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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.

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Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on FX
7 Seasons, 95 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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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.

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When "Rescue Me" premiered on FX back in 2004, the idea of Dennis Leary in a firefighting drama seemed a little...off. Known for his acerbic comic wit and for being in a series of comedies that even he acknowledged as being pretty bad, Leary simply didn't have much background in doing serious television. Nonetheless, the well-written and acted drama ended up being a perfect fit for Leary, and the role of cynical, self-destructive alcoholic firefighter Tommy Gavin ultimately ended up being the best work the actor has done outside of his early standup.

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

"Rescue Me" star Denis Leary has cultivated a persona over the years of being a bit of an a-hole. But in these videos for Funny or Die, the only person he's being particularly mean to is himself. FoD had Leary sit down and riff about his many movies (47 of them, to be exact) and let us know just what he thinks about them...which, as it turns out, is not too much. Sure, there are a few movies that Leary has been in that he likes ("Wag the Dog" is one of his all-time favorites), but for everyone one of those there's about three more that Leary despises.

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