Rescue Me: Season 2 (2005)



Critic Consensus: Rescue Me's second season plunges Denis Leary's avatar of traumatized rage down past new, unfound levels of rock bottom, forging achingly funny television in the process.


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Season two opens with Tommy (Denis Leary) getting used to his new firehouse on Staten Island, while his replacement back on 62 Truck, Sully (Lee Tergesen) has become the new golden boy. However, when a routine call results in an embarrassing secret about Sully coming out, it looks like Tommy might win his old job back.

Critic Reviews for Rescue Me Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Its humor is as brittle and brutal as its intense scenes, and, like everything here else, is memorably credible.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[Denis Leary] and co-creator Tolan have taken the issue of our time and turned it into gripping, thoughtful drama. For that startling feat, Rescue Me deserves to be mentioned with the best hour series in this golden age for drama.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Leary's character, the abrasively witty New York firefighter who is blunt to friends and a liar to lovers, has few redeeming qualities... That's the beauty of Rescue Me. Tommy is simultaneously loathsome and likable.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

While season two could be chalked up as a disappointment for many fans (this reviewer included), it delivered the kind of build-up that could make season three one hell of year for the show.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An engrossing, character-driven series.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Thanks to the nimble Leary, ever riveting as TV's most nuanced antihero (sorry, Tony Soprano), Tommy's tenuous struggle for sobriety is even more rewarding than last season's harrowing downfall.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Rescue Me's greatest strength may be in showing the terrifying, confusing situations that firefighters encounter every day.

Dec 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's not a nice show, but it's so damn good.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

For all its smart-ass observations about the difficulties of living up to expectations, the series is most interested in how the firefighters survive the mundane details of their lives. And that is what makes Rescue Me resonate.

Jun 21, 2005 | Full Review…

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