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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.

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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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