Chicago Fire: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 1
Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire has an attractive cast and some exciting rescues, but it breaks little new ground in terms of plotting or characterization.

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Critic Ratings: 33

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User Ratings: 72

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

A fire claims the life of a team member in the premiere of this drama series following the firefighters, paramedics and rescue squad of Chicago Firehouse 51. Following the tragedy, Lt. Matthew Casey and Lt. Kelly Severide point fingers at one another. Casey also deals with personal dramas surrounding his separation from his wife, Hallie.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

The US drama heats up as Darden's widow publicly blames Severide for her husband's death and Casey makes a decision about his future with Hallie.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

Casey faces pressure to cover for a cop's son who was responsible for a drunken-driving accident that left a teenager paralyzed. Meanwhile, Severide ignores his doctor's warnings that his neck injury may never heal if he doesn't seek treatment; and Mills must choose between working at the fire department full-time or helping his mom with her restaurant.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

Chief Boden is plagued by bad press and low morale in the department after being accused of leaving a homeless man to die in a warehouse blaze. Meanwhile, Severide helps an elderly woman; Det. Voight continues to intimidate Casey; Shay runs into her ex-girlfriend during a call; and Hermann gets angry during a Halloween rescue.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

Casey fights back against Det. Voight and ends up dealing with the consequences; Dawson's on-the-job behavior results in disciplinary action; Severide's arm fails him during a rescue, so he seeks the help of a pharmaceutical representative who happens to be his ex-lover.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

Casey risks his life during an apartment-fire rescue, potentially earning a much-needed break from Det. Voight's ongoing pressure to retract his statement. Meanwhile, Dawson gets help from a girl she saved.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2012

Severide delays taking a drug test after he and the rest of the firehouse staff are exposed to a meth lab over the Thanksgiving holiday. Elsewhere, Truck and Squad run into problems while coming to the aid of a gang-related shooting victim; a deep-fried-turkey fire gets out of control; Dawson rescues a bleeding man; and Casey delivers a baby in the midst of a traffic accident.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

Peter begins to have doubts about his future as a firefighter after he comes across a young victim's body at the site of a train accident. Elsewhere, Dawson and Shay deal with an abusive mother; Severide saves a heart-attack victim, aggravating his own injury in the process; and Shay sends Clarice back to her husband.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

Jose Vargas is injured in a fire and forced to go on disability leave; Chief Boden counsels a suspected teenage arsonist; Severide gets a tempting invitation from a woman he once rescued from a car crash; Cruz tries to save his younger brother from gang involvement.

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Air date: Dec 19, 2012

Several of the firefighters are accused of stealing an expensive diamond necklace after responding to a kitchen blaze in an upscale townhouse. Meanwhile, Cruz tries to save his brother from involvement in an escalating gang war; Dawson invites Casey to a Christmas party; and Shay grows frustrated with Severide.

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Tv Season Info

A drama series following the firefighters, paramedics and rescue squad of Chicago Firehouse 51. In the first series, the group try to move on after a fire claims the life of a team member, and blame shifts between Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney). Meanwhile, young firefighter candidate Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) joins the staff. Eamonn Walker, David Eigenberg, Lauren German, Monica Raymund and Teri Reeves also star.

Critic Reviews for Chicago Fire Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (18)

Chicago Fire isn't offensive, just forgettable.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For what it is -- another weekly look at flame-fighters and companion paramedics -- it's not half bad.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The new NBC series is a garden-variety action procedural, with a crew of EZ-to-read characters and story lines that start at A and finish exactly where you expect them to, at Zzz.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

All the right elements are exactly where you'd expect them to be.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

None of [the characters are] very interesting, and it's actually kind of hard to tell them apart.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Rescue Me got there first and went much deeper.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

The heroics of Firehouse 51 are really something to behold, but if the rest of the show doesn't lighten the load a bit, viewers are never going to be able to sit through it long enough to see them.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Oz's Eammon Walker and House's Jesse Spencer are among the men and women who populate the show's Windy City firehouse, where all sorts of bland personal drama occurs in between flame-fighting.

Sep 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Chicago Fire is worth getting heated up over.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Through three episodes of Chicago Fire, there's no one I felt the need to ever see again.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

While Chicago Fire might be a little too basic for today's viewers who like highly original dramas, the cast does as good of a job as they can and have an energy that has the potential to draw in a small, loyal fan base.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Chicago Fire is a feel-good show. The characters are sincere people just trying to survive, and anybody can relate to that.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chicago Fire: Season 1

  • Jun 14, 2017
    After twenty-five years and six Law & Order series, creator Dick Wolf, decided that it was time for a change. His latest idea centers around the heroes of Chicago, and what he did was basically take the show Third Watch, and split it up into three different TV series that interact with each other, on a semi-regular basis, with a fourth one coming later this year. Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice, make up the new look of drama on NBC, and the ratings have been hotter than the show that started it all, Chicago Fire. As I said the show, the story lines, and the realistic way that it's filmed are very reminiscent of Third Watch, which was one of my all-time favorite shows, however, by splitting, the Firemen, Police, and Medical personal into three shows, the story lines run deeper, and the characters and character development is much stronger. This is why Chicago Fire works and is the only real stand alone show about Firemen to actually last more than just a couple of seasons. Every character, even the part-timers have story lines and there is a deep connection to everyone involved in the show, but the main focus of the show is on Jesse Spencer who plays Ben Casey, one of the two guys in charge out in the field. Casey is very by the book and believes in the system, although that faith is tested on a regular basis. The other main focus is Taylor Kinney who plays Kelly Severide, who is the complete opposite of Casey. He will do anything to save lives and get to the bottom of a situation and the rule book be damned! The dynamic often causes conflict and causes people to choose sides, which further lends to the drama of the show. The one negative I have is with how believable the stories are. Obviously it's a TV show and Hollywood is going to take it's liberties. The firemen are going to do things that are impossible and take risks that no one would ever take or survive if they did, but my issue is with things like the time. Someone will be injured and we'll be told they need months of rehab and could be out a year. The captain will talk about not having the money for a replacement and having to work short handed, putting the other men at risk. Then the very next episode, the injured man is back at work and cleared for duty. The actor doesn't even miss a couple of episodes, he's back the very next week. I don't know about you, but things like that bother me. Another timeline issue is involved with the crossover cameos, which don't always line-up. For example, Severide was involved in a Chicago P.D. matter, that was serious, and involved his whole family, but at the same time, there was no mention of it on Chicago Fire and it was business as usual? Obvious timeline issues aside, the action is fantastic, the story lines are gripping, the actors and actresses are as hot and exciting as the fires they are fighting, and there is a reason this is a top ten show. If you haven't started your journey into the heroes of Chicago, start at the very beginning with Chicago Fire Season 1, you won't be sorry.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2017
    An exciting show with highly adrenaline pumping action! "Chicago Fire" is definitely something any firebuff would love.
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2017
    Chicago fire is my favorite Tv show Just can't get enough of it Can't wait for Chicago fire too return
  • Mar 04, 2014
    'Chicago Fire' is a slow-moving show that does a good job with the action scenes/rescues. More times than not though, it's centered on romantic relationships with the characters. The stories and writing feels like a retread of what we've already seen on 'Law & Order' and 'ER'. The whole thing plays out more like a soap opera than a tv drama.
  • Dec 03, 2013
    Really trying to be like SVU, this show is just a mess.

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