Rescue Me

2004 TV-MA 6 seasons

Rescue Me

2004 TV-MA 6 seasons
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Haunted by ghosts from his past, veteran New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin struggles to keep his anxiety in check, look out for his fellow Engine 99 firefighters and handle the emotional turmoil that surfaces in his personal life.
Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata, Callie Thorne, Natalie Distler, James McCaffrey, Lenny Clarke
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5:1
  • SEASON  5:2
  • SEASON  6 & 7

Summary of Season 2 (2005) - 4 discs

Tommy Gavin comes to grips with his drinking, tries to stave off the dissolution of his family and copes with job stress. His former colleagues aren't having an easy time of it either, dealing with a tinderbox of personal and professional pressures.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Rescue Me is an unflinching look at the lives of firefighters. These rough-and-tumble men -- and the occasional woman -- put their lives on the line when they go to work, and their language is as rough as the situations they face. When they're not fighting fires, they're usually crass, sometimes violent, often drunk, and always looking for either sex or love, though not always at the same time. In short, they're very human, very flawed, and very real.

Sexual Content

Plenty of sex, talking about sex, and arguments between sexual partners. Some pretty graphic sexual scenes in many episodes (but not all), including partial nudity. Characters have affairs.


The firefighters are frequently in danger on the job and sometimes engage in pretty realistic fights off the job.


Extremely foul. Just about every bad word imaginable, and a few creative new ones.

Social Behavior

Characters appreciate loyalty, friendship, teamwork, and other positive values, but they also behave in ways that are iffy at best -- drinking too much, cheating on significant others, etc. The show respects the dangers that firefighters face on a daily basis.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Tommy is a struggling alcoholic, and it's not pretty when he falls off the wagon. Several other characters also drink heavily, and some take drugs. This show doesn't shy away from portraying both the fun times and the ugly lows that come from both. Many characters smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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