St. Elsewhere - Season 1

St. Elsewhere - Season 1

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Cast: Denzel Washington, Ed Flanders, David Morse, David Birney

     
 

The first season of the acclaimed series St. Elsewhere takes place at Boston's St. Eligius Hospital, nicknamed "St. Elsewhere" due to its reputation as a last resort for poor and disenfranchised seeking medical care. Howie Mandel stars as the wisecracking Dr. Fiscus; David Morse as the dedicated Dr. Morrison; William Daniel as the egocentric Dr. Craig; and Ed…  See more details below

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The first season of the acclaimed series St. Elsewhere takes place at Boston's St. Eligius Hospital, nicknamed "St. Elsewhere" due to its reputation as a last resort for poor and disenfranchised seeking medical care. Howie Mandel stars as the wisecracking Dr. Fiscus; David Morse as the dedicated Dr. Morrison; William Daniel as the egocentric Dr. Craig; and Ed Begley, Jr. as nerdy Dr. Ehrlich.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A medical soap opera that borrowed the Hill Street Blues concept of employing a sizable cast of principals and interlacing each episode with multiple story lines, St. Elsewhere anticipated such subsequent hospital-set dramas as ER and Grey's Anatomy. While well received by critics when it debuted in 1982, the series always lagged in the ratings; but its relatively well-heeled audience (as determined by NBC’s research) allowed the network to charge premium advertising rates. In six seasons, the series earned 63 Emmy nominations, won 13, and made a star of Denzel Washington. The future Oscar winner’s Dr. Phillip Chandler was just one of many interns staffing South Boston's St. Eligius, a somewhat less than state-of-the-art hospital that catered to the underprivileged and downtrodden. Other medicos on staff during the show's first season included Dr. Donald Westphall (Ed Flanders), Dr. Jack Morrison (David Morse), Dr. Ben Samuels (David Birney), Dr. Annie Cavanero (Cynthia Sikes), Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Howie Mandel), and Dr. Daniel Auschlander (Norman Lloyd). The latter's heartrending struggle against cancer formed one of the year's most memorable subplots. One plot thread that stirred a bit of controversy was Ben's discovery that he had contracted a venereal disease, which spurred him to track down previous lovers. Among the Season 1 episodes that stand out are "Cora and Arnie," which gave plum roles to character actors Doris Roberts and James Coco, playing a bag lady and her mentally challenged husband, respectively. A gang war in the inner-city streets resulted in an overflow of patients for Morrison and Chandler in "Remission," another terrific episode. Unusual for shows of this type, St. Elsewhere hit its stride right at the start, and its overall excellence is readily apparent in this collection of 22 episodes from the 1982-83 season. Co-creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey, who had been writers on The White Shadow, later went on to produce Northern Exposure.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2006
UPC:
0024543260769
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
18:01:00
Sales rank:
36,269

Special Features

All 22 season one episodes; Audio commentary on Cora and Arnie episode; Exclusive featurettes:; St. Elsewhere: The Place to Be; Cora and Arnie: An Outstanding Episode; Tim Robbins: The Punk Gets Responsible; Dr. Jack Morrison: The Spirit of Care & Empathy

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 1-4
1. Main Titles [1:28]
2. Sundays [2:59]
3. Patients [6:50]
4. Needs and Wants [3:37]
5. Missing Mr. Smith [2:00]
6. Noontime Stories [4:15]
7. A Delicate Conversation [3:29]
8. On the Side of Caution [2:01]
9. Personal Responsibility [3:53]
10. What's Best [4:24]
11. Straight Talk [13:40]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Main Titles [2:12]
2. Treating a Terrorist [5:50]
3. Morning Rounds [4:11]
4. Bad Behavior [2:03]
5. Cafeteria Consultation [4:28]
6. A Favor [5:35]
7. Learning New Things [6:03]
8. In Surgery [4:01]
9. Home at Last [2:27]
10. Looking for Some Emotion [7:09]
11. Moral Dilemma [4:40]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:30]
2. Special Tour [3:53]
3. The American Way [1:42]
4. Realities [8:09]
5. No Easy Answers [4:14]
6. The Reasonable Choice [5:25]
7. Woman to Woman [3:28]
8. A Mistake [6:13]
9. Clandestine Meetings [4:05]
10. Life and Death [7:45]
11. A Friendly Game [1:15]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:10]
2. Admitting Patients [6:05]
3. Medical History [5:22]
4. Mind of a Terrorist [3:32]
5. Family [5:33]
6. Difficult Decisions [6:13]
7. Further Tests [3:22]
8. The Only Option [4:23]
9. Where's Cora? [2:30]
10. Bad News and Good News [5:21]
11. Taking a Chance [4:12]
12. End Credits [:32]
Disc #1, Side B -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 5-6
1. Main Titles [2:16]
2. Special Request [4:36]
3. Morning Check Up [4:00]
4. Personal Review [3:53]
5. A Man's World [3:38]
6. Routine Procedures [4:09]
7. Pulling Out All the Stops [3:00]
8. The Quality of Life [5:29]
9. It's in the Delivery [6:46]
10. Phone It In [4:41]
11. Trying to Forget [5:35]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:25]
2. Friendly Morning [4:10]
3. Overnight Infection [5:21]
4. Bad Decisions [6:03]
5. An Invitation [4:52]
6. A Real Emergency [2:54]
7. Under Stress [5:32]
8. At the Breaking Point [2:27]
9. Date Night [3:03]
10. Downtime [5:56]
11. Desperate Times [5:53]
12. End Credits [:32]
Disc #2, Side A -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 7-10
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:30]
2. Organized Chaos [5:36]
3. Cracking Up [4:34]
4. Love Lives [6:02]
5. Fraternizing [4:51]
6. Hit and Run [2:28]
7. Another Day [4:37]
8. An Open Investigation [4:31]
9. Budget Crunch [1:38]
10. Finding Some Answers [4:44]
11. At the End of the Day [7:07]
12. End Credits [:31]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:30]
2. Strange Behavior [4:35]
3. High Spirits [4:02]
4. Preparing for the Worst [2:17]
5. Nesting [4:20]
6. Out of Obscurity [2:42]
7. A Chance at Reality [4:43]
8. A Joy and Sorrow [4:17]
9. For Your Protection [4:32]
10. A Night of Surprises [9:02]
11. Choosing a Path [5:23]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:40]
2. Busy Morning [4:07]
3. House Call [3:21]
4. Hands on Mentoring [2:31]
5. Occupational Hazards [6:48]
6. Doing Unto Others [6:13]
7. Self Preservation [2:51]
8. Close to Home [1:41]
9. Nutritional Guidelines [3:46]
10. Reassessing Life [4:08]
11. Confrontations [10:02]
12. End Credits [:31]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:31]
2. New Doctor [4:16]
3. Small World [3:58]
4. Odd Emergencies [2:26]
5. Checking In [5:20]
6. Sustenance [2:45]
7. Bullfinch and Baseball [4:22]
8. Pep Talk [4:29]
9. Special Introduction [4:45]
10. Left Behind [6:57]
11. "The Eagle Has Landed" [6:35]
12. End Credits [:31]
Disc #2, Side B -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 11-12
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:17]
2. A Friendly Game [2:59]
3. An Old Flame [2:28]
4. Serious Issues [4:37]
5. No Hope [5:04]
6. Code Blue [5:37]
7. Good Samaritan [1:59]
8. Road to Healing [4:42]
9. Another Shot [3:13]
10. A New Day, A New Dawn [7:00]
11. Long Night [8:42]
12. End Credits [:31]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:35]
2. Another Day [4:29]
3. Morning Meeting [3:47]
4. Last Resort [3:21]
5. Lunch Break [5:07]
6. Art of Persuasion [5:06]
7. Slow Progress [4:41]
8. Looking for Answers [4:36]
9. Professional Detachment [3:00]
10. Pulling Rank [6:41]
11. No Easy Answers [5:15]
12. End Credits [:31]
Disc #3, Side A -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 13-16
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:22]
2. Coping With a Change [3:13]
3. No More Waiting [7:39]
4. Problem Solving [4:42]
5. Family Issues [3:11]
6. Sorting Things Out [4:43]
7. Search for a Zebra [4:00]
8. Life Choice [6:48]
9. Fact or Fiction [3:31]
10. Old Friends [3:10]
11. Memories [5:06]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Main Titles [2:06]
2. A Good Fight [3:18]
3. Personal Goals [6:32]
4. Visitor [3:37]
5. Special Request [4:16]
6. In a Flash [4:01]
7. Last Resort [3:27]
8. "Hi There!" [5:06]
9. Friend to Friend [2:33]
10. Long Night [7:09]
11. Payback [6:31]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:43]
2. Sucker Punch [4:20]
3. On Call [6:15]
4. Code of Silence [1:42]
5. Last Resort [4:31]
6. Tensions [5:36]
7. Feeling Out of Place [3:21]
8. Swedish Greetings [2:01]
9. Under Pressure [6:38]
10. Bad Behavior [6:38]
11. Race Relations [4:31]
12. End Credits [:31]
1. Main Titles [2:29]
2. Ulcer Patient [2:44]
3. Counting on Cooperation [5:01]
4. Revelation [6:18]
5. Favors [4:53]
6. Personal Resume [5:07]
7. Lover's Quarrel [5:51]
8. On the Defensive [3:32]
9. For the Record [3:16]
10. Cold War [4:43]
11. Appearances [4:43]
12. End Credits [:32]
Disc #3, Side B -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 17-18
1. Main Titles [1:59]
2. Birthday Boy [2:36]
3. Brotherly Love [5:21]
4. Seeking Answers [2:26]
5. Lunch Meeting [4:32]
6. Last Resort [4:23]
7. An Ethical Dilemma [6:59]
8. Tough Times [2:20]
9. Keeping a Date [6:40]
10. Loss [5:05]
11. A Lived Life [6:17]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:30]
2. First Solo [4:28]
3. The Good Doctor [3:02]
4. Making Appearances [3:45]
5. Unsatisfied Customer [7:09]
6. Demands [2:23]
7. Personal Tour [5:11]
8. Handling Things [6:19]
9. Little Charade [4:10]
10. The Truth [4:02]
11. Impressions [5:06]
12. End Credits [:32]
Disc #4, Side A -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 19-20
1. Main Titles [2:19]
2. Unruly Patients [3:28]
3. Newcomer [4:39]
4. Emergency Transport [1:51]
5. Another Option [5:10]
6. Doctoral Differences [5:11]
7. A Delicate Matter [4:11]
8. Secret Revealed [4:53]
9. Fairness [4:55]
10. Legal Action [5:21]
11. A Better Life [6:37]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Recap/Main Titles [2:28]
2. Heart Lecture [4:28]
3. The Squeeze [5:23]
4. Fun and Games [4:21]
5. Legal Brief [4:51]
6. Confrontation [1:13]
7. Weekend Plans [4:51]
8. An Intimate Affair [5:33]
9. Busted [5:24]
10. Personal Issues [3:58]
11. Brutal Honesty [6:05]
12. End Credits [:31]
Disc #4, Side B -- St. Elsewhere: Season One, Episodes 21-22
1. Main Titles [2:05]
2. Update [3:55]
3. Asking for Help [6:40]
4. First Steps [5:21]
5. Trying to Diagnose [3:29]
6. The Gloves Come Off [2:57]
7. Testing [3:55]
8. No Restraint [3:36]
9. Personality Traits [6:34]
10. A Deadly Realization [3:43]
11. Head Cases [6:18]
12. End Credits [:32]
1. Main Titles [2:08]
2. Code Red [4:57]
3. In Need of Some Help [3:01]
4. Good Old Days [4:04]
5. Addictive Personalities [6:47]
6. Road Rage [1:48]
7. Making It Work [5:22]
8. Damaged Goods [3:56]
9. Life and Death [6:20]
10. Difficult Conversations [4:50]
11. "To Life" [5:22]
12. End Credits [:33]

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St. Elsewhere - Season 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Miss_art More than 1 year ago
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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