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TV Review: Rescue Me

4/07/2009 11:57:49 AM

The fifth season of “Rescue Me”, starring Dennis Leary, debuts Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on FX. Below is a series of reviews from TV critics around the web, compiled by B&C.

“By reattaching his misery to 9/11, and by reminding us that everyone around him still shares in the miseries of that day, Rescue Me has lit a new fire under both the man and his show.”
-Alan Sepinwall, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

“Season Five of Rescue Me is a rarity - it’s even better than Season One. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself.”
-Sheldon A. Wiebe, Eclipse Magazine

“Let me say it flat out: Rescue Me is the best show on TV.”
-Marshall Fine, Hollywoodandfine.com

Rescue Me goes where it wants and does whatever it needs to tell its stories; TV has never been sharper or more fearlessly funny.”
-Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

“While Rescue Me is no longer a revelation, it is still one of the richest pieces of 9/11-themed entertainment we’ve seen this decade.”
-Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe

“You put up with the flaws and the slips because it does so many other things so incredibly well, which is what makes its return so incredibly welcome. It’s about time.”
-Robert Bianco, USA Today

Rescue Me has always offered an impolite and rarely decorous combination of anger, politics, psychotherapy, comedy and melodrama. Maybe that’s why it’s never been easy to explain why it worked or, this season, why some things don’t work quite so well.”
-David Hinckley, New York Daily News

Rescue Me returns for what can only be adequately described as an irresistible fifth season.”
-Aaron Banhart, Kansas City Star

“If the rest of the season is anything like the season premiere, it looks like Denis Leary and company will be hitting their stride in the series that perfectly balances tragedy and comedy more than any other running.”
-Roger Catlin, Hartford-Courant

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