This is a happy childhood memory. Loved the firefighting action, the daring rescues by our heroes and the cutting (cough) edge medical dramas. The firehouse friendships were pretty funny and always heart-rending when one of Station 51 was in trouble – and that happened in almost every episode. For casting straight off the studio lot, Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth pulled off the buddy-show vibe very well, and the heavy-handed morality plays seemed almost natural coming from Robert Fuller and Julie London.
But Emergency! didn’t just combine daring rescues, Jack Webb morality and campy humor, it also influenced society for the better. It put the paramedic program on the map, and informed not only everyday viewers, but even law makers about the importance of the emergency medical program. Amazing. And people say television doesn’t affect our culture.