ER

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NBC (ended 2009)

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ER Fan Reviews (368)

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  • the best show ever on television and the reason I'm in the television industry.

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    ER revolutionized television with its large ensemble, long 'runners' that extended across the entire ER and included many people and it's use of the steadicam to make the viewer feel as if they were in the room with the characters. It had the amazing ability to talk up to the audience and make them feel smarter, more like doctors themselves. They didn't water anything down, they spewed out the medical jargon exactly as it would be said and the audience was forced to keep up. Their character development is the quintessential example of what character arcs should be. The characters were all tragic heroes and had arcs that spread across several seasons instead of being resolved in one, much more like real life in that way. Abby was an alcoholic from before she started on the show (season 6) and the final climax of this arc did not occur until season 14: brilliant. These characters were real, their drama and angst was appropriate to the situations they found themselves in, and the show was written and directed beautifully.
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