The Best Episodes of Chicago Fire

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2018

The firefighters, Rescue Squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their incredible city. This is an extended family and everyone inside Firehouse 51 knows no other way than to lay it all on the line for each other.

Real Never Waits

#1 - Real Never Waits

Season 2 - Episode 22

A fire at a boarding school leaves Lt. Severide shaken and wondering if he could have done more. Meanwhile, with the firehouse in full support of Dawson as she retakes the fireman’s exam, Lt. Casey attempts some political maneuverings on her behalf. Elsewhere, Mills looks for answers about his father’s mysterious past and Chief Boden’s grand plans take a detour.

star 8.38
933 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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My Miracle

#2 - My Miracle

Season 5 - Episode 22

A dangerous warehouse fire puts truck and squad at risk. Tensions are high for Dawson and Casey when Dawson's father overstays his welcome at their home. Meanwhile, Casey continues to fight for his first responders bill, Mouch makes a serious decision regarding his future and Herrmann goes to tremendous lengths to make a young boy smile.

star 8.30
1,897 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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Not Like This

#3 - Not Like This

Season 2 - Episode 10

All seems lost with firehouse 51 on the verge of closing its’ doors, thanks in no small part to Gail McLeod, but Chief Boden and the rest of the house refuse to allow themselves to sit by and let it happen. An emergency call to an apartment structure fire tests everyone’s limits and puts the squad in harm’s way. Meanwhile, Dawson receives some life-changing news and union president Greg Sullivan makes headlines, which has an immediate impact on Mouch.

star 8.30
959 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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A Coffin That Small

#4 - A Coffin That Small

Season 1 - Episode 19

Tragedy strikes when a rescue attempt at a tenement building proves unsuccessful, leaving the men and women of firehouse 51 affected by the loss of the victim. Severide's decision to put Mills on the fast track to move from Truck to Squad doesn't sit well with some of the others and tension mounts between Severide and Casey over Heather Darden. Shay and Dawson are forced to deal with a junkie's crazy behavior while on a call and Shay considers a different way to have a family. Meanwhile, the team draws the ire of local drug dealers who threaten the peace and safety of the neighborhood and firehouse.

star 8.29
905 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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No Regrets

#5 - No Regrets

Season 2 - Episode 7

When a tanker collides into a commuter train that subsequently crashes into a warehouse, the firehouse is called to the horrific scene that tests everyone to the limits as life and death hangs in the balance. With the ultimatum in place for him or the firehouse, Boden is tasked with making life-changing decisions regarding his future. Severide learns more about Katie, the young woman he saw with his father. Meanwhile, Shay and Dawson are still at odds and Casey’s responsibility of being a surrogate father takes a sharp turn.

star 8.28
941 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Ryan Harris
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A Dark Day (1)

#6 - A Dark Day (1)

Season 2 - Episode 20

Lt. Casey and Dawson volunteer to help at a charity run at Chicago Medical when a massive explosion sends Chicago into chaos. With one of their own missing in the blast, the firehouse is tested like never before. (8:30 PM (2) aired on Chicago P.D., season 1, episode 12.)

star 8.21
939 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead, Dick Wolf
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Leaders Lead

#7 - Leaders Lead

Season 1 - Episode 22

A frustrated Severide, turns to an unlikely ally to resolve his current dilemma. Casey begins to find satisfaction in his personal life, while Mills and Dawson face personal challenges. Meanwhile, the squad is called to the scene of a harrowing apartment building collapse.

star 8.21
925 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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A Hell of a Ride

#8 - A Hell of a Ride

Season 1 - Episode 24

When a call comes in from the Cook County jail, the squad steps into a volatile predicament and are tasked with trying to defuse an escalating situation. Shay remains hopeful about her baby dreams and Hermann's wife Cindy goes into labor with their fifth child. Meanwhile, Mills and Dawson face key decisions in their personal lives.

star 8.21
924 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary
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All the Proof

#9 - All the Proof

Season 7 - Episode 6

Halloween is in full effect for Foster and Brett, who are summoned to a home where a prank has quickly turned serious. Gorsch continues his reign of terror on Firehouse 51.

star 8.20
543 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Jamila Daniel
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What Will Define You

#10 - What Will Define You

Season 7 - Episode 7

Severide faces some major adversity and Kidd is on a mission to help in any way she can. Following a car accident rescue involving a teenage girl and her young sister, a suspicious Brett has an unsettling feeling there is more to the story than what appears on the surface.

star 8.20
514 votes
Directors: Olivia Newman
Writers: Michael A. O'Shea
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Just Drive the Truck

#11 - Just Drive the Truck

Season 3 - Episode 3

The members of Firehouse 51 and the Austin firehouse clash when trucks collide on the way to a call. Boden comes up with a plan to get Dawson her badge. Mills faces his past and future. The Molly's group hits a speed bump starting the food truck.

star 8.16
934 votes
Writers: Michael Gilvary
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Deathtrap (1)

#12 - Deathtrap (1)

Season 5 - Episode 15

Truck and squad are called to aid in a massive all-city response when an old, ill-equipped factory-turned live/work space quickly turns into a firestorm, trapping countless unsuspecting victims. The dire situation quickly turns personal when it is discovered that one of Chicago PD's own has a family member at the scene. With the rescued victims in need of serious medical attention, the doctors and nurses of Chicago Med are tested as the major influx of patients are brought through their doors. Meanwhile, in the aftermath, the building owner steps forward to cooperate with the ongoing investigation, but the situation takes a sudden and unexpected turn.

star 8.14
2,038 votes
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Joyriding

#13 - Joyriding

Season 2 - Episode 6

While out on a jog, Severide comes across a secluded and empty construction site and encounters a young boy who has been trapped in a backhoe loader and is in dire need of assistance. Boden and McLeod continue to butt heads about the future of the firehouse and Boden breaks news about his future to Casey. Meanwhile, it's election day for the union presidency and Mouch and Greg Sullivan have a debate on Otis' podcast. With rival bar Game Day's future in peril, the finger is being pointed at Molly's.

star 8.13
929 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Derek Haas, Tim Talbott
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Merry Christmas, Etc.

#14 - Merry Christmas, Etc.

Season 1 - Episode 10

After putting out a kitchen fire in an upscale townhouse, Casey, Herrmann, Mouch, Cruz, Otis and Mills find themselves accused of stealing a $50,000 diamond necklace from the home, touching off an internal investigation. Cruz’s brother Leon is caught in the middle of an escalating gang war, leaving Cruz to make a desperate choice to save him. Meanwhile, Dawson invites Casey to her cousin’s fancy Christmas party, and a frustrated Shay has reached her limit with Severide.

star 8.13
883 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Michael Gilvary
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Spartacus

#15 - Spartacus

Season 3 - Episode 23

Lt. Casey puts his life on the line and digs deeper into the shady dealings of Jack Nesbitt. Chief Boden must figure out how to create unity in a divided house, while Severide comes to question his own judgment. A dangerous warehouse blaze quickly gets out of control and threatens members of firehouse 51.

star 8.12
846 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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A Heavy Weight

#16 - A Heavy Weight

Season 2 - Episode 19

A suicide note is delivered to a surprised Dawson and Lt. Severide digs deeper into Bloom’s dark past. Elsewhere, Chief Boden learns shocking news, and with the help of Shay, Lt. Casey goes on the search for a life-changing item.

star 8.11
908 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Michael Gilvary
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Superhero

#17 - Superhero

Season 4 - Episode 23

In the Season 4 finale, Boden and Jimmy are at odds. Kidd deals with her unstable ex. Dawson continues her quest to foster Louie. Casey's new political consultant urges him to think big. The team responds to a dangerous structure fire.

star 8.11
1,465 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Ian McCulloch, Michael A. O'Shea, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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Carry Me

#18 - Carry Me

Season 5 - Episode 20

Casey goes to drastic measures to help his friend Kannell. Lt. Severide helps an old widow come to terms with letting go, but realizes he may be the one needing help. Otis and Cruz deal with surprises when they find a new roommate to move in. Dawson and Brett get crafty to save a young girl.

star 8.10
1,853 votes
Writers: Jill Weinberger
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The Last One for Mom

#19 - The Last One for Mom

Season 4 - Episode 20

Firehouse 51 unites to help a young boy in tragic circumstances. A high-powered political consultant helps Casey navigate a potential scandal. Cruz makes a mistake that nearly costs him his life.

star 8.10
1,467 votes
Directors: Fred Berner
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Gwen Sigan
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Tonight's the Night

#20 - Tonight's the Night

Season 2 - Episode 13

When a drunk driver knocks down a transformer, the entire neighborhood is left without power on a frigid Chicago night and members of Firehouse 51 step up to lend their much needed help. While many from the community ride out the night at the station, in the midst of such close quarters, romances speed up and tempers flare. Meanwhile, Casey continues to lie to both himself and Dawson about his condition and the stakeholders in Molly's bicker about the bar's direction.

star 8.09
980 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Derek Haas, Tim Talbott
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Always

#21 - Always

Season 3 - Episode 1

Boden forces members of Firehouse 51 to pull themselves back together in the aftermath of a harrowing fire explosion. While Severide goes missing for one week too many, Casey works to track down his whereabouts. Newhouse brings some unexpected news regarding one of Mills’ relatives. Herrmann and Otis make some new goals regarding Molly’s.

star 8.09
1,048 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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You Will Hurt Him

#22 - You Will Hurt Him

Season 2 - Episode 9

Chief Boden prepares to counterattack McLeod in a final effort to save the firehouse from closure and the romance between Dawson and Casey escalates. Leon is making progress in the gang murder investigation, but Cruz cannot stand being left in the dark by Voight, fearing for his brother's safety. Meanwhile, Severide and Katie bond to make up for lost time and Otis feels uncomfortable living with Severide and Shay after Devon's latest escapade.

star 8.09
919 votes
Writers: Michael Gilvary
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Two Families

#23 - Two Families

Season 1 - Episode 7

Everyone in the firehouse is ordered to take a drug test after a call to a daycare center exposes them to a makeshift meth lab, and Severide stalls, not wanting his injury, or the painkillers he takes, to be discovered. Meanwhile, Truck and Squad find themselves pinned down by gunfire while trying to help the victim of a gang shooting, and a deep-fried turkey fire grows from small to explosive when a garage catches fire. Elsewhere, Dawson saves a bleeding man and Casey delivers a baby on the scene of a massive car pileup on the freeway.

star 8.08
917 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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Shoved In My Face

#24 - Shoved In My Face

Season 2 - Episode 11

Lt. Casey returns to work at Firehouse 51 after nearly being killed in a building collapse and Shay meets Allison Rafferty, her new partner, who is friendly to everyone except her. Dawson begins her rigorous training at the Chicago Fire Academy, while Lt. Severide prepares for his stint as instructor. Meanwhile, Clarke stubbornly does not speak with the police about the murder in which he is the prime suspect and the future of Molly’s looks bleaker than ever.

star 8.08
929 votes
Writers: Hilly Hicks Jr.
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Purgatory

#25 - Purgatory

Season 5 - Episode 14

After exercising his disdain and authority over Chief Boden, Chief Anderson reassigns members of 51 to various houses around town, citing the need for improvement. The ramifications are felt by the crew, who are left to make the best of their respective situations in their new surroundings. Boden fights to repair the situation, but it just might be out of his control. Elsewhere, Severide toils over an important decision.

star 8.08
1,818 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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