Chicago Fire fans should watch this one show before season 8

CHICAGO FIRE -- Pictured: "Chicago Fire" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)
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Chicago Fire season 8 is roughly a month away, so here’s another great show that fans can watch over the rest of hiatus before Chicago Fire returns.

New Chicago Fire episodes are on the way, but there’s still just more than a month before the new season premieres. So what are fans to do? We’ve picked out another show that you can binge and that you’ll enjoy over the next four weeks.

Before Firehouse 51 debuted on NBC, there was another series that featured firefighters, but also included paramedics and police officers. The show ran for more than 130 episodes between 1999 and 2005, and while most of it isn’t commercially available, you can watch the first two seasons on Amazon Video, iTunes and DVD.

Third Watch was the Chicago Fire of its day—interlocking stories, plenty of action, and all kinds of personal relationships and challenges throughout. And the early seasons are some of the show’s best.

The cast includes several actors who are well-known names in TV. Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy) is the female lead as paramedic Kim Zambrano, whose ex-husband is firefighter Jimmy Doherty (as played by Eddie Cibrian, CSI: Miami). Coby Bell (The Gifted) and Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie) are also among the series regulars.

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They all work together incredibly well, and stories include a paramedic being shot (“Anywhere But Here”), dealing with homophobia (“Hell Is What You Make Of It”), and facing gang violence (“Nature or Nurture”). The show’s writers weren’t afraid to tell important stories, and to extend storylines over multiple episodes if it was the best way to tell one properly.

You can watch the first eight minutes of the Third Watch series premiere by playing the video below, and find the rest of the first two seasons on your favorite digital platform. There are more than enough episodes there to hold you over till Chicago Fire returns on Sept. 25.

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