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St. Elsewhere

Main title card
Genre Drama
Running time 1 hour
Creator(s) Joshua Brand
John Falsey
Starring Ed Flanders
William Daniels
David Birney
Ed Begley Jr.
Denzel Washington
Bonnie Bartlett
Christina Pickles
Mark Harmon
David Morse
Cynthia Sikes
Howie Mandel
Norman Lloyd
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
Original channel NBC
Original run October 26, 1982May 25, 1988
No. of episodes 137
IMDb profile

St. Elsewhere was a weekly drama series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series was set in a decaying urban teaching hospital called St. Eligius Hospital (named for St. Eligius), in Boston's South End neighborhood (said at the time to be based on Boston City Hospital, now Boston Medical Center). The hospital's nickname, "St. Elsewhere," is medical industry slang for poor hospitals that serve patients not wanted by the more prestigious institutions. As a medical drama, St. Elsewhere dealt with serious issues of life and death, though episodes also included a substantial amount of black comedy. Image File history File links Stelsewhere. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ed Flanders (December 29, 1934-February 22, 1995) was an American actor best known for his roles as Lieutenant Bricker in the television series M*A*S*H and Doctor Donald Westphall in the television series He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 29, 1934. ... William Daniels as Mr. ... As Senator Letant in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Edward James Begley, Jr. ... Denzel Jermaine Washington, Jr. ... Bonnie Bartlett (born June 20, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, but raised in Moline, Illinois) is an American television and film actress. ... Christina Pickles (born on February 17, 1935 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom) is a British-born American actress. ... Mark Harmon Main title caption for Flamingo Road. ... David Morse (born October 11, 1953 in Beverly, Massachusetts) is an American stage, television, and cinema actor. ... Cynthia Sikes has moved on to playing strong Mother roles. ... Howie Michael Mandel II (born November 29, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian comedian and actor who came to national attention in the United States during a six-year stint on St. ... Norman Lloyd (b. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center and is shown on basic cable in Canada. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... See also: 1981 in television, other events of 1982, 1983 in television and the list of years in television. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ... Signature of St. ... City nickname: Beantown, The Hub, The Athens of America Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded September 17, 1630 County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... Boston Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts, United States) is an academic medical center created by the formal merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine in the 1990s. ... Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


Running six seasons and 137 episodes, the show is frequently mentioned in discussions about television series finales, due to its own provocative ending. It was produced by MTM Enterprises, which found success with Hill Street Blues around the same time. The two shows were often compared. A series finale is the very last installment of a television series, usually a sitcom or drama. ... The MTM logo, featuring Mimsie the Cat. ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ...

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Overview

The series had a large ensemble cast, a "realistic" visual style, and a profusion of interlocking stories, and could be regarded as something of a "serial" for its ongoing storylines that continued over the course of many episodes, and sometimes many seasons. Its influence can be seen in more recent medical series such as ER. The series was well regarded by critics, including the influential David Bianculli of the New York Daily News, and received 13 Emmys during its six-season run. Current cast of ER ER is a popular NBC serial drama primarily set in a teaching hospitals emergency room, the fictional County General Hospital (based loosely off Cook County General, a real hospital) on Division Street in Chicago, Illinois. ... Daily News Building, Raymond Hood, architect, rendering by Hugh Ferriss. ... An Emmy Award. ...


The producers for the series were Bruce Paltrow, Mark Tinker, John Masius, Tom Fontana, John Falsey and Abby Singer. Tinker, Masius, Fontana, and Paltrow wrote a number of episodes as well; other writers included John Tinker, John Ford Noonan, Charles H. Eglee, Eric Overmyer, Channing Gibson, and Aram Saroyan. Television and film producer Bruce Paltrow (November 26, 1943 - October 3, 2002) was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Mark Tinker (born January 16, 1951) is an American television producer and director. ... John Masius is a producer of American television series, such as Touched by an Angel and Providence. ... Tom Fontana is an American writer, producer born on 12 September 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA He is the producer for Oz, The Jury, and Homicide: Life on the Street. ... Abner E. Abby Singer worked as a production manager and assistant director in film between the 1950s and the 1980s. ... Charles H. Eglee is a Hollywood writer and producer. ... Aram Saroyan (born 1943) is an American poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright. ...


In addition to established actors Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd, and William Daniels, St. Elsewhere is also noted for helping to launch the careers of a number of then little-known actors, who have gone onto much greater fame, including Denzel Washington, David Morse, Alfre Woodard, Mark Harmon, Bruce Greenwood, Helen Hunt, Kyle Secor, Ed Begley, Jr. and Howie Mandel. Ed Flanders (December 29, 1934-February 22, 1995) was an American actor best known for his roles as Lieutenant Bricker in the television series M*A*S*H and Doctor Donald Westphall in the television series He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 29, 1934. ... Norman Lloyd (b. ... William Daniels as Mr. ... Denzel Jermaine Washington, Jr. ... David Morse (born October 11, 1953 in Beverly, Massachusetts) is an American stage, television, and cinema actor. ... Woodard as Betty Applewhite on Desperate Housewives. ... Mark Harmon Main title caption for Flamingo Road. ... Stuart Bruce Greenwood (August 12, 1956—) is a Canadian actor, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. ... Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American actress, perhaps best known for her role in the television sitcom Mad About You. ... Kyle Secor in Commander in Chief Kyle Secor (born May 31, 1957 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American television and movie actor, best known for his work on the show Homicide: Life on the Street. ... Ed Begley Jr. ... Howie Michael Mandel II (born November 29, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian comedian and actor who came to national attention in the United States during a six-year stint on St. ...


Final episode

The last episode of St. Elsewhere, The Last One, ended in a context very different from every other episode of the series. As the viewer pans away from snow beginning to fall at St. Eligius hospital, the scene changes to Donald Westphall's autistic son Tommy, and Daniel Auschlander in an apartment building. Westphall arrives home from a day of work, and it is clear that he works in construction from the uniform he wears and from a conversation in this scene. "Auschlander" is revealed to be Donald's father, and thus Tommy's grandfather. Donald laments to his father, "I don't understand this autism. I talk to my boy, but...I'm not even sure if he ever hears me...Tommy's locked inside his own world. Staring at that toy all day long. What does he think about?" The toy is revealed to be a snow globe with a replica of St. Eligius hospital inside. Tommy shakes the snow globe, and is told by his father to come and wash his hands, after having left the snow globe on the family's television set[1]. This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ...


One of the more common interpretations of this scene is that the total series of events in the series St. Elsewhere had been a product of Tommy Westphall's imagination, with elements of the above scene used as its own evidence[2][3].


One of the results of this has been an attempt by individuals to determine how many television shows are also products of this Tommy Westphall's mind because of shared fictional characters: the "Tommy Westphall Universe". See Tommy Westphall for further discussion of this hypothesis. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Cast

The cast of St. Elsewhere. Front row, left to right: * Dr. Annie Cavanero (1982-1985) — Cynthia Sikes * Dr. Mark Craig — William Daniels * Dr. Donald Westphall — Ed Flanders * Dr. Ben Samuels (1982-1983) — David Birney Second row, left to right: * Dr. Phillip Chandler — Denzel Washington * Dr. Wendy Armstrong (1982-1984) — Kim Miyori * Dr. Victor Ehrlich — Ed Begley, Jr. * Dr. Jack Morrison — David Morse * Nurse Shirley Daniels (1982-1985) — Ellen Bry * Dr. Daniel Auschlander — Norman Lloyd Third row, left to right: * Dr. V. J. Kochar (1982-1984) — Kavi Raz * Nurse Helen Rosenthal — Christina Pickles * Dr. Hugh Beale (1982-1983) — G.W. Bailey * Dr. Cathy Martin (1982-1986) — Barbara Whinnery * Dr. Wayne Fiscus — Howie Mandel * Dr. Peter White (1982-1985) — Terence Knox
The cast of St. Elsewhere.
Front row, left to right:
* Dr. Annie Cavanero (1982-1985) — Cynthia Sikes
* Dr. Mark Craig — William Daniels
* Dr. Donald Westphall — Ed Flanders
* Dr. Ben Samuels (1982-1983) — David Birney

Second row, left to right:
* Dr. Phillip Chandler — Denzel Washington
* Dr. Wendy Armstrong (1982-1984) — Kim Miyori
* Dr. Victor Ehrlich — Ed Begley, Jr.
* Dr. Jack Morrison — David Morse
* Nurse Shirley Daniels (1982-1985) — Ellen Bry
* Dr. Daniel Auschlander — Norman Lloyd

Third row, left to right:
* Dr. V. J. Kochar (1982-1984) — Kavi Raz
* Nurse Helen Rosenthal — Christina Pickles
* Dr. Hugh Beale (1982-1983) — G.W. Bailey
* Dr. Cathy Martin (1982-1986) — Barbara Whinnery
* Dr. Wayne Fiscus — Howie Mandel
* Dr. Peter White (1982-1985) — Terence Knox

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Kavi Raz is an Indian-born British actor, writer, director and producer. ... Christina Pickles (born on February 17, 1935 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom) is a British-born American actress. ... George W. Bailey (born August 27, 1945 in Port Arthur, Texas) is a veteran stage, television and film character actor. ... Howie Michael Mandel II (born November 29, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian comedian and actor who came to national attention in the United States during a six-year stint on St. ... Ed Flanders (December 29, 1934-February 22, 1995) was an American actor best known for his roles as Lieutenant Bricker in the television series M*A*S*H and Doctor Donald Westphall in the television series He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 29, 1934. ... William Daniels as Mr. ... As Senator Letant in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Ed Begley Jr. ... David Morse (born October 11, 1953 in Beverly, Massachusetts) is an American stage, television, and cinema actor. ... Cynthia Sikes has moved on to playing strong Mother roles. ... Howie Michael Mandel II (born November 29, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian comedian and actor who came to national attention in the United States during a six-year stint on St. ... George W. Bailey (born August 27, 1945 in Port Arthur, Texas) is a veteran stage, television and film character actor. ... Christina Pickles (born on February 17, 1935 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom) is a British-born American actress. ... Denzel Jermaine Washington, Jr. ... Kavi Raz is an Indian-born British actor, writer, director and producer. ... Kim Miyori is an Asian, American-born Actress in film and television. ... Norman Lloyd (b. ... Ellen Bry Ellen Bry (born 12 February 1951) is an American Actress, Born in New York, New York, USA. She is most famous for her portrayal of nurse-turned-vigilante Shirley Daniels on the hospital drama St. ... Eric Laneuville has become a director of some note. ... 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Notes

  • Donald Westphall's exit is famous. Frustrated by the new administration of the hospital, he quit and then mooned boss John Gideon.
  • The building used in exterior shots of the hospital, while only a block away from Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center, and ostensibly the basis for the hospital depicted on the show), is an apartment building and was never used as a hospital. (It was, however, used as a nurses' residence.)
  • In the opening credits a rare (and, by the end of the show, anachronistic) shot of an MBTA Orange Line train can be seen on the elevated tracks above Washington Street. This line was demolished and relocated below ground in 1987.
  • Though filmed in Hollywood, cast and crew were flown to Boston for two weeks each season to film all of that season's exterior shots. Producers went to great lengths to make sure that street names and other Boston details were accurate and correctly pronounced. In addition they insisted on accurate medical terminology and authentic procedures.
  • Bonnie Bartlett, who played Mark Craig's wife Ellen, is married to Craig's portrayer William Daniels in real life. Ellen Craig was a recurring character during the show's early years, appearing in a few episodes per season. She proved to be so popular that she became a regular cast member beginning with St. Elsewhere's fifth season.
  • Actor Tim Robbins appeared in a first-season story arc, playing an injured, very nasty and unrepentant terrorist, who had set off a bomb within a bank as a form of social protest. At the conclusion of his story arc, he is shot dead inside the hospital by the husband of one of his victims. Much later, the husband, now in prison, resurfaces in a story arc involving Dr. Jack Morrison.
  • "Time Heals," a two-part episode in the middle of Season 4, has been cited by David Bianculli and others as one of the finest moments in television history. Over the course of the two hours of "Time Heals," viewers are taken back in time to learn the back stories of many of the show's main characters. Most compelling is Father Joseph McCabe, played by guest star Edward Herrmann. "Time Heals" was listed 44th on TV Guide's list of the greatest television show episodes of all time.
  • Notables guest stars on St. Elsewhere over the years included Eric Stoltz, Pauly Shore, Ray Charles, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tom Hulce, Jane Kaczmarek, Lainie Kazan, Jayne Meadows, Laraine Newman, James Coco, Doris Roberts, Piper Laurie, Alan Arkin, Robert Davi, Christopher Guest, Lance Guest, Ray Liotta, Betty White, Michael Madsen, Ernie Hudson, Kate Mulgrew, Kathy Bates, John Astin, Michael Richards, Austin Pendleton, Blythe Danner, then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, and many more.
  • Character actor Josef Sommer was originally cast as Dr. Donald Westphall, but was cut from the unfinished original pilot, and replaced by Ed Flanders.
  • Actor David Paymer was originally cast was Dr. Wayne Fiscus. But he was fired and replaced by Howie Mandel. Paymer later appeared as a guest star during a Season 6 episode.
  • Regular cast members William Daniels, David Morse and Eric Laneuville each directed at least one episode of the series.

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In-jokes, puns and crossovers

  • The series was noted for featuring an unusually large number of in-jokes and oblique pop culture references. A favorite device was to use the hospital's P.A. system to page doctors from other medical series. (This was usually only heard in the backgound, and never remarked upon by any St. Elsewhere character.)
  • Other pop culture references were buried in dialogue, such as (among many others) Dr. Craig telling his housekeeper, "Watch out Grace, the roads are a little slick" (ref. Grace Slick); or Dr. Auschlander telling Dr. Westphall "When you're petty, you can be a heartbreaker" (ref. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers); or having several of the regulars on Steve Allen's Tonight Show appear as various St. Elsewhere cast members' fathers — and then, in a line of dialogue about a fire, having Allen say to the other 'fathers', "Well, that's tonight's show over."
  • A 1985 episode featured a Cheers crossover, in which Drs. Westphall, Auschlander and Craig stop into the fictional Cheers Pub (also set in Boston) for a drink, and Craig gets into a verbal altercation with barmaid Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman). This was unusual at the time, as it crossed sitcom characters over into a dramatic series.
  • Chicago Hope Dr. Kate Austin (played by Christine Lahti, cast regular) tells a journalist in season two that her surgery mentor had been Dr. David Domedion, which is also Dr. Mark Craig's mentor, apprearing in episodes 68 and 86 of St. Elsewhere, played by Dean Jagger. Dr. Craig, Dr. Domedion and Dr. Austin (the latter from Chicago Hope TV serial) were all cardiothoracic surgeons.
  • Orderly Warren Coolidge, played by Byron Stewart, was a crossover character from the 70s TV series The White Shadow, in which he played a flakey but talented basketball player in high school. In one episode, Coolidge is seen wearing a "Carver High School" T-shirt, his alma mater in Los Angeles. Over the years, several oblique references were made to Coolidge's basketball days, usually by fellow orderly Luther Hawkins, which explained his crossover to St. Elsewhere. In one episode, Coolidge explains that he accepted a basketball scholarship at Boston College but blew out his knee during his sophomore year. In another, Timothy van Patten, also a regular from The White Shadow, guest-starred. Coolidge called out to the man who, he was convinced, was his old teammate, but was told by van Patten's character that he had "the wrong guy."
  • Betty White, when she appeared on the series, was called "Sue Ann" by a psychiatric patient, a reference to Betty White's character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The patient believed himself to be Mary Richards. In the same episode, another patient in the psychiatric ward is none other than Elliott Carlin, the resident neurotic from The Bob Newhart Show, as played by veteran character actor Jack Riley. Carlin tells another patient he is there because his life was ruined by "a quack psychologist in Chicago!"
  • B.J. Hunnicutt, a fictional character from the series M*A*S*H, was referred to by Dr. Craig as a drinking buddy in Korea.
  • The Kitten in the MTM logo is wearing a scrub suit and a surgical mask, which is animated to look like a mouth is moving underneath when he meows. On the final episode, he is hooked on life support on a hospital bed and then dies. (The actual cat that was used for the logo had also died around the same time as St. Elsewhere's ending)

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Awards & Nominations

Awards Won

Emmy Awards: An Emmy Award. ...

  • Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Mark Tinker (1988)
  • Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Tom Fontana, John Tinker, John Masius (1986), and Masius, Fontana, and John Ford Noonan (1984)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series William Daniels (1985 and 1986)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Ed Flanders (1983)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Bonnie Bartlett (1986 and 1987)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series James Coco (1983)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Doris Roberts (1983)

Peabody Award (1984) Mark Tinker (born January 16, 1951) is an American television producer and director. ... Tom Fontana is an American writer, producer born on 12 September 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA He is the producer for Oz, The Jury, and Homicide: Life on the Street. ... John Masius is a producer of American television series, such as Touched by an Angel and Providence. ... William Daniels as Mr. ... Ed Flanders (December 29, 1934-February 22, 1995) was an American actor best known for his roles as Lieutenant Bricker in the television series M*A*S*H and Doctor Donald Westphall in the television series He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 29, 1934. ... Bonnie Bartlett (born June 20, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, but raised in Moline, Illinois) is an American television and film actress. ... James Coco (March 21, 1930–February 25, 1987) was an American character actor. ... Doris May Roberts (b. ... The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly known as simply the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting and cable television. ...


Humanitas Prize (1985) Humanitas Prize is an award for film and TV writing deemed to promote human dignity, meaning, and freedom. ...


Television Critics Association Award for Drama Series (1988)


Awards Nominated

Emmy Awards: An Emmy Award. ...

  • Outstanding Drama Series (1983-88)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Ed Flanders (1985, 1986)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series William Daniels (1983-84, 1987)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Alfre Woodard (1986)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Ed Begley Jr. (1984-88)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Bonnie Bartlett (1988)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Piper Laurie (1984)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Christina Pickles (1983, 1985-1988)
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Alfre Woodard (1988)
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Lainie Kazan (1988)
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Steve Allen (1987)
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Jayne Meadows (1987)
  • Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Edward Herrmann (1986 and 1987)

Golden Globes: Ed Flanders (December 29, 1934-February 22, 1995) was an American actor best known for his roles as Lieutenant Bricker in the television series M*A*S*H and Doctor Donald Westphall in the television series He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 29, 1934. ... William Daniels as Mr. ... Woodard as Betty Applewhite on Desperate Housewives. ... Edward James Begley, Jr. ... Bonnie Bartlett (born June 20, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, but raised in Moline, Illinois) is an American television and film actress. ... Piper Laurie (born January 22, 1932) is an American actress. ... Christina Pickles (born on February 17, 1935 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom) is a British-born American actress. ... Woodard as Betty Applewhite on Desperate Housewives. ... Lainie Kazan (born Lainie Levine on May 15, 1940 in New York City) is an American actress and singer. ... Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian, and writer who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... Jayne Meadows (b. ... Edward Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Outstanding Drama Series (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor Ed Begley Jr. (1986)

Directors Guild of America: Edward James Begley, Jr. ... Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the labor union which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry. ...

  • Oustanding Directorial Achievement in Drama Mark Tinker (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989)

Mark Tinker (born January 16, 1951) is an American television producer and director. ...

References and further reading

  • Robert J. Thompson, Television's Second Golden Age (1996)
  • David Bianculli, Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992)
  • David Bianculli, Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events (1997)
  • Joseph Turow, Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power (1989)

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