This one was out of the blue. Bought on an absolute wing and a prayer. I had read zero publicity, reviews or anything - just figured it had Dennis Leary in it and he wrote No Cure For Cancer, so it must be alright. Alright? Rescue Me is a revelation.
It follows - primarily - the fortunes of firefighter Tommy Gavin, 9/11 survivor, ex-alcoholic, Irish American, bull blood. Tommy is one messed up individual. It also records the day-to-day fortunes, habits and credo of the other firefighters in his station; each dealing with 9/11 in their own different ways and their own messed up lives.
What singles this series out is the script is so, so witty; written with the darkest, blackest humour possible. The dialogue between the firefighters is snappy and gritty and one emotes with the characters so easily. Tommy himself is a total love or hate him kind of person - which is what makes Rescue Me so good.
I Totally recommend this. Backdraft it is not - more like a cross between No Cure for Cancer and Six Feet Under. Awesome.