ER is an American serial medical drama created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
The series originally aired in the USA on NBC from 19 September, 1994 to 2 April, 2009. The show ran for 331 episodes in 15 seasons, becoming the longest-running medical drama in American primetime television history.
ER originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series channel.
Season 13 originally aired on M-Net from 16 August 2007 to 17 January 2008, on Thursdays at 19h30. There are 23 episodes in the season.
Season 13 premiered on M-Net Series on Thursday 21 January 2010, at 22h00. New episodes air weekly.
Season 13 Repeats
Fridays: 04h00, 10h00, 16h00
The doctors and nurses of County's ER confront the daily challenges of a busy urban hospital, including overcrowded waiting rooms, staffing shortages, and the impact of life-and-death decisions.
While they teach the next generation of doctors, each must tackle the demands of their personal lives, at times unsuccessfully.
The staff is led by Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Luka Kovac, a gifted teacher who came from Croatia to Chicago, where he's built a new life and a new family, but is still followed by the shadows of a tragic past, and Dr. Kerry Weaver, County's Chief of Staff, a compassionate doctor and uncompromising administrator who must face some dramatic changes in her life.
The ER is staffed by two new attending physicians: Dr. Gregory Pratt whose rebel days seem behind him as he matures into a new role, and former Chief Resident Dr. Archie Morris who faces the realisation medicine may be his true calling.
The backbone of the ER are third-year year residents Dr. Abby Lockhart, a former ER nurse turned doctor who must balance a demanding career with a new family; and Dr. Ray Barnett whose rock-doc days are finally behind him; along with feisty nurse Samantha Taggart, a tough single mother attempting to balance her difficult personal issues with her demanding professional life.
Now in surgery, Dr. Neela Rasgotra makes a professional change as she recovers from the death of her husband, and new to the ER is intern Dr. Tony Gates, a paramedic turned doctor who sees rules as made to be broken.
Featured this season as recurring characters are Leland Orser as the ER's highly individual surgical attending, Dr. Lucien Dubenko; JP Manoux as surgical Chief Resident Dr. Damien Crenshaw; and a lively group of new interns and medical students.
Guest stars for the first half of the season include Sally Field as Abby's bipolar mother, John Mahoney as a club owner with an colourful lifestyle, and in a six-episode story arc as a patient who suffers a stroke in the overcrowded ER under Luka's care, actor/director Forest Whitaker.