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(2004–2011)

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Jack McGee (Chief Jerry) was a real-life FDNY firefighter in the Bronx, before moving to Hollywood to become an actor.
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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 September 11, 2001.
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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.
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In the season two episode, "&#!&", Sean Garrity remarks that Tommy (Denis Leary) resembles Conan O'Brien. Leary is O'Brien's cousin.
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According to Denis Leary Tommy's helmet has on it, along with all his back-up tools, a miniature toy of Diego the Sabretooth Tiger from the Ice Age film franchise. Leary voiced Diego.
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Many of the extras were retired or active FDNY firemen who worked on the show on their days off.
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The part of Laura from seasons one and two was based on real-life FDNY firefighter Brenda Berkman, who was placed with the department in 1982, after a discrimination lawsuit.
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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.
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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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Denis Leary, Adam Ferrara, Diane Farr, and Lenny Clarke all previously starred together as NYPD detectives in The Job (2001), a series created by Leary and Peter Tolan, who created and produced this series.
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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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All episodes have one-word titles.
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The opening theme song is "C'mon C'mon" by The Von Bondies.
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Adam Ferrara, a good friend of Denis Leary, and who co-starred with him on 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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The FDNY-NYPD hockey game was filmed at the Hackensack Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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In season one, 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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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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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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Mike Selliti (Michael Lombardi) was named after co-Producer Tom Sellitti.
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At least two Technical Advisors were on-set for the filming of every show.
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The song that ends the season one finale is called, "Fell On Bad Days", by Rubyhorse.
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Jennifer Esposito (Nona), Larenz Tate (Black Shawn), and Jack McGee (Chief Reilly) all were in the movie Crash (2004)
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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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