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  • Genre Drama
  • Runtime 45 minutes
  • Total runtime 102 hours 45 minutes
  • Status Ended
  • Network NBC

St. Elsewhere

14 members 6 seasons137 episodes

St. Eligius Hospital in South Boston was not exactly the world's best health care center. Despite its flaws, it featured some of the most caring doctors and nurses you could ever meet. Led by Dr. Donald Westphall (and later by Dr. John Gideon), the hospital nicknamed "St. Elsewhere" became a sanctuary for the underdog and the downtrodden. Originally a ratings flop, NBC picked it up for a second season for the sole purpose of grabbing some additional Emmy nominations. It eventually became a minor hit for the Peacock, running six seasons until burnout by the writers resulted in its 1988 cancellation. The series was nominated for 63 Emmy Awards and won 13. Its unusual ending, coming during a disruptive television writers' strike, became a watershed moment in television and years later sparked an internet meme: the Tommy Westphall Universe.