Chicago Fire is an NBC drama series that premiered in October 2012. It focuses on Chicago Firehouse 51, which houses a Ladder Company (headed by Lt. Casey), a Rescue Squad (headed by Lt. Severide), and paramedics.Not to be confused with the Major League Soccer club.Has one Spin-Off, Chicago PD, which began airing in January 2014.
Convulsive Seizures: Casey has one in the ambulance after suffering a head injury in "Not Like This."
Crapsack World: The show seems to take place in some kind of alternate reality Chicago, where disasters take place on a semi-regular basis. Between these disasters, basically every main character has gone through horrible emotional and/or physical trauma.
Dedication: One July 2013 episode was dedicated to the 19 firefighters killed while fighting an Arizona wildfire (one of them happened to be a Chicago native as well).
Defcon Five: Subverted. Hermann's bar is in trouble due to a rival bar opening up nearby and stealing the customers. He mentions that they are now "at Defcon 5".
Otis:(quietly) Defcon 5 is actually the lowest level.
Hermann: Shut up Otis.
Dirty Cop: Voight, who continues to threaten and harm Lt. Casey because Casey refuses to take back his (true) statement about Voight's son being drunk when causing an accident.
Dr. Jerk: David Arata in "No Regrets" is a borderline case. He barks orders and seems callous, but given that he's helping run a triage he's also practical. He also refuses to evacuate when people still need help, and has nothing but praise for the actions of Shay and Dawson.
Drugs Are Bad: Of the prescription variety - Severide was self-medicating to cover up a bad shoulder injury.
The Eeyore: Mc Auley, a paramedic who briefly partners with Dawson in season 2, delights in seeing the downside of everything, including speculating that a guy hanging from a roof will wind up splattered on the pavement, and a guy rescued from a trash compactor is a MRSA infection waiting to happen.
Moment Killer: The firehouse's alarm is programmed to go off every time one of the characters wants to avoid a serious conversation, or have one. Or is in the process of making out with someone. Or is trying to eat Thanksgiving dinner (twice!)...
Mood Whiplash: The last fifteen minutes of "Not Like This" go from a celebration that House 51 is not going to be shut down after all, to a huge fire. The episode ends with Casey horribly injured and Clarke getting arrested.
My Sister Is Off Limits: In "Out With A Bang", Shay is actually the one to tell Otis to stay away from Severide's sister. Otis later does ask permission to date her, and Severide revs a chainsaw in response. Subverted in that when Otis persists and asks again, Severide gives him his blessing.
Only Known by Their Nickname: As noted above, Otis and Mouch. Both of them have at separate points asked to be called by their real names, only to be refused.
Plucky Comic Relief: Otis. Hermann and Mouch also occasionally fill this role, but they've had their own dramatic storylines as well. Otis tends to be on the periphery of dramatic storylines, and is often one of the few funny points to an increasingly bleak show.
Ponzi: Herrmann falls victim to one of these until Otis fakes being a lawyer and gets him out of it.
Poorly Disguised Pilot: The next-to-last episode of the first season heavily featured a group of police officers from the same region as the fire department. Could this coincidentally be related to Chicago PD, recently announced for NBC's fall lineup? Could it? Could it?Yes.
Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In "Let Her Go", Hermann and Dawson are unimpressed with Otis' cousin as an employee and he laments that they have Yakov Smirnoff tending bar. Dawson doesn't get it.
Pretty Little Headshots: Completely averted in "A Nuisance Call". A man commits suicide in front of Shay and Dawson, and they are both sprayed with blood. Shay later finds what might be a piece of brain on her belt.
Sensitivity Training: In "Retaliation Hit." As per usual for this trope, the squad treat it with annoyance. Somewhat unusually the one giving the presentation is aware of the tedium of it, and comes as someone merely doing his job. He also decides not to report Hadley's actions, leaving Boden to handle it.
Shirtless Scene: Either Jesse Spencer or Taylor Kinney are shirtless at least once per episode...
Spanish Prisoner: In one episode, Mouch tells a story about falling for the Russian Bride variant. He's still angry about it.
Tempting Fate: In episode 3 Mills comes in near the end of the shift and sees Herrman and Mouch hanging out on the couch:
Mills: Two hours left on the shift and no calls. That ever happen?
Herrman: He did not just say that...
(alarms go off)
Mills is then chewed out by the crew for jinxing them.
What Happened to the Mouse?: There's little or no follow-up on the victims beyond the rest of the episode. In the pilot, Shay comments on this and says the only way to deal with the job is to move onto the next accident, and not reflect or look back. Slightly averted with Casey and the teen who was crippled by Voight's son.