Sirens (2014 TV series)

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Sirens
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Genre Comedy
Based on Sirens (Channel 4)
by Brian Fillis and
Brian Kellett
Developed by
Starring
Opening theme "Again I Ride" by Tree Adams
Composer(s) Tree Adams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Barry M. Berg
Cinematography William R. Nielsen, Jr.
Editor(s)
  • Steve Edwards
  • Sheri Bylander
  • William Henry
  • Kyle Gilman
  • John Murray
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network USA Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) – April 14, 2015 (2015-04-14)
Chronology
Related shows Sirens (UK)
External links
Official website
Production website

Sirens is an American comedy television series loosely based on the British series of the same name. The American version was adapted by actor Denis Leary and screenwriter Bob Fisher.[1][2] The series aired for two seasons on the USA cable television network from March 6, 2014, through April 14, 2015. On April 22, 2015, USA cancelled Sirens after two seasons.[3]

Overview[edit]

The series follows the work lives of three Chicago EMT paramedics with the Eminent Ambulance Company and the unusual—often crude or humorous—situations and people in need of their assistance.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Kelly O'Sullivan as Valentina "Voodoo" Dunacci: an asexual EMT
  • Maura Kidwell as Claire "Stats" Bender: an obsessive-compulsive EMT
  • Kirsten Fitzgerald as Kathy "Mac" McMenimen: the crew's dispatcher

Production[edit]

In June 2011, it was announced that Denis Leary and Bob Fisher were developing an adaptation of the 2011 British comedy-drama Sirens, created by Brian Fillis and inspired by Tom Reynolds's book, Blood, Sweat & Tea about the London Ambulance Service. Leary stated that he would not star in the series, but would take a small role, if necessary, in the future.[1] In 2012, the USA Network sought to rush the developing Sirens to pilot status. However, a deal with Fox Television Studios was carefully being studied over VOD rights. The network was able to order a series pilot in June 2012.[4]

The four lead roles were filled in October 2012, with the casting of Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley and Jessica McNamee. Production for the pilot began in Chicago that month.[5] The network announced that Sirens would premiere in the first quarter of 2014 and would later state that two back-to-back episodes would air together on March 6, 2014, then resume normal programming the following week.[6][7]

At the January 2014 TCA conference, Leary and Fisher stated that the producers of the British series approached Leary's business partner, Jim Serpico, and asked him to adapt it for the U.S.. Leary stated, "We really liked those guys, and USA [network] was pillaging the cast of [the recently ended] Rescue Me and putting them into shows." He added, "we can make some money off these USA people."[8]

On June 11, 2014, USA ordered a 13-episode second season of Sirens.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Victor Nelli, Jr.Denis Leary & Bob FisherMarch 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)BDZ1791.33[10]
It is Brian's first day in the ambulance. Johnny meets Theresa for the first time since their relationship break. Hank and the crew discuss their emergency contacts.
2"A Bitch Named Karma"Michael BliedenDenis Leary & Bob FisherMarch 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)BDZ1011.00[10]
The crew gets called to a lightning strike at a church picnic. After discussing karma, they volunteer to teach CPR to kids, only to later be given Chicago Bears tickets for the exact same day.
3"Rachel McAdams Topless"John FortenberryJim Serpico & Tom SellittiMarch 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)BDZ1041.08[11]
The guys are asked by a married patient to clear his browser history on his computer. They find he visited a bestiality website and cannot get what they see out of their minds. Meanwhile, Johnny remembers that Theresa has his iPad, which contains porn sites he visited.
4"Famous Last Words"Michael BliedenDenis Leary & Bob FisherMarch 20, 2014 (2014-03-20)BDZ1021.11[12]
A patient resembling Johnny's estranged father dies and Hank forces his friend to reconcile, which could make things right in life. Meanwhile, Brian wants to find out who the woman is that the dead guy mentioned in his last words, after realizing it is not the man's wife.
5"Alcohol Related Injury"John FortenberryDenis Leary & Bob FisherMarch 27, 2014 (2014-03-27)BDZ1031.22[13]
Johnny and Theresa agree to no-strings casual sex, even though he feels used and wants something more. Brian gets to perform an item from his bucket list.
6"The Finger"Jason EnslerSpencer SloanApril 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)BDZ1051.14[14]
Brian attempts to woo the asexual Voodoo. Hank invites Cash to dinner with his mother (Loretta Devine) with surprising results. Johnny and Theresa spend the day with Johnny's dad and his newly-introduced little brother.
7"Till Jeff Do Us Part"Jason EnslerErik DurbinApril 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)BDZ1060.87[15]
Hank gets invited to Jeff the Chef's wedding with Alejandro. Theresa has trouble with a wedding guest. Brian learns a new skill.
8"Itsy Bitsy Spider"Steven TsuchidaKen RogersonApril 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)BDZ1081.27[16]
Hank's fear of spiders is revealed. Brian meets his suicidal doppelgänger. Johnny's practical jokes on everyone get turned around on him.
9"There's No 'I' in Cream"Steven TsuchidaJosh LiebApril 24, 2014 (2014-04-24)BDZ1071.09[17]
The EMTs recall strange events for potential new recruits. Meanwhile, Johnny tries to figure out who ate most of the expensive donuts he brought to the station.
10"Shotgun Wedding"Richie KeenErik DurbinMay 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)BDZ1091.15[18]
When Theresa gets wounded in a shoot-out, she makes a long-term career decision to apply for the FBI. Not having much of a plan of his own, Johnny proposes marriage to her. She foresees an extremely long engagement, so he suggests doing it that day.

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Superdick"Jay KarasErik DurbinJanuary 27, 2015 (2015-01-27)BDZ2040.930[19]
In the Season 2 premiere, Johnny finds a perfect apartment to share with Theresa thanks to a landlord with a nut allergy. In other events, Brian struggles with his platonic love affair with Voodoo; Billy begins dating Theresa's sister; and Hank wonders if he'll ever find love.
12"Johnny Nightingale"Michael BliedenErik DurbinJanuary 27, 2015 (2015-01-27)BDZ2020.800[19]
Johnny deals with an overly grateful patient; and Brian agrees to take an injured young woman to her prom.
13"Briandipity"Michael BliedenSpencer SloanFebruary 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)BDZ2010.750[20]
The guys contemplate fate and serendipity after several random, but fortuitous, incidents; and Johnny becomes upset with Theresa when he learns that she doubts destiny brought them together.
14"Transcendual"Richie KeenAnnabel OakesFebruary 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)BDZ2090.750[20]
Johnny and Hank are given free passes to a health club after treating a gym rat; and Voodoo tests Brian's ability to remain in a sexless relationship.
15"All the Single Ladies"Richie KeenAnnabel OakesFebruary 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)BDZ2050.840[21]
Johnny and Hank ride along on Brian's first night shift.
16"Screw the One Percent"Richie KeenMark BlechaFebruary 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)BDZ2060.780[22]
Johnny has issues when Hank starts dating Johnny's landlord; and Billy helps a heartbroken Brian after Voodoo dumps him for a guy she met on an asexual message board.
17"Let Pythons Be Pythons"John EmbomSarah WalkerMarch 3, 2015 (2015-03-03)BDZ2070.760[23]
The guys encounter a python wrapped around a woman's neck and Theresa makes time for a sample sale.
18"Hypocritical Oath"Jay KarasSarah WalkerMarch 10, 2015 (2015-03-10)BDZ2030.580[24]
The guys save the life of a notorious member of the mafia.
19"Charbroiled"John EnbomKen RogersonMarch 17, 2015 (2015-03-17)BDZ2080.776[25]
The hangover from a drunken brawl between Cubs and Sox fans threatens a family barbecue.
20"Balls"Bob FisherSpencer SloanMarch 24, 2015 (2015-03-24)BDZ2130.742[26]
Johnny, Theresa, Billy and Maeve begin playing tennis together; Cash helps Hank shop for his mother's birthday present; and Brian fills in for Cash and rides with Voodoo and Stats.
21"Six Feet Over/Under"Richie KeenDenis Leary & Bob FisherMarch 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)BDZ2100.593[27]
Johnny and his mom deal with his dad's slipping into a coma in very different ways: He tries to repay an old debt while she places bets on what time her former husband will die. In other events, the guys can't rid themselves of an unfortunate earworm.
22"No Love"Steve PinkErik DurbinApril 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)BDZ2120.756[28]
After observing the respect that Theresa receives on the job, Johnny gets the guys to revive an old program in order to get a little respect for EMTs.
23"Sub-Primal Fears"Steve PinkAnnabel OakesApril 14, 2015 (2015-04-14)BDZ2110.719[29]
In the Season 2 finale, the guys treat a man who fears hospitals. In other events, Brian confronts his fear of moving out; and Johnny has a fear realized when Billy temporarily moves in with him and Theresa.

Critical reception[edit]

Sirens scored 61 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 19 "generally favorable" reviews.[30] On another review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 73% rating with an average rating of 6.3 out of 10, based on 22 reviews.[31]

References[edit]

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