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Rescue Me

Rescue Me

FX 2004

Rescue Me revolves around the lives of the men in a New York City firehouse, the crew of 62 Truck. Examining the fraternal nature and relationships of firefighters, the series tackles the daily drama of the life-and-death situations associated with being a firefighter, while exploring the ways the men use dark humor to protect their true emotions.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Rescue Me

Rescue Me - S5E22

#1 - Drink (Season 5 - Episode 22)

Uncle Teddy appears surprisingly stoic after a staggering personal loss, but finally bursts at the seams and has the gang cornered. Janet and Sheila's plan goes haywire and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake.

The episode was rated 8.70 from 40 votes.

Rescue Me - S2E13

#2 - Justice (Season 2 - Episode 13)

Tommy copes with a tragedy. Jerry must decide what to do when his wife's condition worsens. Sean has a crisis of faith. Lou learns some shocking facts about Candy. And the crew responds to a multi-level building fire with people trapped inside.

The episode was rated 8.55 from 60 votes.

Rescue Me - S4E13

#3 - Yaz (Season 4 - Episode 13)

In the fourth-season finale, Sheila learns that Jimmy's ghost has been spotted on several occasions, so she investigates. Meanwhile, Colleen blames Tommy for her failed relationship; Franco and Natalie come to an understanding, as do Lou, Cousin Mike and Latrina; and Tommy spends time with his father.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 44 votes.

Rescue Me - S7E8

#4 - Vows (Season 7 - Episode 8)

In the tradition of the Gavin family, Colleen's wedding is an emotional if not debaucherous affair. The high spirits quickly fade, however, when the guys tackle the mother of all fires.

The episode was rated 8.49 from 45 votes.

Rescue Me - S5E7

#5 - Play (Season 5 - Episode 7)

Tommy and Janet attempt to survive a weekend together at Katy's new prep school. Meanwhile, Lou sees Tommy's absence as a way to move in on Genevieve. Teddy and Maggie receive vulgar propositions and Sean's stomach pain acts up at an inopportune moment.

The episode was rated 8.49 from 43 votes.

Rescue Me - S5E14

#6 - Wheels (Season 5 - Episode 14)

Franco has his first FDNY-tournament fight, and he and Carla (Tawny Cypress) have an encounter outside the gym; Candy cooks dinner for Lou; the guys have a surprise for Sean when they visit him in the hospital, and he has one for them. The guys also plan an outing for the kids in the cancer ward.

The episode was rated 8.46 from 41 votes.

Rescue Me - S5E21

#7 - Jump (Season 5 - Episode 21)

Franco steps into the ring with one of Carla's friends;Tommy tends bar after a failed rescue leaves the crew in the dumps.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 38 votes.

Rescue Me - S2E12

#8 - Happy (Season 2 - Episode 12)

Tommy's sister suddenly shows up in town when their dad is about to inherit a million dollars. Tommy and Janet decide to renew their wedding vows. Meanwhile, Mike is worried when he finds a lump.

The episode was rated 8.44 from 59 votes.

Rescue Me - S5E10

#9 - Control (Season 5 - Episode 10)

Tommy and Mike must find a way to mend their fences at work; Sheila tries to get Tommy to control his drinking with her leverage; Lou must relive an unpleasant memory; Franco heads back to the boxing ring; and Sean has his heart-to-heart talk with his mother.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 39 votes.

Rescue Me - S5E17

#10 - Lesbos (Season 5 - Episode 17)

The perfect party becomes a nightmare when a herd of brutish women infiltrate the bar. Tommy's love triangle reaches new heights.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 40 votes.

Rescue Me - S7E5
#11 - Head
Season 7 - Episode 5

Tommy has his badge revoked when his latest tirade goes national. But Sheila’s two-pronged attack hits Tommy’s critics where they least expect it, vindicating Tommy and clearing the Gavin family name.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.
Rescue Me - S5E16
#12 - Clean
Season 5 - Episode 16

An outburst lands Tommy cleaning duty as a mysterious woman strolls through the firehouse; the Gavins confront Tommy about his alcoholism, but their plan does not unfold as expected.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
Rescue Me - S5E6
#13 - Perspective
Season 5 - Episode 6

A personal milestone finds Tommy back at Ground Zero. Genevieve's perspective on 9/11 incenses Tommy, whereas Franco's point of view has more dire consequences. Meanwhile, Sean's back pain turns out to be more serious than he had expected and the success of Mike's bar becomes a handful.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.
Rescue Me - S5E5
#14 - Sheila
Season 5 - Episode 5

After a run in with Janet's brash new boyfriend, Tommy grows concerned about Katie's whereabouts. Sheila is finally able to come to terms with Jimmy's death as Damien makes the decision to follow in his father's footsteps.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.
Rescue Me - S5E11
#15 - Mickey
Season 5 - Episode 11

Though Tommy's pacts with Sheila and Janet have begun to unravel, there is one Gavin who remains sexually adventurous much to Tommy's chagrin. Garrity divulges his medical secret, Tommy proclaims he's been drinking at AA, but its Mickey who will offer the final surprise.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.
Rescue Me - S5E20
#16 - Zippo
Season 5 - Episode 20

Tommy has rocky encounters with Janet and Sheila, and an encounter with Kelly that isn't as rocky. Meanwhile, the guys go grocery shopping with the newly domesticated Lou.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.
Rescue Me - S4E10
#17 - High
Season 4 - Episode 10

The Gavin family AA group's first meeting doesn't go exactly as planned. Tommy bribes Colleen for information on Janet. Franco learns the truth about Natalie from Richie while Lou contemplates revenge on Cousin Mike.

The episode was rated from 49 votes.
Rescue Me - S2E9
#18 - Rebirth
Season 2 - Episode 9

Tommy starts taking Janet's antidepressants. When Sean meddles in Franco and Laura's troubled relationship he makes things worse. After a gay visitor, the crew wonders about Mike's sexuality.

The episode was rated from 60 votes.
Rescue Me - S4E12
#19 - Keefe
Season 4 - Episode 12

Tommy plays hero in someone else's uniform, confusing the crew; Colleen finds a new reason to get upset with Tommy; Natalie asks Franco for a favor; a rift between Mike and Black Shawn nearly leads to blows; and Tommy makes a move on the chief's daughter. This does not please the chief.

The episode was rated from 48 votes.
Rescue Me - S3E2
#20 - Discovery
Season 3 - Episode 2

During a night out, Franco and Tommy meet two women. Tommy is finding himself bribing his daughter Colleen before she tells their mother about his indulgent treatment of her sister Katy. Jerry visits his wife Jeannie in her expensive nursing home and soon goes to Lou for financial help. Meanwhile John Sr. insists on having his 83rd birthday at a restaurant that no one else likes.

The episode was rated from 60 votes.

Last updated: sep 06, 2022



This was quite a good show. I do not believe it has the mass appeal of many other FX shows, or darkly comedic dramas out there, but what is does have is genuine characters that you get attached to. They make these characters feel like real people, with real problems, and it is what makes the show as good as it is. Very easy to get invested somewhere, even it is just a superficial attachment to the fact the show picks up after 9/11 in New York. It is comparable to Sons of Anarchy, but with slightly more humor and less violence. While the ending kind of seemed patched on, the first 5 seasons were really great and if you are interested in these types of shows you should definitely check it out. Average Season Review: 8.21/10 Recommendation: At Least Give it a Whirl (For Dark Comedy / Drama Fans)


One of the best shows I have EVER watched. Definitely the most underrated.


It's so dramatic. The characters really take you on an emotional rollercoaster.


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