissing up to the bosses irks not only Greene, but a number of other staff members. She was not a likeable character for a long time, but that has changed over the last few years.

The one ER character that I never really cared for was PA Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reuben). This season featured a lot of stories for her, as she battled her HIV status and considered relationships before reconciling with her ex. This character, although Reuben is a good actor, always seemed to be concerned with herself and nobody else and that always bothered me.

Additionally, this season saw some great guest and recurring stars. As mentioned, Dunst and Epps were key figures for many episodes, while William H. Macy and John Aylward continued there positions as hospital staffers. Jorja Fox came on board as Dr. Maggie Doyle and Veronica Cartwright won praise for her guest turn as the mother of a sick young man. Glenne Healy, cch Pounder, Kevin Tighe, Sam Anderson and Jamie Gertz were just a few of the many who had a presence in the ER. Maria Bello guest starred at the end of the season and was added to the staff in the next year.

There are two great commentary tracks, as well as two very good documentaries. One involves the Fear of Flying episode while the other deals with the support staff at the hospital, the nurses, desk clerks, etc. Both are very informative. There are also a great gag reel and some deleted scenes.

Of course I am biased, as this is my favorite show, but I don't think you could find a finer group of actors and better story lines than this season of ER provided.
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I can hardly improve on many of the reviews for this season, so I will just mention those things I like best.

At the top of the list is the chance to see several actors, early in their career, who later became prominent in other series. At the top of the list in this season are Jorja Fox, Khandi Alexander, and Omar Epps, who went on to supporting leads in CSI, CSI:Miami and House respectively. I am less thrilled with the new face in senior management, Dr. Donald Anspaugh, played by John Aylward, as something of a hard headed bottom line kind of administrator, especially since he replaces William H. Macy as the face of the hospital administration. His personality softens just a bit in the course of the year, but the sharp edges surface every once in a while.

The stories are taking the lead actors out of the ER in medical crisis situations, such as in local stores, and in ride alongs in EMT ambulances and in helicopters. They are also dealing more often with situations of medical ethics regarding HIV status, race relations, and DNR (do not resuscitate) orders.

One major character, who may have been the weakest in the first two seasons, leaves the cast, and Laura Innes' character becomes more central to the story arcs dealing with the hospital administration. As I expected from season one, John Carter's character growth continues, mostly advancing, but sometimes taking a step backwards.

The lead character whose role I enjoy the most is Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway. It seems as if every major character has gone through some kind of professional and personal crisis in the first three seasons, and Hathaway's are the hardest to take. She is the one character I most want to see succeed, along with Noah Wyle's John Carter.

I do not recommend your starting with season 3, as most of the relations between characters and character roles will seem unfinished. Season 3 is just as good as season 2, and that's saying a lot.
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on March 7, 2015
this is a awesome show and this is a awesome season here are the best episodes of this season


1. Dr. Carter, I Presume
2. Let The Games Begin
3. Don't Ask, Don't Tell
4. Last Call
5. Ghosts
6. Fear Of Flying
7. No Brain, No Gain
8. Union Station
10. Homeless For The Holidays
11. Night Shift
12. Post Mortem
13. Fortune's Fools
14. Who's Appy Now?
15. The Long Way Around
16. Faith
17. Tribes
19. Calling Dr. Hathaway
20. Random Acts
21. Make A Wish
22. One More For The Road

if you have not seen this season then i recommend you do
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on February 17, 2006
Wow. "ER" just rolled along from season to season with amazing storylines and superbly compelling drama, didn't it? Season Three is no exception. It lives up to the standard set by the first two seasons splendidly, and it without a doubt worth picking up on DVD (not until after buying seasons one and two, of course). Each character also gets plenty of memorable storylines, including:

Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards): What an interesting season for Mark this is! Although a glorious character, Mark makes some very controversial decisions in this season, including invading the privacy of Boulet by sneaking into her private files. Also, Mark suffers a brutal beating in the hospital men's room and ends up pretty screwed up by the incident, eventually buying a gun in an act of insane paranoia.

Doug Ross (George Clooney): Ross gets stuff to do in this season, but not quite as much as in the previous two. Clooney was quite busy filming the disastrous "Batman and Robin" during season three to get a whole lot of really good storylines, but he does get some, including an excellent continuing storyline with Kristen Dunst as a problematic teenage girl.

Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield): Yes, this is the season that the beloved Dr. Lewis tragically leaves the show, but the good news is that she gets plenty of good episodes before doing that. Her and Mark come very close to being lovers when she unexpectantly invites him on a Hawaiian trip with her. Mark ends up falling deeply in love with her, but when she announces her plans to move to Phoenix and be with her sister Chloe, he's torn between telling her his love and letting her enjoy her new life. Sherry Stringfield will be back in 2001, but as I said in my reviews of seasons one and two, she just never was the same when she came back, so this is the last season where we can really embrace her wonderul, beautiful character.

John Carter (Noah Wyle): Carter goes through a significant romantic relationship with Abby Keaton, played by an excellent Glenne Headly, but the relationship comes to an end when she moves away. Carter also embraces a new career as a hospital resident, when he realizes that surgery just isn't for him. An exciting year for Carter, definately!

Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies): Wow, what a year for Carol! Carol accidentally kills a patient by giving him the wrong blood, and when she chooses to fess up to her mistake, the hospital suffers a humiliation in a local paper and she is fired. Fortunately, she gets her job back after an exciting day in a convenience store in "The Long Way Around," perhaps the season's most exciting episodes and one of the best episodes of the show. This unique episode spends 3/4 of its time outside of the hospital, and has an excellent performance from guest star Ewan McGregor and of course Julianna Margulies.

Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reuben): Boulet gets another excellent year, even better than her previous season. She is diagnosed with AIDS in the season premiere and spends the whole season dealing with problems with hospital policy related to her condition, and eventually gets in some major trouble when Mark finds out she has HIV. Eventually she admits it to the whole hospital, and also deals with problems with ex-husband Al. You got to love Boulet, and Gloria Reuben's gentle acting makes her such a loveable character.

Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes): Weaver was a very significant guest star in season two, and gets to join the rest of the cast in the main credits this season. This is a good year for her character, especially for those who pigeonhole her as the bitch of the hospital. She shows real sympathy with Boulet's HIV problem. She also helps encourage Carter to pursue the career he wants near the end of the season.

Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle): Benton gets an excellent year here, when his girlfriend (barely a girlfriend, really) gets pregnant with his child. The baby is born prematurely near the end of the season and Benton deals with other hardships throughout the year, especially when he learns he may be responsible for the suicide (?) of a resident near the middle of the season. Great acting from Eriq La Salle!

So, there you have it. Season three is full of memorable acting and great scenarios for all characters involved. "ER" was the tip top in the ratings at this time, and it's no wonder why.

The DVD set follows the style of the previous two, mostly. The packaging changes very much. The group shot of the ER staff is changed to little square panels with a large photograph at the bottom, and the four double sides disks are now changed to six single sided disks. The content inside is excellent, as usual, with incredible transfers (looks just like a movie) in anamorphic 16:9 widescreen. Excellent quality that enhances the amazingly cinematic feel of "ER."

What are you waiting for? The only reason to put off buying this season is if you haven't bought the first two, and if you've bought those and love them as much as I do, you can NOT turn down the incredible season three! Highly recommended! Order it now!
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on July 19, 2005
Nominated for 25 Golden Globes and 110 Emmys, including 7 for Outstanding Drama Series, ER has long been one of the best prime-time shows on television. Premiering in September 1994 on NBC, the hour-long hospital drama vividly illustrates the intensity and fast-paced stress endemic to hospital emergency rooms across America. Brought into being by Michael Crichton - famous Hollywood insider, novelist, and brains behind such films as Jurassic Park, Twister, and Timeline - ER fulfills its creator's ultimate vision (it took over a decade of pitching the show before network executives bit) for a close-to-life glimpse of the technology and the humanity omnipresent in the ER. Since its inception, many cast members have passed through the halls of ER, many of them having gone on to become big stars in Hollywood...

ER follows the exploits of a group of emergency room staff who work in a busy Chicago hospital. The show attempts to examine every detail of the ER experience. From the exhilaration of saving a life to the tedium caused by mountains of paperwork, all the highs and lows are covered. In the show's first year, a number of regular faces staffed the ER. Doctors Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle), Douglas Ross (George Clooney), and Susan Lewis (Sherri Stringfield) were regulars in the ER along with Head Nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) and Benton's medical student understudy (and later ER doctor), John Carter (Noah Wyle)... Any given episode tends to run multiple plot lines throughout the show, interweaving scenes in short snippets intended to heighten audience emotion and create the aura of a stress-laden atmosphere. The show's high drama, coupled with subplots of the staffers' personal lives and the display of cutting edge medical technology, combine to make ER one of most adrenaline-inducing programs in television history...

The ER (Season 3) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere "Dr. Carter, I Presume" in which Carter begins his internship at the ER with a difficult day filling in for Peter as the ER surgery consultant. Meanwhile, several plotlines related to the staffers' personal lives take twists when Carol runs into Shep and his new girlfriend and Peter runs into an old friend at a barbecue... Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "No Brain, No Gain" in which Peter fights to save the life of a gang member already declared dead by Doug, and "The Long Way Around" in which Carol is held hostage during a robbery at a local store...

Below is a list of episodes included on the ER (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 49 (Dr. Carter, I Presume)

Episode 50 (Let the Games Begin)

Episode 51 (Don't Ask, Don't Tell)

Episode 52 (Last Call)

Episode 53 (Ghosts)

Episode 54 (Fear of Flying)

Episode 55 (No Brain, No Gain)

Episode 56 (Union Station)

Episode 57 (Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies)

Episode 58 (Homeless for the Holidays)

Episode 59 (Night Shift)

Episode 60 (Post Mortem)

Episode 61 (Fortune's Fools)

Episode 62 (Whose Appy Now?)

Episode 63 (The Long Way Around)

Episode 64 (Faith)

Episode 65 (Tribes)

Episode 66 (You Bet Your Life)

Episode 67 (Calling Dr. Hathaway)

Episode 68 (Random Acts)

Episode 69 (Make a Wish)

Episode 70 (One More for the Road)

The DVD Report
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on February 15, 2014
I could not give this five stars. I have ordered seasons one through eight so far. I specified I wanted new. Most of the dvds were fine but I ran into sever dvds that were defective. At first I thought they just needed to be cleaned or I needed blow whatever dust might
be on the dvd machine. But as I go through the seasons ( I am now in season 7) it seems that I have come to see that there is at least one defective (usually more) in each season. That is disappointing as they are very expensive. I have wanted the entire set for as long
as I could remember. And spending this amount of money I would expect that it would not be defective. Also one of the sets had a sticker that said used. So I didn't even get that season new. So yes there is some disappointment in ordering this product from Amazon as I've come to expect high quality and customer service from them.
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VINE VOICEon November 23, 2013
Third season of ER. More sick people, more drama, more everything. But I still like it (and it's a good thing since there are several more seasons to go!).

ER is about a busy Chicago emergency room. One where the doctors are overworked and underpaid but still try to do their best to help everyone who comes in their doors. But that doesn't mean they're without their own drama. Susan Lewis misses her niece little Susie and has to decide where her path in life will go. Carter struggles with surgery and what he wants to do in medicine. Mark deals with depression and aggression and has a pretty lackluster year. And Benton gets involved with a girl and gets a little more than he bargained for.

Anthony Edwards: Dr. Mark Greene
George Clooney: Dr. Doug Ross
Sherry Stringfield: Dr. Susan Lewis
Noah Wyle: Dr. John Carter
Julianna Margulies: Carol Hathaway
Gloria Reuben: Jeanie Boulet
Laura Innes: Dr. Kerry Weaver
Eriq La Salle: Dr. Peter Benton

The characters are what drive this show. There are plenty of other medical shows out there, but this one puts the medicine in second place. So it's a good thing they have a great cast. All of whom which are relatable. Mark Greene is my favorite. Edwards plays him well in all his moods. And Wyle as Carter is always endearing. He has a few flaws, but he's cute and tries hard. My least favorite is probably Dr. Susan Lewis. They just jerk her story around so much that you become tired of it after awhile. Especially with all the drama between her and Mark.

There is some gore and blood and general medical stuff in this show. It's about an ER after all. Sensitive stomachs could have trouble with that. But as I said before, the show is more about the characters so the rest seems secondary. The episodes generally span a whole year in the ER. Starting and ending in summer. And because of the Christmas episodes I always associate this show with the holidays. Which probably seems kind of strange, but there's just something comforting about them in winter. Maybe it's the thought of people being healed by doctors.

Still love the show. Can't wait to start the fourth season!

Review by M. Reynard 2013
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on July 11, 2011
Five star show. I could go on forever about this show and it's cast and story lines, however, I think 5 stars says it all. I plan on getting the whole series. When I pop it in the player planning on watching 1 or 2 shows, I end up watching them all . It's addicting. Love it. The quality is great and I highly recommned it.
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on April 29, 2005
I have seasons One and Two and I think season Three is a better layout overall. I don't mind that Seasons 1 & 2 are double sided discs, what bothered me about them is they are not labled so you wouldn't know which side you are putting into the DVD player. However, season three is nothing like that. It's easier to deal with. Now I cannot wait until season 4 and I hope they keep the same layout and design.
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on November 24, 2009
Great. No issues. Videos came sooner that I expected, and the set was brand new. I have no issues with any portion of my purchase and am very pleased with the service and the outcome.
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