THE 9/11 MOMENT
5. The men file out of the room on Rescue Me
Of all the scripted TV shows that have dealt with 9/11, “Rescue Me’’ has done it with the most potency and complexity. The series, both a dark comedy and a dark drama, has delivered many, many poignant 9/11 moments, even during this last season as the firefighters recalled the attack for a book. But the first time I sensed the show’s psychological ambition was early in the first season, in 2004, when a therapist comes to the firehouse and says, “I’m here if anyone would like to talk.’’ The men wander out of the room, quietly unwilling to take off their suits of armor.
Pictured: Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin, shown with other firefighters in "Rescue Me."