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St. Elsewhere

Year:
Duration:
60 min (137 episodes)
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7.9
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Golden Globes. Another 24 wins & 78 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1982-10-26
Filming Locations: 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
St. Elsewhere
Kyle Secor
Kyle Secor
St. Elsewhere
Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
St. Elsewhere
Elya Baskin
Elya Baskin
St. Elsewhere
Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure
St. Elsewhere
Ed Begley Jr.
Dr. Victor Ehrlich
William Daniels
Dr. Mark Craig
Howie Mandel
Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse
Dr. Jack Morrison
Christina Pickles
Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Denzel Washington
Dr. Philip Chandler
Norman Lloyd
Dr. Daniel Auschlander
Eric Laneuville
Luther Hawkins
Ed Flanders
Dr. Donald Westphall
Stephen Furst
Dr. Elliot Axelrod
Sagan Lewis
Dr. Jacqueline Wade
Mark Harmon
Dr. Robert Caldwell
Cynthia Sikes
Dr. Annie Cavanero
Jennifer Savidge
Nurse Lucy Papandrao
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Trivia
A producer pitched this show to NBC as "Hill St. Blues" in a hospital.
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The writers of this show shared a building and a copy machine at MTM with the writers from Hill Street Blues (1981). Whenever they needed inspiration, they would look at a script from "Hill St." and that always pushed them to do better.
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Just like ER - St. Elsewhere does a 5 minute straight shot scene with a single moving camera where cast members jumps in & out doing their lines & if someone screws up (especially the last group) the whole thing is to be re-done again - from the start.
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Goofs
Throughout the final season (1987-1988), the elevated Orange Line train is seen in the opening credits. However, the elevated line was torn down and relocated in April 1987, thus making its appearance anachronistic during the final season. However, all of the series except for the last scene was revealed to be a dream within an autistic boy's head, so the appearance of the elevated Orange Line train in 1987 would be an error on the part of the character.
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Quotes
Dr. Mark Craig: Do me a favor, say "moose and squirrel".
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Dr. Mark Craig: "Premature is a relative term, Donald."
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Dr. Mark Craig: [to Ehrlich] You moron!
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Faq
Q
What is the "Tommy Westphall Universe"?
A
Tommy Westphall is Dr. Westphall's autistic teenage son, who appeared in occasional episodes. In the final episode, we meet Tommy again, but his father is not a doctor, and Dr. Auschlander is his grandfather. The final shot is of Tommy staring into a snow globe containing a model of St. Eligius - suggesting that everything that happened on the show was entirely in Tommy's imagination.Because the show and its characters had direct crossovers with other shows - notably Cheers, The White Shadow, and Homicide: Life on the Street - it can be said that those shows exist in the same "universe" as St. Elsewhere. And since those shows had crossovers to still more shows (notably Homicide's John Munch (Richard Belzer) on the Law & Order and The X Files franchises, those shows are in the universe as well. Excluding animated and "reality" shows, the "universe" encompasses over 280 shows (as of 2007). The oldest is I Love Lucy.
Q
What happens to the main characters on the last couple of episodes?
A
Axelrod survives a heart attack but dies after hallucinating and getting out of his recovery bed, disconnecting the IV supply. Luther gets married and becomes a physician's assistant. Fiscus accepts a position to work in Central America. Chandler quits medicine after revealing that he only went to medical school to satisfy his father. Morrison moves back to Seattle to get back with his wife and kids. Craig reconciles with his wife and moves to Cleveland with her. Ehrlich takes over Craig's position as head of surgery. Auschlander saves the hospital from closing but dies of a stroke. Gideon resigns as director and appoints Westphall as his successor.However, all this becomes a moot point when it is revealed that the whole St. Elsewhere series was a figment of Dr. Westphall's autistic son's imagination.
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How long did the show span?
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In real time, six years. In TV time, three years. Since the producers wanted to make the show correspond with the residencies of many of the young doctors, they chose to make it span three years instead of six years, which is a possible but less common time span for a residency. The first episode begins with the start of their residency and the last episode concludes with the end of their residency. On one episode, Fiscus' mother jokes that "Wayne has been at the hospital for three years, although it seems more like six."
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Photos from cast
Dan Hedaya Sydney Penny Kyle Secor Corinne Bohrer Bonnie Bartlett Elya Baskin William Bronder Candace Cameron Bure