I don't think I've ever encountered a person who has never seen an episode of ER. Even if they've only seen one or two episodes, most people can give you a basic rundown of the characters.
The show was on for 15 seasons and, in my extremely humble opinion, was the best thing to ever happen to TV, bar none.
It had romance, comedy, drama, suspense, and straight up tragedy. I'm not ashamed to say I ugly cried at least once per season. It's like the writers specifically set out to hurt us.
To this day, I don't understand how Grey's Anatomy can be on Netflix and not the medical show that started it all.
It took some serious effort, but we put together 18 of the most emotional moments from the 15-year run that will be sure to make you feel all the things.
1. Love Labor Lost when Mark Greene screws up and kills a new mother.
Mark Greene was supposed to be able to fix everything and everyone. This episode had everyone at the edge of their seats with suspense. The worst part is, you kept thinking "Nah, they can't kill the mom. It won't happen. She's a mom. She just had a baby!!!!" Nope. They did.
2. When Benton Confronted Carter about his addiction.
Benton and Carter had such an interesting relationship. When Carter punched Benton, everyone's heart broke. That hug was too much for my tiny heart. That's when you knew Carter was in trouble.
3. When you find out it was Dr. Gant who was hit by the train.
Gant had been under a lot of pressure from Benton, so the assumption is he killed himself. Hearing Carter yell "OH, SWEET JESUS! OH, GOD!" still gives me chills.
4. When Dr. Ross saved that boy from the flood.
I remember being so worried this kid wouldn't make it. I should have known George Clooney would be there to save the day.
5. Carter falling to the ground after being stabbed and locking eyes with a dying Lucy.
Heart. Shattered. Lucy deserved BETTER THAN THIS. She knew the patient needed psychiatric help!!! WHY DID NO ONE LISTEN!?
6. When Dr. Greene left and told nobody it was his last shift.
Carter asked Greene if he was in tomorrow, and Greene was very cryptic. At first I wanted a bigger goodbye for Mark, but then I realized this was exactly how it should be.
7. WHEN MARK GREENE DIES AND CARTER HAS TO READ THAT LETTER FROM HIM AND CORDAY????
Just...no. I refuse. Not okay.
8. When Dr. Romano adorably signed with Dr. Benton's son.
It roughly translates into "take care of your dad" which is adorable because Benton was going home sick. For a doctor who was known for being a hard-ass, this was a great moment. What wasn't a great moment, however...