Crushing on Randolph Mantooth in Today’s ‘School Days’ Training

Emergency! stars Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe
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An old episode of Emergency! has us swooning again about our teenage crush with Randolph Mantooth. Other TV picks for the day include Danny Bonaduce and the moon landing.

Classic TV on Today: Saturday, March 11

All Times Eastern.


Moon Landing

BBC America, 8am

This 2019 special that premiered on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing presented high-quality NASA footage and extensive news broadcasts from every corner of the globe to re-create the excitement and elation as 650 million people tuned in to watch Neil Armstrong’s remarkable first steps on the moon. This just never gets old!

The Partridge Family: “A Partridge By Any Other Name”

Antenna TV, 4pm

Well, we always wondered where that red hair came from, maybe he was adopted? Keith (David Cassidy) and Laurie (Susan Dey) start thumbing through an old photo album when Danny (Danny Bonaduce) notices there aren’t any photos of him. When they also discover all their birth certificates, but Danny’s is missing he’s starting to think maybe he really is adopted.

Emergency!: “School Days”

fetv, 10pm

If you have fantasies of being swept off your feet by a hot rescue worker, back in the 1970s you couldn’t do much better than Randolph Mantooth, who played L.A. County firefighter/paramedic John Gage in the medical drama Emergency! (NBC, 1972-79). In addition to his charming, crooked smile and floppy brunette mane, Mantooth’s appeal came from his convincing portrayal of a brave yet sensitive hero. His onscreen partner was Roy DeSoto, played by an also crushworthy Kevin Tighe. Today’s episode finds John and Roy breaking in a new trainee who lacks self-confidence in tight situations, some instructional settings we all could learn from..

Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm

Adult Swim, 12am (late-night)

The cult-favorite adult animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which debuted in 2000, recently renewed for a 12th season, is spun off into this movie that finds brainy Frylock (voice of Carey Means), mouthy Master Shake (Dana Snyder), lovable Meatwad (cocreator Dave Willis) and Carl (Willis) getting back together to fight corporate overlord Amazin, led by tech mogul Neil (Peter Serafinowicz) and his trusty scientist sidekick, Elmer (Paul Walter Hauser).