YMMV / Emergency!

  • Jerk Ass: The diner owner play by Larry Storch in "Saddled".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Since the airing of the Emergency! TV movie "Survivor on Charter #220", there have been two mid-air collisions in Southern California...the first one happening just SIX MONTHS after the movie originally aired. Even worse...neither of the people in the planes involved in both incidents survived the collisions, PLUS there were fatalities on the ground due to the crashes as well.
    • Considering that paramedics and their variants are now a standard part of emergency medical practices, the sight of people arguing against their very purpose and function look even more idiotic now than ever.
    • An early season 5 episode features a woman whose son is displaying early signs of polio. She at first insisted it had to be something else then said that she hadn't gotten him the vaccine because she thought it had been controlled to the point where it was impossible to contract the disease any more. Due to the current anti-vax movement of the 2010s & the resulting outbreaks of diseases that were thought to be nearly eradicated and/or under control, this really hits hard, despite the show being over 40 years old.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • It took a while for the show to hit its stride. About the length of time it took for Chet and Marco to grow their PornStaches and Gage to grow his mullet.
    • You can trace the subtle development of TV shooting styles through the 70s by watching ER scenes on the show. The first few seasons look like sick bay scenes from Star Trek, shot in a wide, flat master, the action plays slow and the blocking is designed around wringing the drama out of every line (indeed many episodes were shot by Star Trek director Joseph Pevney). As the series goes on, the camera gets more handheld, gets closer to the action, and the dialogue runs much faster.
  • Narm: As a Jack Webb show these are to be expected:
  • Shipping: Predictably, mostly involving Johnny/Roy slash, though every now and then you get much more out-there ones. Frequently results in Die for Our Ship for Joanne.
  • Stock Footage Failure: In season one, the paramedics drive a 1973 model Dodge with a silver front bumper ... except in the parts where they are rushing to a fire in a late-60's model with a red bumper. The red bumper truck is from the movie that served as the series pilot.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Chet spends the entirety of "Peace Pipe" making racist jokes about Johnny's Native American heritage. It's played for laughs but John clearly does not find it funny and says so.
    • In several episodes, Johnny continually attempts to get women to go out with him, despite their initial (and sometimes very strong) "NO". Today, that'd be sexual harassment.
  • What an Idiot: An early season 5 episode features a woman whose son is displaying early signs of polio. She at first insisted it had to be something else then said that she hadn't gotten him the vaccine because she thought it had been controlled to the point where it was impossible to contract the disease any more. Also qualifies as Harsher in Hindsight due to the current anti-vax movement of the 2010s & the resulting outbreaks of diseases that were thought to be nearly eradicated and/or under control.

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