Favorite firefighter drama: 'Chicago Fire' or 'Station 19'?
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Favorite firefighter drama: 'Chicago Fire' or 'Station 19'?

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"Station 19" debuted in March, a newbie part of ABC's TGIT lineup. The new firefighter drama opened to mixed reviews and one of the main reasons is "Station 19" is too similar to "Chicago Fire," which debuted in 2012 and is currently going strong in season six. But if we learned anything from Shondaland, it is never underestimate a show's success. While "Station 19" isn't pulling in "Grey's Anatomy" numbers, the show holding its own with a steady five million. Which is your favorite?🔥🚒👨‍🚒📺

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Below is the synopsis of "Chicago Fire," per IMDB

The story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level.

Deadline's Lisa de Moraes pointed out the debut of "Station 19" did not top "Chicago Fire." It's still the premiere firefighting drama.

NBC edged ABC in a heated firefighter-show battle Thursday, but the ratings conflagration did nothing to douse NCAA basketball numbers on CBS.
NBC’s two back-to-back Chicago Fire episodes (1.2 demo rating, 6.78 million viewers) may have dampened viewing for the 9-11 PM launch of ABC’s firehouse-set Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19, which clocked a modest 1.2 demo rating and 5.42 million viewers off Grey’s 1.9 and 7.5M.

Newsday's Verne Gay criticized "Station 19" for being unoriginal compared to "Chicago Fire." She wrote:

Meanwhile, “19” feels exactly like a Shondaland show, but far more like a crossover than a spinoff. There’s perhaps a bigger problem: NBC’s “Chicago Fire” already does this show and does it well.
BOTTOM LINE Straight off the Shondaland assembly line, “19” has a good lead, lots of energy, but not all that much else — especially an original concept.

Below is the synopsis of "Station 19," per Rotten Tomatoes.

Practically raised at the station, Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) is a confident, badass firefighter who is also the daughter of Captain Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval), the formidable head of the firehouse. Captain Pruitt was Andy's primary inspiration to become a firefighter, and is a mentor to both Andy and Jack Gibson (Grey Damon), the lieutenant at Station 19. Passionate and energetic, Jack is fearless - just the kind of guy you want coming to your rescue. While Jack is fearless, Andy plays by the rules - but when these two are together, sparks fly and opposites attract.

"Station 19" currently holds a fresh rating of 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The show truly follows the Shondaland formula of melodrama, twists, and turns. The Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd wrote:

Like other Rhimes productions, the show is very much a work of capital-T Television, a turbocharged melodrama in which twists and surprises transpire with comforting predictability. When a woman pulled from a burning building says that Charlie is still in the house, there is no doubt that Charlie will turn out to be a dog. (And pan to the tag reading "Charlie," to leave no viewer behind.)
At the same time, Rhimes' series feel "real," and relatable, however absurd they may become, because they are packed with intense emotions — and many people do feel packed with intense emotions. Like big pop ballads in which everything matters terribly, these shows give shape to yearning.
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