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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Unbleeped language includes "bulls--t," but words that strong are rare.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters smoke cigarettes and drink socially. One character uses injectable prescription drugs.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.