Best Firefighter TV Shows of All Time: Chicago Fire, 911, Fire Country and More!

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It’s getting hot in here! When it comes to firefighter TV shows, there are plenty for fans to choose from — including Chicago Fire and 911.

Scroll down to see the best firefighter-focused TV shows to add to your must-watch list.

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Best Firefighter TV Shows of All Time: Chicago Fire, 911, Fire Country and More!

Chicago Fire

The series was the first of the One Chicago shows to premiere on NBC in 2012. Chicago P.D. followed in 2014 and Chicago Med began in 2015. Chicago Fire follows the firefighters and paramedics working at Firehouse 51. When the series began up-and-coming firefighters Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Matt Casey (Spencer) were front and center. As the show has progressed — season 11 kicked off in 2022 — fellow first responders Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker), Randall “Mouch” McHolland (Christian Stolte), Joe Cruz (Minoso), Christopher Hermann (David Eigenberg) and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) became major players.

911

Ryan Murphy’s Fox series premiered in 2018 and season 6 began in fall 2022. Throughout the show, viewers learn about the personal and professional lives of Los Angeles first responders, including Station 118 captain Robert “Bobby” Nash (Peter Krause), Evan “Buck” Buckley (Oliver Stark), Henrietta “Hen” Wilson (Aisha Hinds), Howard “Howie” or “Chimney” Han (Kenneth Choi) and Edmundo “Eddie” Diaz (Ryan Guzman). The L.A. firefighters’ lives are intertwined with the police — mainly Athena Grant-Nash (Angela Bassett), who is married to Bobby — and the 9-1-1 dispatchers, including Buck’s sister, Maddie Buckley (Jennifer Love Hewitt).

911: Lone Star

After the success of 9-1-1, Murphy created the spinoff series, 9-1-1: Lone Star, which takes place in Austin, Texas. The show began in 2020 and season 4 premieres in January 2023. Fox series focuses on captain Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) once he transfers from New York City to Texas to revive Firehouse 126, which lost almost all of its firefighters following a tragic accident on the job.

It also stars Ronen Rubinstein as Owen’s son, Tyler Kennedy “TK” Strand, Jim Parrack as Judson “Judd” Ryder, Brian Michael Smith as Paul Strickland, Natacha Karam as Marjan Marwani and Julian Works as Mateo Chavez.

Fire Country

The Max Thieriot-led series made its debut on CBS in October 2022. In January 2023, it was picked up for season 2. Unlike many other firefighter-based shows, Fire Country details what it’s like to work as part of the Cal Fire team, which almost exclusively fights wildfires in California.

In the show, Bode Donovan (Thieriot) and other prisoners are sent to a Northern California firefighting camp for convicts where they can lessen their sentences by assisting the local firefighters with their jobs. Bode, however, has a stronger tie to the land as he is the son of local Cal Fire Battalion Chief Vince Leone (Billy Burke) and Cal Fire Division Chief Sharone Leone (Diane Farr). His return proves to be difficult as secrets about his past continue to plague the present.

Rescue Me

The FX series spanned seven seasons from 2004 to 2011. Firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) must face his own fears on the job following the aftermath of the bombings on 9/11 in New York City. The darker side of the profession, including Gavin’s PTSD over losing colleagues in the World Trade Center, is balanced by the chaos and humor he finds with fellow firefighters on a daily basis. Leary was a cocreator on the series, which earned eight Emmy Award nominations and a win in 2009 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Michael J. Fox’s role as Dwight.

Third Watch

The NBC series lasted six seasons and aired from 1999 to 2005. It followed the exploits of the men and women serving in New York City’s fictional 55th Precinct. The cast — which consisted of Coby BellJason WilesSkipp SudduthMolly PriceKim RaverAnthony RuivivarMichael Beach and Eddie Cibrian — highlighted both police, paramedics and firefighters’ roles during the 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. shift.

Station 19

Following the success of Grey’s AnatomyShonda Rhimes created the Seattle-based firefighter show in 2018. Season 6 premiered in October 2022. Instead of a hospital, Station 19 is centered around the firefighters who work out of Station 19 in Washington. The stars include Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery and Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop. Grey’s fans will also recognize Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren on both ABC shows.

Emergency!

Emergency! became a hit for NBC when it premiered in 1972. The show ran for seven seasons, ending in 1979. John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) were the main characters on the series. Both of whom played firefighters and paramedics with the LA County Fire Department. Most of the stories told on the show were taken from real-life fire station’s logbooks.

Nightwatch

In 2015, the reality TV show premiered on A&E. Each season, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the men and women who keep New Orleans safe at night with footage of real cases. Season 6 premiered in spring 2022.

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Source: US Weekly

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