The Best Episodes of Emergency!

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2018

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!


#1 - Isolation

Season 6 - Episode 20

Roy and John are trapped at Station 86 when a rain storm washes out the bridge, and they become the only medical treatment in the area. They assist two victims of an auto accident and a child with bronchitis. Doctors at the hospital treat a policeman hit by lightning. With the aid of a female psychiatrist, the paramedics treat an elderly woman with a hip injury and a man with heart trouble. Copter 15 transports the victims to the hospital, where a power failure complicates matters. Dr. Morton accompanies the paramedics back to Station 86, where they respond to an auto accident with multiple injuries.

star 8.75
12 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves
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Above and Beyond ... Nearly

#2 - Above and Beyond ... Nearly

Season 5 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.73
11 votes
Writers: Preston Wood

#3 - Grateful

Season 5 - Episode 19

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.

star 8.70
10 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Michael Norell
Snake Bite

#4 - Snake Bite

Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.69
16 votes
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The Most Deadly Passage

#5 - The Most Deadly Passage

Season 7 - Episode 3

Roy and Johnny are sent to Seattle to study the techniques used there. A skydiver jumps off the Space Needle, a worker is trapped at the top of the Kingdome, and a fuel pumper loads a ferry with gasoline instead of diesel fuel, which sets the ferry on fire in the middle of the Elliot Bay.

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: Michael Donovan, Harold Jack Bloom
The Nuisance

#6 - The Nuisance

Season 5 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.64
14 votes
Writers: Robert Hamilton, Hannah Louise Shearer
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The Girl on the Balance Beam

#7 - The Girl on the Balance Beam

Season 5 - Episode 16

Fourteen year old Nancy Benedict's father pushes her hard, wanting her to achieve Olympic fame - but a bad fall from the balance beam might crush those hopes. Paramedics rescue a girl suspended by wires and free a drunk driver trapped in a car. A train fire involving explosive ammonium nitrate endangers the firefighters.

star 8.63
8 votes
Writers: Robert Hamilton
Firehouse Quintet

#8 - Firehouse Quintet

Season 6 - Episode 18

The Station 51 basketball team qualifies for the semi-finals. The paramedics rescue victims at a gas explosion. While at basketball practice, the firemen treat an injured gymnast. The night before the big game the firemen get very little sleep: they respond to a number of emergencies, including a workman trapped at a studio.

star 8.60
10 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Christian Nyby
Bottom Line

#9 - Bottom Line

Season 6 - Episode 17

Paramedics out in the field begin to question the judgment of overcautious Dr. Morton who believes in acting strictly by the book. The firemen respond to a complaint of severe back pain. A man with phosphorous burns on his arm and a boy hit in the head with a baseball are treated at the hospital. While the firemen respond to a case of difficult breathing, the victim's neighbor drowns in a hot tub. Officer Vince is injured in a traffic incident and begins to act irrationally.

star 8.60
10 votes
Writers: Bob Bralver, Charlene Bralver
Right at Home

#10 - Right at Home

Season 5 - Episode 15

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.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Preston Wood
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#11 - Virus

Season 2 - Episode 4

A sick lady with a monkey provides the key to a mysterious, highly contagious, and deadly virus that strikes both Dr. Brackett and John. Meanwhile, the firemen rescue a boy from a treehouse and a man from a scaffold.

star 8.52
29 votes
Writers: Daryl Henry
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Family Ties

#12 - Family Ties

Season 6 - Episode 16

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.

star 8.50
12 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
The Exam

#13 - The Exam

Season 6 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.50
10 votes
Writers: Tom Egan
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On Camera

#14 - On Camera

Season 5 - Episode 12

A documentary crew follows the paramedics as they rescue a teen-aged snakebite victim, help a dangling stuntman, retrieve a boy who fell off a cliff and rescue a driver from a truck fire.

star 8.45
11 votes
Writers: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker
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Tee Vee

#15 - Tee Vee

Season 5 - Episode 11

Johnny and Chet manage to destroy the station's television, irking the other firefighters. Paramedics rescue a man from a manhole fire. At Rampart, Dr. Morton helps a man with a bleeding ulcer, while Dr. Brackett goes from physician to patient when he has a bad reaction to a catfish bite. A man carelessly glues his own eyes shut, and a mudslide traps Johnny and Roy with the man they came to rescue.

star 8.45
11 votes
Writers: John Groves

#16 - Fools

Season 3 - Episode 17

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.

star 8.45
20 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Show Biz

#17 - Show Biz

Season 2 - Episode 3

A photo shoot at the station gets John excited. A country doctor helps Roy and John when they can't reach Rampart on a call. The paramedics rescue a man drowning in a swimming pool and two stuntmen trapped on a waterfall at a movie studio.

star 8.43
21 votes
Directors: Sam C. Freedle
Writers: Daryl Henry
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#18 - Gossip

Season 4 - Episode 3

A nurse spreads the rumor that Dr. Morton is having financial problems. Roy encourages Johnny to represent the station in the Fireman's Olympics. An armored car sideswipes a motorist and Station 51 must break into the van. A man is electrocuted. The station responds to a chemical plant fire. A boy develops cyanide poisoning from eating peach seeds.

star 8.43
14 votes
Directors: Kevin Tighe
Writers: Preston Wood
Welcome to Santa Rosa County

#19 - Welcome to Santa Rosa County

Season 6 - Episode 10

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

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: Christian Nyby
Writers: Preston Wood
To Buy or Not To Buy

#20 - To Buy or Not To Buy

Season 5 - Episode 14

Roy ponders whether to buy a house. The paramedics help a pair of kids trapped in a burning home, a pair of driving students involved in an accident and an epileptic boy trapped on a bridge. They also stay behind to look for a dog who belongs to a boy injuring in a car accident.

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Keith Walker
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#21 - Helpful

Season 2 - Episode 12

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.

star 8.40
25 votes
Writers: Preston Wood
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#22 - Brushfire

Season 1 - Episode 4

Station 51 is called up to fight an out-of-control brushfire. An elderly woman breaks her ankle, a man is injured by a horse stampede, a looter is injured in a motorcycle accident, a boy breaks his arm and loses his dog, and a firefighter is trapped and injured under a fallen tree. The out-of-control brushfire also threatens the house of a pregnant woman in labor, who cannot be moved.

star 8.39
41 votes
Writers: Robert C. Dennis
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#23 - Propinquity

Season 3 - Episode 21

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.

star 8.38
16 votes
The Boat

#24 - The Boat

Season 6 - Episode 19

Richard Bakalyan returns as Charlie, Squad 51's trouble-prone mechanic. The paramedics decide to purchase a boat from Charlie, intendig to sail it on their days off and rent it to others when they're on duty. Of course, things don't quite go as planned, thanks to a wide variety of emergency calls, including the rescue of two boaters from a particularly treacherous stretch of water off Catalina Island, a bookie suffering from a coronary in a locked office, and an explosion in the hospital lab.

star 8.36
11 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Hannah Louise Shearer

#25 - Paperwork

Season 6 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves