St. Eligius Hospital is located in a low-income area of Boston. Rundown for years, the facility earned the nickname St. Elsewhere because of a reputation as a dumping ground. Under stressful conditions, the staff tries their best to sort out patients and their own busy lives.

St. Elsewhere is one of the finest television show ever produced. A mixture of laughter, tears, grit, intelligence, and realism that no other program has managed to combine. Major characters went through changes that were rooted in years of history and behavior. Some died, and not always those expected to. Veteran characters were respected, instead of being shuffled away in favor of vapid newcomers. History was used to enhance future stories; these were not heroic doctors who had no past and only the brightest future.

The guiding influences in the first year were Joshua Brand & John Falsey; they produced a diverse, fascinating cluster of episodes that stand out as some of the best the show has to offer. They left after the first year (but are given an ironic tribute in the series finale). Former scriptwriter and story editor Tom Fontana (along with John Masius) took over around season 2 or 3, mixing the most extreme aspects of humanity. Good and evil were represented in all their forms, sometimes in the same episode. A typical example would be Cheek to Cheek, with a scene of a doctor reading a tender goodbye present given to her by a cartoonist patient, immediately followed by a scene of another doctor being brutally raped. Fontana also established an actor base and wealth of in-jokes that he still uses today.

When Masius and Fontana took a lesser role in season 6, others stepped up to the plate, resulting in a few bad stories and some that were incredibly powerful. That was the miraculous thing about St. Elsewhere it never experienced the transformation from superb to wretched most long-running dramas do. When writing problems emerged, they worked themselves out. Irritating stories evolved, or simply ended. As the closing credits for the last episode rolled, most of the characters were still intact, as complex and absorbing as ever. St. Elsewhere was one of a kind. It stands out as a beacon of quality. Nearly 20 years since the pilot, and there are few signs of dating. Some of the storylines are more groundbreaking than anything on network television currently. Amazingly enough, the show never won an Emmy for Best Drama Series, but several performers did. Awards: St. Elsewhere (1982) lists many of the awards and nominations wracked up over the 6 seasons.


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  Episode #     Prod #      Air Date   Titles
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Season 1

1.     1-1                 26 Oct 82   St. Elsewhere
2.     1-2                 09 Nov 82   Bypass
3.     1-3                 16 Nov 82   Down's Syndrome
4.     1-4                 23 Nov 82   Cora and Arnie
5.     1-5                 30 Nov 82   Samuels and the Kid
6.     1-6                 07 Dec 82   Legionnaires (1)
7.     1-7                 14 Dec 82   Legionnaires (2)
8.     1-8                 21 Dec 82   Tweety and Ralph
9.     1-9                 04 Jan 83   Rain
10.    1-10                11 Jan 83   Hearts
11.    1-11                18 Jan 83   Graveyard
12.    1-12                01 Feb 83   Release
13.    1-13                08 Feb 83   Family History
14.    1-14                22 Feb 83   Remission
15.    1-15                01 Mar 83   Monday, Tuesday, Sven's Day
16.    1-16                08 Mar 83   The Count
17.    1-17                15 Mar 83   Brothers
18.    1-18                22 Mar 83   Dog Day Hospital
19.    1-19                05 Apr 83   Working
20.    1-20                12 Apr 83   Craig in Love
21.    1-21                19 Apr 83   Baron Von Munchausen
22.    1-22                03 May 83   Addiction

Season 2

23.    2-1                 26 Oct 83   Ties That Bind
24.    2-2                 02 Nov 83   Lust Et Veritas
25.    2-3                 09 Nov 83   Newheart
26.    2-4                 16 Nov 83   Qui Transtulit Sustinet
27.    2-5                 23 Nov 83   A Wing and a Prayer
28.    2-6                 30 Nov 83   Under Pressure
29.    2-7                 07 Dec 83   Entrapment
30.    2-8                 14 Dec 83   All About Eve
31.    2-9                 21 Dec 83   Aids and Comfort
32.    2-10                11 Jan 84   A Pig Too Far
33.    2-11                18 Jan 84   Blizzard
34.    2-12                01 Feb 84   Hearing
35.    2-13                08 Feb 84   In Sickness and in Health
36.    2-14                15 Feb 84   Drama Center
37.    2-15                22 Feb 84   Attack
38.    2-16                29 Feb 84   After Dark
39.    2-17                07 Mar 84   Vanity
40.    2-18                14 Mar 84   Equinox
41.    2-19                28 Mar 84   The Women
42.    2-20                02 May 84   Cramming
43.    2-21                09 May 84   Rough Cut
44.    2-22                16 May 84   Hello, Goodbye

Season 3

45.    3-1                 19 Sep 84   Playing God (1)
46.    3-2                 26 Sep 84   Playing God (2)
47.    3-3                 03 Oct 84   Two Balls and a Strike
48.    3-4                 17 Oct 84   Strikeout
49.    3-5                 24 Oct 84   Breathless
50.    3-6                 31 Oct 84   My Aim is True
51.    3-7                 07 Nov 84   Fade to White
52.    3-8                 14 Nov 84   Sweet Dreams
53.    3-9                 21 Nov 84   Up on the Roof
54.    3-10                28 Nov 84   Girls Just Want to Have Fun
55.    3-11                05 Dec 84   Homecoming
56.    3-12                12 Dec 84   The Children's Hour
57.    3-13                19 Dec 84   Dr. Wyler, I Presume
58.    3-14                02 Jan 85   Whistle, Wyler Works
59.    3-15                16 Jan 85   Bye, George
60.    3-16                16 Jan 85   Saving Face
61.    3-17                23 Jan 85   Give the Boy a Hand
62.    3-18                30 Jan 85   Any Portrait in a Storm
63.    3-19                13 Feb 85   Red, White, Black and Blue
64.    3-20                20 Feb 85   Amazing Face
65.    3-21                27 Feb 85   Murder, She Rote
66.    3-22                13 Mar 85   Tears of a Clown
67.    3-23                20 Mar 85   Bang the Eardrum Slowly
68.    3-24                27 Mar 85   Cheers

Season 4

69.    4-1                 18 Sep 85   Remembrance of Things Past
70.    4-2                 25 Sep 85   Fathers and Sons
71.    4-3                 23 Oct 85   Haunted
72.    4-4                 30 Oct 85   The Naked and the Dead
73.    4-5                 06 Nov 85   Slice O'Life
74.    4-6                 13 Nov 85   Lost and Found in Space
75.    4-7                 20 Nov 85   Close Encounters
76.    4-8                 27 Nov 85   Watch the Skies
77.    4-9                 04 Dec 85   Sanctuary
78.    4-10                11 Dec 85   Loss of Power
79.    4-11                18 Dec 85   Santa Claus is Dead
80.    4-12                08 Jan 86   The Boom Boom Womb
81.    4-13                15 Jan 86   To Tell the Truth
82.    4-14                22 Jan 86   Family Ties
83.    4-15                29 Jan 86   Family Feud
84.    4-16                12 Feb 86   Family Affair
85.    4-17                19 Feb 86   Time Heals (1)
86.    4-18                20 Feb 86   Time Heals (2)
87.    4-19                26 Feb 86   Out on a Limb
88.    4-20                05 Mar 86   Come Home, Oh Sapien
89.    4-21                12 Mar 86   Cheek to Cheek
90.    4-22                19 Mar 86   Black's Magic
91.    4-23                30 Apr 86   The Equalizer
92.    4-24                07 May 86   E.R.

Season 5

93.    5-1                 24 Sep 86   Where There's Hope, There's Crosby
94.    5-2                 01 Oct 86   When You Wish Upon a Scar
95.    5-3                 08 Oct 86   A Room With a View
96.    5-4                 15 Oct 86   Brand New Bag
97.    5-5                 29 Oct 86   You Beta Your Life
98.    5-6                 05 Nov 86   Not My Type
99.    5-7                 12 Nov 86   Up and Down
100.   5-8                 19 Nov 86   Nothing Up My Sleeve
101.   5-9                 26 Nov 86   After Life
102.   5-10                03 Dec 86   Once Upon a Mattress
103.   5-11                10 Dec 86   Lost Weekend
104.   5-12                07 Jan 87   Cold War
105.   5-13                14 Jan 87   Russian Roulette
106.   5-14                21 Jan 87   Visiting Daze
107.   5-15                28 Jan 87   Getting Ahead
108.   5-16                04 Feb 87   Jose, Can You See?
109.   5-17                11 Feb 87   Schwarzwald
110.   5-18                18 Feb 87   You Again?
111.   5-19                25 Feb 87   Rites of Passage
112.   5-20                04 Mar 87   Women Unchained
113.   5-21                13 May 87   Good Vibrations
114.   5-22                20 May 87   Slip Sliding Away
115.   5-23                27 May 87   Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball

Season 6

116.   6-1                 16 Sep 87   Resurrection
117.   6-2                 23 Sep 87   The Idiot and the Odyssey
118.   6-3                 30 Sep 87   A Moon For the Misbegotten
119.   6-4                 21 Oct 87   Ewe Can't Go Home Again
120.   6-5                 28 Oct 87   Night of the Living Bed
121.   6-6                 04 Nov 87   The He-Man Woman Hater's Club
122.   6-7                 11 Nov 87   Handoff
123.   6-8                 18 Nov 87   Heart On
124.   6-9                 02 Dec 87   Weigh In, Way Out
125.   6-10                09 Dec 87   No Chemo, Sabe?
126.   6-11                16 Dec 87   A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking
127.   6-12                06 Jan 88   Final Cut
128.   6-13                13 Jan 88   Heaven's Skate
129.   6-14                03 Feb 88   Curtains
130.   6-15                10 Feb 88   Fairytale Theater
131.   6-16                17 Feb 88   Down and Out On Beacon Hill
132.   6-17                20 Apr 88   Their Town
133.   6-18                27 Apr 88   The Naked Civil Surgeon
134.   6-19                04 May 88   Requiem For a Heavyweight
135.   6-20                11 May 88   Split Decision
136.   6-21                18 May 88   The Abby Singer Show
137.   6-22                25 May 88   The Last One


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