Follow TV Tropes


Series / Station 19

Go To

"Every life saved, every fire put out, I do this job because I love it."
Andy Herrera

The second complete spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, this time focusing on Seattle's best and unluckiest firefighters instead of doctors. It features a diverse cast of characters perhaps more than Grey's and Private Practice because it was made over ten years later. The showrunners have said that their main cast will comprise people of many backgrounds and sexualities.

Ben Warren, in his latest change of career, has decided to become a firefighter after experiencing the adrenaline rush of a fire breaking out at Grey Sloan Memorial hospital, where he was a surgical resident. He quit his job without telling his wife, the no-nonsense Chief of Surgery. During his rookie experience being on watch at Station 19, he and mentor Andrea "Andy" Herrera attend to a pair of brothers in a house fire and rush them to Grey Sloan, their friends 3 blocks down midtown Seattle. Herrera strikes up a quick friendship with Meredith Grey while charming the staff and taking no nonsense, either. The danger of Seattle medicine mixes with literal fire, and the already danger-prone Ben Warren is up for some challenges. Herrera's father is the Old Retainer of the station, and it's filled with close companions who soon challenge the new guy. All the firefighters have to be medically trained to at least EMT status, so there is potential for crossover into the world of doctors.


This show provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Maya's father is verbally and emotionally abusive to both his children, at one point throwing a bowl of food across the dining room and refusing to acknowledge Maya when she came in second at a track meet. In another incident she was forced to walk 20 mile home simply because she won the meet but failed to beat her own record.
    • He tops himself when he confronts her at an emergency, accusing her of "playing captain" over her family. When she turns on him, he actually grabs her by her hair in full view of cops and firefighters to berate her. This pushes Maya to finally stand up to her dad on his horrible treatment of her.
    • Gibson has implied more than once that he was abused in his various foster homes growing up.
  • Accidental Adultery: Gibson had no idea Eva Vasquez was married to a fellow firefighter at least the first time.
  • Advertisement:
  • Action Girl: Andy is the real hero of the show, and she embodies the trope more than most action-by-profession females by being pretty ruthless and a real tomboy. Maya and Victoria fit this trope as well.
  • Altar the Speed: Sullivan and Andy get married very quickly after begining a relationship, the justication being her father's rapidly progressing cancer.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: Andy and Gibson in the first season. He's ready to propose and she is most defintely not that serious.
  • Anti-Nepotism: Andy is more than qualified to be a fire lieutenant and has had exactly the same training and background as Jack, who was promoted to the role months prior. In the first episode, she is pushed to question why she hasn't got the promotion herself and the Chief, who is her father, explains that he was deliberately holding her back for several reasons, one being that he doesn't know if he has a bias with her or which way it would sway.
  • Backdoor Pilot: Grey's Anatomy season 14 episode 13 "You Really Got A Hold On Me".
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Sullivan definitely fits this trope, brought in as Captain of the house in Season 2 and promoted to Battalion Chief in Season Three.
  • Benevolent Boss: Captain Herrera and Department Chief Ripley were both considered excellent bosses by their subordinates. As is Battalion Chief Sullivan after he thawed out a bit. Current Department Chief Dixon not so much...
  • Big Storm Episode:
    • Season Two has a windstorm that throws the aid car over the side of the road, with Andy, Sullivan and a patient onboard.
    • A blizzard traps the team in the station for the duration of the shift during Season Three
  • Bilingual Backfire: Andy discovers the hard way that the disliked Captain Sullivan speaks Spanish
  • Born During a Storm: Dean's daughter is born in the firehouse during a blizzard. However this is treated as rather routine since the team is made up of paramedics, Maya is able to consult with a Grey-Sloan OBGYN and the birth itself is straightforward. Mom JJ however is *ticked* that she can't have an epidural
  • Bottle Episode: almost all of episode 3x16 takes place within the firehouse. Due to a blizzard striking Seattle the team can't go out on calls. Instead the firehouse serves as a makeshift community shelter and several emergencies end up coming to them, including the above Born During a Storm example.
  • Call-Back: Travis is chewing out Ben for getting all medical instead of just calling an ambulance, saying that they can't treat a brain bleed in the field and that what Ben does in an OR and in the rig are very different things... except he's talking to Ben Warren, master of the accidentally-operating-on-patients-literally-everywhere-with-literally-anything.
    • Andy mentions being afraid of raccoons in a letter from her younger self in Season Two. In Season Three she is seen screaming and jumping onto a picnic table during a call when a raccoon comes wandering by.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Ryan Tanner does this with his mostly absent conman father Greg when he pops back into his son's life in Season Two.
  • Camping Episode: Newly promoted Captain Bishop takes the team camping as a bonding exercise, only to end up treating the victim of a bear attack.
  • Car Meets House: Or bar, in this case. Season 3 opens with a car crashing into Joe's bar with several team members plus Grey-Sloan doctors inside the building. Absolutely Played for Drama.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Andy, after Pruitt's death.
  • Character Death: For only three seasons a surprising amount Chief Ripley, Ryan Tanner, Rigo Vasquez and Pruitt Herrara
  • Children Are a Waste: Maya, to an extent. When a baby is safe dropped at the station she spends most of the shift actively avoiding 'getting stuck on baby duty.'
  • Crossover: So, so many crossovers with Grey's Anatomy to the point in Season Three that nearly episode has included at least one character from GA.
  • Crowd Panic: The skyscraper fire in Season One turns into this with one poor woman trampled to death by her coworkers as they flee down the stairs.
  • Cry into Chest: Andy does this several times to Sullivan after her father dies
  • Daddy's Girl: Very much Andy. After her mother died she spent as much time as possible at the firehouse and eventually became a firefighter on her father's team.
  • Destination Defenestration: Trapped in a burning apartment block with the captain unresponsive and the inevitable fire blocking with all possible exit routes the team get inflatable mats positioned below the fifth floor windows and then majestically leap out to safety.
  • Disappeared Dad: as of Season Three Pruitt Herrara, having sacrfied himself in a fire to save Andy and the team.
  • Domestic Abuse: Gibson and Miller respond to a call of a gas leak, which turns out to be a young boy trying to stop his stepfather from hitting his mother.
  • Doorstop Baby: At least two babies have been safe-dropped at the station.
  • Dream Episode: 3x13 has elements of this. Having not slept for 3 days after her father's death Ben finally gave Andy something that prompted some Mushroom Samba like dreams for her.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: While not an actual Drill Sergeant, Maya's father shows shades of this in both his coaching and parenting styles as she grew up. Maya won Olympic gold while her artistic brother is now homeless.
  • Education Mama: Dean's mother to a ridiculous degree.
  • Flashback Echo: Sullivan experiences these while helping a car wreck victim. His wife died the same way, on the same stretch of road several years earlier.
  • Firemen Are Hot: It's from the world of Grey's Anatomy, everyone is beautiful.
  • Foster Kid: Not only did Jack Gibson grow up in the system, he and Ben are shown providing treatment to a family of foster children in a homeless camp. One of the kids ends up living with Ben and his wife.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Andy and Sullivan get married not long after they start dating, saying they'd been love for a long time even though the dating part was new.
  • Friends with Benefits: Andy and Ryan did this on and off throught the first two seasons.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: Obviously in the show, but also some of the motivation to make it was on Grey's Anatomy with the fire at Grey Sloan where Ben helped save people. It provoked him to want to do something more exciting than surgery (which the other surgeons scoffed at).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pruitt's death. He vented an unstable roof to save his daughter and the rest of team, falling to his death in the flaming building.
  • Honorable Marriage Proposal: Dean offers to marry his friends-with-benefits when she shows up about-to-pop pregnant
  • Honorary Uncle:
    • Andy has several amongst her father's former firefigher colleages
    • The team is shaping up to be this for Dean's daughter Pru as well, particularly Hughes and Gibson
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: Sullivan sustains a spinal injury when the aid car goes off a cliff during the windstorm.
  • I Have No Son!: Dean is disowned and cut off by his wealthy parents when his daughter is born out of wedlock.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Hughes is on her way home from work and ends up delivering a baby to a mom trapped in a wrecked car.
  • Last Words: Pruitt tells Maya to pass his to Andy before falling to his death.
  • Meddling Parents: Dean's mother is this to an insane degree, with Dean's father following along. To the point where they have completely cut him off after his daughter was born out of wedlock.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Andy's mother died when she was 9.
    • Pru (Dean's daughter) had her mother walk out when she was few days old.
  • Nepotism: Probie Emmett Dixon has been assigned to 19 by his father, the brand new Seattle Fire Chief Dixon. Dixon Sr. makes it clear that he expects his son to be favored and protected by the team.
  • Out of the Inferno: The show posters feature Andy walking out of flames.
  • Papa Wolf: Pruitt to Andy for sure.
  • Parental Favoritism: Maya was on the recieving end of this her whole life, to the deep detriment of her now homeless brother.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jack Gibson was raised in the foster system and never knew his biological parents.
  • Parental Neglect: Hughes's parents owned a restaurant and worked very long hours as she grew up. Even now as an adult she has to travel to see them, as they can't/won't take time off to travel to her.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Andy isn't happy when she stops by her father's home to find him clearly 'morning after' with his lady friend. The rest of the team thinks it's hilarious.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: Andy is Not Happy when she's passed up for the Captains slot in favor of Maya. Made worse by the fact that this happened because Pruitt (her father!) told Sullivan to pass her over since she was still grieving for Ryan
  • Promotion to Parent: After their parents died, Chief Ripley stepped up to raise his younger sister.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Pruitt was a civilan when he died and as such doesn't qualify for a firefighters funeral, leaving the team to seek donations to pay for it.
    • In addition Maya faces an inquiry into Pruitt's death as the department is Not Happy a civilian not only entered an active scene but died in the process.
  • Really Gets Around: Maya shows shades of this in the first season with regular one-night stands that she considers part of her self-care routine.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: The unfortunate cause of Ryan Tanner's death. A mom left her weapon unsecured, her young son managed to get ahold of of it and shoot.
  • Roadside Surgery: Ben is forced to amputate man's hand to free him from lawn tractor while a wildfire approaches. He later develops the Physician Response Team vehicle, bringing a full-on OR to trauma scenes for critical patients.
    • Andy has to perform a fasciotomy on a patient in the back of the Aid Car when the windstorm makes getting to the hospital impossible.
  • Screaming Birth: of the three babies delivered on screen (so far) all three moms were yelling their heads off.
  • Secret Relationship: This show runs on this trope. Andy and Gibson, Maya and Gibson, Hughes and (department Chief!)Ripley, Andy and Sullivan....
  • Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood: Dean has very little time to adjust between a pregnant JJ knocking on his door to when she takes off days after their daughters birth.
  • Soul-Crushing Desk Job: What Maya is threatened with by Chief Dixon if she doesn't toe the line over Pruitt's death
  • Staging an Intervention: Pruitt organizes an intervention for Gibson, urging him to get help for his PTSD following the skyscraper fire.
  • Teen Pregnancy: in one of the first episodes a callout to fire alarms at a middle school turn out to be Ben's son Tuck trying to summon help for a classmate in labor.
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Maya's brother was rejected by their father due to his artistic dreams and is now homeless
    • Dean is this to his parents. It started when he quit working for their company to become a firefighter and became permanent after his daughter was born out of wedlock.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Andy was on her high school dance team and a competive salsa dancer when she was younger.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After her promotion to Captain, Maya proves to be a terrible boss to her team, treating them like children and has them ready to mutiny within a week.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: Dean's daugher Pru is much larger than a real newborn.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: how the team percieves the arrival of Captain Sullivan at the beginning of Season Two. And Fire Chief Dixon in Season Three.
  • Spin-Off
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?:
    • There have been several firefighter characters in Seattle, at least four named ones, none of whom apparently work at the nearby station.
    • Andy's narration completely disappears come Season 3.
  • Who Will Take the Kids?: Dean spends a full episode trying to figure out guardianship for his daughter Pru as he doesn't want her raised by his parents should the worst happen.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Eva Vasquez to her husband Rigo. Whenever she got bored she'd have a fling then let her husband find out about it.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: