The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.
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The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.

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Action | Crime | Drama


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23 September 1999 (USA)  »

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New York 911  »

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(132 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The series is called 'Third Watch' because it focuses on the exploits of a group of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct and Fire Station 55 whose shifts fall between 3pm and 11pm - the "third watch." See more »


Carlos Nieto states in several episodes that he was a medic in the Marine Corps. This is impossible as the Marine Corps has no medical staff of its own. Corpsman, even when assigned to Marine units, are from the Navy Hospital Corps. See more »


[Flashback; About Faith's shooting skills]
Bosco: Come on. You'd have a better chance if they let you throw the gun at it and count it as six if you hit it.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: The Ones (2009) See more »


Keep Hope Alive
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Performed by The Crystal Method
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Best series on television
4 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Didn't really pay any attention to this series at all until John Wells decided a 'crossover' with 'ER' was needed. What a masterstroke. Now I'm hooked.

Started watching religiously after that. The great thing is that now the series is in syndication on A&E - every weeknight at 11:00 pm and 3:00 am! Now I can even catch up on all the reruns I missed the first time around.

It's so refreshing to see real people portrayed in prime time as opposed to walking cliches. Everyone on this show has moments of weakness and greatness in equal parts. They even talk like the rest of us, oftentimes quite hilariously.

About the only actor I recognized prior to seeing 'Third Watch' was Anthony Ruivar, who got munched by some giant bugs in 'Starship Troopers'. But I must say, everyone on the show has really grown on me, especially Molly Price. Most guys would go for Kim Raver or Lisa Vidal - babes all. Something about a woman in a police uniform just does it for me. Molly, you can arrest me anytime!

I'm always moved by this show, whether it's to sidesplitting laughter (not something that one would expect in a 'serious' drama like this) or to uncontrollable tears (I still can't watch the episode where J.K. Simmons - so vile as the neo-nazi on 'Oz' - is trapped under a slab of concrete and ends up videotaping a final message to his wife and daughter without blubbering like a baby).

Despite nitpicking about trivial little details about what forms uniformed officers are allowed to make out, this is easily the best and most 'real' thing on television right now, even better than 'ER'.

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