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|No. of episodes||22|
|Original run||September 27, 2001 to May 16, 2002|
- Main article: Season eight crew
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Cast and charactersEdit
|Anthony Edwards||Dr. Mark Greene||Emergency Medicine Attending|
|Noah Wyle||Dr. John Carter||Emergency Medicine Resident (Year 4)/Later Chief Resident|
|Laura Innes||Dr. Kerry Weaver||Chief of Emergency Medicine|
|Alex Kingston||Dr. Elizabeth Corday||Associate Chief of Surgery|
|Paul McCrane||Robert Romano||Chief of Staff/Chief of Surgery|
|Goran Višnjić||Dr. Luka Kovac||Emergency Medicine Attending|
|Maura Tierney||Abby Lockhart||ER Nurse|
|Sherry Stringfield||Dr. Susan Lewis||Emergency Medicine Attending|
|Michael Michele||Dr. Cleo Finch||Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Resident (Year 4)|
|Erik Palladino||Dr. Dave Malucci||Emergency Medicine Resident (Year 3)|
|Ming-Na||Dr. Jing-Mei Chen||Chief Resident/Later Emergency Medicine Attending|
|Sharif Atkins||Michael Gallant||Medical Student (Year 3)|
|Eriq La Salle||Dr. Peter Benton||Surgical Emergency Trauma Fellow|
The season's long storyline of Greene's illness and death and how it affects many characters marked season eight as the first major turning point in the series.
This season would also mark a major change in the cast with four characters leaving which included original characters Greene and Peter Benton.
For the first time, Carter is centered as the main character of the show at the end of the season and took over as the central character in Season 9 midway through the series, which was a big move in the direction of the show.
- Main article: Episodes