Rescue Me is an American television drama series created by Denis Leary and Peter Tolan which focuses on the professional and personal lives of New York City firefighters after the trauma of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The series aired in the USA on FX from 21 July, 2004 to 7 September, 2011. There are 93 hour-long episodes in seven seasons.
Rescue Me originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Thursday 3 February, 2005. It moved to DStv's actionX channel (now called M-Net Action) for Seasons 3-5 and to M-Net Series for the final two seasons (6 and 7).
The series later began airing on DStv's Sony Entertainment Television (SONY) channel in November 2007 and on StarSat's (formerly TopTV) Fox FX channel in September 2011. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 3 originally aired on actionX from 26 October, 2006 to 18 January, 2007, on Thursdays at 20h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 3 later aired on SONY from 15 December, 2008 to 9 March, 2009, on Mondays at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 3 premiered on Fox FX on Monday 7 April 2014, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the third season.
Returning for a third season, Rescue Me is a weekly one-hour drama that revolves around the lives of the men in a New York City firehouse.
In a third season of looking into the personal lives of the crew that's manning New York City Fire Department's 62 Truck, Rescue Me examines the fraternal nature and relationships of firefighters, tackling the daily drama of the job's life-and-death situations as it explores the dark humour the fighters use to protect their true emotions.
At the end of Season Two, Tommy Gavin's life was in turmoil. His marriage, which had been magically – and clandestinely - resuscitated with the aid of his wife Janet's anti-depressants, was once again shattered when their son Connor was hit and killed by a drunk driver while under Tommy's watch.
Not up to mounting a protest when Janet left with the kids, Tommy entrusted his brother Johnny to look after them in his absence. Once Tommy's shock over the accident finally wore off, however, it was replaced by rage.
Using information provided by Johnny's friends inside the police department, he conspired with his dad and Uncle Teddy to avenge Connor's death. While waiting for Teddy to pull the trigger, a sudden crisis of conscience prompted Tommy to attempt to abort the plan.
But it was too late - Teddy had already fired the fatal shot, killing the drunk driver who took Connor's life.
At 62 Truck, Tommy's co-workers were having problems of their own. Franco Rivera's brief romance with Laura unraveled when he was caught cheating … again.
Feeling that she had compromised her standing in the firehouse by getting involved with Franco, Laura transferred out.
On the heels of his divorce, Lt. Kenny “Lou” Shea gave every penny he had to Candy, a hooker with a heart of gold, on the promise that it would get her out from under the thumb of her pimp. By the time Lou discovered that she was really a con artist, Candy had already skipped town with all his money.
And for Chief Jerry Reilly, fighting a losing battle against his wife's Alzheimer's forced him to put her in a special care facility.
Season Three finds the crew of 62 Truck collectively licking their wounds. Tommy has been negotiating divorce terms through Johnny and his lawyer, Cousin Eddie.
With help from his cousin Jimmy's widow, Sheila Keefe, Tommy is also caring for his ailing father, who serves as a constant reminder that since Connor died, the Gavins have no male heir to carry on the family tradition in the FDNY.
Mike “the Probie” Siletti is anxiously anticipating the end of his status as a probationary firefighter and considering a transfer to a firehouse where he's shown a little more respect.
In an attempt to secure a better future for his daughter Keela, Franco is studying for the lieutenant's exam, a move that would also require him to transfer.
Still reeling from losing everything to Candy, Lou is out drinking every night and living in a dumpy basement apartment, while Jerry faces his own money troubles when the facility that cares for his wife raises the rent.
And Sean Garrity has gotten deeply involved with a mystery woman who challenges him to quit smoking - a challenge that is also accepted by the rest of the guys in the firehouse.
So, with his own family in shambles, Tommy begins to realise that his crew is the only family he can still save, and makes it his mission to keep 62 Truck from breaking up.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 3 Feb 2005 | Finale: 28 Apr 2005 | Thursdays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 8 Nov 2007 | Finale: 31 Jan 2008 | Thursdays, 23h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 19 Sep 2011 | Finale: 12 Dec 2011 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 19 Jan 2006 | Finale: 13 Apr 2006 | Thursdays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 14 Jun 2008 | Finale: 6 Sep 2008 | Saturdays, 21h40
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 7 May 2012 | Finale: 30 Jul 2012 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 3 (13 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 26 Oct 2006 | Finale: 18 Jan 2007 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 15 Dec 2008 | Finale: 9 Mar 2009 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 7 Apr 2014 | Finale: 30 Jun 2014 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 4 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 19 Jun 2008 | Finale: 11 Sep 2008 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 22 Jun 2010 | Finale: 14 Sep 2010 | Tuesdays, 21h20
Season 5 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 25 Nov 2009 | Finale: 21 Apr 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 14 Sep 2011 | Finale: 8 Feb 2012 | Wednesdays, 22h35
Season 6 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 1 Jul 2011 | Finale: 2 Sep 2011 | Fridays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 12 Feb 2012 | Finale: 15 Apr 2012 | Sundays, 22h40