The BEST Episodes of Chicago Fire

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 9, 2019

Network: NBC

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.


#1 - Badlands

Season 8 - Episode 3

Brett and Foster question the suspicious circumstances surrounding an attack at a juvenile detention center. A convoluted new technology at Firehouse 51 tests everybody's patience. Kidd is chosen to represent the district at a leadership conference.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Olivia Newman
Writers: Michael O'Shea
Real Never Waits

#2 - 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 8.37
975 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
A Coffin That Small

#3 - 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 8.30
960 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
My Miracle

#4 - 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
1,953 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Not Like This

#5 - 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 8.28
1,009 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
No Regrets

#6 - 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 8.27
990 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Ryan Harris
Sacred Ground

#7 - Sacred Ground

Season 8 - Episode 1

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 8.25
490 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Derek Haas
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
973 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary
A Dark Day (1)

#9 - 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
981 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead, Dick Wolf
Leaders Lead

#10 - 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 8.20
976 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
I'm Not Leaving You

#11 - I'm Not Leaving You

Season 7 - Episode 22

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 8.18
635 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Derek Haas
All the Proof

#12 - 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 8.17
741 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Jamila Daniel
What Will Define You

#13 - 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 8.16
723 votes
Directors: Olivia Newman
Writers: Michael A. O'Shea
Just Drive the Truck

#14 - 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 8.14
979 votes
Writers: Michael Gilvary
Deathtrap (1)

#15 - 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
2,093 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Andrea Newman

#16 - 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 8.14
977 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Derek Haas, Tim Talbott

#17 - 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
891 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
Merry Christmas, Etc.

#18 - 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 8.12
937 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Michael Gilvary
A Heavy Weight

#19 - 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
951 votes
Directors: Reza Tabrizi
Writers: Michael Gilvary

#20 - 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
1,512 votes
Directors: Michael Brandt
Writers: Ian McCulloch, Michael A. O'Shea, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
The Last One for Mom

#21 - 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
1,513 votes
Directors: Fred Berner
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Gwen Sigan
Carry Me

#22 - 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
1,910 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Jill Weinberger
Tonight's the Night

#23 - 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
1,024 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Derek Haas, Tim Talbott
Two Families

#24 - 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
970 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas

#25 - 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 8.08
1,095 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas