Rescue Me

FX (ended 2011)



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From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a dramedy that centers on the inner workings of 62 Truck, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses on Tommy Gavin, the senior firefighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former firefighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job. The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce. Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with. Franco Rivera, a cocky, Puerto Rican ladies man, is Tommy's confidant who lives life in the fast lane. Lt. Kenny "Lou" Shea is a man's man who secretly writes poetry and uses it as a way to release his emotional frustrations. Mike Silletti, "the probie," is subject to numerous initiation pranks as he starts his career as a firefighter. Theme Song: "C'Mon C'Mon" by The Von Bondies Awards & Nominations: 2005 Golden Globe Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Drama Series: Denis Leary 2005 TCA Award Nominee-Outstanding Achievement in Drama & Outstanding New Program of the Year 2005 Satellite Award Nominee- Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary, Outstanding DVD Release of a Television Show, Outstanding Television Series, Drama 2005 Satellite Award- Best Ensemble: Television 2005 Visionary Award- Jim Serpico 2006 Satellite Award Nominee- Best Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary & Best Television Series, Drama 2006 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Denis Leary 2006 Emmy Award Nominee- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Denis Leary 2007 Satellite Award Nominee- Best Actor in a Series, Drama Denis Leary 2007 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline Denis Leary 2007 Golden Reel Award Nomiee- Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Short Form Eileen Horta (supervising sound editor) Mark Cleary (sound designer) James Bailey (foley artist) Damien Smith (foley artist) Kevin McCullough (sound editor) Ashley Harvey (sound editor) For episode "Devil". 2007 Gracie Allen Award- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Marisa Tomei 2007 Emmy Nominee-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Denis Leary 2007 Artios Award-Best Dramatic Episodic Casting Julie Tucker 2008 Prism Award Nominee- Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Tatum O'Neal 2008 Emmy Nominee- Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Charles Durning


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    Fan Reviews (132)

    • If this is men at their "Best and Funniest" as others have described then forget it.

      I honestly have not seen such absolute rubbish on TV in a long long time. Between the constant blashpheming; swearing and soft porn, this show is either written by a wanna be porn director and/or a woman who is incredibly cynical about men. If this is typical NY firefighters then I will surely stay away from them. What a bunch of shallow, shallow men who carry on like a frat house and a lot of their interactions with women border on domestic abuse.

      Tommy is the most manipulative; worst parent who lacks integrity and morals that I've ever seen. I realise it's only a TV show, but this guy is neither likeable nor, I hope, based on any kind of reality (as a whole).

      I will not be wasting one more minute on this show and I'm disappointed that more people have not stood up and said something (esp. how they literally throw the women around in this show like a pornographic mills and boon). This really could have been a great show as it had a great storyline. How it's lasted seven seasons, let alone seven shows really shows me where we've got to as a society....moreless
    • good show

      It started really good, humor and drama combined perfectlly, but after season 4, i had to fast forward all the scenes that sheila was in, I got sick and felt sorry that she was given such a low role, she didnt have the opportunity to show if she is a good actress, instead she showed nationwide what a good whore she is. I am pretty sure she got many calls from porn directors.moreless
    • Holy Smokes!

      This is one of the show's I make all of my friends watch. Non-stop laughs paired with heartbreaking drama. Pure gold!

      If you like this: check out Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's Sirens.
    • WONDERFUL!!!

      Just finished watching the series on Netflix and was in awe! It's about time somebody created a show for adults about real life. This is one series that I could absolutely watch over again. The cast was fantastic, could have been a next-door neighbor. Way to go Denis Leary-thumbs up to you. When can we expect something new? A new groupie has been created.
    • 1 of my all time favorite shows!

      From the awesome theme song through the series finale, I absolutely love this show! The characters are all well rounded from their personalities both on the job and in their personal lives. Tommy Gavin (the main character, Dennis Leary, who was also the creator, writer, and Executive Producer) is haunted by one of his brothers, Jimmy, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers (his only remains found was 1 finger, so when his ghost visits Tommy he has burns on his face & is missing that finger, which I think was incredible writing). Later on, Tommy is haunted by children and adults who he feels he should've been able to save (including his 6 year old son, Connor, who was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike and later another brother, Johnny, who was a cop killed in the line of duty when a stake out goes wrong). Tommy and his fellow firefighters are hilarious, beyond fearless, sexy, angry, and bonded like brothers. His family is very large, complicated, and extremely emotionally charged (running the gambit from love, hate, mentally unstable, anger, betrayal, crazy, jealousy, denial, hopelessness, deep depression, arrogance, egotistic, guilt, victimized, and vulnerable) which stems from several of them having serious drinking problems and all the tragedies they have suffered. If you can afford to buy the box set of the entire show or watch it on Netflix or Hulu, do it and you will be ready for a marathon of amazing, dramatic, poignant, passionate, provoking, & extremely touching television viewing! I promise you will be satisfied!moreless

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    family tragedy, dramedy, depression, witty remarks, coping with death