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 (131)

  • 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.

    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
  • not a fan

    I came to hate Denis Leary after watching a bunch of episodes in a row. This show could have been so much better-- it was cool in the beginning, but it became a repetitive, narcissistic vehicle for Leary's world view. The limited cycle that it revolves in-- Tommy gets angry, Tommy screws up, people who deserve better forgive him. Ugh, what a painful experience it is to watch Leary be unable to carry this role which requires that he convince us that this many people would admire Tommy Gavin or that these women who are way above his league would sleep with him.

    This is all because Leary insists on making this show be a bunch of vignettes of his comedy routine, without the humor. Major plot incongruities are introduced just to create a series of speech scenes where either Tommy strokes himself, or one of the secondary characters strokes him. The serious themes this show is built around (alcoholism, 9/11, the noble fire fighting profession) are exploited to prop up a character nobody would put up with-- a character that looks exactly how Denis Leary appears to himself as gazes in the mirror.

    What an ego maniac Leary has to be to not see how mediocre and self serving this show is. It just drips of the rewrites that he must demand at every turn to avoid bringing anything redeeming to the show that would distract from his personal masturbatory mission.moreless

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