Chicago Fire TV Show Review

Pilot Scoop: Chicago Fire

NBC's new Fall drama Chicago Fire has an ensemble cast with a few recognizable faces, like House's Jesse Spencer, Sex and the City's David Eigenberg, and The Vampire Diaries' Taylor Kinney. The series follows the employees of a Chicago-area firehouse and their dangerous occupation, and I'm telling you everything you need to know about the pilot.


  • What it's about: Stress runs high in Chicago's Firehouse 51, due to the deadly job (in the pilot alone, a couple of the lead characters almost perish in a blaze). Personalities clash too, particularly between firefighters Matthew (Spencer) and Kelly (Kinney), who are both reeling from the recent death of their colleague in a fire.
  • Where it works: We've seen many dramas that take place in tense workplaces, but the firehouse setting is a fresh twist. Plus, the two male leads (Spencer and Kinney) butt heads but are sympathetic enough that you root for them both.
  • Where it doesn't: The setting is pretty much the only twist in this drama; the characters' individual issues, like marital problems and financial straits, aren't compelling enough for you to want to see more of them.
  • When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC
  • You might like this show if: Backdraft is one of your all-time favorite movies.

To see a preview and some pictures from Chicago Fire, just read more.

Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Lauren German, Monica Raymund, Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, and Eamonn Walker in Chicago Fire.

Taylor Kinney in Chicago Fire.

Jesse Spencer in Chicago Fire.
Source: NBC
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