We asked AI what the best firefighter show is (and no, it’s not Chicago Fire)

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Take A Shot at The King" Episode 1119 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Take A Shot at The King" Episode 1119 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

In the vast realm of television, firefighter shows have always captured the imaginations of audiences leading to the arrival of many amazing shows over the years including One Chicago’s Chicago Fire. 

From battling towering infernos to navigating personal struggles, firefighter TV shows have taken us on thrilling and emotional journeys. The courageous men and women who risk their lives to save others from the relentless wrath of flames have become iconic figures on our screens.

While there have been numerous notable firefighter dramas over the years, one question remains: Which firefighter show truly stands out as the best?

What is the best firefighter show? (According to AI)

As we here at One Chicago Center are admittedly biased when it comes to selecting the best firefighter show, we decided to ask ChatGPT’s AI what firefighter show it thought was the absolute best firefighter drama. We hoped it might agree with us in choosing Chicago Fire; however, in the eyes of AI, there is another firefighter show that takes the top spot: former FX drama Rescue Me. 

So why does AI believe Rescue Me is the top firefighter show? Here’s what AI had to say about its selection:

"There are several popular firefighter dramas that have gained significant acclaim over the years. While opinions may vary, one widely regarded as one of the best firefighter dramas is the TV series Rescue Me.Rescue Me aired from 2004 to 2011 and was created by Denis Leary and Peter Tolan. The show follows the lives of the firefighters of the fictional Ladder Company 62 in New York City. It combines intense firefighting action with dark humor and explores the personal lives and struggles of the characters, including the psychological effects of their job and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.Rescue Me is praised for its compelling storytelling, complex characters, and its ability to balance drama and humor. It tackles serious issues faced by firefighters, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, survivor’s guilt, and the challenges of balancing personal relationships with the demands of their dangerous profession. The series also received critical acclaim for its writing and performances, particularly Denis Leary’s portrayal of the lead character, Tommy Gavin."

Okay, so maybe Rescue Me wouldn’t have been our top pick; however, there’s no arguing that AI is spot on in its praise for the show which was a true standout for the genre. The series was definitely much more dramatic in nature than Chicago Fire by nature, which helped the show stand out and tell a very important story in exploring the psychological toll the job takes on firefighters.

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The show is one the most compelling and acclaimed shows to have ever aired on FX, and Rescue Me definitely deserves its flowers for its realistic portrayal of firefighting through its moving stories at a time unlike any Americans had been through before.

If there is any show that deserves to be recognized above Chicago Fire in a ranking of the top firefighter dramas, it’s definitely Rescue Me.

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