E is for the Equalizer, Ellery Queen and Emergency! #atozchallenge

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Welcome to the A-Z Classic TV Shows Theme Songs and Intros! Last year I did an A-Z Musical Tour of My Life and featured tons of classic rock music. I had so much fun with it that this year I decided to present classic television shows theme songs and intros. These are shows that I remember from my youth during the 60s and 70s…with an occasional 80s show thrown in. Each show is introduced with information (gathered primarily from my favorite go-to for info, Wikipedia) or associated memories, followed by a video of the TV show’s theme song intro. At first glance, the posts may seem long because of the number of videos included but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, watch or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and go back in time with all the fun theme song intros you’ll find here. Please leave a comment and share your favorite classic TV shows. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! I hope you enjoy my collection. Now, let’s get started with…

E is for Emergency!

Emergency! is an American television series that combines the medical drama and action-adventure genres. It was produced by Mark VII Limited and distributed by Universal Studios. It debuted as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1972, on NBC, replacing the two short-lived series The Partners and The Good Life, and ran until May 28, 1977, with six additional two-hour television films during the following two years.

Emergency! was created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, both of whom were also responsible for the police dramas Adam-12 and Dragnet. Harold Jack Bloom is also credited as a creator; Webb does not receive screen credit as a creator in the show’s original TV-movie pilot, being only credited as its director.

The series starred Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as two specially-trained firefighters who formed Squad 51, part of a then-innovative field known as paramedics who were authorized to provide initial emergency medical care to victims of accidents, fire and other incidents in the field. The plot of the initial pilot film described the passing of state legislation, signed by Governor Ronald Reagan, and was called the The Wedsworth-Townsend Act. It allowed the creation of paramedic units. Squad 51 worked in concert with the (fictional) Rampart General Hospital medical staff (portrayed by Robert Fuller, Julie London, and Bobby Troup), who took over each patient’s case from the paramedics who worked in the field.

The show had a relatively ensemble cast. The series follows the early years of the paramedic program in the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) with the focus on the personnel of Fire Station 51 A Shift, in particular of young firemen/paramedics John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe). The paramedics coordinate with the Emergency Room (ER) staff of Rampart General Hospital: head physician Dr. Kelly Brackett (Robert Fuller), head nurse Dixie McCall (Julie London), neurosurgeon Dr. Joe Early (played by Julie’s real-life husband Bobby Troup), and young intern Dr. Mike Morton (Ron Pinkard).

To train for their parts, the actors, Mantooth and Tighe, “…sat in on paramedic classes” (although they never took any written exams) “and rode out on extensive ride-a-longs with LACoFD”

Nearly 30 years after Emergency! debuted, the Smithsonian Institution accepted Emergency! memorabilia into its National History Museum, public-service section, including their helmets, turnouts, biophone, and defibrillator.

 

 

E is for the Equalizer:

The Equalizer was an American crime drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985 until late-spring 1989. It starred Edward Woodward as a retired espionage/intelligence officer with a mysterious past, who uses the skills from his former career to exact vigilante justice on behalf of innocent people who are hopelessly trapped in dangerous circumstances. The series combined elements of the spy film, private investigator/police procedural drama, and vigilante genres.

A film adaptation of the TV series, starring Denzel Washington, was released in the U.S. on September 26, 2014.

 

I just thought of another classic police drama, the short-lived Ellery Queen!

E is for Ellery Queen:

Ellery Queen is an American television detective mystery series based on the fictional character Ellery Queen. It aired on NBC during the 1975–76 television season and stars Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen, David Wayne as his father, Inspector Richard Queen, and Tom Reese as Sgt. Velie. Created by the writing/producing team of Richard Levinson and William Link (Mannix, Columbo, and Murder, She Wrote), the title character “breaks” the fourth wall to ask the audience to consider their solution.

A pilot for the series premiered on March 23, 1975, with the made-for-TV movie Ellery Queen (also titled “Too Many Suspects”), adapted from the 1965 Ellery Queen novel The Fourth Side of the Triangle. A total of 22 episodes followed in the show’s single season. The theme music was by Elmer Bernstein. The last episode aired on April 4, 1976.

Set in post-World War II New York City, the show closely followed the format of early Ellery Queen mystery novels where, before presenting the solution, a “Challenge To The Reader” was issued: the reader was challenged to guess the solution to the crime. In the series this tradition was followed by having Ellery Queen (Jim Hutton) “break the fourth wall,” reviewing key clues and asking the audience if they knew the solution.

The final act always used the time-honored detective cliché of calling together all the suspects, with Ellery Queen presenting the solution (except in one episode where the elder Queen took over) to the group – often disproving the solution proposed by whichever rival sleuth happened to be in that episode.

Did you usually figure out the mystery in each episode?

 

Are there any classic TV shows that start with E that I forgot? What are your favorite TV shows, past and present?

 

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52 thoughts on “E is for the Equalizer, Ellery Queen and Emergency! #atozchallenge

    • Edward Woodward was so good in his role as Equalizer. I didn’t see the Equalizer/Denzel Washington movie that came out a few years ago. Did you see it?
      I never watched Earth Final Conflict but yeah, it’s not a classic — yet! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Tasha. Have a great day!

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    • I loved Alfred Hitchcock too. Did you ever see the movie Hitchcock? It’s a 2012 film about the making of his movie Psycho. GREAT film with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.

      Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your visits

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    • I know, those guys were so hot back then too, weren’t they? I don’t know what it is, but -in real life – I think there is a prerequisite that all firemen and EMS workers be good looking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad looking fireman! (Just had several at my house a few weeks ago — they were all so hot. And that isn’t the first time having firemen at my house, same thing, each time!)

      Glad you’re having fun with my theme! And thanks for the tweets. Really appreciate that. 🙂 ❤

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  1. Hi, dear Michele!

    I remember all three of these E series, but was not a regular viewer of any of them. I love detective shows and mysteries and Ellery Queen, starring the boyish faced Jim Hutton, is the show with which I am most familiar. It was an early example of breaking the 4th wall and addressing the audience directly, a technique that became commonplace on post-millennial TV series like Modern Family. However, I also remember Alan Hale (“the Skipper”) using the technique on Gilligan’s Island years earlier and I believe Hale’s use of it was inspired by Oliver Hardy, the comic actor of the 20s, 30s and 40s, half of the comedy team of Laurel & Hardy. It’s sad to note that Jim Hutton died shortly after his 45th birthday, another great star gone much too soon.

    Thank you, dear friend Michele!

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    • Great comment Shady. Nice bit of trivia there with Oliver Hardy being the inspiration for Alan Hale. Another great show that breaks the 4th wall is House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. Are you guys watching that series?? I’m watching the latest season, which I believe is the 4th season. Excellent series.

      Too bad Ellery Queen only lasted one season too. It was a good show! Too often the network knuckleheads make really stupid decisions and cancel good quality programming. That really pisses me off! I get really invested in a program and then it gets yanked. Really peeves me when they don’t even have the courtesy of wrapping up the story…

      Thanks for stopping by Shade…

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      • Mrs. Shady and I will add H.O.C. to our watch list, based on your recommendation. Yessum, it adds insult to injury when a show is canceled and they don’t even give the writers and producers a chance put together a final episode that ties up the loose ends and gives fans some closure.

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    • Yes we should! 🙂 And we are! Nostalgia and making those trips down memory lane are so fun. I’m glad people are enjoying all the work we’ve put into this. I had fun putting it together; I’m sure you did too. And it’s so nice to see people having fun with it too.
      I love what you’re doing with the classic commercials. Those are amazing finds! And me being in advertising most of my life, well, I just really dig it. 🙂

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  2. I cannot believe it but I didn’t watch any of these shows!! You are doing such an amazing job with the challenge. Must have been hours and hours of research!

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  3. Three of my favorites are “M*A*S*H*,” “Remington Steele,” and the original “Charlie’s Angels.” The late ’70s and early ’80s were a great time for TV!

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    • Loved M*A*S*H*! I was in college when the series wrapped up. I’ll always remember the night of the finale: a bunch of us girls were up in the TV room in the dorm, all glued to the TV. Great memory!
      Remington Steele was another good one!
      Thanks for stopping by Lillian.

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  4. “Emergency” was on our regular viewing schedule. What a thrill to see singer Julie London on TV! I absolutely loved “The Equalizer” ! Edward Woodward was fantastic in that role and it was nice to see an older actor starring in an action series. Only saw a few episodes of Ellery Queen. I used to read the Ellery Queen mystery magazines as a kid.

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    • I’m so glad that you experienced each one of these shows. I so agree about Edward Woodward: that was perfect casting! He did a tremendous job with that role.
      I didn’t know Julie London was a singer until recently! The shame!!! 🙂

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  5. I didn’t see any of these shows. Our TV watching was often limited by the very few channels we received, and my mother’s refusal to allow us to watch many shows that other kids saw (I was not allowed to watch Batman). I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love some shows on PBS, especially Masterpiece Theater. Shows on Netflix Streaming tend to be good. Happy Valley is great. I watched the first season and want to get to the second. My son and I love Game of Cards.

    Love,
    Janie

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    • I’m watching House of Cards too. It’s fantastic!!
      I’m so sorry that you weren’t able to see some of these great shows when you were young…especially Batman!
      What is Happy Valley about? I’m not familiar.

      Thanks for stopping by Janie! Good to see you here. 🙂

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      • Sorry I got the title wrong: House of Cards! Happy Valley is a British show. Each season has only a few episodes. Willy Dunne Wooters and I were glued to the first season. It stars a kick-ass female police officer who puts the bad guys to shame and doesn’t use a gun to do it. She’s also raising her late daughter’s child as a single parent. The first season focused on a kidnapping. I’m eager to see what season two brings us. I haven’t seen this show on PBS–only on Netflix Streaming.

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        • Oh I am definitely going to check out Happy Valley! Sounds good. I love Netflix 🙂
          Thanks for filling me in…

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  6. I don’t watch TV much at all. Guess I’m just glued to this computer so to speak. Great Post though makes me wanna go put on the TV… I’m following all your social networks now though… so maybe that’s better than a comment. 🙂 Have a great day & thanks much for stopping by. hugs

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    • Thanks Dolly! Thanks for following me —though I’m a little behind the curve on all the social media stuff. I’m old! 🙂

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  7. E is a tough letter for TV.

    Emergency. That is a show we did watch some. I don’t recall watching the other two.

    I can’t think of any E shows offhand. Probably in a week or so (when we’re way past E) one will come to me.

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    • Hey Robin, Well, when you do think of one, by all means, swing back by and let me know.
      I wish Emergency was in reruns now. I love living in the past! 🙂

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    • I love Nick at Nite! Or I used to anyway. It used to have all these old shows. They’ve gone a bit later though, in terms of decades. I used to watch Patty Duke on Nick at Nite all the time. Did you ever see that show??

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    • What a nice compliment Daniel! Thank you. That would be a great job. I’d love to have a column. Have always wanted to do something like that….
      A lot of the info presented was found on Wikipedia though.. 🙂

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    • Oh I forgot about the Ed Sullivan Show. Yeah, good one there!
      Everybody Love Raymond is a hoot. That’s a great cast…

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  8. For a TV addict like me, reading your blog should come with a health warning! Just kidding:) Out of all the Es, I’ve only ever seen Emergency. Will have to bookmark some of these shows for when the summer months roll in.

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    • Lol! I hear ya about being a TV addict. Some people say there’s nothing good on TV. I totally disagree. I can find lots of good shows on TV!
      Thanks for stopping by Arti! Hope to see you again…

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  9. My parents loved Emergency! so we always watched that. Favorite episode was when one of the firefighters bought a surfboard and was refinishing it in the fire station and the solvents he was using or something caught on fire. (In all honesty, that’s the ONLY episode I remember.)
    A few years ago, I got my picture taken with Randolph Mantooth when he was at a fundraising event my husband was putting on. (He advocates for emergency workers.) It’s still on my refrigerator 🙂

    Dyanne from Backsies Is What There Is Not

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