It's 1999 and I'm 12 years old. ER is five years old. We meet for the first time and it's love at first sight. There's something magical about the NBC hospital drama that took me—and America—by storm. I saw reruns on TNT, binged on them nightly until I was caught up with the current one on NBC. It's been 20 years since the show first premiered—Monday, Sept. 19, 1994—and the affects it had on the world of pop culture are still being felt today.
ER gave us so much! Besides 15 years of entertainment, the show helped launch the careers of all your favorites. Without ER there'd be no George Clooney wedding mania. Without ER there'd be no The Good Wife. Without ER I would have never dealt with the trauma of losing my favorite TV character (I still don't handle that trauma well).
The cast was unparalleled—and, as you can see in the never-seen footage above of E!'s first-ever visit to the ER set in 2004, had a whole lot of fun.
We have a lot to thank ER for.