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Rescue Me is an American dramedy television series that lasted on the air for seven seasons and focuses on the fictional New York City firefighters of Harlem, Manhattan's Engine 99/Ladder 62 firehouse. The show spends extra time on Tommy Gavin, played by comedian and actor Denis Leary, and his family against a background of issues, both domestic and more national circa post-September 11th. Tommy struggles to cope with his grief at the loss of his best friend and cousin, Jimmy Keefe. Jimmy visits Tommy in several visions. At the show's onset, Tommy and his wife have separated, with Tommy moving to an apartment complex across the street. Although Tommy is good-natured and well-intentioned, his hot temper, self-destructive nature, hypocrisy, and return to alcoholism, leave those who know him to view him as a manipulative and self-centered human being.

Other storylines running throughout the series include: - a gay firefighter being attacked for claiming that some of the firefighters who came to the rescue after the September 11th attack were gay. - Sean Garrity begins sleeping around with women, including one of Franco Rivera's ex-girlfriends, leading to Franco discovering that said woman gave birth to a daughter with him as the father. - Tommy begins to court Jimmy Keefe's widow Sheila (which is an absolutely unthinkable act among the firefighters) and Mike Siletti secretly dates "fatty" Theresa. - Lieutenant Ken Shea deals with the effects of September 11th by writing poetry and even takes up adultery after learning that his wife will be leaving him. - After Billy Martin dies in service, the city sends a female replacement to the Fire House. Laura Miles deals with being forced to deal with what amounts to be a men's club in the fire house, keeping an especially watchful eye on Tommy. Laura's reasons for watching Tommy are due to reports that his behavior and actions are becoming more and more reckless and self-destructive.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on FX
7 Seasons, 95 Episodes - Canceled
July 21, 2004
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Rescue Me Full Episode Guide

  • In the aftermath of the fire, the members of 62 truck struggle to pick up the pieces and look towards the future. Down at The Rock, the new probies receive a familiar speech and stand before a new leader.

  • Emotions rise to the surface at Colleen's wedding; the guys battle the ultimate fires.

  • Franco demands a role around the house; Lou delivers Tommy's letters.

  • A day at ground zero inspires Tommy to write letters to his loved ones. When Lou betrays his trust, Tommy returns to ground zero with an old friend.

  • With Tommy facing suspension and even more bad press in the wake of his angry interview, his fellow firefighters engage in a campaign to save him... and themselves.

  • What starts as a controlled interview ends in a full-on brawl. The beef continues even after the guys survive a harrowing scenario at a call.

  • Tommy swoops into action, putting an end to Kelly's dull date and his spell of uselessness. Lou becomes godfather, Colleen finds a dress, and Tommy sits down for his interview.

  • The guys get antsy waiting for a job; Lou fakes his physical; a news team memorializes Jimmy; Tommy is saved by an unfamiliar face.

  • With Damian confined to a chair and a new baby on the way, Sheila and Janet team up and shake-up Tommy's family life.

  • Tommy and Sheila do their best to adjust to life after Damian's accident. Sheila copes with her grief, Tommy struggles to budget his time, and the guys find themselves with a new pickup ploy.

  • Tommy and Sheila find themselves in hot water with Janet and Mickey and recognize the truth about their own relationship; Damian attempts to leave the crew, but is seduced back by the camaraderie of the brotherhood.

  • Needles' political leverage catches HQ off guard and forces them to reopen the house; Feinberg loses control; Damian saves a helpless victim; Tommy and Sheila find themselves in hot water.

  • When headquarters shuts down the house, the crew formulates a makeshift response to a nearby call. A face from the past stirs Tommy and Janet's emotions as their date begins to unravel.

  • Tommy loses his nerve when a young driver's recklessness reminds him of his daughter's new lifestyle. After a meeting fails to put Colleen on the wagon, Tommy is forced to pursue a more aggressive method to get her life back on track.

  • Tommy falls off the wagon, while the crew looks for Colleen.

  • The guys scheme to make Lou's hospital stay shorter than expected; Teddy and Colleen connect.

  • Tommy's first day back on the job is a busy one as the crew races from call to call. By the end of the shift, the guys are all exhausted, but it's Lou who feels it the most.

  • Tommy's nightmare influences him to change and he decides to do right, but his plan falls short when he stops at a bar post save.

  • In the Season 6 Premiere of Rescue Me, Tommy is disturbed by his vision of the afterlife. At the firehouse, the department decides to cut costs and the effects may be devastating.

Most Popular Rescue Me Episodes

  • Season 7 Episode 9 Ashes 9/07/2011
  • Season 1 Episode 3 Kansas 8/04/2004
  • Season 4 Episode 1 Twilight 6/13/2007
  • Season 1 Episode 10 Immortal 9/22/2004
  • Season 3 Episode 1 Twilight 5/30/2006

Rescue Me News

Watch a Preview of Tonight's Dramatic Series Finale of 'Rescue Me'

"Rescue Me" has been the role of Dennis Leary's life, and the show has long been one of the highest quality programs in the FX lineup. The show wraps up tonight for good with a dramatic show finale, and Leary has let audiences know a little bit about what to expect. Get a preview of tonight's finale and watch a promo clip here.

Denis Leary Reviews His Own Movies (Spoiler: Most Are 'S%*&')

Sure, we all know Dennis Leary, and how he's famous for being a self-proclaimed a^&-hole. But rarely do you see a man break down his entire career in the movies quite so ruthlessly. Watch the cynical funnyman tear his own entire career to shreds for Funny or Die in this awesome NSFW rant.

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