I’ve just finished watching the final episode in the final season of “Rescue Me”, which has prompted me to rerun this review from two years ago. Enjoy.
Let me be clear: “Rescue Me” is the best show on TV at the moment. Telling the story of 9/11 survivor Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) and his fellow firefighters in a Manhattan station, this show has everything from drama to laugh out loud humour, and follows the life of Gavin, a recovering alcoholic working class Irish-American (a background which plays a big role in the series), his workmates, and his family. The humour is politically incorrect, the language can be strong, and the supporting cast are nothing short of magnificent as it deals with every issue with a surprising deftness of touch. I’ve never understood why this show is not as big as The Sopranos, as it is far more entertaining. Get season 1 as a stocking filler for someone this Christmas. You’ll be doing them a service. If you have not seen the whole seven seasons yet, I genuinely envy you.