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Co-creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey's pilot episode, which establishes the scene at Boston's St. Eligius Hospital (mocked as "St. Elsewhere" due to its rundown facilities and reputation as a "dumping ground" for the poor and disenfranchised), isn't especially promising. While we can see right away that the show sports a lighter, more humorous tone than others of its genre, the direction is static, the acting and dialogue are often stiff, and what passes for "chaos" is pretty tame. But it hits its stride almost immediately thereafter, as the characters (including Howie Mandel's wisecracking Dr. Fiscus, David Morse's driven, committed Dr. Morrison, William Daniels' egotistical, pompous Dr. Craig, and Ed Begley, Jr.'s nerdy Dr. Ehrlich) are more fully realized. The cast, in fact, may be the most impressive ever assembled for a TV program: in the first season alone, the list of actors with regular, recurring, and one-shot appearances includes future movie stars Denzel Washington (a regular, but his role is minor), Tim Robbins, Ally Sheedy, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman, Ray Liotta, Tom Hulce, Michael Madsen, and Rae Dawn Chong. Sure, some of the multiple storylines are dated: the handling of issues like gun control, immigration, and terrorism seems almost quaint by today's standards, and a running gag concerning ladies man Dr. Samuels' (David Birney) having to inform his many lovers that he has gonorrhea comes off as tasteless and unfunny, notwithstanding that era's low awareness of AIDS and other STDs. But on the whole, this St. Elsewhere set (extras include audio commentary for "Cora and Arnie," plus four featurettes) is a reminder of episodic TV at its best. --Sam Graham
Although I was old enough to watch this show when it came out, for some reason I didn't. I actually like it alot. Kinda akin to an old school Grey's Anatomy.Published 5 days ago by erobertson
.Poorly made, Not enough episode in the tape,change me too much money.Published 1 month ago by Mitsue Shippell
A Classic from 1982-1988. Wish there were more seasons available .. in particular .. the last one Season 6.Published 2 months ago by Helen M. More
Was so glad to be able to see this program - cant wait for the other seasons to come out. Seller did a fine job - thank you!Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth VanValkenburg
I love this show. Sad part is there is just one season. Ordered this season yrs ago! Too bad they wont release the whole series.Published 3 months ago by Noreen Mulcahy
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I, too, await the next season--and why do they make us wait a whole year for each release? I'd buy all 6 seasons as a package if it was available.
Jan 1, 2007 by Ginger L. Chapman | See all 18 posts
|St. Elsewhere box set||
According to Amazon.co.uk, Season two (region code 2) is available for pre-order. And that the release date is January 1, 2020! Is this a joke or a mistake?
Feb 15, 2009 by R.J. Laaksonen | See all 7 posts
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Why does Denzel Washington, who was a minor character on the show, rate the most prominent picture on the box? His picture is at the top of the box, and is bigger than anyone else's pic...
Jul 4, 2008 by Scoot395 | See all 5 posts
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Oh boy, I was afraid of that. St. Elsewhere is such a virtually unknown gem that people have either forgotten about it or are unaware of it's quality.
Well, Fox, if you are watching, I just bought season 1 and signed up to be emailed when the rest becomes available.
Oct 5, 2010 by Glenn | See all 2 posts