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St. Elsewhere was set at the fictional St. Eligius Hospital, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston's South End neighborhood. (The South End's Franklin Square House Apartments, formerly known as the St. James Hotel and located next to Franklin and Blackstone Squares, stood in for the hospital in establishing shots, including the series' opening sequence.)The hospital's nickname, "St. Elsewhere", is a slang term used in the medical field to refer to lesser-equipped hospitals that serve patients turned away by more prestigious institutions; it is also used in medical academia to refer to teaching hospitals in general. In the pilot episode, surgeon Dr. Mark Craig (William Daniels) informs his colleagues that the local Boston media had bestowed the derogatory nickname upon St. Eligius since they perceived the hospital as "a dumping ground, a place you wouldn't want to send your mother-in-law." In fact, the hospital was so poor...
Along with established actors Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels, St. Elsewhere's ensemble cast included David Morse, Alfre Woodard, Bruce Greenwood, Christina Pickles, Kyle Secor, Ed Begley Jr., Stephen Furst, Howie Mandel, Mark Harmon, Denzel Washington and Helen Hunt. Notable guest stars include Tim Robbins, whose first major role was in the series' first three episodes as domestic terrorist Andrew Reinhardt, and Doris Roberts and James Coco, who both earned Emmy Awardsfor their season-one appearance as, respectively, a bag lady and her mentally challenged husband.
St. Elsewhereran for six seasons and 137 episodes; the first season (1982–83) aired Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET), with remaining seasons airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. St. Elsewherewas noteworthy for featuring episodes with unusual aspects or significant changes to the series' status quo. Some of those episodes included:
St. Elsewhere was known for the insertion of several allusions, large and small, to classic movie, pop culture, and television events (the latter especially) throughout its run, including other shows that were produced by MTM Enterprises.Some of the more noteworthy allusions have included: 1. The St. Eligius public address loudspeakers periodically summoned characters from other television series, often going unnoticed by the show's characters. 2. The character of hospital orderly Warren Coolidge (played by Byron Stewart) was carried over from The White Shadow, where Coolidge had been a student at Carver High. (Before St. Elsewhere, Bruce Paltrow served as Shadow's showrunner.) Coolidge occasionally sported a Carver High T-shirt while working at St. Eligius. In third-season episode "Any Portrait in a Storm", Coolidge sees guest star Timothy Van Patten (another Shadowalumnus) in an elevator and calls out "Heyyyy!! Salami!!", to which Van Patten, playing an unre...
St. Elsewhere won 24 out of 106 award nominations. The series garnered 62 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning 13 of them. Out the thirteen wins, Ed Flanders won once and William Daniels won twice for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; Bonnie Bartlett and Doris Roberts each won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; James Coco won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; John Masius and Tom Fontana won two awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Mark Tinker won for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. It received five Golden Globe Award nominations, with four of them for Best Television Series – Drama. St. Elsewhere received seven TCA Award nominations, winning once for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. The series also won three out of four Q Awards. Additional accolades include a Peabody Awardand People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Program.
In May 2003, Walden Media announced a partnership with Roth Films to create a film adaptation of the television series. The film was re-designed to be similar to Walden's project Holes. It was never made.
After its initial run, reruns of St. Elsewhere aired for a time in syndication, with later runs on Nick at Nite, TV Land, Bravo and AmericanLife TV Network. Also a popular series in the United Kingdom, St. Elsewhere has been aired twice by two separate British broadcasters. Channel 4 aired the series between 1983 and 1989, with Sky One later airing repeats in a daily Midday timeslot during 1992–93. In 2009, Channel 4 began showing the series again, usually at around 03:30AM, and have repeated the entire series several times since then. All 137 episodes are also available to view online at 4OD. Nick at Nite first added St. Elsewhere to its regular lineup on April 29, 1996 as part of an all-night sneak peek of sister network TV Land. After the sneak peek, Nick at Nite aired St. Elsewhere regularly from May 4 until July 6, 1996 every Saturday night as part of a short-lived programming block called Nick at Nite's TV Land Sampler. St. Elsewher...
On November 28, 2006, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the complete first season of St. Elsewhereon DVD in Region 1. In Region 2, Channel 4 DVD released the first season on DVD in the UK on April 2, 2007. All episodes have been made available on Channel 4's UK on-demand internet stream 4OD (4 On-Demand) in the UK and Ireland, though these episodes are edited versions for syndication and not as they were originally aired. As of October 2018, all six seasons of the series are available for streaming on Hulu.Robert J. Thompson (1996). Television's Second Golden Age. Oakland, California: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0826409010.Bianculli, David (1992). Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0815606536.Bianculli, David (1997). Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0826405777.Turow, Joseph (1989). Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780-195044904.
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