The BEST Episodes of Rescue Me

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: FX

From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a drama/comedy that centers on the inner workings of Ladder Company 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The show focuses Tommy Gavin, the senior fire-fighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet. Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her. The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former fire-fighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job. The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce. Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with.

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#1 - Twat

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 12, 2005

Tommy asks his cousin for help in understanding the bizarre visions he's been having. The crew tries to help Laura understand the essence of male comaraderie.

star 8.42
250 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#2 - Sanctuary

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 13, 2004

The hockey game rematch between the NYPD and the FDNY is right around the corner and Tommy must figure out a plan to save himself from being pummeled by the cops who have it out for him. Tommy's relationship with Sheila is discovered by the guys and they must adhere to tradition to handle it in their own way. When Tommy is visited by his demons during a fire, Franco comes to his aid... with devastating results.

star 8.17
362 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#3 - Harmony

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 28, 2005

In an effort to get more time off to search for his wife and kids, Tommy joins the new firehouse’s Barbershop Quartet. Meanwhile back at the old station, Lou and Chief Reilly conspire to get Tommy back, but the rest of the crew has grown fond of his replacement.

star 8.07
306 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#4 - Yaz

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 12, 2007

In the fourth-season finale, Sheila learns that Jimmy's ghost has been spotted on several occasions, so she investigates. Meanwhile, Colleen blames Tommy for her failed relationship; Franco and Natalie come to an understanding, as do Lou, Cousin Mike and Latrina; and Tommy spends time with his father.

star 8.04
281 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander

#5 - Kansas

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 4, 2004

Tommy decides to make life a living hell for his wife's new boyfriend by wreaking havoc on his business and finances. Meanwhile, Chief Reilly faces possible suspension as the result of an altercation with a fellow firefighter and Lou decides to share his poetry.

star 8.04
474 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#6 - Ashes

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 7, 2011

In the aftermath of the fire, the members of 62 truck struggle to pick up the pieces and look towards the future. Down at The Rock, the new probies receive a familiar speech and stand before a new leader.

star 7.99
429 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan

#7 - Balls

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 5, 2005

Tommy's fate in the firehouse depends on vote by the crew. Tommy reunites with his dad. Franco and Laura's relationship grows.

star 7.92
336 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#8 - Head

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 10, 2011

Tommy has his badge revoked when his latest tirade goes national. But Sheila’s two-pronged attack hits Tommy’s critics where they least expect it, vindicating Tommy and clearing the Gavin family name.

star 7.92
419 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti

#9 - Believe

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 9, 2005

Jerry forces the crew to attend a birthday party that his son is throwing for his boyfriend. Meanwhile, Tommy makes a move on Mariel after she tells him she might not be his half sister after all. Franco asks Laura to move in with him while Sheila tries to make Tommy jealous by showing off her new girlfriend.

star 7.91
357 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Evan T. Reilly

#10 - Guts

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 21, 2004

New York City firefighter, Tommy Gavin, cannot escape the ghosts of those who have died around him as he faces the everyday challenge of saving lives while trying to fix his own.

star 7.89
625 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#11 - Bitch

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 30, 2005

Tommy lays off the antidepressants when he is kicked off the hockey team. Sheila asks Tommy to talk Damien out of being a firefighter. Meanwhile, when Franco sees Laura with another guy he gets jealous and Tommy's dad gets a surprise when he returns home from a three day trip to Atlantic City.

star 7.88
356 votes
Writers: John Scurti

#12 - Retards

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 8, 2006

Following a meeting with Janet, Tommy has yet another confrontation with Johnny; Teddy's conjugal visits with Ellie prove to be a letdown; and Franco tries to befriend his new girlfriend's mentally challenged brother. Elsewhere, Tommy keeps his vigil at Stack's bedside.

star 7.88
285 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Evan T. Reilly

#13 - Drink

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 1, 2009

Uncle Teddy appears surprisingly stoic after a staggering personal loss, but finally bursts at the seams and has the gang cornered. Janet and Sheila's plan goes haywire and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake.

star 7.87
420 votes

#14 - Rebirth

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 16, 2005

Tommy starts taking Janet's antidepressants. When Sean meddles in Franco and Laura's troubled relationship he makes things worse. After a gay visitor, the crew wonders about Mike's sexuality.

star 7.85
356 votes
Directors: Jefery Levy
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#15 - Justice

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 13, 2005

Tommy copes with a tragedy. Jerry must decide what to do when his wife's condition worsens. Sean has a crisis of faith. Lou learns some shocking facts about Candy. And the crew responds to a multi-level building fire with people trapped inside.

star 7.84
271 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#16 - Play

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired May 19, 2009

Tommy and Janet attempt to survive a weekend together at Katy's new prep school. Meanwhile, Lou sees Tommy's absence as a way to move in on Genevieve. Teddy and Maggie receive vulgar propositions and Sean's stomach pain acts up at an inopportune moment.

star 7.83
482 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#17 - Sheila

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired May 5, 2009

After a run in with Janet's brash new boyfriend, Tommy grows concerned about Katie's whereabouts. Sheila is finally able to come to terms with Jimmy's death as Damien makes the decision to follow in his father's footsteps.

star 7.83
426 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Evan Reilly

#18 - Leaving

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 6, 2004

When Janet needs more money to cover house repairs, Tommy turns to Uncle Teddy and his "little" friend to help him out with extra cash. When Franco's father has a stroke, Franco finds himself trying to juggle work and raising his daughter on his own. Meanwhile, a goodwill tribute to the firefighters lost in 9/11 goes awry and the firehouse is put in jeopardy.

star 7.82
361 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#19 - Karate

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 25, 2006

Lou turns to new-age techniques in his efforts to change his life. Sean and Maggie come to a surprising decision. Tommy and Angie continue to see each other, which quickly leads to an embarrassing scene with Janet.

star 7.80
320 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Evan T. Reilly

#20 - Satisfaction

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 18, 2006

While Tommy and Johnny have another encounter, Janet and Angie re-establish their acquaintance. Meanwhile, Sheila is unhappy when she sees Tommy and Angie together. Maggie wants to get back together with Sean. Mike hooks up with a woman at a bar, making his roommate, Chris, jealous. Franco finds out about Jerry's second job at the pub, and the money in the no-smoking jar goes missing.

star 7.80
325 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#21 - Sanctuary

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 3, 2010

Tommy loses his nerve when a young driver's recklessness reminds him of his daughter's new lifestyle. After a meeting fails to put Colleen on the wagon, Tommy is forced to pursue a more aggressive method to get her life back on track.

star 7.78
412 votes

#22 - Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 26, 2005

Tommy seeks the truth about Sheila while trying to get his kids back; Lou does not like the person he has saved through a bone marrow donation; Franco's addiction puts those he loves at risk; Sean's new girlfriend habitually dates firemen.

star 7.78
333 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#23 - Vows

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2011

In the tradition of the Gavin family, Colleen's wedding is an emotional if not debaucherous affair. The high spirits quickly fade, however, when the guys tackle the mother of all fires.

star 7.77
452 votes
Directors: Evan T. Reilly

#24 - Gay

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 28, 2004

When a retired gay firefighter makes a published claim that several firemen who died in 9/11 were closeted gays, Chief Reilly is determined to set the record straight. While attempting to mask the pain of losing his wife and kids, Tommy does Jimmy a favor and spies on his widow which leads to a surprising discovery. The probie must deal with the unexpected repercussions of being a hero after making his first save in a fire.

star 7.76
528 votes
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan

#25 - Sensitivity

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 19, 2005

Tommy has a chance at finding his kids with help from his oldest daughter. Chief Jerry asks his son for help when his wife's condition worsens.

star 7.76
270 votes
Directors: Peter Tolan
Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan