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The Best Episodes of ER

Every episode of ER ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of ER!

ER explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room.


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The best episode of "ER" is "All in the Family", rated 9.6/10 from 1633 user votes. It was directed by Jonathan Kaplan and written by Jack Orman. "All in the Family" aired on 2/17/2000 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "On the Beach".

  • All in the Family
    9.6/10 1,633 votes

    #1 - All in the Family

    Season 6 Episode 14 - Aired 2000-02-17

    Carter and Lucy are discovered and the staff struggles to save them and go on with normal patient care.

    Director: Jonathan Kaplan

    Writer: Jack Orman

  • On the Beach
    9.6/10 1,768 votes

    #2 - On the Beach

    Season 8 Episode 21 - Aired 2002-05-09

    Dr. Greene's final days are spent in Hawaii with Rachel, teaching her to drive and surf. When he suffers a seizure, Elizabeth is called. Mark refuses to go home. He manages to make amends with his daughter before his eventual death.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: John Wells

  • Love's Labor Lost
    9.2/10 1,459 votes

    #3 - Love's Labor Lost

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1995-03-09

    A busy Dr. Greene goes all day in solving his patients' problems until he encounters the case of a pregnant woman suffering from complications that threaten both her life and her unborn baby's.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Lance Gentile

  • And in the End...
    9.2/10 1,352 votes

    #4 - And in the End...

    Season 15 Episode 22 - Aired 2009-04-02

    As Carter prepares to open a new facility for the underprivileged, some old friends/colleagues gather. Rachel Greene, Mark Greene's daughter, applies for an internship at County.

    Director: Rod Holcomb

    Writer: John Wells

  • Hell and High Water
    9.1/10 1,173 votes

    #5 - Hell and High Water

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1995-11-09

    In the middle of a torrential rainstorm, Dr. Ross stumbles across a child trapped in a drainage pipe rapidly filling with water. Doug does everything possible to save the boy, Ben Larkin. Harper develops a bond with a young girl with separated parents.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: Neal Baer

  • Be Still My Heart
    9.1/10 1,197 votes

    #6 - Be Still My Heart

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2000-02-10

    Dr. Greene and Corday bond with their parents, Lucy cares for a patient with a psychotic break, and Valentine's Day celebrations in the ER end tragically for one of the students.

    Director: Laura Innes

    Writer: Lydia Woodward

  • Old Times
    9.0/10 908 votes

    #7 - Old Times

    Season 15 Episode 19 - Aired 2009-03-12

    Neela and Sam are shocked when they arrive back to the airport with transplant organs only to find that their plane has left them. Dr. Carter gets a surprise visit from an old friend while waiting for his kidney transplant. Dr. Banfield bonds with an abandoned baby boy that is left at the ER.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: John Wells

  • Exodus
    8.9/10 846 votes

    #8 - Exodus

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 1998-02-26

    Because of benzene that's been spread, the ER has to close. Weaver gets felled and Carter has to take the lead.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: Walon Green, Joe Sachs

  • Orion in the Sky
    8.9/10 711 votes

    #9 - Orion in the Sky

    Season 8 Episode 18 - Aired 2002-04-04

    As Dr. Greene's brain tumor begins affecting his coordination, he becomes concerned that his fate will be similar to the terminally ill patients he treats.

    Director: Jonathan Kaplan

    Writer: David Zabel

  • The Letter
    8.9/10 741 votes

    #10 - The Letter

    Season 8 Episode 20 - Aired 2002-05-02

    Dr. Carter reads a letter from terminally ill Dr. Green to the ER staff. Dr. Weaver lashes out at a mentally challenged patient. A terminal, homeless man continues asking for Dr. Green.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Jack Orman

  • Time of Death
    8.8/10 1,076 votes

    #11 - Time of Death

    Season 11 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-11-11

    The last 44 minutes of ex-con & alcoholic Charlie Metcalf's life are in the ER, as he slowly succumbs to end-stage liver failure.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: David Zabel

  • May Day
    8.7/10 572 votes

    #12 - May Day

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2000-05-18

    As the result of a school shooting, Kovac and Benton care for the gunman and his victims. Abby discovers that Carter has been illegally injecting pain relievers. Greene and Weaver confront Carter about his problem, and Weaver orders him to enter a drug rehabilitation center or leave the hospital permanently.

    Director: Jonathan Kaplan

    Writer: Jack Orman

  • Rampage
    8.7/10 624 votes

    #13 - Rampage

    Season 7 Episode 22 - Aired 2001-05-17

    The ER is flooded with foster care home residents, attacked by a shooter bent on tracking down his son, who , with the help of Dr. Green, was put into the foster care system amid allegations he was being abused by his father.

    Director: Jonathan Kaplan

    Writer: Jack Orman

  • Secrets and Lies
    8.7/10 658 votes

    #14 - Secrets and Lies

    Season 8 Episode 16 - Aired 2002-03-07

    After some staff members are caught going through a dominatrix's bag, Weaver makes them attend a sexual harassment seminar, where they learn about each other.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: John Wells

  • 21 Guns
    8.7/10 709 votes

    #15 - 21 Guns

    Season 12 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-05-18

    Chaos reigns in the ER when two prisoners are brought in for treatment, but instead plot a violent escape. Their desperate actions place one doctor in harm's way, and forces one nurse to become a tool in their plan.

    Director: Nelson McCormick

    Writer: David Zabel

  • Heal Thyself
    8.7/10 595 votes

    #16 - Heal Thyself

    Season 15 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-11-13

    Dr. Banfield takes a run to clear her head but finds herself trying to rescue a three-year-old girl from drowning in a nearby lake. Gates tries to pull some strings in the ER to help his homeless war hero. Banfield is reminded of her own experience at County with Dr. Greene caring for her son as she tries to save the young three-year-old girl from certain death. Meanwhile, the interns continue to struggle to keep up in the ER.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Blizzard
    8.6/10 864 votes

    #17 - Blizzard

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1994-12-08

    A severe blizzard leaves the ER utterly devoid of patients, leaving the staff free to goof off. In the middle of their fun, a call comes from dispatch, informing the ER of a 40-car pile-up with dozens of casualties. The ER goes from being deserted to capacity. All surgeons are called in. Bob surprises everyone with a quick and life-saving decision. A new doctor, Angela Hicks, arrives just at the right time. Ross and Linda return from the Caribbean just as Carol makes a surprise announcement.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: Paul Manning

  • The Healers
    8.6/10 710 votes

    #18 - The Healers

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1996-02-22

    Shep and Raul respond to a massive fire without proper equipment, risking their lives to save addicts and their children. Shep will be okay, but Raul has third-degree burns covering his body; it's only a matter of time. The ER is flooded with burn victims. Chloe returns to Chicago. Doug is stood up by his father for a basketball game.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: John Wells

  • A Shift in the Night
    8.6/10 649 votes

    #19 - A Shift in the Night

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 1996-04-04

    Mark finds himself manning a very crowded ER on his scheduled night off, filling in while Doug is out with whiplash and Susan meets with her lawyer. He tries to juggle hunger pangs, 40+ patients in the waiting room and a never-ending stream of traumas.

    Director: Lance Gentile

    Writer: Joe Sachs

  • Such Sweet Sorrow
    8.6/10 696 votes

    #20 - Such Sweet Sorrow

    Season 6 Episode 21 - Aired 2000-05-11

    Greene prepares to bury his father. Chen worries about Carter's mood swings. After witnessing the interaction between a dying woman and her family, Hathaway realizes she wants her family together and flies to Seattle to join Ross.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: John Wells

  • Freefall
    8.6/10 537 votes

    #21 - Freefall

    Season 10 Episode 8 - Aired 2003-11-20

    On Thanksgiving Day, a helicopter crash outside the ER leaves several injured, and kills Dr. Romano. Alex tries to bring Sam and Luka together.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: Joe Sachs

  • The Show Must Go On
    8.6/10 512 votes

    #22 - The Show Must Go On

    Season 11 Episode 22 - Aired 2005-05-19

    Casualties of a disaster flood the ER, which is short-handed because everyone is at Dr. Carter's going-away party because he's leaving the ER after 11 years. Dr. Pratt looks for the courage to confront his father, Charlie.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: David Zabel

  • 24 Hours
    8.5/10 2,445 votes

    #23 - 24 Hours

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1994-09-19

    A day's worth of trauma takes its toll on the men and women of the ER. Dr. Greene looks into leaving the ER and joining private practice. Among other events, multiple casualties are brought in when a building collapses. New medical students report for duty, including Dr. Benton's new trainee, the young and inexperienced John Carter.

    Director: Rod Holcomb

    Writer: Michael Crichton

  • The Long Way Around
    8.5/10 946 votes

    #24 - The Long Way Around

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 1997-02-13

    Nurse Carol Hathaway is held hostage during a convenience store robbery, then befriends one of the gunmen.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: Lydia Woodward

  • The Storm (2)
    8.5/10 588 votes

    #25 - The Storm (2)

    Season 5 Episode 15 - Aired 1999-02-18

    Greene assists paramedics in treating injured children at a school bus accident. En route, Doug and Jeanie survive their own accident. Kerry stops Doug from treating Jeanie...or any other patient. Doug decides to resign and leave Chicago for the Northwest and asks Carol to come with him. She decides against it, but he leaves anyway. Carol steps down from running the clinic so that Anspaugh will keep it open. Jeanie discovers she may have contracted hepatitis. Hospital janitor Mobalage's wife is stabbed.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: John Wells