Leary’s trademark ferocity and fearlessness drive Rescue Me, a series about a team of firemen struggling with their wives and lovers in post-9/11 New York City. Tommy Gavin (Leary, No Cure for Cancer, The Ref) is the guy everyone confides in, the heart of the firehouse–but he’s also an active alcoholic who rages about his wife Janet (Andrea Roth) leaving him, a man guilt-ridden and literally haunted by all the people he blames himself for failing to save.
The show is dark humoured and gut wrenchingly emotional without being extremly sappy. It’s just plain emotional. It makes you angry, nervous, sad, happy, and anything else you could imagine. The first season is available on DVD now. I know John loves the opening theme music, as do I. I can’t hear that song now without the emotions of the show building up inside of me. Ooof.. it’s just that good!