First it was The Shield (which, for my money is the best show on television – a title it took over when The Sopranos started to suck,) now it is Rescue Me. FX stepped out on a programming limb a few years back producing original series and scored big. While Nip/Tuck missed the mark (in my view,) there have been some pretty big successes. The Shield, Rescue Me and 30 Days anchor a lineup of strong shows. Oil Storm was an interesting one-shot and Steven Bochco’s upcoming Over There shows promise.

I missed the first season of Rescue Me, but with some prompting from Dave and Manny, I managed to catch up just in time for the start of season two. It took me a couple of episodes to get into the characters, but by the end of the season I was right there. The season finale was one of the best finales I have seen in a long time. I am really looking forward to tomorrow nights premiere.

by Chris Doelle

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