Chicago Hope

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Chicago Hope was a popular CBS drama series created by David E. Kelley that ran from September 18, 1994 to 2000. Chicago Hope was the name of the hospital that the series was set in.

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 the blood and gore of 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, and CBS moved the show back to Thursday nights. Up 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.



Over its six series Chicago Hope was nominated for many accolades and won more than a few, including seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

Emmy awards

Year Award Recipient
1995 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Mandy Patinkin
1995 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series Tim Suhrstedt for the episode Over The Rainbow
1996 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting for a Series Debi Manwiller
1996 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Drama Series Jeremy Kagan for the episode Leave Of Absence
1997 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Hector Elizondo
1998 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Christine Lahti
1998 Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

for the episode Brain Salad Surgery

Episode guide (incomplete)

Season One

# Original Airdate Title
1-1 September 18 1994 Pilot
1-2 September 22 1994 Over the Rainbow
1-3 September 29 1994 Food Chains
1-4 October 6 1994 With the Greatest of Ease
1-5 October 13 1994 You Gotta Have Heart
1-6 October 20 1994 Shutt Down
1-7 November 3 1994 Genevieve and Fat Boy
1-8 November 10 1994 Death Be Proud
1-9 January 1 1995 Heartbreak
1-10 January 2 1995 The Quarantine
1-11 January 9 1995 Love and Hope
1-12 January 16 1995 Great White Hope
1-13 January 23 1995 Small Sacrifices
1-14 February 6 1995 Cutting Edges
1-15 February 13 1995 Life Support
1-16 February 20 1995 Freeze Outs
1-17 February 27 1995 Growth Pains
1-18 March 13 1995 Informed Consent
1-19 March 20 1995 Internal Affairs
1-20 May 8 1995 The Virus
1-21 May 15 1995 Full Moon
1-22 May 22 1995 Songs from the Cuckoo Birds

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