If you enjoy the fast pace of "Cops" and the medical jargon being spewed at you like "ER", than you will certainly enjoy "Third Watch," which chronicles the jobs and lives of New York Police, Fire, and EMS personnel on the 3pm-11pm shift. The show is action-packed, with (in my opinion) realistic but exciting trauma scenes and excellent characterization. Sure, the cops and firefighters all crack slightly inappropriate jokes and are way too involved in one another's personal lives...but, if you know this kind of work, than you will appreciate the truth of the depiction. When you work with people on this type of job, day in and day out, you have no choice but to become enmeshed, and "Third Watch" sucks viewers right in from the start.
The Pilot episode flashes back and forth from police action (chases and arrests) to building structure fires and EMS calls to motor vehicle trauma and drug overdoses. The only thing that kind of irked me was when rushing out to another call, Paramedic Kim comments, "Damn, I love this job," which was pretty corny. But you've got to love any of those jobs to do them, so, oh well. Be prepared for later installments of this series to turn into a soap opera, though. I give you fair warning!