Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The Wedsworth-Townsend Act 

The new LACFD paramedics struggle to prove themselves to a doubtful Dr. Brackett as a pending state bill authorizing their field duties comes to a vote.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown ...
Man with Ulcer
Chief Conrad, Battalion 14
Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
Committee Chairman
Ron Pinkard ...
Tom Gray, M.D.


After Roy DeSoto encouraged Johnny Gage to join the paramedic program, their first mission was to face their staunchest opponent, Chief of Emergency Services, Dr. Kelly Brackett, to support paramedic legislation that means getting help to where it is needed most. While running two separate calls with Gage and DeSoto, their mentor and friend, Head Nurse Dixie McCall, is injured and knocked unconscious. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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15 January 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Universal Studios renumbered their fire station to 51 in honor of the show. See more »


When Gage was called to the electrocution on Squad 10, one SCU tone was sounded. Since Truck 127 was also summoned from another station, there should have been another SCU tone. See more »


Paramedic John Gage: Sixth and Kenmore. That's over near 10's. Hang a left, I know a shortcut.
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: I know a better one. We swing right to Rampart Emergency.
Paramedic John Gage: What for?
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: Get a nurse on board. You forgot: we're the impotent wonders.
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Followed by Emergency!: The Most Deadly Passage (1978) See more »

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Nelson Riddle's Theme Begins, and There You Are
8 October 2005 | by (Montana) – See all my reviews

...back in the early 1970s. Emergency!, now available on DVD, is a time capsule of post-Vietnam Los Angeles. A time when firefighters and doctors were men, nurses were women, and the former chased the latter. Long hair and miniskirts. Druggies and love beads. Loud suits and pastels. And when it was okay to have heroes.

But in the end, Emergency! is a buddy story of two guys who set out to make their world a better place. Roy DeSoto is the older buddy, wise in the world, somewhat cynical. Johnny Gage is the young upstart, full of optimism and charisma. And although the doctors at Rampart received top billing in the credits, they are at best supporting roles to the adventures of two guys in a red truck with sirens and lights.

Thirty years hence, this show is a beloved memory of millions of people, and thousands of emergency workers of Generation X. I'm sure I watched every episode as a kid, yet, until the DVDs came out, I could only remember a few story lines. NBC's current products, ER and the unwatchable Third Watch, pale in comparison, because in the name of "realism", everyone is fatally flawed and nobody is a hero. Both are merely evening soap operas in an emergency services setting. True, Emergency! did have its soapy moments, but those never detracted from Jack Webb's vision of homage to those who run into, and not away from, danger.

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