The BEST Episodes of Emergency!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Network: NBC

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!

Above and Beyond ... Nearly

#1 - 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.

star 8.73
11 votes
Writers: Preston Wood
The Most Deadly Passage

#2 - 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.

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

#3 - 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.

star 8.58
12 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Michael Norell
Right at Home

#4 - 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.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Preston Wood
Welcome to Santa Rosa County

#5 - 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

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: Christian Nyby
Writers: Preston Wood
The Boat

#6 - 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.

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

#7 - 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.

star 8.35
26 votes
Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Writers: Preston Wood
One of Those Days

#8 - 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.

star 8.33
12 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Preston Wood

#9 - 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.

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

#10 - The Bash

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 28, 1974

A man is trapped on a film set with a bear. When Roy and John rescue him, they are invited to a 'thing' that the man is giving later that week. John talks Roy into getting overdressed for the event. Dr. Brackett treats a man suffering from trichinosis. A bomb blast injures two men. The paramedics resuscitate a musician at the party.

star 8.23
13 votes
Writers: Preston Wood
The Firehouse Four

#11 - The Firehouse Four

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 30, 1974

The station (sans Roy) enters the fireman's barber shop quartet contest. A man keeps having to be rescued while trying various ways to exercise. A woman overdoses on sleeping pills.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: John Groves
It's How You Play the Game

#12 - It's How You Play the Game

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 1, 1975

John agrees that the losing baseball team at the fireman's picnic will pay for the picnic. Chet becomes Station 51's only hope when their pitcher breaks his arm. A drunk driver becomes violent after crashing his car; another man is trapped in a car with a tiger. A man with a back problem must be extricated from his water bed. A structure fire is complicated by moonshine.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Jim Carlson
An English Visitor

#13 - An English Visitor

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.17
18 votes

#14 - Kidding

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 18, 1975

Johnny is assigned to conduct a school tour of Rampart hospital; the youngsters are highly inquisitive. A veteran mentally reliving a battle is subdued by the paramedics; he turns out to have a brain tumor. A woman gets stuck in a dog door. A famous novelist attempts suicide. A cargo plane crashes in a residential area, hitting a school bus.

star 8.14
14 votes
Writers: Roland Wolpert

#15 - Details

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 7, 1974

While responding to a call, Roy and John witness a pedestrian being struck by a car. A woman is badly burnt in a fire. John thinks about settling down. A belly dancer overdoses on diet pills. A child bites a dog and the dog bites back. At a structure fire, Roy and John must jump to safety.

star 8.13
16 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Michael Norell

#16 - Inferno

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.11
18 votes

#17 - Transition

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 4, 1975

A high school classmate of John's is assigned as Squad 51's new paramedic trainee. The firemen rescue a man trapped in his kitchen after a hydrogen sulfide explosion. The paramedics help treat accident victims at the hospital and tend to child at an amusement park. When an intoxicated man turns out to be a snakebite victim, Roy is hit in the eyes with cobra venom. Back at the amusement park, a heart attack victim is trapped high in the air.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves

#18 - Limelight

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 26, 1977

A man with a history of heart trouble becomes agitated when his daughter is trapped under a backhoe. A boy shoots himself with a pellet gun. Another paramedic appears on the news and in the paper, making John jealous. A babysitter has an anxiety attack. Gage and DeSoto rescue Brice from a structure fire.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Christian Nyby
Writers: James G. Richardson
Floor Brigade

#19 - Floor Brigade

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 9, 1974

John and Roy think about going into the floor cleaning business on the side. A hermit is trapped in his cave home. Dr. Morton treats a famous singer. John is injured on a high rescue, and the station battles a chemical warehouse fire.

star 8.06
18 votes

#20 - Rip-Off

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 10, 1973

Roy and John are accused of stealing money from a victim. A premature delivery and a blinded man result from a car crash. A perilous rescue involves a plane that might explode.

star 8.00
19 votes
Writers: Michael Donovan

#21 - Communications

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 13, 1975

Cross-talk between squad 51, another squad and Rampart makes it hard for anyone to understand what's going on, creating a hazard. An airline stewardess wishes to end her life; she won't allow the paramedics to treat her, forcing them to wait until she passes out. A boy gets his arm caught in a press and may lose it. Two joyriding kids manage to get their car on top of a house! Chet purchases a pair of skis and while trying to wax them, accidentally sets them on fire. Roy and Johnny must cope with an explosion while rescuing someone pinned under a car.

star 8.00
14 votes
Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Writers: Mark Saha

#22 - Zero

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 24, 1973

A woman screams for therapeutic reasons. When the paramedics are interviewed on a TV program. Johnny freezes in front of the camera and Roy must bail him out. A young boy attempts suicide by leaping off an apartment ledge at the hospital, the doctors suspect he may be an abused child. The paramedics rescue a man trapped in a doughnut machine and a child from a structure fire.

star 7.94
18 votes
The Old Engine

#23 - The Old Engine

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1973

Roy and John buy an old fire engine, and Station 51 gets a new engine. A woman overdoses on LSD and Roy tries to talk her down, leading the two paramedics on a chase to the top of a building. Brackett treats a resilient gunshot victim. A politician suffers a heart attack and the station responds to a warehouse fire.

star 7.94
16 votes
The Promise

#24 - The Promise

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 1, 1973

Responding to a vehicle fire, the firemen discover a catatonic mechanic; at Rampart the doctors are mystified by his condition. Roy lectures a woman who keeps calling the paramedics because she is lonely. A woman mixes ammonia with bleach and inhales poisonous gas. The woman who owns the dog John took care of in 'Mascot' [episode 1.1] returns and presents John with a pup. An elderly couple is trapped in their house by a bunch of tumbleweeds. A friend of the catatonic patient gives him an injection, causing him to jump out of a window onto a sixth story ledge.

star 7.94
16 votes
Pressure 165

#25 - Pressure 165

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 25, 1975

Once again, the others rib Johnny about his cooking, so he sets out to prove he can make a fine meal - and of course gets interrupted and the meal ruined. But he and a doctor treat a diver suffering pressure injuries using a decompression chamber. He and Roy also deal with a famous chef who refuses to admit he accidentally set his own kitchen on fire. A dust explosion and a gunshot wound finish out the story.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Edwin Self