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Parents' Guide to

Chicago Fire

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fire drama's blazes mix with solid story, mature content.

TV NBC Drama 2012
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

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Awesome Show!

This is a most terrific program. The only reason I gave it just 4 stars is because the medical aspect and even some of the fire fighting does not fit. On many occasions, these things are so badly represented and are simply wrong. I know this as a physician. Example. When Boden's wife went into labor, it's her first pregnancy and with her first contractions, she is ready to deliver. That is so ridiculously unlikely that it is a joke. On the fire fighting side, the episode where the helicopter crashed on top of a building, it was about to fall off, yet 3/4 of the copter is on the building top, so the weight is back and it should not fall. There are many more like these, for sure. Otherwise, it is a great show, very suspenseful, and usually the plots are different.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (20 ):

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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 10, 2012
  • Cast: Monica Raymund
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: November 16, 2022

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