The BEST Episodes of Emergency!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2021

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!

Welcome to Santa Rosa County

#1 - 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 8.73
15 votes
Directors: Christian Nyby
Writers: Preston Wood
Above and Beyond ... Nearly

#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.

star 8.71
14 votes
Writers: Preston Wood
The Girl on the Balance Beam

#3 - 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.

star 8.70
10 votes
Writers: Robert Hamilton
Snake Bite

#4 - 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.

star 8.65
26 votes
Paperwork

#5 - 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 8.64
11 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves
Grateful

#6 - 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 8.60
15 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Michael Norell
On Camera

#7 - 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.

star 8.54
13 votes
Writers: Claire Whitaker, Rod Peterson
Isolation

#8 - 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.

star 8.53
15 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves
The Nuisance

#9 - 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.

star 8.50
18 votes
Writers: Hannah Louise Shearer, Robert Hamilton
Family Ties

#10 - 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.

star 8.47
15 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella
Right at Home

#11 - 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 8.46
13 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Preston Wood
The Unlikely Heirs

#12 - The Unlikely Heirs

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1976

After John and Roy rescue an elderly transient from a structure fire, Chet and Marco discover $80,000 in the man's mattress. A bride faints while walking down the aisle. Dixie administers a tetanus shot to a young boy. The transient tries to give the firemen a reward. An elderly woman loses her cat. A plane crashes into a warehouse.T

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Timothy Burns
The Exam

#13 - 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.

star 8.42
12 votes
Writers: Tom Egan
Breakdown

#14 - Breakdown

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.40
15 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves
Fools

#15 - 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.

star 8.39
23 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers:
Propinquity

#16 - Propinquity

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.39
18 votes
Firehouse Quintet

#17 - 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.

star 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Christian Nyby
Tee Vee

#18 - 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.

star 8.38
13 votes
Writers: John Groves
The Great Crash Diet

#19 - 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.

star 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Timothy Burns
The Tycoons

#20 - 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.

star 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: John Groves, Mark Massari, Robert Hamilton
Kidding

#21 - 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 8.38
16 votes
Writers: Roland Wolpert
Honest

#22 - Honest

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.37
19 votes
Writers: Daryl Henry
To Buy or Not To Buy

#23 - 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.

star 8.36
14 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Keith Walker
Insomnia

#24 - Insomnia

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.30
20 votes
That Time of Year

#25 - That Time of Year

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.29
17 votes
Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Writers: Edward Robak, Mort Thaw