Chicago Hope

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Chicago Hope
Chicago Hope-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 18, 1994
Finale May 4, 2000
Creator David E. Kelley
Network CBS
Style 60-minute medical drama
Company David E. Kelley Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 6
Episodes 141
Origin USA

Chicago Hope is a medical drama that aired on CBS.

The show starred 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 Dr. Aaron Shutt, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and Dr. Geiger's best friend. Thomas Gibson played Dr. Daniel Nyland, a promiscuous ER doctor and trauma surgeon who was later suspended due to him having an affair with a patient's family member and later was injured in a car crash. Dr. Keith Wilkes played by Rocky Carroll, often clashed with Nyland and was known for his back-to-basics and rough demeanor. He was good friends with Peter Berg's character, Dr. Billy Kronk. Kronk was known for his cowboyish demeanor and known to be very cocky, as showed in an episode where he cuts off a man's injured leg with a chainsaw in a scene where Kronk helps out at an accident site. Peter MacNicol, Héctor Elizondo and Alan Rosenberg feature as the hospital's in-house attorney and chief of staff, respectively. Christine Lahti joined in the second season as a talented cardiac surgeon with a chip on her shoulder, vying with Geiger for the chief of surgery position. She was known fighting in a custody battle with her malicious ex-husband and businessman, Tommy Wilmette, played by Ron Silver. Mr. Wilmette did everything he could to get Austin to lose custody of their daughter. He purchased the hospital at the end of Season 2. Dr. Austin is suspened because she and her daughter go AWOL on a trip to New Zealand. Mr. Wilmette was upset because it took him three months to find his ex-wife and daughter. In Season 3, the doctors want Mr. Wilmette to sell the hospital and the doctors would run it. The doctors viewed that Wilmette didn't know how to run a hospital and cut too many costs that involved patient care. Mr. Wilmette later met with Senator Kennedy at the White House to talk about Healthcare Reform. In Season 2, Geiger resigns from Chicago Hope after trying to save Alan Birch from a deadly gunshot wound to his heart.

Geiger adopted Birch's baby daughter. Geiger later rejoins the doctors at the end of Season 5 when he becomes Chairman of the Board and fires half of the doctors. In Season 4, Dr. Shutt became a psychiatrist and temporarily lost his ability to operate after suffering from a brain aneurysm. In Season 6, Shutt returns to Neurosurgery and works alongside Carla Gugino's character, Dr. Gina Simon.[



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Adam Arkin Dr. Aaron Shutt 1 2 3 4 5 6
Peter Berg Dr. Billy Kronk 1 2 3 4 5
Jayne Brook Dr. Diane Grad 1 2 3 4 5
Rocky Carroll Dr. Keith Wilkes 3 4 5 6
Vondie Curtis-Hall Dr. Dennis Hancock 1 2 3 4 5
Stacy Edwards Dr. Lisa Catera 4 5
Hector Elizondo Dr. Phillip Watters 1 2 3 4 5 6
Thomas Gibson Dr. Daniel Nyland 1 2 3 5
Carla Gugino Dr. Gina Simon 5 6
Mark Harmon Dr. Jack McNeil 3 4 5 6
Roxanne Hart Nurse Camille Shutt 1 2 5
Barbara Hershey Dr. Francesca Alberghetti 6
Lauren Holly Dr. Jeremy Hanlon 6
Christine Lahti Dr. Kathryn Austin 2 3 4 5
Peter MacNicol Alan Birch 1 2 5
Roma Maffia Angela Giandemenicio 1
E.G. Marshall Dr. Arthur Thurmond 1
Mandy Patinkin Dr. Jeffrey Geiger 1 2 3 4 5 6
Alan Rosenberg Stuart "Stu" Brickman 5 6
Jamey Sheridan Dr. John Sutton 2
Eric Stoltz Dr. Robert Yeats 5
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Bob Bancroft Dr. Joe Cacaci 4 5 6
Mae Whitman Sara Wilmette 2 3 4 5
Diane Venora Dr. Geri Infante 1
Kathryn Harrold Dr. Karen Wilder 3 4
John DiMaggio Dr. Sean Underhill 3
Sam Jenkins Dr. Caroline Eggert 3
Amie Carey Maricela Keith 3 4
Kim Greist Laurie Geiger 1 2
Charlayne Woodard Gina Wilkes 3 4 5 6
Christine Tucci Dr. Rose Weber 5 6
George Newbern Dr. Scott Frank 4
Robyn Lively Maggie Atkisson 1 2
Ken Lerner Jonathan Saunders 1 3 5
Stephen Elliott Judge Harold Aldrich 1 2 5
Ron Silver Tommy Wilmette 2 3


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 18, 1994 May 22, 1995 22
Season Two September 18, 1995 May 20, 1996 23
Season Three September 16, 1996 May 19, 1997 26
Season Four October 1, 1997 May 13, 1998 24
Season Five September 30, 1998 May 19, 1999 24
Season Six September 23, 1999 May 4, 2000 22


DVD Releases

The entire series is available on DVD in the UK only.

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