This article is from the ER FAQ, by Rose Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Debuting the same week as "ER" was CBS`s "Chicago Hope", which
has developed its own following. Some viewers like both shows.
"Chicago Hope" premiered in the same timeslot as "ER" but soon was
moved to a different night because it was getting severely beaten in
the ratings. Produced by the creators of "Picket Fences", "Chicago
Hope" actually has more in common with that show than with "ER".
Unlike the fast-paced action and snappy plot movement of "ER",
"Chicago Hope" tends to be talkier and more ponderous. It also
exhibits a consistent streak of dark humor not generally seen on
"ER". Fans of "Chicago Hope" can discuss the show on Usenet in
As a mid-season replacement in early 1995, Fox unveiled
"Medicine Ball", a medical drama which imitated "ER" in some ways but
made deliberate attempts to appeal to a younger audience by using
youthful attractive actors and generally employing less sophisticated
storylines. "Medicine Ball" was not renewed by Fox following its
*New for the 1998-99 season is "L.A. Doctors", on CBS.
Blink, and you may miss it.