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Monday, July 20, 2009

TV Show Intros: Emergency!

I really loved this show, and I see that the equipment in it from the very early 1970's were on par with what we had as volunteer firefighters in the late 80's and very early 90's...although we didn't have a ladder truck.

This is the long intro from the two hour movie pilot from 1972. I could not find the TV Version posted on You Tube.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the series:

Emergency! is a television series, combining the medical drama and action-adventure genres, that was produced by Mark VII Limited (Jack Webb’s company) and distributed by Universal Studios. It debuted as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1972, on NBC, replacing the short-lived series The Good Life, and ran until September 3, 1977. It was created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert Cinader, both of whom were also responsible for the police dramaAdam-12. The shows were similar in that they featured dedicated civil servants handling two or three varied and unrelated incidents during a typical shift; however, its larger cast and full-hour format typically allowed for more plot and character development.

The show returned as a series of six "Movie of the Week" specials between late 1977 and the spring of 1979. Three of the TV movies have the two paramedic characters traveling to San Francisco (twice) and Seattle for EMS conventions. While in both cities they end up assisting the local agencies (San Francisco's Rescue-2 and Seattle's Medic One) with several rescues. The others were "Steel Inferno" (a high rise blaze), "Survival on Charter #220" (two airplanes crash over a residential neighborhood—at the time it was reportedly the most expensive TV-movie ever made[citation needed]) and a finale in which the firefighter/paramedics are promoted to captain.

Composers Nelson Riddle and Billy May are credited with the music for the series.