Show Type: Medical
Telecast: January 22.
September 3, 1977
Executive Producer: Jack
January 1972 - July
1972, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on NBC
September 1972 -
September 1977, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on NBC
Dr. Kelly Brackett.....
Nurse Dixie McCall.....
Dr. Joe Early.....
Morton..... Ron Pinkhard
Chet Kelly (1973-1977).....
Done in the semi-documentary
style for which Jack Webb had become famous with Dragnet, Emergency
followed the efforts of Squad 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire
Department's Paramedical Rescue Service. Paramedics
DeSoto and Gage were usually at the center of the action, while the emergency
staff of Rampart Hospital provided the backup assistance. Each
telecast depicted several interwoven incidents, some humorous, some touching,
others tragic. A typical night's work might have the paramedics called on to help an overweight
woman who was having trouble breathing because her girdle was too tight, or
aiding a maintenance worker who had broken his back in a 100-foot-fall
from a smokestack he was painting. Another night they might be saving children trapped in an abandoned building when
a wrecking crew began demolishing the place, or rescuing a woman parachutist
who had gotten caught in a tree. One
of the specialties of the paramedics, in fact, seemed to be saving "danglers" - people
trapped in precarious positions because of faulty rigging, collapsing scaffolding,
or the like.
band leader Bobby Troup, who played neurosurgeon Joe Early, was in real life married to Julie
London, who played Rampart's head nurse. (She had previously been married to
producer Jack Webb). Squad 51's mascot was a dog named Boots, succeeded by Henry
(named after the squad's captain) in 1976.
Emergency ended its run as a series in 1977, special two-hour movie
versions were periodically aired during the following season.
Saturday morning spin-off of the series, titled Emergency + 4,
aired on NBC from September 1973 to September 1976.