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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, 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
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jan 28, 2014
    At heart, it's a funny, raucous, bittersweet and vividly entertaining chronicle of the spontaneous emotional combustion that goes on in the lives of one soulful, eclectic assortment of firehouse characters. OK, 62 Truck, time to go back to work...Crank up the sirens. Rescue Me has arrived to rescue prime time from the hazy, lazy days of summer. [11 June 2007, p.1]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 28, 2014
    Funny, shocking and purposely incorrect, this testosterone-drenched series from Denis Leary and Peter Tolan returns to reclaim its spot as basic cable's best show, bar none. [13 June 2007, p.10D]
  3. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jan 28, 2014
    For its first three seasons, Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary as a haunted New York firefighter, was one of the funniest dramas on television. This season begins with a slight shift: It's now one of the most dramatic comedies. [13 June 2007, p.75]
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jan 28, 2014
    No drama mixes the profoundly painful with the profanely funny more expertly than Rescue Me, Denis Leary's FX series about New York City firefighters. As laughter wraps itself around anguish on this Manhattan landscape, you wonder if what's unfolding is an epic American tragedy or a raunchy workplace comedy. [12 June 2007, p.E1]
  5. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 28, 2014
    Clearly, Rescue Me isn't for everyone, but the fearless, funny series is don't-miss viewing for its legions of fans. [13 June 2007, p.L15]
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jan 28, 2014
    The show's still a hoot to watch. Besides which, the actors are almost as cute as real NYC firefighters. Almost. [12 June 2007, p.97]
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 28, 2014
    What's missing most from Rescue Me's first couple of episodes, at least, are scenes of firehouse camaraderie among Gavin and his fellow firefighters. [13 June 2007, p.12]

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