L.A. Firefighters

FOX (ended 1996)



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L.A. Firefighters

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L. A. Firefighters follows the lives of the members of Fire Company 132 in Los Angeles. Jarrod Emick stars as Jack Malloy, 132's fire captain, who has his fair share of problems to struggle with both on the job and at home. Christine Elise is the team's new member, Erin Coffy, daughter of the Battalion Chief Dick Coffy (played by Brian Smiar). Dick has never wanted his "little girl" to be a firefighter and this is the root to a lot of conflicts.

The other original cast members were Carlton Wilborn as Ray Grimes, Alexandra Hedison as Kay Rizzo, Brian Leckner as J.B. Baker, Michael Gallagher as Lenny Rose, Elizabeth Mitchell as Jack's wife Laura Malloy and Miguel Sandoval as Bernie Ramirez, a former firefighter turned arson investigator.

L. A. Firefighters debuted on FOX on June 3, 1996. Unfortunately, the show was not a hit with the critics and there was also a lot of fuzz because some offended real-life firefighters called for a boycott of the show. Sure, it probably wasn't all that accurate and realistic but it was good entertainment. Besides, as far as realism goes, this wasn't any worse than shows like Chicago Hope and NYPD Blue.

L. A. Firefighters was taken off the air after only six episodes. FOX then retitled the series Fire Co. 132 which was supposed to be more realistic. Brian Smiar and Elizabeth Mitchell were dropped from the cast, and the cast was joined by John Bradley as Mike Durning, Rob Youngblood as Jed Neal and Alexandra Paul as T.K. Martin. Seven episodes were produced but FOX never bothered to air them. They have been shown in other countries, though, and those of us who saw them can testify that this is a show that had at least deserved a chance.moreless

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  • Action, suspense, and drama, you can't help but root for A firefighter.

    I was glued to this show every week, which wasn't easy b/c fox didn't know where they wanted this show, it bounced around like a super ball in a bathtub. There was action and drama, it must have cost a ton in production costs, but in every episode it was worth it. This show was a casualty of fox getting into the sports entertainment ring. They said they just couldn't afford it. The beauty is that several of the same people that were responsible for fox being on the cutting edge in the mid to late 90's became the leaders of my now favorite network FX, its late, but they are making up for lost time.moreless