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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 21, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Callie Thorne, James McCaffrey, Jack McGee
  • 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
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    Last summer's best series was FX's Rescue Me, a daring comedy-drama about New York City firefighters. It's a good bet this imaginative, adult show will repeat as the top series this summer. In its second season, which begins Tuesday, the program has lost none of its nerve or verve.
  2. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    Riveting. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    But this is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps. With that in mind, watch Rescue Me at your own risk.
  4. Jun 28, 2013
    88
    Thanks to the nimble Leary, ever riveting as TV's most nuanced antihero (sorry, Tony Soprano), Tommy's tenuous struggle for sobriety is even more rewarding than last season's harrowing downfall.
  5. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jan 22, 2014
    88
    Rescue Me is one of the darker dramas on television, and also one of the darker comedies: Its humor is as brittle and brutal as its intense scenes, and, like everything here else, is memorably credible.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    Rescue Me is not a show for the easily offended. Profanity is rampant along with sexual innuendo and references to sex acts. It can be profane in the extreme, however, and it rings true to the characters and their situations. [19 June 2005, p.TV-5]
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 22, 2014
    50
    There's still heat to Rescue Me - it just needs something to stoke the drama. [19 June 2005, p.A03]

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