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Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope was a popular CBS drama series created by David E. Kelley that ran from September 18, 1994 to May 4, 2000. It took place in a fictional private hospital, Chicago Hope. The show starred Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, a hot shot surgeon with emotional problems stemming from the psychiatric condition of his wife, played by Kim Greist. Adam Arkin played Patinkin's colleague and best friend and Peter MacNicol and Hector Elizondo featured as house counsel and director of medicine respectively. Christine Lahti joined in the second season as a talented cardiac surgeon with a feminist chip on her shoulder who vies with Patinkin for the chief of surgery position. The pilot episode of Chicago Hope was broadcast the day before NBC's ER, however, after that first week the two shows went head-to-head in primetime, Thursday night at 10pm. Despite the critical acclaim that Chicago Hope received, ER's first season proved a ratings winner and in 1995 Chicago Hope was moved to Monday nights at 10pm. The show stayed in that slot and performed well, with ratings peaking at 11.9 and 20% share, however in the second season Kelley and Patinkin decided the leave the show and Chicago Hope began its slow descent to cancellation. In 1999 both Kelley and Patinkin returned with a revamped cast including the additions of Barbara Hershey and Lauren Holly and the loss of Lahti, Peter Berg, Jayne Brook, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Stacy Edwards. They also moved the show back to Thursday nights against NBC's Frasier and ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, though, proved too daunting of a task, and the show was cancelled in May 2000. In the UK, seasons 1 and 2, originally aired on BBC One. More recently all seasons of the show have been shown on ITV3. In the USA episodes air on The Discovery Health Channel but the last episodes of season 6 and the first episodes of season one do not usually air.

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (2 Votes cast)

Episode Info

Final: 6x22 -- Have I Got a Deal For You (May/04/2000)

Available Episodes

Hope Against Hope
May 19, 1997
Season 3 episode 26

Love on the Rocks
May 12, 1997
Season 3 episode 25

Lamb to the Slaughte..
May 05, 1997
Season 3 episode 24

Colonel of Truth
Apr 28, 1997
Season 3 episode 23

Leggo My Ego
Apr 21, 1997
Season 3 episode 22

Positive I.D.s
Apr 13, 1997
Season 3 episode 21

Second Chances
Apr 07, 1997
Season 3 episode 20

Adam Arkin
As Dr. Aaron Shutt
Hector Elizondo
As Dr. Phillip Watters
E.G. Marshall
As Dr. Arthur Thurmond (Episodes 1-13)
Eric Stoltz
As Dr. Bobby Yeats (Episodes 98-119)
Jayne Brook
As Dr. Diane Grad (Episodes 23-119, recurring otherwise)
Peter Berg
As Dr. Billy Kronk (Episodes 23-119, recurring otherwise)
Peter MacNicol
As Alan Birch (Episodes 1-30, recurring otherwise)
Roma Maffia
As Angela Giandamenicio (Episodes 1-13)
Roxanne Hart
As Camille Duschene Shutt (Episodes 1-45, recurring otherwise)
Thomas Gibson (1)
As Dr. Danny Nyland (Episodes 14-71, recurring otherwise)

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Reviews: 1
Best Medical DramaRating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes

Chicago Hope is one of my ideal TV shows of all-time. The whole actors were very brilliant, and the script was excellent. I like the way on how the episodes improve each week – this show is all about the life of every character on this TV series, on how they face the odds of and fighting and surviving in a good way. I just started watching it again on DVD which I purchased at http://www.dvdbooth.com/DVD_BOX_SETS/Chicago_Hope_DVD_Collection/ . Well, I received a good copy with great quality. I’m glad that I can watch this again during my leisure time because this show is very interesting! There’s also a part of learning while watching this show. You can learn various kinds of hospital terms which some of us didn’t even know. I also love how the show combines some essential hilarity and drama of saving each patient’s lives. I really do recommend this show for those who haven’t watched it yet. Read more

Review posted on Tuesday, June 25th 2013 at 2:14 am

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Recurring Guests

Bob Bancroft as Dr. Joseph Cacaci (31 eps)
Mae Whitman as Sara Wilmette (17 eps)
Helena Apothaker as Paramedic (14 eps)
Monique Edwards as Laurel Canyon (14 eps)
John Cappon as Paramedic (14 eps)
Ariel Felix as Dr. Raoul Chammora (12 eps)
Thomas Gibson (1) as Dr. Danny Nyland (12 eps)
Jane Clark as Nurse (11 eps)
John DiMaggio as Dr. Sean Underhill (11 eps)
Kathryn Harrold as Dr. Karen Wilder (11 eps)

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Warning: Chicago Hope guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Medical
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 18, 1994
Ended: May 04, 2000
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