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(2004–2011)

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Jack McGee, who plays Chief Jerry, was a real-life FDNY firefighter in the Bronx before moving to Hollywood to become an actor.
Throughout the seasons, the characters can be heard talking about a firefighter name Paddy Brown and the different things he did. Paddy Brown was a real life firefighter who gave his life on 11 September 2001.
In season 2 episode "&#!&", Sean Garrity remarks that Tommy (Denis Leary) resembles Conan O'Brien. Leary is in fact O'Brien's cousin.
Throughout the show, Tommy is seen wearing a "Leary Firefighters Foundation" t-shirt. The Leary Firefighters Foundation is a charity which was founded by Denis Leary in response to the 1999 fire in Leary's hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, which killed six firefighters, one of them being Leary's cousin. The LFF provides funding and equipment for fire departments in the United States.
According to Denis Leary Tommy's helmet has on it, along with all his backup tools, a miniature toy of Diego the Sabretooth Tiger from the Ice Age (2002) films. Leary voiced Diego.
The first episode was premiered to the top brass of the New York Fire Department, and the firefighters received DVDs containing the first three episodes before it was shown on FX for the first time.
The part of Laura from Seasons 1 and 2 was based on real-life FDNY firefighter Brenda Berkman, whom was placed with the department in 1982 after a discrimination lawsuit.
Many of the extras are retired or active FDNY firemen who work on the show on their days off.
The show was inspired, in part, by real events. Denis Leary, in common with his character, had a cousin who died while on the job. He was killed in a fire in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1999.
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Daniel Sunjata (Franco) and Michael Lombardi (Probie) auditioned back to back, and both got their roles on the first audition.
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In the pilot, Franco (Daniel Sunjata) jokes that he will get back at someone by reporting that he "touched me in the shower". Sunjata was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for the play "Take Me Out", in which his character memorably sexually assaulted another man in a locker room shower.
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Denis Leary, Adam Ferrara, Diane Farr and Lenny Clarke all previously starred together as NYPD detectives in The Job (2001), a series created by both Leary and Peter Tolan, who both created and produce this series.
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Lenny Clarke was originally offered the part of Chief Reilly, but turned down the role due to his commitment with It's All Relative (2003) and took up the part of Gavin's Uncle Teddy after that show was cancelled.
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Adam Ferrara, a good friend of Denis Leary's and who co-starred with him on Leary's previous television show The Job (2001), was approached early on for a role in the show. He initially couldn't commit due to other engagements but did have a large role later on as Chief 'Needles' Nelson.
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All episodes have one-word titles.
The opening theme song is "C'mon C'mon" by The Von Bondies.
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The FDNY-NYPD hockey game was filmed at the Hackensack Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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In episode two, "Gay", Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) is on the phone with his brother, John Gavin. John, using a cell phone, passes a promotional poster for Shorties Watchin' Shorties (2004), which Leary produced and which features his voice.
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Mike Selliti (Michael Lombardi) is named after co-producer Tom Sellitti
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At least two technical advisers were on set for the filming of every show.
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Jerry Reilly is the only major character who died in the series who wasn't shown in ghost form. Reilly was killed off because Jack McGee left the series.
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The song that ends the Season One Finale (Episode 13) is called "Fell On Bad Days" by the band Rubyhorse.
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