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Emergency! Season One

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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.

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

Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC80G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Emergency! Season One" on IMDb

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp VINE VOICE on 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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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Tucker on June 3, 2005
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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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By TV Tuner on 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By April Musgrove on July 19, 2005
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Okay, now that I have caught my breath from the total elation I just experienced when I happened on this soon to be released DVD series. I am a huge TV on DVD fan and have collected many of my old childhood favorites. Emergency!, I have to say, tops my list. This was one of my favorite shows as a child, I was so in love with Randolph Mantooth!! A few years back I was able to get some of the episodes on VHS, and the show was still as great as ever, it was fun to watch with my children, not something you can do with todays prime time offerings. Highly, highly recommended series for any who have not watched it. I can't praise this series enough.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kutcher on June 6, 2005
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Emergency! is an excellent show that the whole family can watch together without worrying mom and dad.

Jack webb and the actors did an excellent job presnting a realistic view of the paramedic program,yet not too real so that people would be squeamish while viewing the hosptial scenes.

Fans of St. Elsewhere and ER can also see what inspired those shows as well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann Thompson on June 17, 2005
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I was just watching my tapes of Emergency when I found out that it was being released on DVD, well I preordered right away. But I couldn't help but see how Emergency compared to the hype of ER and how much better the show was because it didn't leave us hanging from week to week, and the characters were people who lead clean lives. While yes there was a moral to every ep, and the appliances were avacado and chocolate, the clothes were groovy, it still makes me feel good about the emergency services workers. So sound the claxons. Emergency is back!
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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 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 cofffeebean |  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 :-)
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