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The Best ER Episodes of All Time 

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List of the best ER episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top ER episodes of all time are. Fans of ER are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Episodes here include everything from "24 Hours" to "Love's Labor Lost." What is the best ER episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Episode: 14, Season: ER

Original Airing: Feb 17 2000

Weaver discovers Carter and Lucy. As police begin to arrive, Benton rushes between the two, being the only surgical resident on duty. Greene and Corday are paged to return to the hospital. ...more
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Love's Labor Lost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Episode: 19, Season: ER

Original Airing: Mar 09 1995

Mark realizes he missed a diagnosis on a pregnant woman when she seizes outside, moments after leaving the ER. Greene, Lewis, Carter & Chen work together to try to deliver Jodi O'Brien's ...more
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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
On the Beach Episode: 21, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 09 2002

"On the Beach" is the 178th episode of the NBC drama series ER. It chronicled the last days of Dr. Mark Greene as he died from a brain tumor and marked the final performance of Anthony ...more
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Hell and High Water is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Episode: 7, Season: ER

Original Airing: Nov 09 1995

In the middle of a torrential rainstorm, Dr. Ross stumbles across a child trapped in a drainage pipe rapidly filling with water. Doug does everything possible to save the boy, Ben Larkin. Harper ...more
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Blizzard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Blizzard Episode: 10, Season: ER

Original Airing: Dec 08 1994

A severe blizzard leaves the ER utterly devoid of patients, leaving the staff free to goof off. In the middle of their fun, a call comes from dispatch, informing the ER of a 40-car pile-up with ...more
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The Letter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Letter Episode: 20, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 02 2002

A letter from Dr. Greene arrives via fax, and Carter reads it to the staff. Everybody is stunned when he reaches the last page, a note from Dr. Corday, stating that Mark died that morning. Frank ...more
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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Exodus Episode: 15, Season: ER

Original Airing: Feb 26 1998

The ER must be evacuated when several workers at a chemical plant track benzine all over the floors. After Weaver is felled by the poison, Carter takes over, directing the evacuation. Dr. Corday ...more
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Be Still My Heart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Be Still My Heart Episode: 13, Season: ER

Original Airing: Feb 10 2000

The staff prepares for Valentine's Day. Romano brings his dog into the OR for surgery. The rivalry between Chen and Malucci hurts a patient of theirs. Abby treats a former patient of Carter's ...more
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Orion in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Orion in the Sky Episode: 18, Season: ER

Original Airing: Apr 04 2002

Mark serves his final day in the ER overseeing the first day of Gregory Pratt, a cocky yet eager new intern. Through observing his patients, he decides to forego chemotherapy, and spend his ...more
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Such Sweet Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Such Sweet Sorrow Episode: 21, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 11 2000

Carol resuscitates a terminal cancer DNR to say goodbye to her family, and realizes that life is too short. She runs out of the hospital after saying a quick goodbye to Luka and Mark and hops on ...more
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Lockdown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Lockdown Episode: 22, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 16 2002

The day begins slowly as Weaver calls to say she'll be late, and Chen thinks she's developing a fever. Then multiple MVAs come in, quickly followed by two children suffering what appears to be ...more
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Union Station is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Union Station Episode: 8, Season: ER

Original Airing: Nov 21 1996

Susan's last day in the ER finds Mark unsure of himself. Despite Doug's urgings, Mark still finds himself afraid to admit his feelings for her. He chases her all over the city until he finds her ...more
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Into That Good Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Into That Good Night Episode: 5, Season: ER

Original Airing: Oct 13 1994

A business contractor with a bad heart gathers his family around him in the ER as he prepares for the end. Dr. Ross helps an asthmatic teenage girl when her mother doesn't have the funds. Carter ...more
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John Carter, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
John Carter, M.D. Episode: 22, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 16 1996

Carol is pushed to the breaking point after another day when politics triumph over health care, and she quits. Dr. Greene "trades his soul" when he agrees to back Weaver for ER ...more
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Everything Old Is New Ag... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Everything Old Is New Again Episode: 25, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 18 1995

Carter faces his last day in the hospital with aplomb, harshly grading Benton on an evaluation report. He later rescinds the report after finding out that the surgical sub-I is his. Carol faces ...more
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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Great Expectations Episode: 8, Season: ER

Original Airing: Nov 25 1999

Carol goes into labor on the L. With the help of Luka, she makes it into the ER and delivers one twin, Tess, there. She is then moved to the OB and put in the care of OB nurse Abby Lockhart. Dr. ...more
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And In The End is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
And In The End Episode: 22, Season: ER

Original Airing: Apr 02 2009

Gates works on a young teen brought in with alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends. Dr. Carter opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago and ...more
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Who's Appy Now? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Who's Appy Now? Episode: 14, Season: ER

Original Airing: Feb 06 1997

A gleeful Carter removes Benton's appendix. Dr. Ross treats a 17-year-old cystic fibrosis patient who wants to die, but isn't old enough to sign a DNR. Mark juggles dates with three women, ...more
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Welcome Back, Carter! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Welcome Back, Carter! Episode: 1, Season: ER

Original Airing: Sep 21 1995

The ER treats victims of a gang shootout. Carter arrives late and unprepared for his new position. Mark learns all about being an attending, including senior staff's habit of bad-mouthing the ...more
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A Miracle Happens Here ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
A Miracle Happens Here Episode: 10, Season: ER

Original Airing: Dec 14 1995

The ER staffers are in decidedly unfestive moods as Christmas arrives. Carol's spirits are lifted by a Santa-like patient. Mark is outraged when Jenn decides to stay in Milwaukee over Christmas. ...more
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Secrets and Lies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Secrets and Lies Episode: 16, Season: ER

Original Airing: Mar 07 2002

Abby wakes up at Luka's while Carter finds Susan returning from spending the night at Mark's. A dominatrix's client is brought into the ER, and she leaves a bag of her toys behind. Abby, Carter, ...more
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Motherhood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Motherhood Episode: 24, Season: ER

Original Airing: May 11 1995

Susan is forced into the role of parent when Chloe gives birth and both Chloe and her mother, Cookie, shirk responsibility. Doug is surprised and a bit frightened when Diane suggests they move ...more
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The Good Fight (aka A Pe... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Good Fight (aka A Perfect Match) Episode: 8, Season: ER

Original Airing: Nov 19 1998

Carter and Lucy scramble across Chicago to find a dying girl's father who's a perfect match for her very rare blood type. Benton operates without transfusions to save the little girl's life.
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Ambush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Ambush Episode: 1, Season: ER

Original Airing: Sep 25 1997

The ER is under the bright lights when a television documentary is filmed depicting a typical day in the ER. British trauma specialist Elizabeth Corday joins the staff. Carter restarts his ...more
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The Long Way Around is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Long Way Around Episode: 15, Season: ER

Original Airing: Feb 13 1997

Carol is held hostage in a bungled convenience store robbery. Her medical skills are put to their toughest test as she works feverishly to save the gravely wounded store owner.