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St. Elsewhere - Season 1

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    1980's Hospital Drama Still Shines

    Not sure what triggered the desire to re-visit "St. Elsewhere", but I'm glad I did. This series had the winning combination of engaging story lines, intelligent dialogue, and complex characters. Set in St. Eligius, a Boston teaching hospital, "St. Elsewhere" takes the interactions of seasoned doctors, over-worked resident doctors, nurses, support staff, and patients and serves up both highly-charged drama and superb humor. The patients who weave in and out of the stories, with a variety of ailments and families and friends, provide an ideal backdrop for incorporating topical subjects (for the time) and talented guest actors.

    Granted, watching it in 2010, the hospital and medical environment seems so dated: the computers are few, the doctors carry pagers, and the files are all kept on paper. In one episode, the hospital administrator, played by a young Christopher Guest, types his resignation letter on a typewriter. Still, the emotions evoked by a couple wrestling with a decision to abort a Down's Syndrome baby; or by Dr. Wayne Fiscus (played by Howie Mandel), having been rattled enough by an assault in the ER that he begins carrying a hand-gun and pulls it on a gang member; or by a psychiatric patient who believes himself to be a bird keep me riveted.

    I recommend this DVD set for anyone who loved "St. Elsewhere" when it first aired; for anyone who waited each week for Dr. Mark Craig (William Daniels) to enlighten or admonish Dr. Ehrlich (Ed Begley, Jr.); for anyone who appreciates great television performed by award-winning actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    St. Elsewhere- my favorite TV show EVER!!!!

    This is a great series. After working in the medical profession since 1972 I can tell you this is how it really is in a hospital! Besides a stunning ensemble of actors who became noteworthy, there are scads of guest actors that became famous in the 80's & 90" Eric Stoltz, Pauly Shore, Ray Charles, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tom Hulce, Jane Kaczmarek, Lainie Kazan, Jayne Meadows, Laraine Newman, James Coco, Doris Roberts, Piper Laurie, Alan Arkin, Robert Davi, Christopher Guest, Lance Guest, Ray Liotta, Michael Learned, Betty White, Michael Madsen, Stephen Elliott, Ernie Hudson, Kate Mulgrew, Kathy Bates, John Astin, Michael Richards, Austin Pendleton, Kyle Secor, Jason Bateman, Tim Thomerson, Harold Gould, Bill Macy, Herb Edelman, Alex Rocco, Brenda Vaccaro, Blythe Danner (wife of producer Bruce Paltrow), Eva Le Gallienne, and then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, Judith Light, Tim Robbins, Robert Pastorelli, and the list goes on.
    I think this set is worth every penny. I would pay an arm and a leg for the entire set.
    I have never seen this in syndication in my area.
    Come on MTM Productions..give us more St. Elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great start, but where's the rest?

    I give this set a 4 because the packaging is second-rate, at best. Otherwise it is a 5 - a terrific ensemble cast settling into roles which some of them would fill for five more years. While it shows its age -- it contains references to current events which, at the time, were funny but now have to be looked up -- the general tenor of the show is timeless. It has extended story lines, strong and consistent character portraits and development, quirks and oddities, all jumbled together with the usual hospital drama. My current beef is with Fox, who has not released anything but the first season. I would hope a schedule of at least one season per year "and more if possible" would be doable. So many vastly inferior series have been released in toto since this was released that one has to wonder whether Fox is weighing potential sales volume too heavily as against establishing a quality series release reputation, which it has failed to do. I have an additional beef, apparently beyond studio control: all original songs are dubbed over by second-rate versions recorded by cut-rate bands, because securing the rights would be cost-prohibitive. WKRP suffers from the same problem, which is why I won't buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    A Bunch of Doctors working & have bunch of stories w/ them too. Practically a celebrity type tv-series. All familiar faces you'll reconize - some before they became big & famous as they are now. Such as Mark Harmon ( NCIS ): Denzel Washington Howie Mandell etc

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