Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope
Chicago Hope
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Chicago Hope cast photo
Genre Medical Drama
Serial Drama
Created by David E. Kelley
Written by Scroe T. Liscious
David Amann
and more...
Starring Mandy Patinkin
Héctor Elizondo
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Barbara Hershey
Christine Lahti
Peter Berg
Mark Harmon
Thomas Gibson
Rocky Carroll
Adam Arkin
Jayne Brook
E. G. Marshall
Opening theme Theme from Chicago Hope
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 141 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Henry Bromell
Bill D'Elia
David E. Kelley
John Tinker
Location(s) Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
Cinematography James R. Bagdonas
Running time approx. 42–44 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
David E. Kelley Productions
Distributor CBS
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) – May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04)
Related shows Picket Fences

Chicago Hope is an American medical drama series created by David E. Kelley that ran from September 18, 1994, to May 5, 2000. It takes place in a fictional private charity hospital.



The show stars Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, a hot-shot surgeon with emotional issues stemming from the psychiatric condition of his wife (played by Kim Greist), who drowned their infant son. Adam Arkin plays Patinkin's colleague and best friend. Peter MacNicol and Hector Elizondo feature as the hospital's in-house attorney and director of medicine, respectively. Christine Lahti joined in the second season as a talented cardiac surgeon with a feminist chip on her shoulder, vying with Geiger for the chief of surgery position.


Actor Character Seasons
Patinkin, MandyMandy Patinkin Geiger, JeffreyDr. Jeffrey Geiger 1–2, 6
Arkin, AdamAdam Arkin Shutt, Aaron Dr. Aaron Shutt
Berg, PeterPeter Berg Dr. Billy Kronk 1–5
Brook, JayneJayne Brook Grad, DianeDr. Diane Grad 1–5
Carroll, RockyRocky Carroll Wilkes, KeithDr. Keith Wilkes 3–6
Curtis-Hall, VondieVondie Curtis-Hall Hancock, DennisDr. Dennis Hancock 1–5
Edwards, StacyStacy Edwards Catera, LisaDr. Lisa Catera 4–5
Elizondo, HectorHector Elizondo Watters, PhilipDr. Philip Watters
Gibson, ThomasThomas Gibson Nyland, DannyDr. Danny Nyland 1–3
Gugino, CarlaCarla Gugino Simon, GinaDr. Gina Simon 6
Harmon, MarkMark Harmon McNeil, JackDr. Jack McNeil 3–6
Hart, RoxanneRoxanne Hart Schutt, CamilleNurse Camille Schutt 1–2
Hershey, BarbaraBarbara Hershey Alberghetti, FrancescaDr. Francesca Alberghetti 6
Holly, LaurenLauren Holly Hanlon, JeremyDr. Jeremy Hanlon 6
Lahti, ChristineChristine Lahti Austin, KateDr. Kate Austin 2–5
MacNicol, PeterPeter MacNicol Birch, AlanAlan Birch 1–2
Maffia, RomaRoma Maffia Giandamenicio, AngelaAngela Giandamenicio 1
Marshall, E.G.E.G. Marshall Thurmond, ArthurDr. Arthur Thurmond 1
Rosenberg, AlanAlan Rosenberg Brickman, StuartStuart Brickman 6
Sheridan, JameyJamey Sheridan Sutton, JohnDr. John Sutton 2
Stoltz, EricEric Stoltz Yeats, RobertDr. Robert Yeats 5
Edwards, Monique Monique Edwards Canyon, LaurelNurse Laurel Canyon 2–6


The pilot episode of Chicago Hope was broadcast the day before NBC's ER in a special Sunday, 8 p.m. time slot. After the first week, however, the two Chicago-based hospital dramas went "head to head" in their primetime 10 p.m. Thursday night slot. ER was the victor: its first season proved a ratings winner. Despite receiving critical acclaim, Chicago Hope was shifted to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and ultimately to Monday nights in 1995 in a bid for higher ratings, while ER remained in its time slot.

Chicago Hope remained in the Monday slot and performed well, with ratings peaking at 11.9, with a 20 share. In the second season, however, Kelley and Patinkin decided to leave the show. The show was moved to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in 1997 to make room for the Steven Bochco drama, Brooklyn South, on Mondays. In 1999, both Kelley and Patinkin returned, with a revamped cast now including Barbara Hershey and Lauren Holly, but excluding Lahti, Peter Berg, Jayne Brook, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Stacy Edwards. CBS also moved the show back to Thursday nights, against NBC's Frasier and ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The show was canceled in May 2000.

In 2007, former co-stars Rocky Carroll (Dr. Keith Wilkes); Mark Harmon (Dr. Jack McNeil) and Lauren Holly (Dr. Jeremy Hanlon) worked together on the series NCIS. Lauren left the show after three seasons and Harmon and Carroll are still on the show today. In addition, Carroll has a recurring role as his NCIS character, Director Leon Vance, on that series's spin off, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Nielsen ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Chicago Hope.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Timeslot[nb 1] Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1st Thursday, 10:00 p.m. September 18, 1994 May 22, 1995 1994–1995 29 11.161[1]
2nd Monday 10:00 p.m. September 18, 1995 May 20, 1996 1995–1996 24 11.412[2]
3rd Monday 10:00 p.m. September 16, 1996 May 19, 1997 1996–1997 30 10.185[3]
4th Wednesday 10:00 p.m. October 1, 1997 May 13, 1998 1997–1998 39 8.9
5th Wednesday 10:00 p.m. September 30, 1998 May 19, 1999 1998–1999 73 9.9
6th Thursday 9:00 p.m. September 23, 1999 May 4, 2000 1999–2000 62 9.4


With the exception of some infrequent on-location scenes, the vast majority of Chicago Hope was filmed on sound stages at the studios of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, located in the Century City area of Los Angeles.


Over its six seasons, Chicago Hope was nominated for many accolades and won several, including seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

Emmy awards

Year Award Recipient
1995 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Mandy Patinkin
1995 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Series Tim Suhrstedt for the episode "Over The Rainbow"
1996 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting for a Series Debi Manwiller
1996 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Drama Series Jeremy Kagan for the episode "Leave Of Absence"
1997 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Hector Elizondo
1998 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Christine Lahti
1998 Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series Russell C. Fager, R. Russell Smith, and William Freesh for the episode "Brain Salad Surgery"


Chicago Hope aired for six straight seasons and 141 episodes.


Fyvush Finkel and Kathy Baker appeared as their Picket Fences characters in the first season. Likewise, Mandy Patinkin and Hector Elizondo brought their Chicago Hope characters to Picket Fences that year. Both Adam Arkin and Lauren Holly had previously appeared on Picket Fences as a lawyer and as a deputy sheriff, respectively.

Mandy Patinkin appears in an uncredited role as Geiger in a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. Chicago Hope producer John Tinker shot this footage as a favor to his St. Elsewhere colleague Tom Fontana.[citation needed]

Chicago Hope characters crossed over to Early Edition early in that show's run. Rocky Carroll, Jayne Brook, and Hector Elizondo all guest-starred in scenes taking place in the hospital.


The series broke a network television taboo by showing a teenager's breast after her character underwent reconstructive surgery. This was generally seen as relevant to the subject matter and went relatively uncriticized.[citation needed]

On November 18, 1998, Chicago Hope became the first regular series episode to be broadcast in HDTV.[4] The episode was entitled "The Other Cheek".

The series was the first to use the word "shit" on network television, outside of documentaries. It was spoken by Mark Harmon's character after a meeting, in which he says "shit happens".[5][6] ER would use the expletive several years later in the 2002 episode "On the Beach," when Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) is unable to pick himself up off the floor due to his brain tumor.

International airings

In the UK, seasons 1 and 2 originally aired on BBC One. More recently, all seasons of the show have been shown on ITV3. Starting on September 3, 2007, it began airing on Zone Romantica in the UK and Ireland. In Australia, the series originally aired on The Seven Network. In Germany the first seasons were shown in the 90s. In Hungary the series aired on Viasat3.In Indonesian,the series originally aired on RCTI


  1. ^ Times listed are Eastern time


External links

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