673 votes
Rescue Me

Rescue Me

FX 2004

From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a drama/comedy that centers on the inner workings of Ladder Company 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses Tommy Gavin, the senior fire-fighter 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 fire-fighter, 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.

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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 #1 Best episode of Rescue Me 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 #2 Best episode of Rescue Me 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 #3 Best episode of Rescue Me 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 #4 Best episode of Rescue Me 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 #5 Best episode of Rescue Me from 43 votes.

#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 #1 Best episode of Rescue Me from 41 votes.

#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 #2 Best episode of Rescue Me 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 #3 Best episode of Rescue Me from 59 votes.

#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 #4 Best episode of Rescue Me from 39 votes.

#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 #5 Best episode of Rescue Me from 40 votes.

Last updated: feb 12, 2021



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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