William Shatner hosts this television show, featuring dramatic reenactments of situations leading to emergency calls to 9-1-1.
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In this early example of police-based reality TV hosted by William Shatner, we are treated to reenactments of real-life 911 rescues. Recordings of the actual calls, interspersed with interviews with the paramedics and other rescue workers, provide a vivid look at the life-or-death dramas that occur every day. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The majority of the events shown on the shows are actually recreations, however, the 911 recordings are almost always the authentic, original recordings. The phrase "actual call" would appear at the bottom of the screen to denote this. See more »

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The Arnold Shapiro Productions voiceover was changed in at least one Christmas-themed episode to say "Mr. Shapiro, have a happy holiday." See more »

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Referenced in Who Do I Gotta Kill? (1994) See more »

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An institution of sorts, a low point for Shatner
26 June 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was the harbinger of reality "emergency" shows that were to follow it such as the multitude that the TLC/Discovery/Discovery Health trifecta show. Looking back at repeats shown on Discovery Health, it was fairly hokey. Nearly all the "emergencies" shown were re-enacted with usually little to no real actual footage, and you can't help but chuckle at reenacters that really hammed it up sometimes. Immensely popular show in its early-90's prime though. The real-footage shows nowadays really make Rescue 911 look very, very dated now, and the reenactments jokably hollow and unrepresentative, but it's still good for kicks. Also, you can see William Shatner in what had to be a very low point in his acting career, after the disaster of Star Trek V. Going from Star Trek legend to no-name generic hosting job? Eegah.


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