101 Best Written TV Series

Aired: NBC, 1994-2009

The show that launched George Clooney's career had a 20-year gestation period between the time Michael Crichton first wrote the pilot in 1974 and John Wells guided it to the top of the ratings in the mid-1990s. Crichton, when ER first got on the air, said he was adamant that the show reflect his own medical training in an emergency room. "The actors were very uncomfortable talking so fast, at first," Crichton said to Written By of his edict that the show mirror the chaotic environment of triage work. "I was insistent on their being able to rattle off the tech talk, which is even more difficult." The show lasted 15 seasons, through cast departures and new arrivals, becoming the most signature medical series in television history.

Credited Writers

Neal Baer
Janine Sherman Barrois
Jason Cahill
Belinda Casas-Wells
Yahlin Chang
Samantha Howard Corbin
Michael Crichton
Andrew Fash
Carol Flint
Tom Garrigus
Linda Gase
R. Scott Gemmill
Lance Gentile
Shannon Goss
Walon Green
Barbara Hall
Patrick Harbinson
Julie Hebert
Elizabeth Hunter
Dee Johnson
Anne Kenney
Sandy Kroopf
Christopher Mack
Paul Manning
Karen Maser
Bruce Miller
David Mills
Mark Morocco
Robert Nathan
Jack Orman
Doug Palau
Joe Sachs
Sonya Steele
Tracey Stern
Meredith Stiehm
John Wells
Virgil Williams
Lydia Woodward
Jacy Young
David Zabel
Lisa Zwerling