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Emergency! Season One (1972)

Robert Fuller , Julie London , Bruce Bilson (II) , Cliff Bole  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Robert Fuller, Julie London, Randolph Mantooth, Bobby Troup, Kevin Tighe
  • Directors: Bruce Bilson (II), Cliff Bole, Alan Crosland Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 1310 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC80G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Emergency! Season One" on IMDb

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Created and produced by TV legend Jack Webb, Emergency! delivered a double dose of medical drama and real-life action into its stories, which made it a major favorite among viewers during its '72-77 network run. The season 1 set compiles the first 11 episodes of the program, in which paramedics Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) tackle crises both big and small, from plane accidents ("Crash," "Dealer's Wild") and baby deliveries ("Brushfire") to the rescue of a horse in a ditch ("Publicity Hound"). Ably assisting the men in the field are the emergency room hospital staff, led by Dr. Joe Early (Bobby Troup, the composer of "Route 66"), Dr. Kelly Brackett (Robert Fuller of Laramie), and Nurse Dixie McCall (singer Julie London); Deirdre Hall of Days of Our Lives fame also appeared (in this season only) as Nurse Sally Lewis. An energetic and entertaining series, the success of Emergency not only spawned a host of promotional tie-ins (and a Saturday morning cartoon), but also helped spark attention for and interest in paramedic work during its network run, which is a considerable legacy for any television program.

Though no extras are included in the season 1 double-disc set, the 1972 two-part pilot, "The Wedsworth-Townsend Affair," is included; directed by Jack Webb, the pilot also features guest appearances by Martin Milner and Kent McCord in their roles from another of his then-current series, Adam-12. --Paul Gaita

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When the call goes out, they answer it… on 11 action-packed episodes of the complete first season of Emergency! - the pioneering TV series that was one of the first to show the real-life drama of those who save lives every day. Race to the scene with the heroic men on paramedic Squad 51 and the emergency staff of Rampart Hospital as they respond round-the-clock to LA's most dire emergencies, from women in labor to an out-of-control epidemic. Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth lead an acclaimed cast as two hard-working paramedics trying to deal with the daily crises of their jobs with wit, humor and bravery. Along for the ride in the complete season are such popular guest stars as Tony Dow, Ronne Troup and Jeff Donnell. Including the thrilling TV movie "The Wedsworth-Townsend Act" and available on DVD for the first time ever, it's the gripping series that blazed the trail for all action series to come!

NOTE: This is a double-sided disc.

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Groundbreaking TV Show's Beginning August 20, 2005
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Emergency was a revolutionary TV show. It portrayed the work of firefighters, paramedics, and doctors pretty much the way it happens in real life. Prior to Emergency medical based shows tended to lean towards soap opera style dramatics to create compelling stories. With Emergency the writers used the real jargon spoken by these professionals ("51 start an IV, D5W TKO," "We're transmitting EKG," "We're sending you a strip, vitals to follow. Pulse is 160, the victim is in extreme pain, Rampart. V-fib!"), and it showed how lives were really saved.

The danger of firefighters' work was really shown for the first time in Emergency, and while the show did tend to glamorize firefighters to a small degree it also showed the dedication that they have to their jobs. Decades before the movie Backdraft you saw firefighters risking their lives on nearly a daily basis. Realism was goal one for the producers, and they achieved that goal.

Season 1 has some great episodes, but it also lacks the cast chemistry that came a year or two later with the addition of Michael Norell as Captain Stanley. The cast - filled with great personalities like Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Robert Fuller, Bobby Troup, Ron Pinkard, and Julie London - spent the first season finding their footing with their characters. By season 2 most of them had their characters pegged and developed great interplay with each other.

The other firefighters on the show, played by Tim Donnelly, Marco Lopez, and Mike Stoker also deserve mention because although some of them were given very little to stretch them as actors they did have the perfect personalities to play those characters.

Jack Webb co-created Emergency, and it was his desire to make the show in as close to a "documentary" style as possible.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed the face of Emergency medicine June 3, 2005
Format:DVD
While I realize this won't be released for a couple of months, I have a copy of all the episodes on video tape and just can't wait for the clarity of DVD. If you're too young to remember this 70s favorite, you need to watch. This series singlehandedly changed the face of emergency medicine by showing the U.S. how paramedics made a difference. The series inspired thousands to become firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and doctors. The paramedic program was, within one year, at least 20 years ahead of what it would've been without it. As the prior reviewer said, Universal, you rock! Now, let's get cracking on the other seasons' episodes.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Infuencial June 4, 2005
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Emergency! without a doubt is the single most important program of our time.With the exception possibly of "Americas Most Wanted" and "Unsolved Mysteries",Emergency! made more of a difference than any other "fluff" show on TV.Who had ever heard of Paramedics,or rescue squads before this show? Anyone who has ever dialed 9-1-1 and requested medical assistance,can thank Jack Webb,Mr Cinader,Johnny and Roy and everybody else associated with this groundbreaking show for urging nationwide EMT coverage.Remember,in the old days,ambulances could not perform lifesaving treatments and could only transport the injured.Many died enroute to the hospital not due to the severity of their injuries,but due to the lack of initial treatment,and no possible diagnosis of how serious their injuries were.Yup....every American today and from 1972- up to today owes a debt of gratitude to this amazing show.Forget CSI,ER,and Law & Order.....they are lightweights compared to the reach of this production.To this day,the Crown engine,the Ward LaFrance engine,and the 72 Dodge squad along with all surviving cast members are....every one...legends.Get ready for Emergency! mania once this DVD is released....It deserves it...and its the least we can do to honor the incredible program that we are fortunate to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where would EMS be today without Emergency? September 7, 2005
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Emergency! was a little accident of history that changed the face of the fire service forever. The History of EMS in all of these other reviews is correct, and Emergency! was a very clean show. (where's family hour today?) My mother made me be good in church on Saturday evening, and if I wasn't, I couldn't watch Emergency! when we got home. I was one kid who enjoyed it, and I entered a volunteer fire department in 1989, in part because of "Emergency!"

In 1998, I was a gift basket presenter at the "Emergency!" convention. At least 500 people showed up. Randy Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Troup, Robert Fuller, Marco Lopez, Mike Stoker, and Tim Donnelly were there. ALL of them were enthusiastic and friendly. NONE were treating anyone like "here's your autograph, bye." I would say at least 300 of the 500 convention attendees were either doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMT's, firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, etc. who came to say "thank you." What other TV show has had that? Jim Page would say, "that simply would not have happened, without the impact of Emergency!"

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services speaks favorably of Emergency!. Gary Ludwig of the Memphis FD said that Emergency! was one of the most positive images of the fire service on Television (I concur), and Randolph Mantooth paid tribute to Jim Page at the last EMS convention I attended. The next time you get on your truck, thank Jack Webb, R.A. Cinader, and Jim Page. Also thank those from the first paramedic classes whose perseverance was a big help in those early days. Where would you be today without the trailblazers? Would ambulances still be the "you crash we dash method?" Think about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased For A Friend
Purchased for a friend at her request. She said it worked great and she loves the show.
Published 8 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Same as #3
Published 10 days ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole Family can watch and enjoy! They encouraged generations to...
True Heroes in action! The whole Family can watch and enjoy! They encouraged generations to be Firemen and Paramedics. STATION 51-KMG 365. TV never got any better than this!
Published 16 days ago by patsams
5.0 out of 5 stars as a kid and I still enjoy it.
I remember watching Emergency! as a kid and I still enjoy it.
Published 19 days ago by Katherine A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the show.
I loved the show on TV and still do great collection of classic TV.
Published 19 days ago by darwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No complaints! Thanks!
Published 1 month ago by Graham Barnard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really great, enjoyed it very much.
Published 1 month ago by sharonclark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Same for all of them.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable family show
I bought this for my siblings, but I am not sure who enjoyed it more. Yes it is an older show and not as well done as modern ones, but this one has a charm about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
2.0 out of 5 stars great clean shows but they kept freezing so we couldn't
great clean shows but they kept freezing so we couldn't watch more than 1/2 of the shows. I hope this dvd's are pulled and checked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kristy Batdorf
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Season Three?
I just received an email reply to that very question direct from Universal Studios. THERE IS NO PLAN TO RELEASE ANY MORE SEASONS OF EMERGENCY! OR ADAM 12 DVD IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Go to the Universalstudios.com contact us page at:... Read More
Nov 18, 2006 by JenniferNY |  See all 4 posts
closed caption
non CC or english subtitles ??
Jun 3, 2014 by slberc |  See all 2 posts
Video quality, emergency series 1
The disc has been out for 5 years, and the show is 30 years older. If you want high quality dvds of tv shows, buy a series of recent vintage. Cleaning up shows from the 50s to 70s, to 2000s and later standards is not always easy.
Dec 11, 2010 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 3 posts
didn't this show run for 7 seasons?
Yeah I would love to see a complete set for a nice price. Right now it's hard to pick a season so maybe the first 3 pack might do.
Aug 26, 2009 by meadowrue |  See all 7 posts
any word on season four
It came in my mailbox last week :-)
Feb 10, 2008 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 4 posts
I can't get side B to play? Be the first to reply
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