The BEST Episodes of Emergency!
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020
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 - Aired Mar 19, 1977
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.
#2 - Above and Beyond ... Nearly
Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 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.
#3 - The Most Deadly Passage
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 1978
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.
#4 - The Nuisance
Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 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.
#5 - The Girl on the Balance Beam
Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 17, 1976
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.
#6 - Bottom Line
Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 26, 1977
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.
#7 - Firehouse Quintet
Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 5, 1977
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.
#8 - Grateful
Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 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.
#9 - Right at Home
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 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.
#10 - Gossip
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1974
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.
#11 - Snake Bite
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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.
#12 - The Exam
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.
#13 - Family Ties
Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 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.
#14 - Tee Vee
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 1975
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.
#15 - On Camera
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 1975
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.
#16 - To Buy or Not To Buy
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 20, 1975
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.
#17 - Welcome to Santa Rosa County
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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
#18 - Fools
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 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.
#19 - The Boat
Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 12, 1977
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.
#20 - Helpful
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 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.
#21 - One of Those Days
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 1975
Paramedics respond to a two car accident, treat a man who fell while bathing, rescue a child trapped in a burning structure and help a drunk in a hotel without a working elevator. The doctors deal with a child who has meningitis. A woman's stomach problems nearly lead to mayhem in her family.
#22 - The Tycoons
Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 28, 1976
Johnny's got another of his brilliant ideas - he wants Station 51 to buy a nearby hot dog stand. Roy, as usual, is the wet blanket - but this time his caution pays off. The paramedics help a man injured while mowing his lawn and rescue the victims of a fire at a chemical factory.
#23 - Paperwork
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 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.
#24 - Insanity Epidemic
Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 1977
Captain Stanley is dismayed when he learns one of his former commanding captains is now his Battalion Chief, causing the others to worry about his increased paranoia. Two men's carelessness starts a fire at a gas station. A new hospital administrator causes problems. A woman accidentally shoots her husband with a nail gun. Two clowns start a fight at an ice rink. A car leaves an overpass and crashes into a transfer truck filled with pesticides.
#25 - The Great Crash Diet
Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 21, 1976
Roy and Johnny rescue a diver. Rampart treats a boy who got a severe stomach ache from eating raw dough, while the paramedics rescue a diver from a tank, and treat a mother/daughter pair: the mother has a heart attack and the stress causes her daughter to go into labor. A fallen electrical wire nearly ends Captain Stanley's career.