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You know the story—it's Saturday night and the kids are finally asleep in their beds. This is your new date night: a fire, a blanket on the couch, perhaps a glass of wine, and the decision about what to watch. Action? Comedy? Drama? He wants to see things blow up a la Michael Bay; she wants to be crying at the end, reminded of the deeper humanity in all of us. Or perhaps she likes Michael Moore documentaries, while he likes intricate, suspend-disbelief sci-fi plots. Coming to common ground can waste half the night away, with one party usually less satisfied than the other.
But fear not! There are movies and TV programs that appeal equally to both genders and for different reasons. Every month, we will bring you a perfect at-home date night pick that will keep both partners watching.
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Rescue Me - Seasons 1-7 (FX original)
Immediately following 9/11, rogue firefighter Tommy Gavin (Dennis Leary) is trying to deal with what he witnessed on the job that day and the loss of 300+ from the FDNY, including his best friend/cousin/colleague, Jimmy. Leary, the show's co-creator, could have easily carried this hour-long dramedy by himself; between the alcohol-fueled sexcapades, firehouse pranks, and surprisingly well choreographed firefighting scenes.
But the role that will most likely end up defining both Leary's comedic talents and sincere appreciation of America's firefighters makes up only half of what's worth celebrating with Rescue Me. A superbly believable (and attractive) supporting cast provide hours upon hours of LOL moments, as well as thought-provoking drama. The firehouse comraderie is nearly pitch perfect from the get go and only gets better in subsequent seasons with the addition of new characters and those already in place raising their game.
Netflix currently streams Rescue Me from beginning to end, while iTunes has the entire series or single episodes available for purchase, with an addictive seven seasons to please both men and the ladies. While I'm quite sure the brave men and women of FDNY are neither this entertaining nor easy on the eyes, I don't think you'll care.