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Chicago Hope: Season 1 (1994-1995)




Critic Consensus: Chicago Hope is a beacon of ambition among hospital dramas, gifting a terrific cast with layered storylines and plenty of heart, but the series could use a prescription for toning down the occasional mawkishness.


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An absorbing medical series set in a top-flight Chicago hospital. Created by David E. Kelley, it debuted in September 1994 on CBS, opposite another new hospital drama, `ER.' While never as popular as its NBC competition, the edgy ensemble series did receive a steady stream of Emmy nominations (and the occasional win) and remained on the air for six seasons, despite many cast changes.


Adam Arkin
as Dr. Aaron Shutt
Hector Elizondo
as Dr. Phillip Watters
Mandy Patinkin
as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger
Roxanne Hart
as Nurse Camille Shutt
Thomas Gibson
as Dr. Daniel Nyland
Peter MacNicol
as Alan Birch
E.G. Marshall
as Dr. Arthur Thurmond
Diane Venora
as Dr. Geri Infante
Peter Berg
as Dr. Billy Kronk
Margaret Colin
as Dr. Karen Antonovich
Jayne Brook
as Dr. Diane Grad
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Dr. Dennis Hancock
Robyn Lively
as Nurse Maggie Atkisson
Obba Babatundé
as Charles Ellis
Kim Greist
as Laurie
Jeff Perry
as Gilbert
Cotter Smith
as Dr. Bob Mariniak
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Critic Reviews for Chicago Hope: Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

"Chicago Hope"...sails even more aggressively into the uncharted waters it navigated somewhat rockily in it s pilot, challenging us with uncommonly complicated characters and provocative story lines.

December 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Chicago Hope is remembered as a good drama that was just the second best hospital show of the '90s.

May 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The characters are strong and fascinating.

December 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Chicago Hope's strong character-based drama makes it fairly compelling.

December 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Intelligent, fleet, emotionally complex and lightly dusted with Kelley's celebrated sense of the absurd, this is the best hospital show since St. Elsewhere.

December 20, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

On balance, Chicago Hope has the benefit of scripts by Mr. [David E.] Kelley, who knows every television trick for tugging at heartstrings and pulling away for a neatly moving fade-out.

May 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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