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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: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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]
  2. 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. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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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