Chicago Fire

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Fire drama's blazes mix with solid story, mature content.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show stresses the importance of working together and setting differences aside when other people's lives are on the line. There's also a sense of connectedness between the firehouse and the surrounding community.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters are highly skilled and take pride in the life-saving work they do, but that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes. In spite of their differences, however, they pull together as a makeshift family when the need arises. Both men and women hold positions of authority, although the women are definitely outnumbered.


The main characters work in a dangerous field where injury and even death are common, but the show doesn't overemphasize violence. Some characters pull weapons, get in fist fights, etc. Blood is visible but not excessive.


Some sexual innuendo and light banter, with some kissing and bare skin from the shoulders up. A man and women who work together are sexually involved.


Unbleeped language includes "bulls--t," but words that strong are rare.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters smoke cigarettes and drink socially. One character uses injectable prescription drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chicago Fire follows a group of men and women working in a dangerous occupation that invites injury and even death. Violence is portrayed more or less realistically, so you'll see blood, serious injuries, and heavy flames. There's also unbleeped swearing that includes "bulls--t," but strong language is rare. Sexual content is mostly banter and innuendo, with some kissing and bare skin but no sensitive parts. Some co-workers are sexually involved, too. Characters smoke cigarettes, drink socially, and use prescription drugs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWestDundeePolice November 16, 2020

My Favorite TV Show is Chicago Fire the Best for Ever.

Familes should know this review of Chicago Fire is for Kids 11 Years Old or Older.
Adult Written byjkmaunupau November 11, 2020

How Fires are fought

I know that fire-incidents are exciting. I like to see them use more fire fighters logistics. When going into fire engulfed buildings entering with fully cha... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChrism1 November 20, 2013

l love this show

I love chicago fire. but i think only 14 and older sound watch it.
Kid, 11 years old June 22, 2013

Great, but watch kids!

This is a great show!!!! I am 11 and my mom and I watch it together, we both love it!!! I think 11 and up should be accompanied by an adult while watching this... Continue reading

What's the story?

Centering on the firefighters, paramedics, and rescue squad workers of Chicago Firehouse 51, CHICAGO FIRE picks up in the wake of an on-the-job tragedy that resulted in the death of one of their own and stirred tensions between truck leader Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and rescue squad leader Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney). But there's no time for blame when the city's next big emergency strikes, forcing everyone to pull together in spite of their differences.

Is it any good?

The best thing going for Chicago Fire, which bears the mark of Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, is that it bears the mark of Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. But that doesn't mean it's a must-see show -- only that, if you do see it, you can expect to find a solid story and an ensemble of serviceable characters. (And, in a few years, perhaps, a multi-city franchise.)

Chicago Fire, like so many other TV series, falls victim to Beautiful People Syndrome -- the compulsion to cast actors who are more believable as underwear models than working-class heroes who risk their lives every day. But in this case, even distractingly good looks aren't hot enough to compete with the elaborately staged fire and rescue scenes that, in the end, are the real stars of the show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lives of firefighters and other types of rescue workers and the level of risk they assume every day. What are the real-life consequences of working in a high-risk -- and high-stress -- profession? How honestly does the show portray the downsides to these "heroic" jobs?

  • How does Chicago Fire compare to other series about firefighters in terms of violence and general realism? Do these characters seem believable to you? Why or why not?

  • What are the potential risks to having a romantic relationship with someone you work with? Are interoffice affairs as common in real life as they are on TV?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 10, 2012
  • Cast: Monica Raymund
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: November 2, 2020

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