Rescue Me : Season 3

  • Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 21, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    With Denis Leary's return as Tommy Gavin in FX's Rescue Me, viewers have hit the summer trifecta: the best actor playing the best character in the best show on basic cable.
  2. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    A four-alarm run of fiery performances laced with hurt and hilarity. It means writing that swerves brilliantly from racy humor to lacerating pain, from steamy encounters to brutal insights. And it means spending quality time with some of the most human, street-level, flesh-and-blood characters you're likely to encounter anywhere in the television realm. [30 May 2006, p.E1]
  3. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    Rescue Me isn't your run-of-the-mill TV drama. It's astonishing in its ability to mix tremendous tragedy with genuinely hilarious comedy. [30 May 2006]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Huff
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    Rescue Me is like a roaring five-alarm fire. The moment it seems the blaze is under control - whoosh - the place explodes. And just as quickly, it's under control.
  5. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    In lesser hands, the show would be suffocating, a dramatic black hole from which no light could escape. But Denis Leary, who stars as Tommy, and co-creator Peter Tolan are brilliant at letting a little humor creep in at just the right time. [30 May 2006, p.1E]
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 22, 2014
    100
    It never shrinks from the task of surpassing its own brilliance. Even when it fails in its attempt to knock you out, Rescue Me keeps swinging, and that engenders a whole lot of admiration in a medium choking on its own safety.
  7. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 27, 2014
    90
    Rescue Me isn't for everyone, particularly those who find Leary's fuming a little too convincing. But it's certainly a TV gem, rough but gleaming. [30 May 2006, p.E1]
  8. Reviewed by: Virginia Heffernan
    Jan 22, 2014
    90
    It's unlikely that Rescue Me, which continues to cast a serious spell, will turn into a womany show. When "we're Irish" fails to serve as a pretext for bad or capricious behavior on this show, the second-best explanation is still "we're men."
  9. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Doug Elfman
    Jan 27, 2014
    88
    In the vein of Bill Murray, [Leary] is now a subtler tragic-comic actor who signals both tough luck and buoyant twinkles with a smirk and a glance. [30 May 2006, p.39]
  10. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    The women aren't as shrill as they've been in the past, and even Sheila (Callie Thorne), the histrionic widow of Tommy's dead cousin has become a decent comedic foil. Better yet, Susan Sarandon steps up to the plate this season as a confident, rich woman - not a girl, a woman, Tommy points out - who wants to seduce Franco (Daniel Sunjata). [30 May 2006, p.D1]
  11. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    A warning: Once hooked, you'll be with the show to the end. [30 May 2006]
  12. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    If, as a woman, you've ever wondered how men act when they're together, how they talk to each other, how they deal with rage and confusion and lust, there's no better guide than this show, which may just be hitting its stride in its third season. [30 May 2006, p.3]
  13. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jan 27, 2014
    75
    Rescue Me has also created wonderful, layered roles for women, including Andrea Roth ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") as Tommy's estranged wife, Janet, and Tatum O'Neal as temperamental sister Maggie Gavin...Plus, such impressive actresses as Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei have signed on for roles as recurring characters this season. [30 May 2006, p.1]
  14. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 27, 2014
    75
    Your love for the show depends on your tolerance for Leary and his overbearing character. [30 May 2006, p.28]

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