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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
All in the Family 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
Love's Labor Lost 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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Blizzard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Blizzard 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) 4 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Letter 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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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
On the Beach 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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Be Still My Heart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Be Still My Heart 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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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Exodus 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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Union Station is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Union Station 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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Such Sweet Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Such Sweet Sorrow 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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Hell and High Water is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Hell and High Water 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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John Carter, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
John Carter, M.D. 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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Orion in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Orion in the Sky 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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Lockdown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Lockdown 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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Into That Good Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Into That Good Night 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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Everything Old Is New Again is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Everything Old Is New Again 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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And In The End is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
And In The End 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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A Miracle Happens Here is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
A Miracle Happens Here 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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Do One, Teach One, Kill One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Do One, Teach One, Kill One Oct 05 1995 - Carter gets his first patient...and loses him. Susan's feud with Kerry Weaver intensifies when Weaver demands all of Susan's procedures be cleared with her. Chloe abandons Little Susie again for ...more

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Motherhood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Motherhood 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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Welcome Back, Carter! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Welcome Back, Carter! 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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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
True Lies Jan 25 1996 - Mark tries to find a way to tell Rachel about his impending divorce. Benton attends a banquet at Vucelich's home, with Jeanie as his date. Carter finally tells Mr. Rubadoux about his wife's ...more

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The Long Way Around is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Long Way Around 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.

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Blood Relations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Blood Relations Feb 19 2004 - An entire family suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning is brought to the ER. Claustrophobic Neela must spend a couple of hours in a hyperbaric chamber with the newborn baby. Carter misses ...more

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Great Expectations 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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Death and Taxes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Death and Taxes Nov 13 2003 - Lewis has a rough day: Chuck proposes having kids with her, she misses an appointment with an auditor, and Ben Hollander commits suicide. Pratt receives an unfavorable review from Romano and ...more

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Secrets and Lies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Secrets and Lies 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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The Student is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Student Apr 01 2004 - Carter sticks up for Neela when the other attendings doubt her future in the ER. Neela caves to the pressure and accidentally gives a patient the wrong medication. Gallant takes the blame for ...more

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No Brain, No Gain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
No Brain, No Gain Nov 14 1996 - Benton fights to save the life of a gangbanger already declared dead by Doug. Nurse Rhonda Sterling floats down to the ER again and makes another critical mistake. Carter fights Edson for the ...more

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Insurrection is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Insurrection Oct 10 2002 - Lewis treats an end-stage Huntington's patient, whose mother has already watched her husband wither from the disease. Abby's brother Eric, an Air Force traffic controller, visits on his way to a ...more

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Skin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Skin Jan 13 2005 - While on a smoke break, Abby is kidnapped by two young gang members, who want her to fix a wounded friend. Frustrated with her subordinates not listening to her, Susan faces the fact that she ...more

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Middle of Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Middle of Nowhere Feb 25 1999 - Peter accepts Romano's suggestion and takes a two-week job in Minnesota to earn some extra money. Unfortunately, before he gets a chance to leave, he's transferred to backwoods Mississippi, ...more

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The Good Fight (aka A Perfect ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Good Fight (aka A Perfect Match) 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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Getting to Know You is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Getting to Know You May 20 1999 - Carol's pregnancy becomes public knowledge as she learns that she's having twins. Lucy has problems trying to go off Ritalin. Peter learns Carla plans to move to Germany. Kerry finds an ...more

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The Book of Abby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
The Book of Abby Oct 16 2008 - Neela is upset when she finds out Abby's good news second hand; the new chief, Catherine Banfield, and Abby disagree on how to treat a gunshot wound victim; Abby defends Sam when she goes before ...more

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And Baby Makes Two is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
And Baby Makes Two Oct 19 1995 - Dr. Ross treats the dying Chia-Chia. Susan tries to find a way to keep Little Susie, asking her parents for help. Benton treats an injured woman who refuses to press charges against her abusive ...more

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Ambush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Ambush 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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Good Luck, Ruth Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Good Luck, Ruth Johnson Dec 10 1998 - Carter plays tour guide for Ruth Johnson, who was born in the hospital 100 years ago to the day, and her large family. Carol treats a boy who was hit by a car and tells a story of being chased, ...more

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Who's Appy Now? is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Who's Appy Now? 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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Homecoming (aka Indian Summer) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Homecoming (aka Indian Summer) Oct 12 2000 - Benton drops Carter off at rehab in Atlanta. Three months later, a custodial strike is making life difficult in the ER. Chen discovers she is pregnant. Carter prepares to leave rehab. Benton ...more

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It's All in Your Head is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
It's All in Your Head Feb 28 2002 - Mark learns that his tumor is back and inoperable, giving him 4-5 months to live. Corday is living in a hotel, and confesses to Benton that she thinks she's left Mark. Susan cares for Mark after ...more

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Bygones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Bygones Mar 28 2002 - Corday, still living in the hotel, is avoiding Mark, until Ella says her first words. Elizabeth pressures Susan to tell her what her husband is hiding, and figures out her husband's fate. Romano ...more

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Fear Oct 21 2004 - A woman who threw her children out a third-floor window to escape their abusive father is discovered to have done it while going through Valium withdrawal. Susan becomes Chief of Emergency ...more

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Of Past Regret and Future Fear is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Of Past Regret and Future Fear Apr 30 1998 - It's another busy night in the ER, as case after case comes through the doors. Hathaway comforts a burn victim in his dying hours. Carter and Anna struggle with a man afflicted with celebral ...more

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Under Control is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Under Control Mar 23 2000 - Greene takes charge of a chaotic shift while dealing with his father's refusal of treatment for his lung cancer and Corday's insistence on harvesting a brain-dead patient's organs. Carter ...more

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Now What? is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Now What? Sep 25 2003 - Continuing where last season's finale left off, Carter returns from Africa, going straight to Abby's bedside. Her response to seeing him is to ask for her key back. She is very chilly towards ...more

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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Rampage May 17 2001 - The father of the abused boy that Mark treated last week goes on a shooting rampage throughout the city, looking for anyone connected with the placing of his son in a foster care facility. Mark ...more

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Summer Run is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Summer Run Sep 28 1995 - Kerry Weaver manages to offend just about everyone in her first day as chief resident. Carol goes on a ride-along with paramedics Shep and Raul, sharing a ferris wheel ride with Shep. Peter and ...more

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I'll Be Home for Christmas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
I'll Be Home for Christmas Dec 13 2001 - Benton commits perjury on the witness stand in order to gain custody of Reese. When Romano refuses to give him a more even schedule, Peter resigns and seeks a job at the clinic where Cleo is ...more

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Only Connect is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Only Connect Jan 20 2005 - Weaver instructs Luka and Susan to teach the residents how to work together. Susan spends the day observing the residents, some of whom can't function under her gaze. Luka and Sam argue all day ...more

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Day for Knight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best ER Episodes of All Time
Day for Knight Sep 24 1998 - Third-year med student Lucy Knight reports to the ER for the first day of her rotation. Greene takes a teacherly interest in her, helping her get acquainted, but she gets off to a bad start with ...more