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When Did ER Jump The Shark  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

If you're an ER fan, when do you think it jumped the shark?

Doug Ross leaving

Carol moving to Washington

Marks death

Falling Helicopters

Kerry the resident lesbian

or

Elizabeth being too old to play a Doctor.

I think it was Marks death.

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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13643 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3246 times:
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I agree - the departure of Dr. Ross and Nurse Hathaway were ok and could be lived with, but Dr. Mark Greene was one of the integral characters of the show, and the newbies they've taken on just aren't likable!

And Alex Kingston - OLD?!? Hell, even my girlfriend thinks she's sexy as hell! The producers are nuts.

One question I have - why does ANYONE seek medical treatment there? If my local ER were blown up, quarantined and shot up THAT many times in 10 years, I'd stay as far away from it as possible!  Nuts



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User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

And Alex Kingston - OLD?!? Hell, even my girlfriend thinks she's sexy as hell! The producers are nuts.

Has the series she did before ER ever been shown in the US?

"Moll Flanders"

Somehow I think not...full frontal nudity and all the trimmings might be a little too hard for you lot over there! Even though the incest scenes were supposedly in Virginia!

 Big grin


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

They Jumped The Shark with that live episode stunt.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Funny thing is, Ming-Na and Alex Kingston are the same age...

Although I have to say Kerry the resident lesbian annoys the heck out of me... Kerry was always a "stranger" and then they have to go EMphasize it? Why not give her a plot line like she's always been a "stranger" but people start getting to know her and she's got lots of surprises and personality if you just allow her to be herself.


redngold



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Elizabeth being too old to play a Doctor

I mentioned this, because NBC said they where going to let her go because they thought she was too old, not me.

Whitehatter:

Yes, that version of "Moll Flanders" has played in the US on cable, but not in a long time. I would love to see it again.







User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

ER jumped the shark sometime very early on when it became just another soap opera set in a hospital.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 3101 times:

Well, ER's definitely going to jump the shark soon, if it hasn't already...

Wyle Ready for "ER" Discharge
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=797&ncid=762&e=8&u=/eo/20040909/en_tv_eo/14895



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User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 3098 times:

One question I have - why does ANYONE seek medical treatment there? If my local ER were blown up, quarantined and shot up THAT many times in 10 years, I'd stay as far away from it as possible!

You'd be surprised. I haven't ever been there but the Emergency DEPARTMENT that is being depicted on ER (County General) is, allegedly, Cook County's ED in Chicago. Basically, if you need medical care, you go there. As I said...I've never been there but I've heard horror stories.

The producers and writers actually reach-out to the Emergency Medicine community for story lines. They've been at several conferences (the last one I heard of was an American College of Emergency Physicians - ACEP Conference a few years ago). They try to get practitioners to write-down interesting cases. I guess they're running dry because the cases they show now are not the bread-and-butter ones they started-out with but exotic zebras.

In anycase, I think the show has gone on long enough...I think it died when Eriq LaSalle (Dr. Benton) left the show a few seasons ago.



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6013 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

How about the original version of "The Kingdom" - if anyone has ever seen that. The rumors have it that most of it was based loosely on real events and that the writers even had to remove a few real parts because they found it too far out  Big thumbs up

I personally think they should have left it when Mark Greene died.


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

I know someone who does actually work at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. She is a social worker and she is usually on the night shift, doing psychiatric intake. She said it's nothing like what is depicted on ER -- that ER exaggerates the number of unusual cases coming in to a major metropolitan emergency room. Also, in the beginning at least, ER grossly exaggerated the number of "crashed/crashing" individuals who were successfully resuscitated. CPR usually saves, at most, 10% of individuals in cardiac arrest, even on a good day.

redngold



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

When "Goose" left the show no question.

I really haven't been able to catch too many episodes in the past three years though since i switched to 12 hours shifts at work.




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