Rescue Me

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This gritty New York-based dramedy revolves around an alcoholic firefighter who is haunted (quite literally) by ghosts of family and friends, some of whom he lost on 9/11.
Starring
Denis LearyMichael LombardiJames McCaffrey
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Guts
    July 20, 2004
    45min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Whether giving incoming rookies a brutally frank description of the horrors he's seen and heroes he's known during his many years in the department, or working alongside hardened veterans like Lt. Kenny "Lou" Shea, Tommy Gavin is, first and foremost, a New York City firefighter. Under the command of Chief Ron Perrolli, a gruff, by-the-book department veteran, and his hard-gambling polar opposit..
  2. 2. Gay
    July 27, 2004
    44min
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    Amidst Tommy's recurring nightmares, the men of 62 Truck are taken aback by a newspaper interview in which retiring fireman Bobby Teff announces that he and at least twenty of the men who died on 9/11 are gay. While Jerry cannot keep his anger in check, the men under his command try to come to grips with the fact that there could be gay firemen, perhaps even somebody in their firehouse. Meanwhi..
  3. 3. Kansas
    August 3, 2004
    44min
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    As Jerry faces an investigation into his beating of gay firefighter Bobby Teff, the annual ice hockey game against the police has put Tommy at odds with his gruff co-captain, Ryan. Though pleased with his campaign of harassment against Janet's boyfriend, when his godson, Damian, threatens to reveal how he infected Roger's computer with a virus, Tommy is forced to pay $500 for his silence. Makin..
  4. 4. DNA
    August 11, 2004
    45min
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    As Franco is accused of fathering an ex-girlfriend's child, Tommy gets some devastating news at the site of a car accident.
  5. 5. Orphans
    August 17, 2004
    46min
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    As Tommy tries to insure that Colleen won't want to see her boyfriend anymore, and Jerry realizes just how serious the department is about his suspension, Franco lambastes Sean about his dating Nez. But, following a violent encounter with another woman that leaves Nez dead and her daughter, Keela, in the care of her drug-addicted roommate, Sean presses Franco to take responsibility for the girl..
  6. 6. Revenge
    August 25, 2004
    44min
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    Tommy has Roger arrested in connection with his assault, while Franco kidnaps Keela from an abusive home.
  7. 7. Butterfly
    September 1, 2004
    46min
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    Tommy seeks a therapist's advice on what to do about Janet.
  8. 8. Inches
    September 8, 2004
    46min
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    During a contest to crown the best-endowed fireman, Tommy becomes the object of a 9/11 widow's fantasies.
  9. 9. Alarm
    September 15, 2004
    46min
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    As he learns that a woman is being assigned to the firehouse, Tommy looks to avenge Billy Warren's death.
  10. 10. Immortal
    September 21, 2004
    47min
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    Now that he's having sex with Sheila, Tommy cannot shake his visions of her late husband's ghost. On top of dreaming about Jimmy, the shaky finances that have him owing Janet four thousand dollars have also led to some angry and reckless driving that gets him cited by a vengeful cop. At work, female firefighter Laura Miles has made it clear that Jerry is in no position to deny her request for a..
  11. 11. Mom
    December 31, 2003
    46min
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    Pressured by his mom into dating a friend's daughter, Mike is disappointed -- but not surprised -- to find that she's overweight. However, Theresa proceeds to give Mike the best sex he's ever had.
  12. 12. Leaving
    October 5, 2004
    45min
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    Already being hounded by Janet for money to replace her air conditioner, Tommy gets a stern warning from Jerry to steer clear of Sheila. And as Jerry complains about a bookie who's forgotten to pay off a big bet, and Franco returns to work with his daughter, Keela, in tow, a trio of rowdy firefighters from Massachusetts ask to stay at the firehouse while they construct a 9/11 memorial. Asking t..
  13. 13. Sanctuary
    October 12, 2004
    49min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    To make the next hockey game with the NYPD a wild affair, Tommy mends fences with his ex-co-captain, Ryan, who offers to enlist a fireman who is on leave for beating up three cops. As Lou's affair with Sondra heats up, and Mike comes to grips with Theresa's eating disorder, Franco counsels Sean on how to dump Carol, a woman he says is a bad kisser. And after another day at the track with Uncle ..

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Directors
John Fortenberry
Producers
Denis LearyJim SerpicoPeter Tolan
Season year
2004
Network
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, I
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Amazon_CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well crafted, dark humor, mature themes
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Some how I missed Rescue Me through all the years it's been on TV, but I discovered this show recently. I watched a couple of this season's shows and was hooked. Figured I ought to watch the first season to see how this show started.

So far I've been amused by the show's well written dark humor. It's refreshing to watch intelligently written humor rather than the the usual sitcom fare.

The show has its dark side as violence, sex and mature language are featured. I would not watch this show with children around unless you want to explain sexual terms and maneuvers to your children.

Rescue Me is somewhat quirky as the lead character is haunted by the people who have moved along to the other side. In fact, one of his relatives shows up on a regular basis to keep an eye on things.

As to accuracy that I can not vouch for as I've never seen New York firefighters in action. The firefighters I knew, through my work as a police reporter, were some of the healthiest folks I knew. They did not smoke and most worked out when on shift.

I'd recommend this TV show for mature audiences because of the language, sex and violence depicted.

Recommend.
11 people found this helpful
Kandy LangfordReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
He's a Walking Contradiction - Partly Truth & Partly Fiction
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Takin' every wrong direction (thx Kris) - Tommy Gavin in a nutshell. A man who doesn't smoke or drink or get into fist fights is not to be trusted - Tommy is to be trusted big time. A fearless firefighter & a fearless human being. True, Tommy's a hound dog, but he doesn't do all the chasing. He has his faults, but not a mean bone in his body. Tommy Gavin's emotions are right on the surface & what makes him tick. Don't get me wrong - he can be ever so charming & is relentless in pursuit of getting his wife/kids back. Blond hair always falling in those blue eyes doesn't hurt either...
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lyndaReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
The BEST!
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We have all 13 episodes on vhs and dvd and STILL I am buying this DVD that's just come out. My husband and I have watched Rescue ME over and over again and I think he has it memorized by now. We've been dying to see what the second series will bring, just can not wait! Denis Leary has brought comedy and drama together so well. We cried, we laughed and went into deep thought over this show. We've always had respect for the firemen/woman in the past, but Rescue Me has caused us to respect them even more now. It's really made me stop and think.
Good job Denis leary! We will never forget!
4 people found this helpful
D MurrayReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show
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Love this show. Not family friendly, lots of adult content. Very funny.
Truth B ToldReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
This fireman can save me any day!
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When Emmy nominations came out, the only thing I knew for certain is that Denis Leary was robbed! No one on television could beat his performance in Rescue Me. His pathos is obvious, but his performance is so good that you see the heart of the character shine through it all. I seldom find humor in most comedies. This is a drama that makes me laugh out loud in each episode. The characters remind us of the flawed human beings we all know and love. It's a show not afraid to take chances, with enough character to tackle even the most sensitive subjects with humor and humanity. The entire cast fits together in a way that defines what most of us are looking for in life -- family! And they're as dysfunctional as are most families. Season One makes me hope this show is around for years to come.
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M. G. L. StefanchikReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent show, but not for the faint-hearted...
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After missing the first few seasons on cable, we finally saw an episode from Season 3, and we found it very compelling. So we bought the first season on DVD so we could catch up. We like the show very much; however, it does get a little graphic and vulgar at times. And the Denis Leary character is hard to like, unless you are pre-disposed to like his work (such as his unfairly canceled cop show "The Job" from a few years back). However, if you like shows that are a little rough around the edges (like the Sopranos, for instance), I think you would like this one.
pinskierReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rescue Me... the hottest show there is
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What Miami Vice was in the 80's, Rescue Me is for this decade. Rescue Me is the hottest TV show for this decade. There is nothing else that even compares to it in regards to drama, humor, and especially reaslism. Each character has tremedous depth, the cinematography is cutting edge, and the music will stay with you for a long time. I still have never seen it on TV, only on DVD. It will get ya hooked!
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Monica AldersonReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this show!
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What a great series! Gritty and intense. Real and unreal. Hilarious and tragic. If you're a Denis Leary fan, and you like dramas, this show is perfect. Every character became someone I almost felt like I really knew. Every episode flew by. So much is happening, but I was surprised every single time that it was over already.
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