Chicago Fire

10 Best Episodes of Chicago Fire - Season 1

Get ready to feel the heat with Chicago Fire, the thrilling TV show that takes you into the fast-paced world of firefighters, rescue squads, and paramedics. This gripping series gives you an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes who are committed to one of America's noblest professions. From the heart-pounding rescue missions to the intense camaraderie among the brave men and women of Chicago Firehouse 51, this show will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Since its debut in 2012, Chicago Fire has captivated audiences with its realistic portrayal of the challenges and triumphs faced by these courageous individuals. With each episode, you'll witness the incredible sacrifices they make and the dangers they bravely confront, all in the name of saving lives. From raging infernos to harrowing accidents, no situation is too perilous for the heroes of Firehouse 51.

With 14 seasons under its belt and counting, Chicago Fire continues to be a must-watch for fans of gripping drama and heart-stopping action. So grab your popcorn and get ready for a rollercoaster ride of emotions as you dive into the world of Chicago Fire. Available on NBC, this show is sure to ignite your passion for thrilling television.

Written by Sophie and last updated on may 16, 2024.

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Chicago Fire - S1E21

#15 - Retaliation Hit (Season 1 - Episode 21)

Accused of sexual misconduct by a former paramedic candidate, Severide faces potentially dire consequences and fights for his survival both within the Chicago Fire Department and the legal system. Detective Voight returns, looking to collect on the favor that Dawson owes him for helping her brother, Antonio. Casey falls back into old patterns in his personal life, while Dawson, Herrmann and Otis become the proud owners of a real neighborhood bar as Molly's prepares for its grand opening.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 913 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E3

#14 - Professional Courtesy (Season 1 - Episode 3)


Casey faces pressure to cover for a cop's son, who was responsible for a drunken-driving accident that left a teenager paralyzed. Meanwhile, Severide ignores his doctor's warnings that his neck injury may never heal if he doesn't seek treatment; and Mills must choose between working at the fire department full-time or helping his mom with her restaurant.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 1068 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E12

#13 - Under the Knife (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Severide finally addresses Chief Boden about his injury and makes some important personal decisions about his future. Meanwhile, Casey struggles with family matters and Dawson takes matters into her own hands when she discovers a young girl who is the sole survivor at the scene of a rescue call.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 898 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E18

#12 - Fireworks (Season 1 - Episode 18)


With tensions still running high between Chief Boden and Bennie Severide, things boil over when Mills confronts Bennie about the fire that killed his father. Meanwhile, Severide, Casey and Bennie uncover the truth behind two mysterious diner fires and Shay takes a new direction with her plan to have a baby.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 891 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E7

#11 - Two Families (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Everyone in the firehouse is ordered to take a drug test after a call to a daycare center exposes them to a makeshift meth lab, and Severide stalls, not wanting his injury, or the painkillers he takes, to be discovered. Meanwhile, Truck and Squad find themselves pinned down by gunfire while trying to help the victim of a gang shooting, and a deep-fried turkey fire grows from small to explosive when a garage catches fire. Elsewhere, Dawson saves a bleeding man and Casey delivers a baby on the scene of a massive car pileup on the freeway.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 959 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E14

#10 - A Little Taste (Season 1 - Episode 14)


Severide finds that he shares a familiar past with Eric Whaley, the Lieutenant who was brought into the firehouse to help out. Dawson lets Shay in on her secret, while Casey deals with family issues. Meanwhile, a bad batch of heroin on the streets has Boden and the team scrambling, while Clarice and Shay find they have a new problem to overcome.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 884 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E11

#9 - God Has Spoken (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Eaten up by his guilt over Flaco’s death in the fire, Cruz goes to Casey to confess. While Shay recovers from a head injury sustained in the ambulance crash, Severide asks Dawson for her help in dealing with his own injury. Casey is caught in the middle of a family conflict between his mother and sister. Elsewhere, Herrmann finds a business deal hard to stomach.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 915 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E16

#8 - Viral (Season 1 - Episode 16)


The anguish that haunts Cruz over his previous actions boils over, as he puts himself and his fellow firefighters in jeopardy. Casey and his sister Christie try to solve their issues with their mother and each other. Meanwhile, Severide reaches out again to an important person from his past as a favor to Lieutenant Whaley and the squad gains new perspective after assisting the bomb squad on an extremely dangerous call.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 837 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E13

#7 - Warm and Dead (Season 1 - Episode 13)

A troubled Chief Boden goes to the police when a man dies in a hardware store fire set by Ernie, the troubled teenage firebug he’s been trying to help, and his Uncle Ray. Meanwhile, Severide decides on his future and reaches out to his father. Elsewhere, Otis finds camaraderie when he fills in for a few shifts at the slowest firehouse in the city, and makes a decision of his own, while Dawson and Shay find themselves in a bad predicament during a call to a tenement.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 907 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E6

#6 - Rear View Mirror (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Facing suspension, Dawson gets a hand from the same girl she saved through the procedures that landed her in front of the disciplinary board. Lieutenant Casey finds his fuse shortening as Detective Voight stops at nothing to get him to retract his statement. However, when Casey lays his life on the line during an apartment fire, he may have unknowingly caught the break he was needing.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 954 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E23

#5 - Let Her Go (Season 1 - Episode 23)

In the episode "Let Her Go" of Chicago Fire, Lieutenant Casey finds himself reluctantly teaming up with the Intelligence Unit, now under the leadership of Voight. However, it seems that Voight's time in prison hasn't exactly changed his crooked ways. Will Casey be able to navigate this challenging partnership?

Meanwhile, Shay's excitement about becoming a parent continues to grow. Will she and her partner be able to handle the personal challenges that come their way? And amidst all the drama, the members of the house come together to support the opening of Molly's.

Fans of the show will also notice some interesting developments with Voight. Is he truly a changed man, or is there more to his story? Tune in to find out how these characters navigate their personal and professional challenges in this gripping episode of Chicago Fire.

(Note: Some comments from viewers suggest that this episode may have served as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off series, Chicago P.D. Exciting!)

The episode was rated 8.10 from 937 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E10

#4 - Merry Christmas, Etc. (Season 1 - Episode 10)


In the episode "Merry Christmas, Etc." of the hit TV show Chicago Fire, the action kicks off when our brave firefighters find themselves accused of stealing a $50,000 diamond necklace while extinguishing a kitchen fire in an upscale townhouse. This unexpected twist sets off an intense internal investigation that puts their loyalty and integrity to the test. Will they be able to clear their names and prove their innocence?

Meanwhile, Cruz's brother Leon becomes entangled in a dangerous gang war, leaving Cruz with a heart-wrenching choice to make in order to save him. The emotional stakes are raised as Cruz faces a desperate situation that could have far-reaching consequences for both himself and his brother.

In the midst of the chaos, Dawson extends a heartfelt invitation to Casey, inviting him to her cousin's glamorous Christmas party. Will this festive gathering provide a much-needed break from the intensity of their work, or will it bring its own set of unexpected challenges and complications?

Amidst all the drama, tensions rise between Shay and Severide as a frustrated Shay reaches her breaking point. Will these two friends be able to reconcile their differences and find a way to move forward?

With its gripping storyline and surprising twists, "Merry Christmas, Etc." is an episode that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss out on the excitement and emotion that Chicago Fire has to offer.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 918 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E22

#3 - Leaders Lead (Season 1 - Episode 22)

In the latest episode of Chicago Fire, titled "Leaders Lead," Severide finds himself in a frustrating situation. But luckily, he turns to someone unexpected for help. Who could this unlikely ally be? I guess we'll have to tune in to find out!

Meanwhile, Casey seems to have finally found some satisfaction in his personal life. What could be bringing him this newfound happiness? It's always exciting to see our favorite characters finding joy outside of their dangerous jobs.

But it wouldn't be Chicago Fire without some personal challenges for Mills and Dawson. What are they facing this time? We can always count on this show to keep us on the edge of our seats with its compelling storylines.

And of course, the squad is called to the scene of a harrowing apartment building collapse. Will they be able to save everyone in time? This intense rescue mission is sure to keep us glued to our screens. But beware, as the comments suggest, this episode may have some unexpected twists and turns that could leave us feeling hurt and anxious ourselves.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 944 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E24

#2 - A Hell of a Ride (Season 1 - Episode 24)


In the latest episode of Chicago Fire, titled "A Hell of a Ride," the squad finds themselves in a high-stakes situation when they receive a call from the Cook County jail. With tensions running high, the team must navigate a volatile predicament and work together to defuse the escalating tensions. Will they be able to handle the pressure and bring the situation under control?

Meanwhile, Shay continues to hold onto her dreams of starting a family, remaining hopeful despite the challenges she has faced. And in a surprising turn of events, Hermann's wife, Cindy, goes into labor with their fifth child. Will everything go smoothly, or will there be unexpected complications along the way?

As the episode unfolds, Mills and Dawson are faced with important decisions in their personal lives. What choices will they make, and how will these decisions impact their relationships and futures? Tune in to find out the dramatic twists and turns that await you in this gripping episode of Chicago Fire.

*Commentary on the episode:*

Some viewers have expressed their surprise and skepticism at Severide and Shay being asked to be godparents in this episode. They feel that the connection between Severide and Herrmann hasn't been adequately established, and that it seems a bit forced. Additionally, given that Severide and Shay are not a couple themselves, some find the choice of godparents a little unusual. Nonetheless, the episode promises to deliver some unexpected moments and dramatic tension.

It's worth noting that for some viewers, watching an episode centered around a prison situation may be a bit unsettling, especially if they are currently waiting for a loved one to be released from prison. The timing can certainly add an extra layer of emotional intensity.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 925 votes.

Chicago Fire - S1E19

#1 - A Coffin That Small (Season 1 - Episode 19)

In the latest episode of "Chicago Fire" titled "A Coffin That Small," tragedy strikes as a rescue attempt at a tenement building ends in heartbreak. The men and women of firehouse 51 are deeply affected by the loss of the victim. This devastating event leads to tension and conflict within the team. Severide's decision to fast-track Mills from Truck to Squad doesn't sit well with some of the others, causing a rift among the firefighters. Meanwhile, Severide and Casey's already strained relationship is further tested when it comes to Heather Darden. Emotions run high as the characters navigate their personal and professional lives, making for an intense episode that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

But the drama doesn't end there. Shay and Dawson find themselves dealing with a junkie's erratic behavior while on a call. As they navigate this challenging situation, Shay contemplates a different path to starting a family. Will she find the solution she's been searching for? As if that weren't enough, the team finds themselves drawing the ire of local drug dealers who threaten the peace and safety of the neighborhood and firehouse. How will they handle this dangerous situation? Tune in to find out!

With its gripping storyline and emotional moments, "A Coffin That Small" is an episode that tugs at the heartstrings. Fans of "Chicago Fire" will be left both heartbroken and eager for what's to come. So grab some tissues and get ready for an emotional rollercoaster as this episode explores the highs and lows of the lives of our beloved firefighters. Don't miss it!

The episode was rated 8.30 from 934 votes.

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