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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 18, 1994
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: This medical drama focuses on the personal and professional trials and tribulations of the medical staff of Chicago Hope Hospital.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 10, 2013
    100
    This season's best series. ... It's extremely well-written, and the operating scenes are so realistic that you may cover your eyes. It's life-and-death drama but leavened with a little dark humor. And it works. [17 Sep 1994]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 11, 2013
    91
    In its pilot episode, Chicago Hope looked smart but trite — Trapper John, M.D. with book-learnin'. ... [But David E.] Kelley's writing in [the second] episode is worth any number of Picket Fences.
  3. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 10, 2013
    91
    The characters in "Hope" are slightly more interesting [than those in "ER"]. Even though they are working in a high-powered hospital and have God-like powers, you can see what's going on behind their masks beyond their eyes. [18 Sep 1994]
  4. Bristling with promise. [17 Sep 1994]
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 10, 2013
    80
    Chicago Hope is an affecting, involving series solidly anchored by Mr. Patinkin. [18 Sep 1994]
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 10, 2013
    70
    Kelley has a great gift for establishing his plots quickly, and for bringing them to powerful conclusions. Like '[L.A.] Law' and '[Picket] Fences,' however, 'Hope' is an oddly self-contained universe -- despite the show's reliance on social issues, it's hard to imagine any of these people actually functioning in the real world. [17 Sep 1994]
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    Somber and uncompromising. ... Despite its high-powered actors (Adam Arkin and Hector Elizondo also work at this hospital) and highfalutin executive producer, David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, L.A. Law), the show's a storehouse of cliches. [15 Sep 1994]

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