Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Chicago Fire?

Are you skeptical about a firefighter procedural? Do you love Dick Wolf but find yourself wary of his adventures outside of New York? Are you here to check out a soccer score? After watching the pilot for NBC's Chicago Fire, we're prepared to help you decide whether you want to dedicate your time to the boys (and few gals) of Firehouse 51. Read on and decide.


What's Chicago Fire about?

When you think of your typical procedurals based on things six-year-olds want to be when they grow up, firefighters are woefully left out of the mix. Enter Chicago Fire, where we follow the men and women of Firehouse 51 in Chicago as they laugh, love, bicker, and walk into burning buildings. Professionally.


Where can I see it?

Chicago Fire premieres Wednesday, October 10 at 10pm on NBC.


Who created the show?

The man, the myth, the legend Dick Wolf has his name all over the show. For those of you who haven't taken a course in lupine urology, Wolf is also responsible for Law & Order and all of its incarnations. The credited creators of Chicago Fire are Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, better known for writing movies like Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma. And 2 Fast 2 Furious.


Who's in it?

Jesse Spencer trades in his lab coat, accent, and House Duckling status for something more fireproof as the head of the Truck Squad. Beyond him there are some people who have popped up for stints in other programs, like Taylor Kinney (Trauma—a similar-feeling NBC series about paramedics from a while back), Monica Raymund (The Good Wife), Eamonn Walker (Oz), and David Eigenberg (Sex and the City). Steve! I know!


Who's the target audience?

This is a really broad show, so probably NBC is angling it for that 18-49 demo. But who will like it? Men who don't want to watch Nashville, women who are bored with CSI, anyone who likes pretty people. Also people who like fire, people who miss Dr. Chase, people who are curious about what firefighters do in the truck before going to risk their lives in a burning building (sometimes it's reading the paper), people who get tricked into thinking NBC picked up The Chicago Code (poor bastards).


So what's good about it?

There are a lot of pretty people. So, it has that going for it. Fire is interesting.


What's not?

There are a few more of these. The cast is pretty much a sausage party except for the two paramedics, Shay and Gabriela. If you're looking for a firefighter procedural, you'll quickly discover that fire emergencies don't lend themselves very well to a "case of the week" formula (which isn't so much a bad thing about the series as it is something different than what you might be expecting). There are a few more storylines than the show actually needs. The action feels really slow (there's a lot more walking around than you'd think). And, probably the worst part, it doesn't get any better (at least in the first three episodes).


So... should I watch it?

Only if you're bored and/or looking for eye candy. Otherwise, watch Nashville instead.


Do you have a clip or a trailer I can look at?

You can watch the entire pilot on NBC.com or Hulu right now. But if you're not willing to surrender an hour until you can see the show in HD, here's a trailer:


What should I drink while watching this program?

Something on fire. A Flaming Moe?


Chicago Fire premieres Wednesday, October 10 at 10pm on NBC.

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Watched it with a friend.... not only could I tell things were off about how that place operated, but the constant insider jibes from my friend made it even more clear that this show has some deep problems. Guess they are more interested in the melodrama rather than the real, often quirky reality of the situation.



Can't even imagine what I'll hear if my uncle has seen this. He is a retired firefighter within a couple of hours of where this takes place. Can't say I'm impressed though.
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I really enjoyed the pilot. There was a lot of action. I just hope they don't get too involved in the relationship stuff. Nashville sounds too soapy for me.
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I'm willing to give it a try, but I'll also be DVRing Nashville. Who knows what will win out in the end.
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If it lasts more than 2 seasons, I'll do a marathon catch-up. Until then, it's not on my watch-list. Especially since it's an NBC show (who IMO are a money-laundering front pretending to be a network).
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I really like Jesse Spencer, but I have hated everything Dick Wolfe has ever done. (Ouch! Don't hit me L&O fans, please!) So I guess I'll give this one a pass.
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I've promised myself I have to at least try this because I'm a huge L&O fan.
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I'm a huuuge fan of Rescue Me. Any chance I could like this one?
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Even though I think I might fall under the 'people who miss Dr Chase' category, I probs won't tune in.

Sorry Chicago Fire, but a firefighter drama has already been done, and its been done much better. If you watch, pour one out for our fallen homie, Rescue Me.
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I'll watch it! The pilot was great.
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I actually enjoyed the pilot so i will be watching, especially for jesse spencer. Nashville...not so much as I don't like country music.
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Pilot seems really "Meh." Waiting to see how much of a pull Hot Uncle Mason continues to have on my attention span (answer: tons), so I think I'll end up watching this by default.
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I'll watch it.



I've watched the pilot, it wasn't boring and I miss Dr Chase..



Sure, it's no Mad Men, Game of Thrones or The Wire (that I enjoy very much) but it's got good looking people in it and the stories are easy to follow. Perfect for evenings after a hard day studying !



Won't be sad if it gets axed though.
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NBC has tried shows like this before and they didn't last. The concept was enough to get me to put it on my dead pool list, but I suspect it'll run out its 13 before the network cans it. In any case, the promos were a clear "no" for me.
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not true Third Watch lasted 6 seasons
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Frankly, I think my TV schedule could use a sausage fest right about not. I fit into the group of women who don't want to watch Nashville. Pretty people, being dramatic. I liked it. Not every week, but hero porn is definitely welcome every once in a while. Please people let's not start harping on whether or not it's "realistic."
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I'm kinda surprised we're almost 4 weeks into the new TV season and not a single new series has been axed yet (kinda sad that's my mentality). Chicago Fire is on my Dead Pool, so I figure it's bland and forgettable enough that no one will even know it aired, much less care about it when it's gone.
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"Basic lupine urology" was the best episode name since "Criss Angel is a douchebag".
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I'm not particularly interested in it, but I do plan on watching the pilot. I'm highly skeptical about liking it -- seems like it'll be either too procedural-y or too melodramatic. It does remind me a bit of Trauma -- partly because of Taylor Kinney -- and that show was alright. Plus, I fit into the "Men who don't want to watch Nashville" category that you suggested might like it.
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I think I'll just finish Netflixing Rescue Me.
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Uncle Mason! Addicted to painkillers! Couldn't just be happy as werewolf.
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I tried to watch it, and honestly I couldn't take more than eight minutes of it. The set-up, people being saved plus some interpersonal issues, was just too basic. So I guess since I haven't seen the whole pilot, I can't judge it in its entirety. But based on the beginning, the answer is no, don't watch it. The show might be OK, but there are many better shows out there to waste precious time on.

I guess the fact that the show is another sausage fest is also a reason why I'm not that interested. It's weird how people think that men watch shows with a lot of men in them, because we are supposed to relate to the story. Honestly, I don't even know what people mean when they say that they relate to characters or events in TV or film. How am I supposed to relate to a bunch of actors playing firefighters, when they look good enough to be mistaken for strippers? Why should I watch the show just because there are men dealing with "male issues", when I know it's fiction and far removed from my life experience? I never choose a show because it's "relatable", just based on if it's entertaining. The story lines never touch me on a personal level. I rather watch Nashville since it'll probably have some great music as well as a few attractive women in it.
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Do you mean to tell me that you like Archer without relating to him? You don't relate to being an animated special agent for a secret intelligence service who is a seemingly attractive, rich, egotistical, and alcoholic playboy with a female middle name? Well, you've totally destroyed the image I had of you, Taccado. :P
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Actually, seems like you proved me wrong. Archer seems to be a character I completely relate to, precisely because I'm exactly like you just described him, emphasis on egotistical. I'm glad that you have such an accurate image of me.

Talking about cartoon characters, Calvin and Hobbes happens to be one of my favourite comics of all time. (I own every single comic strip ever drawn by Watterson. See, that's my ego talking again. ) Am I to deduce that you are warm, fuzzy, like to sleep in the sun and follow a small boy around when you're not sneaking up on him after his day in school?
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I almost put this one on my dead pool list, but at the last minute decided against it.

So I hope it does really well!
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I watched the pilot last week and I enjoyed it. Nashville not so much. So I will stick with Chicago Fire over Nashville.
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