Created by best-selling author Michael Crichton, this series centers on the medical personnel in the emergency room of a Chicago county hospital. ER tracks the inner workings of County General Hospital, a Level One Trauma ... more »Center where heroic doctors and nurses are faced with life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. In its sixth season, ER received 9 Emmy? nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. Own season 6, and watch as Carol gives birth to two baby girls, Lucy and Carter meet tragedy head on when a patient stabs them both, Elizabeth and Mark continue their romance and nurse Abbey Lockhart joins the staff.« less
"The sixth season of ER is my personal favorite. It includes several guest appearances by Alan Alda, the addition of several new doctors including Abbey Lockhart and Luka Kovac. And of course, the sixth season includes the emmy winning, shocking exit by Kellie Martin after her and Carter are stabbed by a patient, which leads to Carter's struggle with a nasty drug addiction. There are also many great trauma room scenes in the sixth season. The complete cast for season six is:
Anthony Edwards Noah Wyle Julianna Margulies Gloria Ruben Laura Innes Maura Tierney Goran Visnjic Erik Palladino Michael Michelle Ming Na Paul McCrane Alex Kingston Kellie Martin and Eriq La Salle
The sixth season was nominated for 9 emmys, eventually winning two. In it's sixth season(1999-2000), ER was the most watched drama series on tv. It's no surprise. With great acting, powerful music and outstanding cinematography, season six of ER is a must own for ER fans and great drama fans alike.
Most Gripping Episode of ER Is Here In Season 6
Sean Pasek | Albuquerque, NM | 07/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ER has had several memorable episodes over the course of its first five seasons. We saw Mark Greene attempt to deliver a baby in Season 1 that cost the life of the mother. Doug Ross in Season 2 courageously saves a boy trapped in a storm drain. And yet, as powerful as those episodes were, even they pale in comparison to Season 6's "All in the Family."
Before I comment on that episode, we see some new additions to the cast of ER. Goran Visnijic debuts as Dr. Kovac. I liked him much better in these earlier seasons before they made him a carbon copy of Doug Ross when he was a womanizer.
Michael Michele comes aboard as Dr. Cleo Finch, the new Attending Pediatric Doctor. Finch is a good doctor who really cares about her patients, and Michele does a great job of demonstrating this.
Erik Palladino is a new, young ER resident, Dr. Dave Malucci. Malucci is the gung-ho doctor who doesn't have much of a bedside manner, but who is over-eager for the most difficult cases. Malucci's impulsiveness tends to land him in hot water, especially with Dr. Weaver.
Ming-Na also makes her return here as Dr. "Deb" Chen. I really liked her in Season 1 of ER, and I was thrilled when she came back. She was always a good counterpart for Carter, as the two always seemed to be competition.
Season 6 also has the first appearance of Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney) who is doing a rotation as an OBGYN nurse before beginning her rotation down in the ER.
One of the great guest appearances here by Alan Alda playing Dr. Gabriel Lawrence. Dr. Lawrence was the doctor who trained Kerry Weaver, and when a medical condition arises in Dr. Lawrence, Weaver has a difficult time facing her mentor and friend. There is a great scene between these two characters during his final appearance that is touching.
The season is a good one, and the acting talents of Noah Wyle are really put to the test, especially in the episodes that follow after "All in the Family" when Carter tries to deal with his guilt as well as the trauma that he suffers. Wyle was always a strong actor and played Carter with an almost innocent quality. Perhaps this is truly the first time that we see Carter with a loss of that innocence.
This season also sees the exit of the third member of the original cast. One of the small problems in this season is that, at times, you have too many cast members and too little screen time. At one point, there are twelve regular cast members during the course of this season. There simply isn't enough time to really showcase them all, especially the new additions to the cast.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW
Now, on to the episode of "All in the Family." I still recall vividly the first time I saw this episode when it aired. It was unlike anything I'd seen on television before. It was so powerful and poignant, that even seeing it again moves me inexplicably.
Dr. Carter and Lucy Knight have just been brutally stabbed by a psych patient. This occurs as the very end of the previous episode. So, imagine waiting an entire week to find out what happened! This was one of the biggest cliff-hangers that I can remember, and everyone made sure they were available to watch this episode to find out what happened.
The entire ER springs to action when Dr. Weaver discovers them in the trauma room, on the floor in pools of blood. There's nothing like a team coming together for a single purpose, especially when that purpose is dire. There is something especially powerful in such actions.
Benton is nearly out of control when he discovers that Carter has been injured. Perhaps for the first time in the series, we really see and understand how the usually emotionally cold Dr. Benton feels about Carter. It's on his face and in his actions. As Benton tries to assure Carter that he will be all right, Carter says in a cracking voice, "I'm glad it's you," when he realizes that Benton is going to operate on him.
Equally strong is Dr. Corday and Dr. Romano working feverishly to save Lucy's life. Dr. Romano, who seems to care about no one at all, can't even hide his anger, frustration, and grief when it's clear that Lucy can't be saved. In many ways, Romano is the doctor who speaks for the audience. Seeing this episode for the first time, it was unbelievable that Lucy was dead. It wasn't often that a major character was killed in an on-going series, and so Romano expresses his anger and disbelief for us, and he does it well as he sends surgical instruments flying.
Just when you think that ER can no longer surprise you, they came up with this episode. Word has it that Kellie Martin no longer felt comfortable being on the show as her own real-life sister was a traumatic victim of lupus.
You have to credit the writers for coming up with this episode. Very few, if any, characters in television have had such a powerful exit as Kellie's character here on ER. I recall the following Friday everyone talking about it.
There have been previous events in ER that were terrific episodes, and there were even a couple more that would follow after Season 6, but "All in the Family" is still the premiere ER episode that truly defines the pinnacle of a great drama series."
The best season of ER
Mark Mueller | usa | 01/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own season 1-6 on DVD and will no doubt buy all future seasons. This was the season I have been waiting for. Hands down the best season of ER was this 1999-2000 season, with Kellie Martin and Noah Wyle's characters being stabbed in the ER. Martin's exit was one of the most gripping in the series history. ER is a benchmark in great TV programming. Season 6 is also the one that Goran Visjnic & Maura Tierney joined the cast."
Very Emotional Season
JD | 01/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have bought and watched all 6 ER Seasons to date out on DVD. I must say this. Season 6 might not be the best season in the history of ER, but it is by far and away the most emotional season, probably one of the most emotional seasons in the history of television. The death of Lucy(you will be captivated by this, just watching everyone try to save her), Mark's Dad dying(the scene is "Such Sweet Sorrow" when Mark and Rachel are by the peer is enough to have me cryin' like a baby), Jeanie Boulet leaving, Alan Alda retiring because of his memory loss, and Carol departing are all tearjerkers.
The Episode "Such Sweet Sorrow" may be the best and most touching episode you will ever see in the history of ER, the last 6 minutes of that episode should have any human being reaching for the tissues.
You will hear everyone with reviews saying that the absense of Clooney hit ER hard, but this is not the case. Loosing George Clooney really put a dent in ER, Goran Visnijic isn't that great and you can really feel what it would be like if Clooney was in his shoes, just how great the story lines would have been if Ross was there instead of Luka, but it isn't that bad. I mean bad for ER is still better than anything on TV nowadays. Guest spot by Alan Alda is terrific, he is very believable as a Doctor, witnessed by his Mash stint, and I love the addition of Erik Pallandino, brillant and funny, yet soft on the inside.
There aren't very many extras, if any at all, just the usual extra scenes, and gag reel. But I'm more interested in the show anyway, more than extras. Trust me the show is definetly worth it, by far.
I would recommend it to any TV fan, see the 1st 5 seasons and add number 6 to the list also. It will touch your soul."
ER-6 Oldy but Goody
Philip R. Porter | 01/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The more I watch the latest ER series I realise how much better the older original series were.
THanks to Amazon for a terrific delivery policy. P.R.P."