Here are some reasons why you should watch the television show “Rescue Me” this summer.
Rescue Me is a show on FX, normally only shown in the summer. It airs on Tuesday evenings at 10 pm, and this season starts on June 13, 2007. The show is provocative, funny, and very interesting. I recommend it as great summer televised entertainment. Watch it because:
1. It doesn’t come on until 10 pm. By this time, all summer activities have come to a close. It gets dark outside by between 9 and 9:30 pm in the summer, so by the time the show comes on, it’s dark. This means picnics are over, outside events are over, etc.
2. It doesn’t come on until 10 pm. This means that the children, if you have any, are in bed, and it’s time to enjoy an adult show.
3. Rescue Me is provocative. What this means to me is that you see things on this show that you don’t see many other places. This doesn’t just have to do with sexual innuendos or scenes, but comes in the form of lifestyle. You will learn about alternative viewpoints that are often seen as taboo. I don’t see many shows that deal with the issue of bisexuality, for instance. One of the characters, Probie (Michael Lombardi) has had to wrestle with this issue.
4. The show deals with provocative issues also. One character, The Chief (Jack McGee), has a wife with Alzheimer’s. We get to see close up what happens to people with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them. I find this incredibly realistic and timely, with the heightened awareness and support for victims of Alzheimer’s disease.
A second issue is the death of Tommy and Janet Gavin’s son by a drunk driver. This is a subject deep to the soul of many who have lost someone in an accident caused by a drunk driver. The effects the incident has on Tommy and Janet display true-to-life portraits of what many parents go through when losing a child.
5. Rescue Me’s producers won the 2005 Visionary Award, given for work demonstrating a unique and uplifting quality.
6. Denis Leary stars in the show. Denis Leary is one of my favorite comedians. I have always enjoyed his offbeat sense of humor. Denis has transformed well from the role of comedian to that of serious actor in this drama series. However, every show is funny- he still uses his humor in Rescue Me.
7. The show depicts the real lives of firemen, and pays tribute to what firemen have to go through. Firemen were very important in saving many lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the nation, and it is good to recognize the work that was done through a television show.
8. Two funds were created by Denis Leary for firemen. One is the Leary Firefighters Foundation, started in 1999 in Worchester, Massachucetts after six firefighters were killed in a large warehouse fire (this is Denis Leary’s hometown.) The second fund was created after 9/11, and is called the Fund for New York’s bravest, honoring the firefighters of New York City.
9. Each character is well-developed, and each has a rich story. Mike Siletti (Probie), played by Michael Lombardi, gives us the story of innocence and youth, and how it subjects one to vulnerability in daily life. Probie also demonstrates naivete’ in his shamefulness of his overweight girlfriend in past episodes, and then had to deal with questions about his sexual identity. The Chief has had to deal with his wife’s Alzheimer’s, which he finds to become more difficult every day. We learn what it is like to live with someone with Alzheimer’s through his eyes. Lou (John Scurti) faces having his life savings cheated out of him by a prostitute. By this, we come to see what can happen to someone who is too trusting and goodhearted. Franco (Daniel Sunjata) must deal with raising his daughter by himself, as well as the fact that his drug addiction almost killed her. Tommy and Janet Gavin face losing their son to a drunk driver, and Tommy has the guilt of believing that it was his fault.
10. The show is great! I find it very interesting. Many current cultural issues are examined and displayed. No two characters are alike. New and twisted plots surface with every episode. I never seem to be able to predict what will happen next, and it always seems to get worse. This really keeps me intrigued.