On one level, there had never been a show quite like "ER" on television. On another, there likely never will be again.You can read my full "ER" appreciation here. I'll have another "ER"-related piece up tomorrow morning, a list of memorable moments, inspired in part by your suggestions, in part by the terrific Throwing Things coverage of the end of the series, in part by my own memories of having watched most (but not all; I bailed on some of the Sam/Neela/Abby years before coming back for the last two or three seasons) of the run.
It changed the visual language of TV drama, raising the bar of what was possible to show to viewers -- and what they expected to see. And it goes into tomorrow night's two-hour farewell episode as the last relic of an era when scripted network television was a true mass medium.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
In today's column, I look back on the creative and popular impact of "ER" before tomorrow night's series finale: