Picks and Pans Review: ER
NBC(Mon., Sept. 19, 9 p.m. ET)
This hospital drama series created by author and onetime physician Michael Crichton is the most visceral of the new medical shows, recreating the bedlam of an urban emergency room. Gunshot wounds, severed limbs, car accidents, drug overdoses, battered infants—County General Memorial gets them all. Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield and Noah Wyle play the doctors working killer hours under enormous stress.
The emergency sequences are pure adrenaline rush, but the drama, romance and humor ladled into the lull periods are pretty hackneyed. After this preview, the show moves to Thursdays at 10 p.m., exactly the same time as Chicago Hope. So if you don’t like one show, get a second opinion.