• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
49

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: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 9, 2012
    50
    There is nothing exceptional or original about the show.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    It's a bad omen when the show repeats one of its catastrophes next week, just amped to a grislier level. I was bored.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 5, 2012
    42
    One of the new season's dullest shows. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.98]
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    There's no character you haven't seen before. More importantly, there's no character that hasn't been done much, much better elsewhere.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 10, 2012
    40
    It has complex and possibly interesting ideas and subplots. By the time most viewers finish, though, their flame of interest may be flickering.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 22, 2012
    50
    There are rivalries and feuds and dangerous situations, as well as a complete lack of personality. [29 Oct 2012, p.38]
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2012
    40
    It's not that the show is terrible--it's not--but it brings nothing new to the firefighter drama format.
  9. Oct 10, 2012
    50
    "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.
  10. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    Chicago Fire a predictable but pleasantly familiar throwback that could have been on TV a decade and a half ago.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 8, 2012
    40
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 12, 2012
    40
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 18, 2012
    58
    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.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Feb 20, 2013
    8
    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 hitVery 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
    10
    Very good show that reminds me of Emergency! from the 1970s but with a little more drama. Also, this show crosses over with Chicago FireVery 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. Nov 21, 2013
    10
    Love it! Likeable characters, lots of action, beautiful people and great acting! Seriously underrated, it's got some familiar faces and hasLove it! Likeable characters, lots of action, beautiful people and great acting! Seriously underrated, it's got some familiar faces and has some great new ones too. I like it because it's actually a bit different, I've not watched a series like this before. Very good, highly recommend. Full Review »