Dramatic and tragic TV episodes.

by shelleyjackman | created - 13 May 2012 | updated - 15 May 2012 | Public

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1. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: 24 Hours (1994)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

The pilot for the popular TV series is set during 24 frantic hours in the lives of a group of doctors, nurses, and staff members of a busy emergency room at a Chicago hospital. They deal ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Sherry Stringfield

Votes: 1,773

2. Firefly (2002–2003)
Episode: Out of Gas (2002)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

When Serenity's life support system fails, Mal orders the crew off the ship - but he stays behind.

Director: David Solomon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 4,697

3. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Blizzard (1994)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The ER staff's slow snow day becomes chaotically hectic when the casualties of a 40 car traffic accident flood in.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle

Votes: 492

4. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Long Way Around (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Nurse Carol Hathaway is held hostage during a convenience store robbery, then befriends one of the gunmen.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 594

5. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Night Shift (1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Carol has to fire two of the nurses. Meanwhile, Gant feels Benton is too hard on him.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 354

6. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Random Acts (1997)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Jeanie asks Greg to help Al get into a special AIDS-program at the hospital. Olbes brings in her grandfather, who had a stroke.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 311

7. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Exodus (1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Because of benzene that's been spread, the ER has to close. Weaver gets felled and Carter has to take the lead.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 494

8. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Nobody Doesn't Like Amanda Lee (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Greene discovers that Amanda Lee is a fake and Anspaugh never saw through her credentials. When Lee finds out that Greene is suspicious, she locks him with a patient inside. An old ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 197

9. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Responsible Parties (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

The ER has to deal with a stripper and some shady dealings from apparent FBI agents. Lucy reveals to Carter that she's still on Ritalin. Hathaway begins to reveal her pregnancy to those ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Misiano | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Gloria Reuben

Votes: 282

10. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Truth & Consequences (1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

A prank in a high school science class goes terribly awry, injuring a teacher and several students. Hathaway discovers Meg's drug addiction. Weaver and Greene notice Lawrence gets easily confused.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Gloria Reuben

Votes: 191

11. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Great Expectations (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

On Thanksgiving Day Carol goes into labor. She's able to get to the ER only thanks to Luka's help. She delivers the first baby in the ER, but the second causes some trouble. Greene leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Misiano | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Laura Innes

Votes: 291

12. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Be Still My Heart (2000)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Greene and Corday bond with their parents, Lucy cares for a patient with a psychotic break, and Valentine's Day celebrations in the ER end tragically for one of the students.

Director: Laura Innes | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Laura Innes

Votes: 731

13. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: All in the Family (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Carter and Lucy are discovered and the staff struggles to save them and go on with normal patient care.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Laura Innes

Votes: 962

14. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: May Day (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

As the result of a school shooting, Kovac and Benton care for the gunman and his victims. Abby discovers that Carter has been illegally injecting pain relievers. Greene and Weaver confront ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 304

15. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Homecoming (2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Carter struggles with his drug dependency; a custodial strike leaves the ER cluttered with garbage; a riot at a high-school football game leaves several wounded.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 287

16. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Rescue Me (2000)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Abby's mother decides to stay in town; Carter attempts to find a drug addict who left the hospital: Greene discovers his health is failing.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 285

17. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Visit (2000)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Corday rushes through a surgical procedure in order to take off on a romantic weekend with Greene. She is later called back to the hospital after her patient suffers complications. Abby's ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 211

18. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Dance We Do (2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Maggie's emotional instability worsens. She refuses her medication, becomes combative and flees the hospital. Abby finds solace with Kovac. The gang member girlfriend of Benton's deceased ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Misiano | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 209

19. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Crossing (2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

In the series' 150th episode, a massive train wreck mobilizes the emergency room doctors. Corday, Carter and Kovac rush to the scene. Corday falls and injures her back, bringing on ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 218

20. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Survival of the Fittest (2001)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

A demented patient causes a shootout in the emergency room. After terrorizing people in the ER with a gun, she gets shot by a policeman. She soon dies. Benton later discover her dementia ... See full summary »

Director: Marita Grabiak | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 171

21. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Sailing Away (2001)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Abby and Carter travel to Oklahoma to rescue Abby's mentally ill mother and bring her back to Chicago. In Chicago, Maggie suffers from a sleeping pills overdose. At County General, Kovac ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Innes | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 184

22. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Rampage (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

The ER is flooded with foster care home residents, attacked by a shooter bent on tracking down his son, who , with the help of Dr. Green, was put into the foster care system amid allegations he was being abused by his father.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 369

23. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Longer You Stay (2001)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Carter is overwhelmed by patients from a rock concert riot. Benton's former girlfriend and Reece's mother is killed in a car accident. Newly promoted to chief resident, Chen panics and ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 180

24. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: If I Should Fall from Grace (2001)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

A new medical student, Michael Gallant, arrives in the ER. He's supposed to be working under Dr. Carter's supervision but John's grandmother is unwell. Elizabeth Corday is convinced that ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Innes | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 173

25. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain (2001)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

When a torrential rainstorm pounds Chicago, patients deluge the emergency room while Weaver speeds to an accident site. There, she finds a pregnant woman, Vicki, lying injured inside a ... See full summary »

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 279

26. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Damage Is Done (2002)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

An accidental overdose brings Drs. Green and Corday's baby into the ER.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 206

27. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: It's All in Your Head (2002)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

After Dr. Corday moves out, Dr. Green fights loneliness and pain by immersing himself into his work. Dr. Chen discovers that a comatose teen is ready to give birth.

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 168

28. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Bygones (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Drs. Corday and Greene are awkward when working together in the ER. Dr. Weaver treats victims of an intense fire that may take the life of a dear friend.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 225

29. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Letter (2002)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Carter reads a letter from terminally ill Dr. Green to the ER staff. Dr. Weaver lashes out at a mentally challenged patient. A terminal, homeless man continues asking for Dr. Green.

Director: Jack Orman | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 432

30. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: On the Beach (2002)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Greene's final days are spent in Hawaii with Rachel, teaching her to drive and surf. When he suffers a seizure, Elizabeth is called. Mark refuses to go home. He manages to make amends with his daughter before his eventual death.

Director: John Wells | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 1,058

31. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Lockdown (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Just when the ER is understaffed and swamped, two children who were brought in turn out to have full blown smallpox. The entire ER must be locked down. The staff needs to improvise while ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

Votes: 386

32. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: A Thousand Cranes (2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The police question Drs. Pratt and Gallant about a rampage at the diner across from the ER. Dr. Lewis befriends her teen admirer, a cancer patient.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 167

33. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: When Night Meets Day (2003)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama, Romance

It's Greg Pratt's last shift at County General and he treats a number of cases that were started by John Carter on the day shift. They treat a 12 year-old near drowning victim who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Orman | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 185

34. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Chaos Theory (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Carter, Abby and other staff of the ER are quarantined as the CDC investigate a mysterious, deadly outbreak.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 303

35. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Insurrection (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Carter leads a walk-out of staff protesting lack of security in the ER.

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 175

36. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Now What? (2003)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

On his return to Chicago, Carter gets a downright chilly reaction from Abby who asks him to return her apartment key. At work, they tip toe around one another, neither really willing to ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 177

37. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Lost (2003)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

John Carter returns to the Congo to retrieve Luka Kovac's body. He finds however that the area where was killed is still too dangerous to enter. He and Gillian finally manage to hitch a ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 290

38. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Dear Abby (2003)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Luka Kovac arrives safely at County General and is hospitalized for treatment. His friend Gillian delivers John Carter's letter to Abby. Pretty much everyone gets to read it when Frank ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 186

39. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Freefall (2003)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

On Thanksgiving Day, a helicopter crash outside the ER leaves several injured. Alex tries to bring Sam and Luka together.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 272

40. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Touch & Go (2004)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Carter returns from Africa full of surprises including a new love, Makemba ("Kem"). Pratt accidentally breaks a patient's neck while doing an unsupervised intubation. A whole nursing shift cannot go home until they find one missing Valium.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 149

41. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Forgive and Forget (2004)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Dr Morris agitates a patient who then leaves, steals a tank, and rampages through Chicago on his way to County General. He makes it all the way to the ambulance bay before the CPD finally ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 166

42. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Where There's Smoke (2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Weaver rushes to the aid of her wife, Sandy Lopez, when the firefighter is severely injured while working and must now battle for her life. Frightened Weaver whispers hope to Sandy by ... See full summary »

Director: Tawnia McKiernan | Stars: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 242

43. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Abby Normal (2004)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Carter greets the returning Kem, but their meeting with his father, Jack, gets tense after Carter announces plans for his grandmother's estate.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 152

44. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Midnight (2004)

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama, Romance

Carter takes Kem to the hospital to check on their baby since it's not kicking anymore.

Director: Julie Hébert | Stars: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 195

45. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Drive (2004)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

Kovacs stops to help a woman and her son whose car broke down. Steve is getting close to Alex, and Sam panics. Abby is looking for her letter whether to see she passed her boards. Pratt ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Alex Kingston

Votes: 161

46. Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
Episode: A Hard Day's Night (2005)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The first shift for new surgical interns Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, George and Alex proves eventful and backbreaking.

Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers

Votes: 1,762

47. Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
Episode: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (2005)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Meredith, shattered by revelations, is forced to work with Addison, Joe collapses at the bar, Cristina has some pretty shattering news of her own, and Alex starts working on Izzie.

Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers

Votes: 989

48. Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
Episode: Make Me Lose Control (2005)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Meredith is horrified when her mother is admitted, and everyone is concerned when Cristina collapses in the operating room. Meanwhile, Addison is determined to save a very sick baby.

Director: Adam Davidson | Stars: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Kathe