Fall TV Preview

NBC's Chicago Fire: Was It Hot or Not?

Chicago FireNBC’s Chicago Fire sprang into action on Wednesday night — and we want to know if these firefighters and paramedics lit your fire.

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Before you unleash your snappy judgments on the series premiere, a brief refresher: The latest venture from prolific executive producer Dick Wolf centers on Chicago Firehouse 51, a hotbed of brave and, yes, ridiculously good-looking heroes with emotional baggage. The top dogs are Matthew (Jesse Spencer), who has a fiancée (Teri Reeves) who isn’t ready to marry him, and rescue squad member Kelly (Taylor Kinney), who’s giving himself (cortisone?) shots in the shoulder. The two men have beef stemming from the death of one of their own, and it plays out in the form of bickering:

“They make the rescue helmets extra big to fit their heads inside,” says Matthew.

“There are two types of firefighters: Those who are on squad, and those who wish they were on squad,” replies Kelly.

But at the end of the day, it’s a brotherhood, and they rescue each other during a dangerous blaze. Then, at the hospital while waiting to hear word about one of their colleagues, they give each other the universal man nod that everything’s cool now.

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It’s not all a testosterone battle: Monica Raymund and Lauren German play paramedics Gabriela and Leslie, the latter of which firehouse newbie Peter (Charlie Barnett) learns is gay during a bit of ribbing. Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg round out the cast as Chief Wallace Boden and down-on-the-outs firefighter Christopher, respectively.

Now it’s your turn, TVLiners: Hit the poll below to let us know what grade you give Chicago Fire, then back up your pick in the comments!