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
This show provides examples of:
- Ask a Stupid Question...: In "Two Families" when Severide is worried about his pain-killers showing up on a drug test
Severide: Will it show up on the test?
Shay: Will these narcotics show up on a drug test?
- Bilingual Bonus: In "Under the Knife" Dawson and victim Rosa have unsubtitled conversations in Spanish.
- Blood on These Hands: Severide, see Mercy Kill below.
- Casting Gag: Severide used to be an EMT himself. Crosses over with Actor Allusion in the case of Jon Seda, since Antonio Dawson is not the first time he plays a cop.
- Chekhov's Gun: The alarm in the pilot.
- Career-Ending Injury: Vargas gets put on long term disability in "It Ain't Easy"
- 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.
- Da Chief: Chief Boden obviously.
- Death Seeker: Cruz was this for a while. It started when he left a gangbanger to die in a fire, a gangbanger that was grooming Cruz's brother to join his gang.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shay is the most obvious one.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Father to His Men: Chief Boden, the Benevolent Boss.
- Full-Name Basis: Peter Mills.
- Hot-Blooded: Dawson, and it gets her into troubled quite a bit.
- Infant Immortality: Very horribly averted with Ernie. Averted in A Coffin That Small.
- In the Blood: Peter Mills' father was a firefighter who died when Peter was a kid.
- Severide's father was a firefighter too. He was even a member of the same house and the same rescue squad.
- Killed Off for Real: Hallie dies when someone takes an ax to her head and burns her clinic
- Last Name Basis: Casey, Shay, Herrmann, Severide, Dawson.
- Cruz, Vargas, Hadley
- Basically everyone that isn't known by a nickname (Otis, Mouch) or a title (Chief)is called by their last name.
- Severide even calls his girlfriend Renee by her last name, which she accurately deduces is because he had a bad breakup with a girl named Renee.
- Mercy Kill: Severide is heavily implied to have given one in episode 2.
- The Mole: Spellman
- Moment Killer: The firehouse's alarm is programmed to go off every time one of the characters wants to avoid a serious conversation. Or is in the process of making out with someone. Or is trying to eat Thanksgiving dinner (twice!)...
- 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.
- Scary Black Man: Boden genuinely cares for his men and is a very friendly person, but he can be this when it suits him.
- 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.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Darden dies in the first two minutes of the pilot.
- 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.