• Network:
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 21, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Rescue Me Image
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: James McCaffrey, Jack McGee, Daniel Sunjata
  • Summary: From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a dramedy that centers on the inner workings of Engine 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world.

    The show focuses on Tommy Gavin, the senior firefighter
    whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former firefighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job.

    The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce. Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with. Franco Rivera, a cocky, Puerto Rican ladies man, is Tommy's confidant who lives life in the fast lane. Lt. Kenny "Lou" Shea is a man's man who secretly writes poetry and uses it as a way to release his emotional frustrations. Mike Silletti, "the probie," is subject to numerous initiation pranks as he starts his career as a firefighter.

    Theme Song:
    "C'Mon C'Mon" by The Von Bondies

    Awards & Nominations:
    2005 Golden Globe Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Drama Series: Denis Leary

    2005 TCA Award Nominee-Outstanding Achievement in Drama & Outstanding New Program of the Year

    2005 Satellite Award Nominee- Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama
    Denis Leary, Outstanding DVD Release of a Television Show, Outstanding Television Series, Drama

    2005 Satellite Award- Best Ensemble: Television

    2005 Visionary Award- Jim Serpico

    2006 Satellite Award Nominee- Best Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary & Best Television Series, Drama

    2006 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Denis Leary

    2006 Emmy Award Nominee- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Denis Leary

    2007 Satellite Award Nominee- Best Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary

    2007 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline Denis Leary

    2007 Golden Reel Award Nomiee- Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Short Form
    Eileen Horta (supervising sound editor) Mark Cleary (sound designer) James Bailey (foley artist) Damien Smith (foley artist) Kevin McCullough (sound editor) Ashley Harvey (sound editor) For episode "Devil".

    2007 Gracie Allen Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marisa Tomei

    2007 Emmy Nominee-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Denis Leary

    2007 Artios Award-Best Dramatic Episodic Casting Julie Tucker

    2008 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Tatum O'Neal

    2008 Emmy Nominee- Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Charles Durning
    Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Peter Tolan, Denis Leary
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 21, 2004
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
  • More Details and Credits »
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    It's as funny in some places as it is raw and touching in others. Make an effort to watch this premiere, and add it to your short list of must-see TV. [21 July 2004, p.80]
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    Rescue Me burns with authenticity, rising from the newly cluttered landscape of summer TV programming to become the No. 1 must-see. [21 July 2004, p.F01]
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    May be the network's most effective combination yet of artistic reach and popular appeal. Created by The Job's Peter Tolan and Denis Leary, who also stars, Rescue Me could do for firefighters what "NYPD Blue" did for cops: strip them of myth while celebrating their humanity.
  4. Reviewed by: Nancy Franklin
    Jan 22, 2014
    90
    Rescue Me is a daring, unflinching show—a worthy companion to FX’s dark-hearted police drama “The Shield”—and it is unafraid to expose the not always pretty particulars of firehouse culture and the more fallible side of those we count on to save us.
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jan 22, 2014
    88
    The language and sentiments are often unfiltered and raw, maybe more than you want at times, but Leary is a master at playing guys on the edge and this is an extraordinary showcase, by turns moving, funny and stunning. [21 July 2004, p.61]
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    For Leary fans, it's a treat to have him back on the air in a smartly drawn, non-PC drama with a heavy comedic element.
  7. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jan 22, 2014
    40
    But as perfect as Leary is in some ways to play the wounded and angry working man in midlife crisis, it is a one-note act...Leary is simply not an actor capable of other notes, let alone nuance. Anyone who saw him in the ABC cop series "The Job" has seen this character.

See all 25 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    10
    One of the best shows of all time.
  2. Sep 2, 2013
    8
    I used to really love the show. The last two seasons, however just looking at you. Well, it was very good. I'm so sorry it's over. Those who can look at this series. Expand

Related Articles

  1. Summer TV Preview: 20 Shows to Watch This Summer

    Summer TV Preview: 20 Shows to Watch This Summer Image
    Published: May 12, 2011
    Who says there's no good TV in the summer? Learn about the season's most interesting new and returning shows, from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Louie" to "Falling Skies" and "Wilfred." We also have a full calendar of premiere dates for all summer shows.