Chicago Fire is finally returning to NBC’s schedule but there’s a twist

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Hold on Tight" Episode 1101 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Hold on Tight" Episode 1101 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd -- (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC) /

It’s been an incredibly long summer for One Chicago fans. We’re used to offseasons that bring about months without new episodes of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. 

Usually, this hiatus comes to an end in September when new seasons of the three shows kick off on NBC as the fall TV season returns. This was the plan for the 2023-24 season; however, that all changed when a pair of strikes ground Hollywood to a halt.

Due to the WGA strike, production was unable to begin on the new seasons of the One Chicago series during the summer when it would normally kick off. The hope was perhaps the strike would end in time for the shows to return in the fall; however, when the actors’ union went on strike as well it became clear scripted series wouldn’t be making it back this fall.

As a result of the strikes, the One Chicago shows won’t be kicking off their new seasons this fall, but that doesn’t mean NBC isn’t going to bring fans some One Chicago episodes to enjoy on Wednesdays this fall!

Chicago Fire returns to NBC fall schedule

Beginning on Oct. 4, Chicago Fire will return to NBC as the network begins airing encore episodes every Wednesday night at 10/9c following new episodes of Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I. While these might not be new episodes, it will at least give fans the chance to enjoy episodes of Chicago Fire every Wednesday night as they anxiously await the show’s return in 2024.

So just what does NBC have in store for fans this October?

This October, NBC has lined up four incredible Chicago Fire season 11 encores to air across the Wednesday night slot beginning on Oct. 4 and running through Oct. 25. Here’s the current schedule for the month:

  • October 4: Season 11, Episode 11 “A Guy I Used to Know”
  • October 11: Season 11, Episode 16, “Acting Up”
  • October 18: Season 11, Episode 17, “The First Symptom”
  • October 25: Season 11, Episode 18, “Danger is All Around.”

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These four episodes featured some amazing moments, including Casey’s return to 51 following his exit in season 10. Can’t quite remember what went down in the episodes? Here’s a quick recap of what to expect in the four episodes NBC has lined up for October:

Season 11, Episode 11 “A Guy I Used to Know”

Original Airdate: January 11, 2023

Synopsis: “Firehouse 51 prepares for their semi-annual firehouse inspection. Brett fights to save her paramedicine program. Commander Martin Pearce asks Severide for a favor.”

Season 11, Episode 16, “Acting Up”

Original Airdate: March 22, 2023

Synopsis: “Cruz feels the burden of his increased responsibilities. Kidd, Gallo and Carver get caught in the middle of a gang war on a call. Herrmann wrangles Trudy for help lifting Cindy’s mood.”

Season 11, Episode 17, “The First Symptom”

Original Airdate: March 29, 2023

Synopsis: “Mouch builds a classic firetruck model for the Deputy District Chief, but quickly needs some assistance from Gallo and Ritter. Brett and Violet encounter multiple victims with a strange set of symptoms. The results of Cindy’s chemotherapy loom over the Herrmann family.”

Season 11, Episode 18, “Danger is All Around.”

Original Airdate: April 5, 2023

Synopsis: “A familiar person returns to Firehouse 51 to serve with Kidd on a special task force. Tony is close to breaking the CFD’s perfect attendance record. Old grudges resurface when Gallo reunites with a family member.”

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