Fans may now stream NBC's long-running medical drama ER on Hulu.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution cut a deal with the streaming site to release all 15 seasons of the hit series.
George Clooney's Statement
George Clooney, one of the lead stars of ER, released a statement and expressed his excitement over the show's release on Hulu.
"It was such an honor to be a part of this show. I was lucky to have worked with so many writers, actors, and directors all at the top of their game. Most importantly I've made friends for a lifetime. I'm excited it will finally be streaming on Hulu," said Clooney.
TV Show Timeline, Cast, Awards
ER was created by Michael Crichton in 1994, and it also starred Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, and Anthony Edwards. The series wrapped up on in April 2009. ER won an Emmy Award for best drama series in 1996 and earned 22 other awards throughout its run.
The series was also dubbed as TV's longest-running medical drama before Grey's Anatomy was picked up for a 14th season by ABC. If the Ellen Pompeo-starring series gets renewed for two more seasons, Grey's Anatomy will become the longest-running medical drama on television.
Synopsis, Series Finale
ER centered on a group of doctors that worked in the emergency room of County General Hospital in Chicago. Each of the characters faced personal and professional crises throughout its 15-season run.
Clooney left ER in 1999 to pursue a career in the movies, but he reprised his role as Dr. Doug Ross in the final episode of the show. In this installment, Ross worked with his wife, Carol Hathaway (Margulies), and persuaded a grandmother (Susan Sarandon) to donate the organs of her late grandson.
After the grandmother agreed to donate her grandson's kidney, Ross and Carol found out that the kidney's recipient was their old colleague, John Carter (Wyle).
Inspired By A True Story
John Wells, the executive producer of ER, revealed that the final episode of the series was inspired by the death of his niece.
"What seems like teenage fun can actually be warning signs for a significantly dangerous medical situation," said Wells.
The executive producer's niece, Shelby Lyn Allen died of alcohol poisoning in December 2008. She was 17.
Meanwhile, Hulu continues its effort to provide a wide range of TV series offerings especially of shows that are no longer available on television. The streaming site is now home to Seinfeld and The Golden Girls.