• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 8, 2012
    Chicago Fire definitely has familiarity going for it and familiarity going against it as well.
  2. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 10, 2012
    Wolf is not about to break any new ground here. He's just creating the kind of TV that people watch.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 10, 2012
    In a world without cable dramas, Chicago Fire would be considered television at its more compelling and realistic. As it is, it walks the line between shameless entertainment--hot guys, hot girls, the fires within, the fires without--and intelligent storytelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 5, 2012
    Rote but entertaining, Chicago Fire can't be ruled out as perhaps one of NBC's best chances for a hit.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 10, 2012
    This seems like a serviceable drama that merits a bit better ladder grade (heh-heh) for an improved second hour.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 10, 2012
    Chicago Fire a predictable but pleasantly familiar throwback that could have been on TV a decade and a half ago.
  7. 60
    Chicago Fire gets better week-to-week, finding its own vibe, one that mixes TV-14 gore, soap opera entanglements, and working-class-hero earnestness. Sincerity puts the whole thing over.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 18, 2012
    Everyone here, including "Oz's" Eamonn Walker as the battalion chief, is working from the same medium-grim setting, with medium-grim dialogue, which quickly drags the story and action into the still-smoldering ruins of other fire-and-rescue dramas.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 22, 2012
    There are rivalries and feuds and dangerous situations, as well as a complete lack of personality. [29 Oct 2012, p.38]
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 10, 2012
    There's no character you haven't seen before. More importantly, there's no character that hasn't been done much, much better elsewhere.
  11. Oct 10, 2012
    "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf doesn't blaze any new trails with his latest effort, but at least he's getting out of the courtroom and precinct house.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 10, 2012
    It's a bad omen when the show repeats one of its catastrophes next week, just amped to a grislier level. I was bored.
  13. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 9, 2012
    There is nothing exceptional or original about the show.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 5, 2012
    One of the new season's dullest shows. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.98]
  15. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 12, 2012
    There didn't seem to be anything like [a plot] for the first two episodes, though there has been no lack of good looks, with Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer around and filling out their firemen togs nicely. Still there's hope. In episode three, to be exact, where we find a hint that the writers have caught on to the uses of a story line, this about a corrupt police detective.
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2012
    It's not that the show is terrible--it's not--but it brings nothing new to the firefighter drama format.
  17. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 10, 2012
    It has complex and possibly interesting ideas and subplots. By the time most viewers finish, though, their flame of interest may be flickering.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 8, 2012
    Despite featuring slickly executed action sequences (though nothing viewers couldn't see on Universal's "Backdraft" ride), Fire is almost as drab as a pile of ash.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 10, 2012
    Chicago Fire isn't half bad when the fires and other crises take over as the star of the show. It's after the smoke clears and the stories kick back in that you begin to realize the only way to salvage these sorry stereotypes in uniform is to burn them the only way we know how.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 9, 2012
    The series is really good at doing exactly what you expect, which makes it surprisingly tedious for a show where lives are on the line almost nonstop.
  21. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 9, 2012
    None of them is very interesting, and it's actually kind of hard to tell them apart.
  22. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 10, 2012
    Wolf either doesn't know what to do with his characters while they're waiting around for a fire to break out, or thinks their personal stories should be the dominant element in his new series. They could be, if only those stories weren't ripped from the book of overused cliches.
  23. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 21, 2012
    This just doesn't work on any level and creates very little suspense, even in life-or-death situations.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Feb 20, 2013
    Very underrated series right here. Been watching since the beginning of the season and though it took a little bit to speed up, it has now hit its groove. The acting is pretty good and the character development is fantastic. Full Review »
  2. Nov 26, 2014
    Very good show that reminds me of Emergency! from the 1970s but with a little more drama. Also, this show crosses over with Chicago Fire which makes both shows a little more interesting. Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    Chicago Fire is basically a watchable show, although it lacks a lot of substance. Trying to be the ER of the CFD.....it just doesn't make it. The characters and the plots are interesting enough, but the execution is lacking. Trying to build dramatic incidents is becoming tedious. For some reason, the Chicago Police department is lacking and extremely slow to respond. There have been major fires, accidents, train wrecks and shootings in Chicago, and for some reason, the first responders on this show are always the firemen.......go figure. Full Review »