Season 1
Season one
No. of episodes 25
Original network NBC
Original run September 15, 1994 – May 8, 1995
DVD release August 26, 2003
Season chronology
Not applicable (N/A)
Season 2

The first season of the medical drama series ER which originally aired from NBC on September 15, 1994 and concluded on May 8, 1995. The season consists of 25 episodes. It was released on Region 1 DVD on August 26, 2003.



Main article: Season 1 crew

Cast and characters

ER Cast Season 1

The first season cast of ER: Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway, Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton, George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross, Anthony Edward as Dr. Mark Greene, Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis, Noah Wyle as John Carter

Main article: Season 1 characters
See also: Season 1 cast
Actor/actress Character Role
Anthony Edwards Dr. Mark Greene ER Chief Resident
George Clooney Dr. Doug Ross Emergency Paediatric Fellow
Sherry Stringfield Dr. Susan Lewis ER Resident (Year 2)
Noah Wyle John Carter Medical Student
Julianna Margulies Nurse Carol Hathaway ER Nurse
Eriq La Salle Dr. Peter Benton Surgical Resident (Year 2)

Plot synopsis

In this first season, compassionate Chief Resident Dr. Mark Greene struggles to balance with his hectic professional work life and his dwindling marriage to his wife. Charming, womanizing pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross deals with sick and injured children in his care while constantly struggling with the superficiality of his relationships with the woman he dates. Competent second year ER resident Dr. Susan Lewis works hard to become a good doctor while coping with family problems regarding her troubled sister. Abrasive trauma surgeon Dr. Peter Benton takes medical student John Carter under his wing. Nurse Carol Hathaway survives an attempted suicide, tries to get her life back together and makes a decision about the future her relationship with her fiancée.


Main article: Episodes
Season # Series # Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate
1 1 24 Hours Michael Crichton Rod Holcomb September 15, 1994
2 2 Day One John Wells Mimi Leder September 22, 1994
3 3 Going Home Lydia Woodward Mark Tinker September 29, 1994
4 4 Hit and Run Paul Manning Mimi Leder October 6, 1994
5 5 Into That Good Night Robert Nathan Charles Haid October 13, 1994
6 6 Chicago Heat John Wells and Neal Baer Elodie Keene October 20, 1994
7 7 Another Perfect Day Lydia Woodward and Lance Gentile Vern Gillum November 3, 1994
8 8 9½ Hours Robert Nathan James Hayman November 10, 1994
9 9 ER Confidential Paul Manning Daniel Sackheim November 10, 1994
10 10 Blizzard Lance Gentile, Neal Baer, and Paul Manning Mimi Leder December 8, 1994
11 11 The Gift Neal Baer Felix Enriquez Alcala December 15, 1994
12 12 Happy New Year Lydia Woodward Charles Haid January 5, 1995
13 13 Luck of the Draw Paul Manning Rod Holcomb January 12, 1995
14 14 Long Day's Journey Robert Nathan Anita Addison January 19, 1995
15 15 Feb 5, 1995 John Wells James Hayman February 2, 1995
16 16 Make of Two Hearts Lydia Woodward Mimi Leder February 9, 1995
17 17 The Birthday Party John Wells Elodie Keene February 16, 1995
18 18 Sleepless in Chicago Paul Manning Christopher Chulack February 23, 1995
19 19 Love's Labor Lost Lance Gentile Mimi Leder March 9, 1995
20 20 Full Moon, Saturday Night Neal Baer Donna Deitch March 30, 1995
21 21 House of Cards Tracey Stern Fred Gerber April 6, 1995
22 22 Men Plan, God Laughs Robert Nathan Christopher Chulack April 27, 1995
23 23 Love Among the Ruins Paul Manning Fred Gerber May 4, 1995
24 24 Motherhood Lydia Woodward Quentin Tarantino May 11, 1995
25 25 Everything Old Is New Again John Wells Mimi Leder May 18, 1995

Home Media

The complete first season was released in a 4 DVD set on August 26, 2003.

The following special features were included in the set:

  • Pilot episode commentary with Creator/Executive Producer Michael Chrichton and Executive Producer John Wells.
  • Pilot episode commentary with Director Rod Holcomb, Casting Director John Levey, Associate Producer Wendy Spence Rosato, Editor Randy Jon Morgan, and Supervising Sound Editor Walter Newman.
  • Episode 17: Sleepless In Chicago commentary with Producer/Director Christopher Chulack and Writer Paul Manning.
  • Episode 18: Love's Labor Lost commentary with Director Mimi Leder, Associate Producer Wendy Spence Rosato, Editor Randy Jon Morgan, Supervising Sound Editor Walter Newman and Composer Martin Davich.
  • Prescription For Success: The Birth of ER - documentary detailing the creation and other events that influenced the creation of ER.
  • First-Year Rotation: Caring for ER
  • On the Cutting Edge: Medical Realism on ER
  • Post-Operative Procedures: Post Production in the ER
  • Additional scenes
  • Outakes
  • First-Year Intern's Handbook


  • This is the only season of ER to have a high episode run with a total episodes run of : 25 .