Rescue Me: Season 5 (2009)



Critic Consensus: Rescue Me changes tone this season in a drastic and wavering turn from grim to buoyant, yet still maintains its edgy approach to human tragedy.


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Air date: Apr 7, 2009
Air date: Apr 14, 2009
Air date: Apr 21, 2009
Air date: Apr 28, 2009
Air date: May 5, 2009
Air date: May 12, 2009
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Air date: May 26, 2009
Air date: Jun 2, 2009
Air date: Jun 9, 2009
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The fifth season finds Tommy (Denis Leary) and Lou (John Scurti) competing for the love of a woman writing an article about 9/11 (Maura Tierney), leading to an in-depth flashback exploration of the events leading up to the attacks and the surrounding experience for all of the men on 62 Truck.


Denis Leary
as Tommy Gavin
Daniel Sunjata
as Franco Rivera
John Scurti
as Lt. Kenny `Lou' Shea
James McCaffrey
as Jimmy Keefe
Steven Pasquale
as Sean Garrity
Michael Lombardi
as Mike Siletti
Andrea Roth
as Janet Gavin
Callie Thorne
as Sheila Keefe
Lenny Clarke
as Uncle Teddy
Jerry Adler
as Chief Feinberg
Natalie Distler
as Colleen Gavin
Tatum O'Neal
as Maggie Gavin
Maura Tierney
as Woman at Fire
Karina Lombard
as Genevieve Lazard
Terry Serpico
as Cousin Eddie
David Call
as Young Man/Connor
Charles Durning
as Tommy's Dad
Dean Winters
as Johnny Gavin
Ron McLarty
as Dr. Willins
David Pittu
as Charles
Lou Volpe
as Himself
Chip Zien
as Arthur Frost
Jen Egan
as Tanya
Jordan Gelber
as Man on Bridge
Adam Trese
as Dick MacNamara
Robert Guarino
as Store Manager
Gunna Wilson
as Helena Weisser
Barbara Andres
as Lenora White
Will Chase
as Pat Mahoney
Kate Guyton
as Kelly MacNamara
Joy Nakayama
as Conspiracy Chick
Savannah Wise
as Singing Woman
Ana Kayne
as Hipster
David Beach
as Jim King
J. Elaine Marcos
as Pretty Lesbian
Ann Arvia
as Kathy King
DK Bowser
as Male Nurse
Claire Byrne
as Attractive Lesbian
Deidre Goodwin
as Restaurant Hostess
Kate Simses
as Conspiracy Chick
Chris Phillips
as Rep. Gerard
Paul Coughlin
as Dour Guy
Elisabeth A. Furtado
as No-Nonsense Lesbian
Chris LaPanta
as Boxing Official
Erica Huang
as Amanda Ho
Anthony Mangano
as Bobby Vincent
Wenne Alton Davis
as No-Nonsense Lesbian
Ericka Yang Hunter
as Singing Nurse
Jennifer Merrill
as Attractive Shopper
Eddie Sullivan
as Billy Warren
David Wohl
as Dr. Harris
Molly Church
as Assistant
Gina Bombara
as Singing Nurse
Steve Alleva
as Fireman
Darlesia Cearcy
as Mrs. Berg
Tonya Wathen
as Singing Nurse
Nick Raio
as Meeting Leader
Heather Lang
as Singing Nurse
Rashidra Scott
as Nurse Violet
Dina Duva
as Nurse
Renee Pugh
as Singing Nurse
Bob Van Lindt
as Father Barry
Mike Landry
as Bartender
James McNally
as Meeting Leader
Meredith Howard
as Singing Nurse
Guisseppe Jones
as Cable Guy
Celisse Henderson
as Nurse Voice
Marya Grandy
as Singing Nurse
Danielle Lee Greaves
as Singing Nurse
Jodie Langel
as Nurse Voice
Celisse Henderson
as Singing Nurse
Marya Grandy
as Nurse Voice
Jodie Langel
as Singing Nurse
Natalia Zisa
as Showgirl
Heather Bair
as Showgirl
Jenn Colella
as Singing Nurse
Samantha Zack
as Showgirl
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Critic Reviews for Rescue Me Season 5

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (17)

The writing remains top-flight -- as good as anything, anywhere on TV -- while the acting remains superb. These characters seem so real and vivid that you can almost see their bodies tumble off the screen into your living room.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It returns to its former glory after an unfortunate fourth-season slump.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Rescue Me has always offered an impolite and rarely decorous combination of anger, politics, psychotherapy, comedy and melodrama. Maybe that's why it's never been easy to explain why it worked or, this season, why some things don't work quite so well.

Apr 7, 2009 | Full Review…

[FX's] Envelope-pushing signature series.

Apr 7, 2009 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Rescue Me has lit a new fire under both the man and his show.

Apr 7, 2009 | Full Review…

A wonderfully adept conclusion to a series that, in and of itself, has been nothing short of a masterful rollercoaster of emotional intrigue through the life of one brilliantly troubled mind and his family, friends and co-workers.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Every day that a firefighter wakes up could be his last and the strength of Rescue Me is how expertly the show has taken that unpredictability and made it dramatically rich television.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Though the firefighting scenes are exciting, the strength of Rescue Me is that the characters' problems and crises are all very believable.

Apr 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Both poignant and hilarious.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I wouldn't expect this seat-of-the-pants series to deliver finely crafted perfection in its finale, but it went out true to form

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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