‘Rescue Me’ Gets Series Finale Date

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rescue me series finale Rescue Me Gets Series Finale Date

The long-running FX drama Rescue Me, created by and starring Denis Leary, will come to an end on September 6th of this year – only five days before the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that inspired the show.

Over its seven season run, Rescue Me followed the story of New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin (Leary) dealing with post-traumatic stress from the September 11th attacks, which killed his cousin/best friend, as well as personal problems such as alcoholism and other family struggles.

Initially, Rescue Me‘s gritty aesthetic, as well as Leary’s critically-acclaimed performance, made it one of FX’s most popular shows and helped the cable channel craft its identity as a network for great original programming. In its later seasons, one could argue that the show’s myriad plot developments became somewhat convoluted, but that’s up for debate.

Given that the events of September 11th are what drove the majority of the characters’ decisions over the course of the show, the decision to close the series the week before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is fitting and certainly a better decision than airing it on September 11th. As FX president John Landgraf explained in this article from The Hollywood Reporter,

“It seemed appropriate not to air it on the day because there are more solemn and appropriate things to do on the day. The weeks surrounding the day seemed to be the appropriate place to do it.”

rescue me series finale fx Rescue Me Gets Series Finale Date

As I said at the top of the post, Rescue Me (along with The Shield) helped define FX’s legacy as a top quality network for original television, paving the way for later shows like the popular crime drama Sons of Anarchy. While it’s still not at the quality of its cable rival AMC, or premium cable juggernaut HBO, FX has consistently been one of the best networks on TV, and Rescue Me is a testament to that fact.


Rescue Me returns Summer 2011, on FX.

Source: THR

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  1. I take a little offence at the remark that it’s not on the same quality as Amc or HBO.

    I could not disagree with you more. AMC and HBO are great stations but I think FX is just as good if not better. The majority of my face shows of all time all come from FX while HBo only has two maybe three shows that I even like let alone love max. While AMC in my opinin only has two shows worth watching.

    I think it’s a major insult to a station that has given us almost nothing but fantastic shows.

    As far as Rescue Me goes it’s hard to say how it should end. Tommy has to no longer be a fire fighter weather he retires or dies in a blaze I can’t say. The ending anyone who likes the character would want him to retire and maybe get his family back on track. Sadly happy endings really don’t happen on TV anymore and story wise it would be more fitting he die or end up alone.

    • I agree with you on this. But it isn’t based on opinion its based on fact. AMC alone has MAD MEN which is a emmy winning machine and Breaking bad. The shows on FX dont get much attention other than minor individual roles.

      • Having more awards doesn’t make it a fact that it’s better. Awards are handed to a show by a small group of people. They mean something, but not alot. Just because a movie wins an oscar doesn’t actually mean it was the best movie that year. Quality has a lot to do with opinion.

        I was never arguing if it was the best awarded network just that it was the best. Besides FX got plenty of awards when it first starting making original television as well. The Shield got awards in it’s first year.

        Quality is always opinion not matter what ratings are or what awards are given out.

        Lets not forget FX paved the way for stations like AMC. Would it of won as many awards had it took off with the quality original programing first? FX started it in a time when it was almost un heard of. Not only did basic cable networks not make show, but they didn’t get awards on any rare occasion when they actually made a show. FX started it and were praised by critics while the award shows hesitated on giving them awards.

        Not only has FX put on great shows, but it’s made alot of great shows. Breaking Bad and Mad Men are great, but IMO nothing else on the station is even worth watching. FX has had more shows that I’ve enjoyed than any channel period including Network TV.

  2. This has been one of my favorite shows. My primary complaint has been that the seasons have been way too short. It seems like you’re just getting into the season well when you find the next episode is the last.

    Other than the second season that got a bit dark and a bit too serious I think one of the highlights of the show has been the comedy. I originally was looking foreward to the series after watching the prior series that Leary and several others in the cast and crew were involved with…”The Job” That’s sort of on the same level but with police, and there is some roll on the ground laughs just like you find in Rescue Me. So now that they did cops and fire fighters what’s next? Teachers at a community college? Or maybe spies? Hopefully the talent will continue into another form….

    • Mike IMO the second season was easily the best. I loved it..

      This most recent season probably being the worst. Before that it was one of the most consistently good shows on TV. The Season finale was especially bad though. Really big let down.

  3. I agree that the last season was a total let down. It did not grip my interest to return. Now that season 7 is the final I hope it will be memorable + not like the ‘Sopranos’ final.

  4. We have viewed this show since inception. Character development is phenomenal. Story line and content albeit somewhat disconcerting has been entertaining, thought provoking with excellent writing. Finale will make us cry; regardless of content. We will definitely miss this well established, well written entertainment vehicle. Love Denis Leary – don’t disappear PLEASE!! We need natural talent like yours. In addition, I give my utmost thanks and appreciation to all you emergency responders out there who have the calling and the guts…RESPECT. That’s the final word except “God Bless” – whoever he is and whatever you believe.

    RIP Rescue Me; you will be missed.

    • As the niece and sister-in-law and cousin to firefighters I thank you and share my gratitude. This has been an amazing show and I will miss it. Thank you Dennis O’leary!

      • If you want to thank him, atleast get his name right lol. LEARY, I would know its my last name haha.

        • Small to be fair to the above poster technically his family name is suppose to be O’Leary, but they dropped the O as most Irish American immigrants did back in the day.

  5. Fav show ever on tv !

  6. Greatest show ever, I hope they make a rescue me movie.

  7. I couldn’t watch the series finale or maybe I missed it but somehow tonight it appeared on my TV favorite shows list and I clicked on it and saw the final show.
    I will miss the men of Ladder 62/Engine 99 Firehouse.
    I laughed as hard as I cried.
    So much like life because life is ugly sometimes, it’s painful sometimes, and it’s wonderful sometimes.
    Thank you to all the people who brought these characters to life.
    You will be missed.