'Rescue Me' hits hard, from the catchy and moving theme music to the honest, compelling protagonists. This is a show for people who like real drama, about real human suffering, pain and happiness. Since I first saw the show I've been hooked, and I would go so far as to say that it is essential viewing. It is hysterically funny at times, and has literally made me speechless with some of the tearjerking twists and turns which the plot takes the viewer on. You almost begin to feel like you are one of the fire-crew in the firehouse, empathising with the firemen as heroes, and human beings. Leary is fantastic as Tommy Gavin and the rest of the cast, notably Sunjata, soon become more than mere supporting acts. This, ladies and gentlemen, is television at its best. Compelling, addictive, exciting and unbelievably moving. Once you've started watching this show, you will follow the journey until the end, and I promise you, a fine journey it will be. Absolute genius.