Rescue Me

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  • TV-MA
  • 2004
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.3  (27,695)

Rescue Me is an American television drama series that aired on FX from 2004 until 2011. Created by Denis Leary and Peter Tolan, the show follows the life of Tommy Gavin, played by Denis Leary, a New York City firefighter who struggles to balance his personal and professional life while dealing with the aftermath of 9/11.

Tommy Gavin is a complex character with a dark sense of humor and a troubled past that haunts him every day. He has a strained relationship with his ex-wife Janet, played by Andrea Roth, and their three children. Tommy is also dealing with the loss of his cousin killed in the 9/11 attacks and his firefighter best friend who dies in a building collapse.

The series tackles issues that firefighters face on a daily basis, including post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, and the effects of 9/11 on firefighters' mental and physical health. In addition to these serious themes, the show also has a lot of humor, especially in the banter between Tommy and his fellow firefighters at the firehouse.

John Scurti plays Lieutenant Kenneth "Lou" Shea, Tommy's best friend and confidant. Lou is a father figure to the younger firefighters at the firehouse and tries to keep Tommy in check when he's dealing with his demons. Daniel Sunjata plays Franco Rivera, a cocky firefighter who is also an aspiring artist. Mike Lombardi plays Mike Silletti, a young firefighter who is still learning the ropes. Steven Pasquale plays Sean Garrity, a sensitive firefighter who also has a talent for singing. Callie Thorne plays Sheila Keefe, Tommy's on-again-off-again love interest who is also the widow of Tommy's cousin. Adam Ferrara plays Chief Jerry Reilly, Tommy's boss who is tough but fair. Larenz Tate plays Bart "Black Shawn" Johnston, a former boxer turned firefighter who has a contentious relationship with Tommy. James McCaffrey plays Jimmy Keefe, Janet's brother who is also a firefighter and Tommy's nemesis. Dean Winters plays Johnny Gavin, Tommy's brother who is also dealing with his own personal issues.

Throughout the series, we see Tommy and his fellow firefighters dealing with intense and dangerous situations, including building fires, car accidents, and terrorist threats. The show also explores the personal lives of the characters, including their relationships, families, and inner struggles.

Rescue Me was well received by both critics and audiences for its raw and realistic portrayal of firefighters and their struggles. The show was praised for its strong writing, complex characters, and outstanding performances. Denis Leary's performance as Tommy Gavin was particularly praised for its depth and nuance.

The show also received several awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005. The show was also nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and won a Peabody Award in 2005.

In conclusion, Rescue Me is a powerful and emotional drama that explores the lives of firefighters in post-9/11 New York City. The show combines intense action sequences with heartfelt drama and witty humor. The series features strong performances from its talented cast and tackles important issues such as PTSD, addiction, and grief. If you're looking for a riveting drama with heart, humor, and a strong sense of realism, then Rescue Me is definitely worth watching.

Rescue Me is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (97 episodes). The series first aired on July 21, 2004.

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9. Ashes
September 7, 2011
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.
8. Vows
August 31, 2011
Emotions rise to the surface at Colleen's wedding; the guys battle the ultimate fires.
7. Jeter
August 24, 2011
Franco demands a role around the house; Lou delivers Tommy's letters.
6. 344
August 17, 2011
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.
5. Head
August 10, 2011
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.
4. Brownies
August 3, 2011
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.
3. Press
July 27, 2011
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.
2. Menses
July 20, 2011
The guys get antsy waiting for a job; Lou fakes his physical; a news team memorializes Jimmy; Tommy is saved by an unfamiliar face.
1. Mutha
July 13, 2011
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.
Where to Watch Rescue Me
Rescue Me is available for streaming on the FX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rescue Me on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 21, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (27,695)