10 Shows Like 'Chicago Fire' to Watch Next

Want more dramas about first responders, their high-octane jobs, and even hotter relationships? Metacritic's got you covered.
by Taylor Freitas — 

'Chicago Fire'


Now in its 11th season, Chicago Firetells the stories of the first responders at the Chicago Fire Department's fictional Firehouse 51. In this procedural drama, the firefighters and paramedics are more like family than co-workers, brought together by a shared commitment to their high-stress job and a lot of personal feelings for each other, too.

Some of Chicago Fire's main players have included Lieutenant Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), a well-respected leader of Truck Company 81; Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), the charming leader of Squad 3; and Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker), a veteran and father figure at the firehouse.

Created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer), Chicago Fire is part of NBC's Chicago franchise, which also includes Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice. Although we didn't include these three shows on our list, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy them if you're a fan of Chicago Fire.

It's been a decade since Chicago Fire first came on air, and in that time, the show has cultivated a dedicated following. If you're a fan of the series and looking for similar shows to watch next, look no further than the list below. On it, you'll find 10 programs in the same vein as Chicago Fire. While there are a couple of firehouse dramas, there are also police procedurals and other shows created by Wolf to continue the same tone.

Here, Metacritic spotlights 10 shows like Chicago Fire to watch next.


Denis Leary in 'Rescue Me'


Rescue Me

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of dark and confronting comedy-dramas
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Seasons: 7

Rescue Me follows veteran firefighter Tommy Gavin (played by Denis Leary, who created the show with Peter Tolan) and his fellow first responders at New York's Ladder Company 62 (informally known as "62 Truck"). Although he often uses humor to cope, Tommy struggles with a number of serious issues throughout the show, including loss, grief, and substance abuse — on top of the post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt he developed after 9/11. The show also depicts Tommy's complicated relationships with his estranged wife and their children, who are frequently caught up in troubling situations with him.

"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." — David Bianculli, NY Daily News


Bonnie Somerville and Dennis Franz in 'NYPD Blue'


NYPD Blue 

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of hard-hitting police dramas that don't shy away from tough topics
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Seasons: 12

Known for its groundbreakingly gritty portrayal of life and crime in New York, NYPD Blue is a police procedural drama that began airing in 1993. It tells the story of the officers at NYPD's 15th Precinct, who deal with a range of complex issues — including alcoholism, abuse, and sexual identity — that affect them at work and at home. Each episode follows various members from the show's ensemble cast, with a particular focus on Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), a gruff and hard-headed detective who's faced great tragedy in his personal life.

"A striking, crisply edited show." — Hal Boedeker, The Miami Herald


From left to right: Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg in 'Blue Bloods'


Blue Bloods 

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of family-centric cop dramas
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Seasons: 13 (so far)

Blue Bloods revolves around the Reagan family, several of whom work for the NYPD. Leading the family — and the police force — is Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), a war veteran and long-serving law enforcement officer who has to balance the needs of his department with the demands of the politicians that he works with. The Reagans' association with the law runs deep: Frank's father, Henry (Len Cariou), is a former Police Commissioner; his sons, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie (Will Estes), serve on the force; and his daughter, Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is a prosecutor.

"Blue Bloods has an old-fashioned appeal both as drama in the vein of a workingman's Dynasty and as splashy procedural." — Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times


'Law & Order'


Law & Order

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of legal dramas with true crime roots
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Seasons: 22 (so far)

Created by Wolf, Law & Order is a long-running police procedural that tags along with the police officers and district attorneys who work together to take down some of New York's worst criminals. Many of the stories featured in the series are based on actual criminal cases, with each episode following a two-part structure. In the first half, the show looks at a particular crime, including its investigation and the suspect's arrest, before delving into the court case. Since premiering in 1990, the series has spawned multiple spin-offs, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unitand Law & Order: Organized Crime.

"It's a tidy hour with just enough strong performances and compelling scenes to keep things moving." — Aaron Barnhart, Primetimer


Ellen Pompeo in 'Grey's Anatomy'


Grey's Anatomy 

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of medical dramas with romantic storylines
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Seasons: 19 (so far)

If you like the medical elements and/or romantic relationships on Chicago Fire, then you might also enjoy the hospital drama Grey's Anatomy. The Golden Globe-winning series, which premiered in 2005, tracks the professional and personal life of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), including her interactions with patients and colleagues at a Seattle, Wash. hospital. Meredith's journey takes her from surgical resident to Chief of General Surgery, as she experiences personal triumphs and tragedies along the way, including her marriage to fellow surgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the births of her children, and the death of her mother.

"The mix of a youthful cast, crisp dialogue, romance, the Darwinian workplace struggle to survive, and life-or-death situations combine to make the show appealing and watchable in spite of its familiarity." — Brian Lowry, Variety





Metascore: 60 
Best for: Fans of intense and action-packed emergency dramas
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Seasons: 6 (so far)

Set in Los Angeles, 9-1-1 is a procedural drama created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It focuses on a group of first responders, including police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, who are responsible for helping people in life-threatening emergencies. At the same time, 9-1-1 also follows the personal lives of its characters, including the love story between LAPD Sergeant Athena Grant (Angela Bassett) and LAFD Captain Bobby Nash (Peter Krause). A spin-off (9-1-1: Lone Star) debuted in 2020, featuring some crossover cast members from the original series.

"Serviceable yet unremarkable. ... 9-1-1 is a match for the overall quality of NBC's Chicago trifecta." — Ed Bark, Uncle Barky


Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki in 'FBI'



Metascore: 57 
Best for: Fans of crime procedurals centered around strong partner chemistry
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Seasons: 5 (so far)

Wolf and Craig Turk created this crime drama, which gives audiences a look into the inner workings of the FBI's New York Field Office. It stars Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell, a talented and hardworking agent with a tragic backstory, and Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan, an Army veteran and New York native. Together, the pair and their fellow FBI team members hunt down some of the country's most dangerous criminals and terrorists, often putting their lives at risk to do so. 

"An hour of TV comfort food." — Michael Starr, New York Post


Jaina Lee Ortiz in 'Station 19'


Station 19

Metascore: 55
Best for: Fans of workplace dramas with a heavy dose of heroism and love triangles
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Seasons: 6 (so far)

Station 19 is a Grey's Anatomy spin-off that follows the close-knit group of firefighters at Seattle's Fire Station 19. Although these men and women are mainly brought together by a passion for what they do, they often find their lives intersecting outside of work as well. In the middle of it all is Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz), the ambitious daughter of former Captain Pruitt Herrera (Miguel Sandoval), who has a strong bond with several of her fellow firefighters. The show regularly features crossover appearances from Grey's Anatomy characters, including Meredith and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson).

"A turbocharged melodrama in which twists and surprises transpire with comforting predictability." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times


From left to right: Manish Dayal and Matt Czuchry in 'The Resident'


The Resident

Metascore: 54
Best for: Fans of thought-provoking medical shows
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Seasons: 6 (so far)

Based on a book by Marty Makary, The Resident is a medical drama set at the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. It revolves around Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), a senior resident who agrees to mentor Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), an eager new doctor at the beginning of his residency. Although much of the series is focused on the relationships between the hospital's staff, it also highlights the darker side of medicine, including the toll that the occupation takes on doctors and nurses, as well as the heavy responsibilities that they bear.

"Painfully familiar hospital drama that starts off sloppy but improves." — Verne Gay, Newsday


Shemar Moore in 'S.W.A.T.'



Metascore: 45
Best for: Fans of high-stakes police dramas anchored by human stories
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Seasons: 6 (so far)

Inspired by the 2003 movie of the same name (which itself was based on the '70s TV series), S.W.A.T. introduces audiences to Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson (Shemar Moore), the leader of an elite unit within the LAPD. As a native Angeleno, Hondo has strong ties to both his community and the police department, and he often finds himself playing peacemaker between the two sides. His team includes Jim Street (Alex Russell), a young wildcard who's new to the LAPD, and Deacon Kay (Jay Harrington), a veteran cop and family man.

"A pretty pedestrian procedural." — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette