Chicago Fire (TV series)
|Created by||Michael Brandt
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||33 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Brandt
|Producer(s)||John L. Roman
Hilly Hicks Jr.
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Wolf Films
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original run||October 10, 2012– present|
|Related shows||Chicago PD
Law & Order (franchise)
Homicide: Life on the Street
Chicago Fire is an American television drama that airs on NBC on Tuesdays at 10:00 pm EST/9:00 p.m. CST during the 2013–14 television season. It aired at the same time on Wednesdays during the 2012–13 television season. Created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas and produced by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, the show follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department at the firehouse of Engine 51, Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61 and Battalion 25. The firehouse shown is Engine 18's Quarters located at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave. between 13th & Racine. The series premiered on October 10, 2012. The pilot episode had an early release at NBC.com, before the series' premiere on television.
On March 27, 2013, NBC announced plans for a possible spin-off of Chicago Fire. NBC greenlit the spinoff series, Chicago PD, in May 2013 which will premiere on January 8, 2014, at 10:00 pm EST. 
The show explores the lives, both professional and personal, of the firefighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department at the quarters of Engine Co. 51, Truck Co. 81, Rescue Squad Co. 3, and Ambulance 61. Following the death of Firefighter Andrew Darden, the loyalties fracture and divide as the Lieutenant, or officer-in-charge of Truck Co. 81, Matthew Casey and the officer-in-charge of Squad Co. 3, Lieutenant Kelly Severide both blame one another for Darden's death. Kelly Severide is consumed with more guilt when he learns Darden's wife also blames him for the tragedy. Despite their differences, the firehouse comes together after the near death of Truck Co. 81 Firefighter Christopher Herrmann.
New to the station is Firefighter Candidate Peter Mills, also assigned to Truck Co. 81, who is following in the footsteps of his late father and trying to find his place, over the objections of his mother. Alongside Paramedics Gabriela Dawson and Leslie Shay, under the leadership of 25th Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, the firehouse faces life or death decisions every day, but look to each other like family, making sure to look out for each other, no matter what happens. Chicago Fire's tagline is, "Life in the heat of it".
|Matthew Casey||Jesse Spencer||Lieutenant||Truck Co. 81||Main|
|Kelly Severide||Taylor Kinney||Lieutenant||Rescue Squad Co. 3||Main|
|Gabriela Dawson||Monica Raymund||Paramedic in Charge||Ambulance No. 61||Main|
|Leslie Elizabeth Shay||Lauren German||Paramedic||Ambulance No. 61||Main|
|Peter Mills||Charlie Barnett||Firefighter||Truck Co. 81||Main|
|Wallace Boden||Eamonn Walker||Battalion Chief||Battalion 25||Main|
|Christopher Herrmann||David Eigenberg||Firefighter||Truck Co. 81||Main°|
|Doctor Hallie Thomas||Teri Reeves||Resident||Lakeshore Hospital||Main°|
|Brian "Otis" Zvonecek||Yuri Sardarov||Firefighter||Truck Co. 81||Recurring||Main|
|Joe Cruz||Joe Minoso||Firefighter||Truck Co. 81||Recurring||Main|
|Randy "Mouch" McHolland||Christian Stolte||Firefighter||Truck Co. 81||Recurring||Main|
° Received main billing only in the episodes in which they appeared during season 1.
- Jesse Spencer as Lieutenant Matthew Casey, Truck 81. He has a side job as a contractor. As the leader of the truck, he has a no-nonsense attitude and commands respect at the risk of alienating some of his housemates due to his stand-offish demeanor. He was engaged to Dr. Hallie Thomas for a time, but they decided to break it off, at which point he tentatively pursues Gabby Dawson. Casey is also burdened by his ex-convict mother, who shattered the family 15 years earlier after murdering his father.
- Taylor Kinney as Lieutenant Kelly Severide, Rescue Squad 3. Kelly is strong yet slightly more charismatic than Casey, which lends itself to his ladies' man persona. He is plagued with an injury that has put his career in jeopardy.
- Charlie Barnett as Firefighter Candidate Peter Mills, Truck 81. Following in the footsteps of his father, Peter hopes to one day join the Rescue Squad. He has a sister and mother who run a family restaurant following his father's death. He begins dating Gabriela Dawson in secret, later breaking up with her.
- Monica Raymund as Paramedic in Charge Gabriela Dawson, Ambulance 61. Dawson has recently found herself in trouble for leaping before she looks on various calls, which has led to her being written up several times. She also pursues a flirtation with the emotionally unavailable Casey, and later with Mills.
- Lauren German as Paramedic Leslie Elizabeth Shay, Ambulance 61. She and Kelly Severide share an apartment as roommates and are best friends. Shay is openly gay and is entangled in a relationship with ex-lover who was most recently married to and impregnated by a man. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, particularly Kelly, for whom she has risked her job for several times.
- Eamonn Walker as 25th Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, Battalion 25. He is a scarred veteran of the fire department. Chief Boden has unwavering dedication to the firefighters under him and has earned their loyalty and respect.
- David Eigenberg as Firefighter Christopher Herrmann, Truck 81. Herrmann's sharp instincts on the job are in stark contrast to those when he is not at the firehouse, which include taking on several "get rich quick" schemes that have left him financially precarious, but had seemed to have finally made a good investment opening "Molly's Bar" along with Dawson and Otis, after putting out a fire at the location and buying it out. Although the bar opens successfully with a good opening night it, is revealed in the first season finale that it is threatened by a sports bar opening right across the street. In the first season's finale the station responds to a fire at the local prison and in the chaos after the power goes out Herrmann is held hostage by prisoners. However due to quick thinking and a good plan they all make it out alive and unharmed, and Hermann was rushed to the hospital to see his wife and newborn after birth complications. Herrmann and his wife have five children with one having been born on the first season's finale after an emergency C-section was performed on Herrmann's wife.
- Teri Reeves as Doctor Hallie Thomas (Season 1). A resident at Lakeshore Hospital and Matt's former fiancée. After reuniting with Matt, the clinic she worked in was set ablaze. Hallie was trapped in the drug lockup but was rescued by Matt. She was rushed by Ambulance 61 to Lakeshore Hospital with Casey and Dawson attempting to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.
- Yuri Sardarov as Firefighter Brian "Otis" Zvonecek, Truck 81 (Season 2—; recurring Season 1). Otis recently finished his candidacy before the arrival of Peter Mills. He is eager to move up the ranks within the firehouse but often feels overlooked and unappreciated by the rest of the fire personnel. This led him to consider transferring to another firehouse, but he ultimately decided to stay with Truck 81. He has his own podcast about life as a firefighter.
- Joe Minoso as Firefighter/Chauffeur Joe Cruz, Truck 81 (Season 2—; recurring Season 1). Cruz is a good firefighter who has a troubled younger brother that he is desperate to keep out of harm's way. He is haunted by a decision that he made on the job related to his brother that later effects his own safety and the safety of his fellow firemen.
- Christian Stolte as Firefighter Randy "Mouch" McHolland, Truck 81 (Season 2—; recurring Season 1). He gained his nickname due to the fact that he can almost always be found watching television when not on a call ("half man, half couch"). Mouch serves as union representative for the members of the station when they face disciplinary action. He has a part-time job as a security guard. Instead of "McHolland", he has "Mouch" written on the back of his turnout coat. With the help of Herrmann, he joins the race for fire union president. He's currently in a long distance relationship with a Japanese woman named Yuri.
- Mo Gallini as Firefighter Jose Vargas, Squad 3. Vargas recently transferred from Truck 81. He leaves after he is injured in a warehouse fire and is put on disability and attempts suicide by jumping off his apartment building rooftop, but Severide and Casey talk him out of it.
- Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson of the Chicago Police Department, Gabriela's brother. He is enlisted by Casey for help when Casey runs into trouble with dirty CPD Detective Hank Voight. He is later almost killed in an undercover job gone bad, and has become addicted to drugs while attempting to infiltrate a prostitution ring.
- Jason Beghe as Detective Hank Voight, a dirty cop who clashes with Matt (in the episode "Professional Courtesy") after Voight's son's drunk driving paralyzes a teen. Voight covers for his son and targets Matt when he refuses to back down. He was imprisoned for trying to have Casey murdered but has since been released and promoted to sergeant. He currently heads up the Intelligence Unit of Chicago PD and has since been working with Casey to track down the person or people involved with the death of his ex-fiancée. At the end of season 1 episode 23 it is shown that Voight is actually working "deep cover" with Internal Affairs and only appearing to be a dirty cop in order to help catch criminals.
- Shiri Appleby as Clarice Carthage. Clarice is introduced as the pregnant ex-girlfriend of Leslie Shay. In season 1, episode 13, Shay and Clarice reconcile their relationship and Clarice moves back in with Shay, only for Clarice to break up with Shay for a second time at the end of season 1, episode 16.
- Kathleen Quinlan as Nancy Casey, Matthew Casey's mother who is incarcerated for murdering his father 15 years prior at the beginning of the series. Casey is successful in getting Nancy released on parole, but encounters difficulties with her after she is back in the free world.
- Sarah Shahi as Renee Royce. Renee becomes attracted to Kelly after he saves her in a traffic accident, and they begin dating. In season finale, she announced that she is pregnant with Kelly Severide's child.
- Treat Williams as Benny Severide, Kelly's father and former firefighter who served with Wallace Boden.
- Robyn Coffin as Cindy Herrmann, wife of Christopher Herrmann, and mother of their four children. In the episode "Under the Knife" Herrmann announces that Cindy is pregnant with their fifth child.
- Corey Sorenson as Andy Darden.
- Randy Flagler as Capp.
- William Smillie as Hadley.
- Pouch the dog as herself. Peter is given a dog from a kid from a family who could not take care of the dog. Hermann, Chief Boden, and Mouch decide against it. Eventually, the three agree after Hermann suggests the three should rethink the dog. Pouch is given a name and adopted by the team. Pouch's name was decided by Hermann, who suggests she should be named after Mouch, which is half man half couch, to Pouch: Half pooch, half couch.
- Jeff Hephner as Firefighter Jeff Clarke. After his Firehouse is closed, he is transferred to Firehouse 51. Initially, his poor social skills and private demeanor don't win him fans among the crew.
- John Hoogenakker as Lt. Spellman. He is assigned to Firehouse 51, along with Clarke, after city budget cuts forced downsizing in the department.
The series pilot, co-written by creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, was filmed in Chicago and, according to an NBC representative, the series will continue to be filmed there. Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel made an appearance in the series' pilot episode. Emanuel stated: "It's easier being mayor than playing mayor. I told them I'd do it under one condition: the TV show is making an investment to the Firefighters' Widows and Orphans Fund."
The network placed an order for the series in May 2012. After receiving an additional script order in October, Chicago Fire was picked up for a full season on November 8, 2012. On January 29, 2013, Chicago Fire had its episode total increased from 22 to 23. One week later, on February 6, 2013, Chicago Fire received one more episode, giving it a total of 24 episodes for season one.
The firehouse shown is Engine 18's Quarters located at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave. between 13th & Racine. Housed here is ALS Engine 18, 2-2-1 (Deputy District Chief - 1st District), 4-5-7 (Paramedic Field Chief - EMS District 7), 6-4-16 (High-Rise Response Unit), and BLS Ambulance 84.
Chicago Fire has finished its first season, which consisted of 24 episodes. Each episode lasts approximately 42 minutes.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD & Blu-ray release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1/A||Region 2/B||Region 4/B|
|1||24||October 10, 2012||May 22, 2013||September 10, 2013||October 28, 2013||TBA|
|2||22||September 24, 2013||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
The series has been picked up in Canada by Global. In Norway, the series has aired on NRK1 and NRK3 since April, 2013. The series airs in both Ireland and the United Kingdom on Sky Living. In South Africa, the series airs on Mnet. In Latin America, the series airs on Universal Channel. In Germany the series airs on Universal Channel. The series airs in Hungary on TV2 (Hungary). In Australia, the series airs on FOX8. It premiered in Mexico on July 2, 2013 on Canal 5. The series premiered in New Zealand on July 9, 2013 on TV3 (New Zealand). This series premiered in the Philippines through Jack City on March 17, 2013 as a two-episode premiere. The series air in TVSeries in Portugal. This series premiered in Belgium on November 26, 2013 on channel vtm.
The first season currently holds a 49 out of 100 on metacritic, which is mixed or average reviews
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
On March 27, 2013, NBC announced plans for a proposed spin-off of Chicago Fire, Deadline reported they heard the spin-off would involve the Chicago Police Department, the spin-off series being created and produced by Dick Wolf, with Derek Haas, Michael Brant, and Matt Olmstead serving as executive producers.
Tania Raymonde has been cast in the planned series as a police officer named Nicole. Kelly Blatz has also been cast as a young but seasoned Officer Elam. The new characters will be introduced in the season finale (airing May 22, 2013). It is unknown if any Chicago Fire cast members will star in the intended series as well, although recurring guest star Jon Seda (who portrays Detective Antonio Dawson) is being considered as a possible co-star in the spin-off. Scott Eastwood is set to portray Officer Jim Barnes in the Chicago Fire season finale and the proposed spin-off. Law & Order: SVU's Melissa Sagemiller will portray Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago PD Intelligence Unit.
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