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Chicago Hope: Season 1 (1994-1995)




Critic Consensus: Chicago Hope is a beacon of ambition among hospital dramas, gifting a terrific cast with layered storylines and plenty of heart, but the series could use a prescription for toning down the occasional mawkishness.


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An absorbing medical series set in a top-flight Chicago hospital. Created by David E. Kelley, it debuted in September 1994 on CBS, opposite another new hospital drama, `ER.' While never as popular as its NBC competition, the edgy ensemble series did receive a steady stream of Emmy nominations (and the occasional win) and remained on the air for six seasons, despite many cast changes.


Adam Arkin
as Dr. Aaron Shutt
Hector Elizondo
as Dr. Phillip Watters
Mandy Patinkin
as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger
Roxanne Hart
as Nurse Camille Shutt
Thomas Gibson
as Dr. Daniel Nyland
Peter MacNicol
as Alan Birch
E.G. Marshall
as Dr. Arthur Thurmond
Diane Venora
as Dr. Geri Infante
Peter Berg
as Dr. Billy Kronk
Margaret Colin
as Dr. Karen Antonovich
Jayne Brook
as Dr. Diane Grad
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Dr. Dennis Hancock
Robyn Lively
as Nurse Maggie Atkisson
Obba Babatundé
as Charles Ellis
Kim Greist
as Laurie
Jeff Perry
as Gilbert
Cotter Smith
as Dr. Bob Mariniak
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Critic Reviews for Chicago Hope: Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15)

It is exciting and involving; its leads are charismatic; and most of all, it feels fresh.

February 3, 2021 | Full Review…

Maybe it's a deep and profound wine that will evolve into a classic, but its first episodes are sour and a challenge to 10 p.m. eyelids.

February 3, 2021 | Full Review…

The second episode of Chicago Hope is as dramatic an improvement as I can remember between a pilot and first regular episode... Kelley (who wrote both) not only isolated the show's problems, but also solved them.

February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Well-made, well-acted and well-written... [But] Chicago Hope, from Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley, is less immediately likable.

February 2, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Any dramatic show that hopes to have a long run needs sympathetic characters... There's a good chance that the rich characters and situations of Chicago Hope will deliver such a devastating punch.

February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Kelley knows how to write gripping scenes, set up a mystery and keep you hanging on. He pampers his actors with marvelous moments.

February 2, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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