Feb 28, 2011

Rescue Me Review

A few weeks ago I was looking through Netflix Instant Watch for a show I've never seen before. I stumbled upon Rescue Me starring Denis Leary, a comedian I've always enjoyed and a show I had been dancing around checking out.

For those who aren't familiar with the show's premise, it's about a team of New York firefighters still attempting to deal with the tragic Twin Tower Attacks. The main character the show follows is Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) who is a cynical, aggressive and heroic-daredevil firefighter and can see ghosts when he feels guilty enough. His most frequent spiritual visitor is his dead cousin Jimmy who died in the Twin Towers. Other main characters include the dumb but funny firefighter, Sean Garrity, rookie firefighter, "Probie" Mike Silletti, Latino ladies man firefighter, Franco Rivera, comedic Lieutenant "Lou" Kenneth Shea, Chief Jerry Reilly, Tommy's ex-wife Janet Gavin, and Tommy's cousin's widow Sheila Keefe.

Final Say: I was initially on the fence about taking a gander at this show because I had seen it classified as a dramedy, and I often hate dramedies. Except for Weeds. And Breaking Bad. And Dexter. Okay, apparently I love dramedies when they're in television form, just rarely film form. I'm glad I did start watching this show, because in just a few weeks, I've burned through 4 seasons. I'm completely addicted and am actually a bit concerned that Season 5 is the last season up on Netflix Instant Watch. If season 6 doesn't get put up on Netflix within the next week or two, I'm going to have to be on the search for another TV show. But everyone should definitely give this show a chance. Great character development, great laughs and great storytelling. Sometimes there's a little too much reliance on the September 11 tragedy, but taking the bad with the good, I'm still in love with it.

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