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.

Episode Info

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

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

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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 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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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Medical
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 18, 1994
Ended: May 04, 2000
• Chicago Hope – Endstation Hoffnung (Used In Germany)
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