Chicago Fire

Common Sense Media says

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





What parents need to know

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

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:Monica Raymund
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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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 show. Why?: 1. Kids (preteens) my have questions about some things. 2. Some parts may be scary and/or inappropriate. For that I just close my eyes. Otherwise it tells the real truth about emergencies that happen every day and how the fire squad saves peoples lives. It is inspiring in an amazing way. And in a way it is educational!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bycieli November 10, 2014
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old September 25, 2014

Great show

The show itself is one of the best shows nbc has ever released however there is some violence and characters are frequently in lifethreatening situations and sometimes even die, there isn't much sex just kissing and some bare skin from the stomach up and language isn't so bad, overall a great show
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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