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100 TV Shows #76-Emergency!


Lots of crush material for my my pre-prepubescent self AND my first role model. The first thing I knew I wanted to be was a nurse and it was because of this woman:

She was so funny and smart and competent and everyone seemed to love her. Maybe I even had an early girl-crush on her.

Of course there was also this man, who I had posters of on my bedroom walls (before either Jimmy Page or Don Johnson appeared there) directly from the pages of 16 Magazine.

But in retrospect, I think I liked him better:

(Nice cigarette you've got there, Doctor Brackett.)

One of many reasons that Megaforce may be my favorite bad movie ever is his appearance. (Along with Barry Bostwick's baby blue jumpsuit.)

I definitely had some head-canon about him and Dixie. Of course it was only later on that I ever heard the sublime Julie's rendition of "Cry Me a River," or found out that she was once married to Jack Webb, that Jack was the producer of the show, that she was then married to Bobby Troup, and Jack cast them both in spite of that, or that Bobby Troup was also a famous musician and that he wrote Route 66.

Back then I just was about pretty Randy Mantooth, cute Kevin Tighe, handsome Robert Fuller, and awesome Dixie! I can barely remember any actual plots, a few bits of lame humor from the guy with the mustache who looked like Gene Shallit and the fact that every episode ended with a MAJOR fire that managed to involve all the characters in both the firehouse and the hospital, plus whoever the guest star of the week was.

I do find it amusing that the latest attempt to do a fireman based drama, includes the ever-so-pretty Jesse Spencer. If anyone ever belonged in 16 Magazine, it's him.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 30th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
I've been watching this on Netflix, and I like it.:-) I have a thing about yelling at the screen about the EMT procedures being done wrong.:-)
Mar. 30th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hee! Well it WAS over 30 years ago, so maybe some things have changed? Or maybe they just got it wrong to make it more dramatic.
Mar. 30th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was true. Paramedics were a pretty new thing if I remember from the show.
Mar. 30th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
I remember this show being hugely popular when I was a kid but I never watched myself, I was a MASH girl and they were both on Saturday nights for a while, I think it may have been at the same time.
Mar. 30th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
I know I was a MASH watcher at the time as well, all the way back to the early days with Trapper John and Henry Blake (you know, when the show was actually funny). And yet I'm pretty sure I was watching Emergency! in real time and not reruns...probably with my mother and it was more likely a mommy show than a daddy show.
Mar. 30th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
I used to watch this show, too as it aired on German Television and loved it! :)
Mar. 30th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Jack Webb knew hot to put together great entertainment with a smidge of "message" getting through every week.
Mar. 31st, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oh I love Robert Fuller. I've never seen the show that I remember, but I've seen him in other things - mostly Westerns, I think. But he was - still is, really, at least last thing I saw him in - so handsome.

I had no idea Julie London acted - I have a video tape (yes) with her version of "Cry Me A River" on it from some show that used to show video clips occasionally to fill in gaps.

That is amusing re: Jesse Spencer though I think Taylor Kinney would've belonged in the pages as well (also on said fireman based drama).

Yes, we had 16 Magazine imported. I only ever bought a few (they were expensive due to the imported) but I know just what you mean. I think it was mostly for people like Rick Springfield.
Mar. 31st, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
She's GREAT in a movie called Pete Kelly's Blues starring (of course) Jack Webb. (Not sure if that was how they met or if they were together already.)

Yeah, Robert just kind of defines "ruggedly handsome." Not sure why he never made it much bigger than he did---maybe because he wasn't QUITE handsome enough...I always think he could have been a Robert Wagner type, but maybe I'm delusional.
Apr. 1st, 2014 06:34 am (UTC)
Hee. I've mostly gotten out of it is "disaster and ill fortune hangs around Roy Desoto and John Gage like a angsty puppy."
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
And cute girls. Don't forget the cute girls.
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