The BEST episodes of Emergency!

Every episode of Emergency! ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Emergency!!

Emergency! is a reality-based show that takes a good look at what goes on in the daily lives of the fire department and hospital work, and everyday life-and-happenings. The series focuses on two locations: LA Fire Station 51 with paramedics John Gage and Roy DeSoto, and Rampart General Hospital with Doctors Kelly Brackett and Joe Early and Nurse Dixie McCall. Another work of Jack Webb's Mark VII Limited, the show was based on the paramedic program that started in Los Angeles, California in 1969. Produced in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Department of Hospitals, it is well-regarded for its realism. Senator Alan Cranston actually praised the show for informing the public about the value of funding such programs!

Last Updated: 11/28/2023Network: NBCStatus: Ended
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Welcome to Santa Rosa County
star
8.65
17 votes

#1 - Welcome to Santa Rosa County

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/25/1976

Roy and John try to go fishing in Santa Rosa County, but are delayed when they rescue climbers from a cliff face and a fishing boat blows up. They help the sheriff come up with ideas for implementing emergency medical services in his county

Directors: Christian Nyby
Writer: Preston Wood
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Snake Bite
star
8.62
26 votes

#2 - Snake Bite

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/1973

Returning from a fishing trip, Roy, John, and Chet help the victims of a car accident. On duty, after rescuing some joyriders whose car went over a cliff, John is bitten by a rattlesnake.

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Grateful
star
8.53
17 votes

#3 - Grateful

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/7/1976

After paramedics rescue Grant and Robin Elder, they attach themselves to the station to help out, but soon wear out their welcome. A car goes right through a restaurant window, and in a scene straight out of A Christmas Story a BB injures a child's eye. While returning from a false alarm, Johnny and Roy rescue people endangered by a boat fire.

Directors: Georg Fenady
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Paperwork
star
8.50
14 votes

#4 - Paperwork

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/8/1977

Chet and Marco are drafted to sort out a filing dilemma caused by computer error. A kid falls in a storm drain and nearly drowns. The paramedics experience problems with a new supply nurse. A janitor drinks samples of an archeologists' Mesopotamian wine. The firemen respond to a warehouse fire.

Directors: Georg Fenady
Writer: John Groves
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Breakdown
star
8.44
16 votes

#5 - Breakdown

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/12/1977

A sporadic electrical short plagues the squad but Roy and John are convinced they can fix it. A back-to-nature couple is ordered to cut back on their shrubbery; the wife is discovered to have a variant of anthrax. The paramedics rescue a man trapped at the top of a tower.

Directors: Georg Fenady
Writer: John Groves
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Alley Cat
star
8.44
16 votes

#6 - Alley Cat

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/6/1973

A stray cat decides to have her kittens on Johns bed at the station. A family is trapped in a down airplane. An old man gets his foot caught in a bear trap. A stage actress suffers an anxiety attack. A school develops a gas leak. Roy and John rescue the victim of a boating accident.

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Right at Home
star
8.40
15 votes

#7 - Right at Home

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/10/1976

Johnny and Roy rescue a father and son from their overturned camper. The father's injuries will confine him to the hospital for longer than the boy's, so Roy takes the lad in. That's a mistake'; the child's a monster who tears up Roy's home and harms his neighborhood reputation. Brackett rides along in an air ambulance, and Early treats a boy with spinal meningitis.

Directors: Georg Fenady
Writer: Preston Wood
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Rules of Order
star
8.38
16 votes

#8 - Rules of Order

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/6/1976

A driver crashes into a pole, injuring two workers. John and Roy are asked to be on a paramedic advisory committee, but they have to put up with everyone's favorite paramedic - Brice. The firemen rescue a stunt climber from the side of a building.

Directors: Georg Fenady
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Family Ties
star
8.35
17 votes

#9 - Family Ties

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/19/1977

Roy's mother-in-law is scheduled for her annual visit. A car runs into the back of a truck. Drs. Brackett and Early argue over attending a convention in Acapulco. An elderly man becomes ill from drinking a quack's remedy. When a fire breaks out in a hospital room, the occupant goes into cardiac arrest. A boy's model rocket sparks a house fire.

Directors: Cliff Bole
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The Promotion
star
8.33
21 votes

#10 - The Promotion

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/3/1973

Roy passes the Engineer's test, but accepting the promotion will mean leaving the paramedics. A bad fog leads to a multi-car accident on the San Diego Freeway. A young crash victim has a heart murmur. The paramedics have difficulty responding to an attempted suicide. At a structure fire, Johnny is injured and Roy must rescue both him and a security guard.

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Insomnia
star
8.30
20 votes

#11 - Insomnia

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/10/1973

A boat has an explosion aboard en route to the marina. John obsesses about the lack of night runs and can't sleep. A man and his son are injured when they swerve to avoid a dog. Doctors race against time to save a marijuana smoker dying of an unidentifiable malady. A worker is pinned in a loading dock by a semi. A man child fall into a gravel pit.

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That Time of Year
star
8.29
17 votes

#12 - That Time of Year

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/23/1976

Everyone gives Roy advice on where to go on vacation. Roy gets dizzy during a fire at a singles club. An instructor is injured during a self-defense class. A man with stomach pains is brought into Rampart. The firemen rescue two hang glider pilots from the face of a cliff.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
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Not Available
star
8.28
18 votes

#13 - Not Available

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/1976

The paramedics complain when a rule forbidding squads to cross each other's territories causes them to come late to an accident scene. An elderly woman is treated at the hospital. While transporting a non-vital patient, the paramedics respond to an auto accident. A prisoner breaks out of jail and gets trapped on a ledge

Directors: Cliff Bole
Writer: Preston Wood
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The Exam
star
8.25
12 votes

#14 - The Exam

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/13/1976

John and Roy worry about their recertification exams. A fireman's widow keeps calling the station for assistance in minor matters. A TV sports fan experiences shortness of breath. The daughter of the fireman's widow suffers a serious fall. An accident on a movie set turns deadly.

Writer: Tom Egan
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Above and Beyond ... Nearly
star
8.24
17 votes

#15 - Above and Beyond ... Nearly

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/31/1976

Johnny and Roy receive an award, but they cannot remember which specific incident earned it. A ninety-four year old man breaks his ankle dancing. A man passes out in the dentist's chair - is it his heart, or something else? Paramedics rescue a stranded mountaineer.

Writer: Preston Wood
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Fools
star
8.23
22 votes

#16 - Fools

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/19/1974

A man is injured when his chimney explodes. A brash young intern at Rampart thinks he knows more than the paramedics and makes a near-fatal diagnosis of a heart patient; Dr. Brackett send him on a ride-along with Squad 51. A girl gets her hand stuck in a mailbox. Johnny and Roy must rescue a heart attack victim trapped on an oil refinery tower — in the midst of an explosive structure fire.

Directors: Joseph Pevney
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Propinquity
star
8.23
22 votes

#17 - Propinquity

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/16/1974

Roy spends the night at John's place while his house is being fumigated, which is one night too many. A woman is trapped inside a car while it burns around her; the ambulance carrying Roy and the victim is hit by a car. A man having a heart attack refuses to leave a poker game unless John agrees to play out the man's hand. An explosion at an abandoned refinery injures several workers.

Computer Terror
star
8.21
14 votes

#18 - Computer Terror

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/4/1976

The computer fouls up and Gage gets a check for thousands instead of for hundreds. A transient is injured in a car at a junkyard. A victim's dog causes problems. Two workers are trapped on a scaffold.

Directors: Georg Fenady
Writer: Bruce Shelly
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Helpful
star
8.21
28 votes

#19 - Helpful

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/16/1972

Roy has an argument with his wife and Johnny tries to help. The firemen rescue a man from precarious auto wreck. A brilliant doctor's erratic behavior causes concern at the hospital. Doctors diagnose a woman's heart condition. Paramedics rescue a dog from a roof and two children lost in a rapidly flooding storm drain.

Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Writer: Preston Wood
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Honest
star
8.21
19 votes

#20 - Honest

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/17/1973

A gas explosion results from a white lie, prompting Johnny to go on an honesty kick. At the hospital, doctors work to save a boy who is inexplicably choking to death. In the field, the paramedics rescue a teenage boy injured in a dive off a roof, and a baby and his blind grandfather trapped in a burning house.

Writer: Daryl Henry
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The Hard Hours
star
8.19
21 votes

#21 - The Hard Hours

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/2/1974

Dr. Early is diagnosed with a heart condition and undergoes a bypass. A pro football player is embarrassed to admit that his son tackled him too hard. The firemen rescue a boy trapped in his homemade rocket, a woman with her toe stuck in a bathtub faucet, and an electrocution victim.

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Captain Hook
star
8.19
16 votes

#22 - Captain Hook

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/20/1976

The firemen plan to celebrate the imminent retirement of a martinet captain with a party, under the guise of throwing a farewell dinner. A model in a bear suit suffers from heat stroke during a promotion stunt. A bizarre family believes their sleeping mother is dead. The firemen rescue CHP officers from a helicopter.

Directors: Christian Nyby
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An English Visitor
star
8.18
22 votes

#23 - An English Visitor

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/13/1973

A paramedic from England has a stint with Station 51 observing Roy and John whose rescues include a structure fire, a wild-west performer, a car accident and a man trapped in heavy machinery. The visitor saves John's life. At the hospital Dr Brackett treats a rock singer in a diabetic coma and Dr. Early has problems with a defiant nurse.

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The Nuisance
star
8.17
23 votes

#24 - The Nuisance

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/6/1976

A woman passed out in a bar is suffering from more than drunkenness. Johnny becomes the victim of a hit and run accident and is a terrible patient. Worse, his replacement Brice annoys everyone at the station. The paramedics help a heart patient and fight a fire in an abandoned building where Roy, Brice, and Marko are trapped.

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Inferno
star
8.17
18 votes

#25 - Inferno

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/5/1974

John and Roy are disappointed when they are the only squad not called to a major brushfire. Dixie gets her hand caught in a vending machine. A lawyer collapses in the courtroom with an apparent heart attack. Roy and John finally make it to the brushfire and become trapped while rescuing another firefighter.

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