The BEST Episodes of Chicago Fire

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2020

Network: NBC

No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. With big reputations and hefty egos, the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions is bound to put squad members at odds. When a tragedy claims one of their own, there's plenty of guilt and blame to go around. When it's "go-time" though, they put their differences aside and everything on the line for each other.

Protect a Child

#1 - Protect a Child

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 18, 2020

Things get personal for Casey and Gallo in the aftermath of a suburban house fire involving a mother and her young son. Herrmann campaigns for more respect. Kidd has an idea for giving back to her community.

star 8.50
2 votes
No Regrets

#2 - No Regrets

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2013

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
1,553 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Ryan Harris
My Miracle

#3 - My Miracle

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 16, 2017

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 8.28
2,081 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
Sacred Ground

#4 - Sacred Ground

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2019

The mattress factory fire spirals out of control. Truck and squad lay it on the line in hopes of getting the trapped victims out alive.

star 8.27
714 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Derek Haas
Real Never Waits

#5 - Real Never Waits

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 12, 2014

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 8.22
1,486 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
Not Like This

#6 - Not Like This

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2013

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 8.21
1,656 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
A Coffin That Small

#7 - A Coffin That Small

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 27, 2013

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 8.18
1,601 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
I'm Not Leaving You

#8 - I'm Not Leaving You

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 22, 2019

Severide and Kidd continue to investigate Benny’s old arson case, unexpected news leads Brett to ponder a big decision and all hell breaks loose.

star 8.17
721 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Derek Haas
Tonight's the Night

#9 - Tonight's the Night

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2014

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 8.13
1,642 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Derek Haas, Tim Talbott
Spartacus

#10 - Spartacus

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 12, 2015

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 8.13
1,151 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
Deathtrap (1)

#11 - Deathtrap (1)

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 1, 2017

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 8.13
2,242 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Andrea Newman
All the Proof

#12 - All the Proof

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2018

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 8.13
841 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Jamila Daniel
Superhero

#13 - Superhero

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 17, 2016

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
1,728 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Derek Haas, Ian McCulloch, Michael A. O'Shea, Michael Brandt
What Will Define You

#14 - What Will Define You

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 2018

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 8.11
806 votes
Directors: Olivia Newman
Writers: Michael A. O'Shea
The Last One for Mom

#15 - The Last One for Mom

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 2016

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 8.11
1,704 votes
Directors: Fred Berner
Writers: Gwen Sigan, Matt Olmstead
Carry Me

#16 - Carry Me

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 2, 2017

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
2,067 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Jill Weinberger
Rear View Mirror

#17 - Rear View Mirror

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 14, 2012

Facing suspension, Dawson gets a hand from the same girl she saved through the procedures that landed her in front of the disciplinary board. Lieutenant Casey finds his fuse shortening as Detective Voight stops at nothing to get him to retract his statement. However, when Casey lays his life on the line during an apartment fire, he may have unknowingly caught the break he was needing.

star 8.09
1,692 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Thania St. John
Always

#18 - Always

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2014

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 8.08
1,528 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
Joyriding

#19 - Joyriding

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 12, 2013

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 8.08
1,645 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Derek Haas, Tim Talbott
I Am the Apocalypse

#20 - I Am the Apocalypse

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 7, 2015

The Chicago fire team works seamlessly with Chicago Med personnel to help aid victims of a deadly gas leak, but things quickly take a turn for the worse when the hospital is suddenly forced into quarantine.

star 8.07
1,267 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
A Dark Day (1)

#21 - A Dark Day (1)

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 2014

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 8.07
1,495 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Derek Haas, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt
Merry Christmas, Etc.

#22 - Merry Christmas, Etc.

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 2012

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 8.07
1,608 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Michael Gilvary
The Sky Is Falling

#23 - The Sky Is Falling

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 2, 2016

The team responds to a mass shooting; Casey investigates the missing money from the fund-raiser. Jimmy agrees to represent the firehouse in a boxing match against the Chicago PD's 21st District. Chili's behavior continues to be an issue for Brett.

star 8.07
1,409 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael A. O'Shea, Michael Brandt
Purgatory

#24 - Purgatory

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 21, 2017

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 8.07
1,995 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt
A Heavy Weight

#25 - A Heavy Weight

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 15, 2014

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 8.05
1,377 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Michael Gilvary