Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC. The show was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Hass. Dick Wolf, famous for his expertise in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise, serves as the show's executive director. Chicago Fire originally aired on October 10, 2012. The show follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department at the firehouse of Engine 51, Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61 and Battalion 25.
The pilot episode for the show had an early release on NBC.com, coming out before the show premiered on cable television. In April of 2013, NBC renewed Chicago Fire for a second season, and changed its time slot to Tuesdays at 10 pm ET. The second season debuted in September of that year, with its season finale premiering on March of the following year. NBC renewed the show for a third season following the second season's finale which was scheduled to premiere in September of 2014.
In March of 2013, NBC announced plans for a possible spin-off of Chicago Fire that would be set in the same world. It was rumored to be a police procedural, which didn't seem too surprising, considering Dick Wolf was involved. Later that year, NBC greenlit the spin-off series, a police procedural as rumored, which premiered on Wednesday, January 8 at 10 pm ET in 2014 under the title Chicago P.D.
Because the two series are set in the same universe, major crossovers have been anticipated and at the end of the second season NBC delivered. Similarly, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. have been crossed with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which premiered as a 2 day special between November 11 and 12 in 2014. Near the beginning of this year, NBC renewed Chicago Fire for a fourth season.
Chicago Fire explores the lives, both professionally and personally, of the firefighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department at the quarters of Engine Co. 51, ruck Co. 81, Rescue Squad Co. 3, and Ambulance 61. Following the death of veteran Firefighter Andrew Darden, loyalties begin to divide as Lieutenant Matthew Casey, officer-in-charge of Truck Co. 81, and Lieutenant Kelly Severide, officer-in-charge of Squad Co. 3, blame one another for the death of their friend. Despite their differences and their self-harbored guilt at the loss of one of their own, the firehouse comes together after the near-death of Firefighter Christopher Hermann, of Truck Co. 81.
The first season of Chicago Fire holds a 49 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating mixed or average reviews. Similarly, on Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of the series holds an overall average of 47% based on 10 critic reviews. The critical consensus as it relates to the show is that, "Chicago Fire has an attractive cast and some exciting rescues, but it breaks little new ground in terms of plotting or characterization." The biggest negative criticism from critics was the lack of interesting personal drama that the audiences should feel inclined to care about, while other critics praised the series for an interesting look at the inner workings of a firehouse, with intelligent story telling..