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Chicago Fire: Is the NBC TV Show Worth Watching?

Chicago Fire TV show on NBC worth watching?Some of Dick Wolf’s NBC shows have lasted for many years while others have been cancelled after just a season or two. Where will Chicago Fire, a new series that he’s executive producing, fall in that spectrum? Is it even worth your time?

Chicago Fire follows the everyday heroes of Chicago Firehouse 51; the firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics. The stresses of their jobs affect their personal and professional relationships and often have long-lasting reprocussions. The TV show’s cast includes Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Lauren German, Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett, Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg and Eamonn Walker.

Is the TV series worth your time? The critics have mixed opinions:

San Francisco Chronicle: “Do you know the difference between a cops-and-lawyers show and a series about firefighters? If so, you’re one up on Dick Wolf, the longtime mastermind of the Law & Order franchise who sadly doesn’t seem to have a clue about how to make a series about firefighters… No one could ever mistake Chicago Fire for Rescue Me. They have very little in common.”

LA Times: “In a world without cable dramas, Chicago Fire would be considered television at its more compelling and realistic. As it is, it walks the line between shameless entertainment — hot guys, hot girls, the fires within, the fires without — and intelligent storytelling. Its merits, I will say, are clearer after the third episode than after the first.”

Kansas City Star:Chicago Fire could amp up the gritty realism it aspires to by letting them lay off the lip gloss while they’re saving lives. Letting the men talk like normal people wouldn’t hurt, either.”

USA Today: “You can’t put people in those kinds of life-and-death situations and not generate some emotional connection, and there are times when the show’s blatant manipulation works. But even when it does, the moments seem to vanish as you watch — like smoke passing by your eyes. And just about as enticing.”

Salt Lake Tribune:Chicago Fire is kind of TV comfort food. If you’re looking for something new and edgy, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for standard TV fare, look no further. It’s not great, but it’s watchable. Not a big hit in the making, but could be successful enough to stick around for a while.”

Newsday:Chicago Fire definitely has familiarity going for it and familiarity going against it as well. (Yes, you’ve seen this before.)”

Boston Globe: “Obviously, Chicago Fire is a far cry from Rescue Me, Denis Leary’s angry, satirical firefighter series. It’s a relatively humorless piece of work, and the acting is consistently average. Even the scenes set inside burning structures are only mildly engaging. There’s nothing terribly wrong with it, but then there’s nothing very right about it either.”

What do you think? Will you be watching Chicago Fire on NBC? If you’ve already seen it, will you watch again?

 

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Cyndi October 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Working in an ER, we see the real deal. The paramedics and firefighters I work with think this show is a joke. Whoever researched for realism fell short. Moving/transporting injuries without immobilization, one of the most obvious faux pas. If you’re going to do it, then do it right. Hot men/firefighters, yes, they go hand in hand even in the “real” world.

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Anna October 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

to the ones who say there’s too many hot guys in this show, Sorry to say but How many Hot firefighter did you see??? 3 if you count the candidate??? lol you obviously never been in a firehouse! my husband being fire chief of our town which is small, I can say the we have a good 6 hot guys ( i means smoking hot including my husband, who’s relatively young compared to the other chiefs in our area) on a department of about 30 guys!!! so really to me its realistic! as for the techniques used by the firefighters they are dead on NFPA procedures ( i cannot speak for the paramedics though) yes its a bit exagerated, in reality in the pilot that firefighter shouldn’t have died, but hey its tv!!!

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mickey d October 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Its better than all the other nonsense reality tv shows….america’s got…. garbage!….on every channel! Of course every show now has to have a homo on it. Thanks politically correctness, what would we do without it? That particular absence is the best part so far about The Walking Dead.

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Jean October 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

The new series denigrates the Pope, brings homosexuality into the story line. The question is why would a conservative Catholic want to watch this MESSAGE sending liberal pap show? Why would ANY moderate/ conservative watch the show?

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Anonymous June 10, 2013 at 4:33 am

Why would you bother writing a comment like this?

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Mathew Tatro October 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I Would Like To See The Law And Order Cast Coming To Chicago Fire. Mariska Hargity’s Next Role Following The Ending Of Law And Order Special Victims Unit. Sequels Are Starting To Suck For NBC.

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Tha Critic October 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Shows about firefighters, shows about cops, shows about lawyers, shows about doctors. How about a show based around another profession?

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Jeff October 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Excellent show,fast moving,good depth creating characters.

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Sandralee09 October 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I always give shows 3 watches… The pilot was average… Nothing to write home about but i will it a couple opprtunities… I agree that it has too many hot firefighters… Need more real folks

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