ER: Season 15 (The Final Season)
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The set includes the hour-long retrospective that originally aired before the series finale, with extensive interviews not just with the main cast but those who appeared in just one season (remember Maria Bello and Jorja Fox?). They reflect on significant episodes like "Love's Labor's Lost" (season one) and creator Michael Crichton, who died during the final season. Also paying tribute? One of the show's former producers who helped adapt Crichton's original film screenplay into the series: some guy named Steven Spielberg. --Ellen A. Kim
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Fourteen, which was supposed to be the final season before the writer's strike, got off to a mediocre start and had just begun
to set up the ending during the midpoint of the season. Consequently, it came as no surprise to me when NBC announced in April
2008 that ER would get one more shot at an (uninterupted) 19 episode send off. It was the best thing that could've happened.
The fifteenth season picks up seconds after the previous season finale, with the wounded from the ambulance bombing
flooding County General. (SPOILERS AHEAD) The episode also includes a wrenching sned off for Dr. Gregory Pratt, the
final regular cast member of the show to be killed off. With this first episode, the early days seemed to be back.
The intensity that had been lacking from more recent seasons returned, and stayed with the show all throughout the
fifteenth season. The writing also improved, and several fresh storylines centered around County's newest Doc,
Catherine Banfield (NAACP Image Award Winner Angela Bassett, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, 2009, ER).
Her character also served as a portal into the past, the key to a storyline involving Dr. Greene that allowed
Anthony Edwards, Laura Innes and Paul McCrane to reprise their roles. Throughout the season, Shane West, Noah Wyle,
Sherry Stringfield, Eriq La Salle, Alex Kingston, George Clooney and Julianna Margulies would also make
The greatest thing about this season is how it seamlessly blends old storylines and characters with new
ones yet never makes the mistake of wasting screen time with too many syrupy reunions.Read more ›
In 1988 NBC cancelled the critically acclaimed hospital drama St. Elsewhere after a six year run. The Emmy winning show with an incredibly loyal fan base, though never a top ten hit, was described as reflecting the gritty reality of a big city hospital. So who would have thought that six years later two movie moguls with limited television experience such as Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg, fresh off their successful collaboration on Jurassic Park, could sell NBC on a hospital drama reflecting the gritty reality of life in the emergency room of a big city hospital?
Based on his own experience as a resident physician in a busy hospital emergency room Crichton penned a screenplay in 1974. The script remained unsold and Crichton moved on to other projects until 1994 when he and Spielberg turned Crichton's screenplay into a television pilot. The pilot which was virtually unchanged from the original screenplay aired on September 19, 1994 opposite Monday Night Football and did surprisingly well. After being moved to Thursday nights, the show became a surprise hit of the 1994-1995 season. ER would eventually anchor NBC's Thursday "Must See TV" lineup and last for fifteen seasons.
On July 12th, 2011 Warner Home Video released the fifteenth season of ER on DVD. The five disc box set contains all twenty-two episodes of the final season and "Previously on ER" a retrospective featurette.
With season fifteen being added after the show received a stay of execution due to the writers strike during season fourteen, the show was given a chance to pass on in a far more dignified manner, and the now reasonably satisfied writers were allowed to stretch their creative muscles to fill the additional episodes.Read more ›
First let me say, I have watched ER since the very first season in 1994. Although I did not like several of the later seasons as much as the earlier ones, it was still an outstanding show. As the cast got larger, there were too many storylines going on all at once. Some of my favorite storylines included:
Dr. Ross helping the young disabled boy which in turn resulted in him leaving County General
Dr. Benton dealing with the premature birth of his son Reece, finally showing his emotional side
The birth of Doug & Carol's twin girls
The attack on Carter & Lucy and how the gang had to band together to save their lives
The emotional episodes dealing with the death of Dr. Greene -- I have seen those episodes multiple times and I still cry every single time
Dr. Greene's "dilemma" about how to treat the man who shot so many on the way to attempting to hurt his family (where he did not use the defibrillator correctly in the elevator)
Carol deciding to join Doug in Seattle (cameo by George Clooney)
Now, as far as the DVDs themselves....
The earlier seasons, unexpectedly, are double-sided DVDs so you have to turn them over in order to watch all of the episodes. I believe it is either season 3 or 4 where it goes to single side. The bonus features are a lot of fun. Lots of behind the scenes stuff, including commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes (which are really funny), and information about a lot of the medical jargon that we heard during the episodes.
I actually own & have watched all 15 seasons of ER on DVD. It took me a while, but I did it! It really is a lot of fun to look back at some of my favorite episodes as well as remember things I may have forgotten.Read more ›
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I have all the seasons of ER, this one isnt the best but its still good.Published 27 days ago by Phyllis
Again I love Shane West, I ' m glad Heels came to her senses and went to him. I wish their were put it on Amazon prime.Published 1 month ago by Dnnandrade
Love the show and am so happy to be able to finally see the last season . Thanks, Amazon!Published 2 months ago by Velora L. Brown
Loved the show when it forest adored abs loved it even more in the re-watch!Published 3 months ago by Sara Saxey