Jack Webb, the creator of Dragnet and Adam-12, was inspired by the emergence of EMTs and paramedic units in the ‘60s to launch Emergency! That exclamation mark is well deserved – these rescue stories can get intense. Home base was Station 51 of the L.A. County Fire Department, where Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe starred as paramedics John Gage and Roy DeSoto. Jack Webb cast his ex-wife, Julie London, as nurse Dixie McCall, and Dragnet regular Bobby Troupe as Dr. Joe Earl. The series ran from 1972 to 1978 and inspired thousands to train to become EMTs, among them one-time guest star, Bobby Sherman.