Michael Crichton's vision for a fast-paced, raw and intellectual emergency room drama is brought to vibrant life in season one of this award winning show. The egotistical Dr.Benton, the scorned and troubled Dr. Greene, and the (seemingly) naive and inexperienced Carter get their introductions in season one, and the acting throughout the program is superb. The show not only spans the seemingly endless spectrum of emergency situations that would come through the door of a poorly funded Chicago hospital, but also gives us a glimpse into the personal lives of the characters we are exposed to. E.R. strikes a delicate and fascinating balance between not only the situations that occur within the walls of the hospital, but also the ripple effects those situations have on the characters we become so attached to. Finally, it is a testament to the excellent acting and production of this program that a show a decade and a half old feels remarkably fresh and poignant, and could have easily been released only a few years ago. A superb program that has clearly earned its reputation as one of the best on television.