Chicago Fire: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Season 1
Chicago Fire

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 33


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User Ratings: 65

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012
Air date: Oct 17, 2012
Air date: Oct 24, 2012
Air date: Oct 31, 2012
Air date: Nov 7, 2012
Air date: Nov 14, 2012
Air date: Nov 21, 2012
Air date: Dec 5, 2012
Air date: Dec 12, 2012
Air date: Dec 19, 2012
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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…

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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