ER Checks Out Tonight

Critics, fans, brace for last episode tonight
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2009 10:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – After 15 seasons, viewers will make their final trip to County General Hospital tonight in the series finale of ER. Critics and fans are reflecting on the groundbreaking show:

  • Mixing “medical triumph” with “personal angst,” ER “may have begun as a show about salvation, but it became a show about the near impossibility of salvation—a show less about healing than about damage,” writes Neal Gabler in the Los Angeles Times.

  • Fans writing to Slate agree that “the show exhausted the standard emergency-room plots in its first decade or so, but its three-dimensional characters kept viewers coming back.”
  • Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times observes that ER’s final hours have been underscored by “creators’ fear of oblivion,” echoed onscreen as characters fade from importance.
  • Writing in the New York Daily News, David Hinckley pulls for a positive but not "gooey" wrap-up. “I want the show to end like ER, not like a Hallmark movie.”