Rescue 77 is an American television series about the professional and personal lives of paramedics in Los Angeles, California. The show aired in the spring of 1999 on Monday nights on the WB network.

     The creator and executive producer was Gregory Widen, a former Southern California firefighter and paramedic, and the writer of the 1991 firefighting drama Backdraft. His goal for the show was to provide a more realistic depiction of the lives of firefighters and paramedics than previous emergency medical television series such as Emergency!.

 

    RESCUE 77 follows of a three-person paramedic team assigned to a fictional Los Angeles fire station, Station 77. Kathleen Ryan, played by Marjorie Monaghan (Space Rangers, Babylon 5), returns to work in the pilot episode following an emotional breakdown after a stressful call.     

     Throughout the series, there is obvious romantic tension between Ryan and her partner Michael Bell (played by Victor Browne), who is dating a nurse and struggling with his father, who wants Bell to quit his paramedic job and work for the family company. The third member of the team, Wick Lobo (played by Christian Kane), is a young, energetic rookie eager to prove himself. The main characters shared a high sense of duty and loyalty to each other and their commander, Captain Dufree, played by Richard Roundtree, ( Outlaws, Shaft ).

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

CANCELLATION: This fine show aired on the WB in the spring of 1999. In fact in the beginning the WB aired this series twice a week and then they lost faith in the program and it was quickly cancelled. "Resuce 77" was truely a quality show that made Richard Roundtree return to series television. It was a sort of precursor to NBC's "Third Watch" which has had a long run on that network. "Rescue 77" should have been given more of a chance than the eight episode order that the WB gave it.

 

 

EPISODES

5/3/1999:   Mustard Gas, Hold the Mayo - Episode 8
4/26/1999: Tunnel Vision   - Episode 7
4/5/1999:   Remember Me -  Episode 6
3/29/1999: Remember Me  - Episode 5
3/23/1999: The Wedding   - Episode 4
3/22/1999: Bumpy Ride     - Episode 3
3/16/1999: Career Day      - Episode 2
3/15/1999: Pilot Episode   - Episode 1

 

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