Why “Chicago Fire” Can Last 20 Seasons

Why “Chicago Fire” Can Last 20 Seasons

Chicago Fire is a drama on NBC that’s been running for a number of seasons now. The current season is arguably one of the better ones that they’ve had in quite some time. It’s a show that definitely started with a bang and it has continued to build on a lot of the storylines as they have evolved over the years. Some people even argue that the show could theoretically continue on for as long as 20 years. You might scoff at the idea, especially when you consider the fact that almost no scripted television show is capable of lasting that long. However, there isn’t any reason to think that the show is in danger of being cancelled anytime soon, either. If you want to make an argument for why it should stick around, keep reading.

You can’t argue the fact that the show is based on people to put their lives at risk on a daily basis. That in and of itself is enough to get the public’s attention, at least for a while. If you haven’t seen it, the show centers around the fictional Firehouse 51 in Chicago. An interesting side note for fans of the television show Emergency! is that when they were making the decision to create Chicago Fire, they chose Firehouse 51 in honor of what is arguably the best and most accurate television show regarding firefighters and paramedics that’s ever been made. That being said, Chicago Fire doesn’t have much in common with Emergency! except for the fact that they are in their own version of Firehouse 51. This is a show that has no problem diving into the personal lives of its characters. All of that and more will be explored in the following paragraphs.

People have a tendency to like shows that are about people they might consider heroes. Since this is a series that deals with firefighters and paramedics, it definitely falls into that category. However, that’s only enough to get people to tune in. What the show runners have done to keep people watching is to create a show that almost serves a dual purpose. Sure, you see some things that are going on at the firehouse but as previously mentioned, you also see a lot of their personal struggles. Make no mistake about it, some people love this and some despise it. Many people that prescribe to the old-school way of doing things feel like there is way too much about personal lives on television these days so if you’re one of those individuals, this can get a little old. For others, that’s exactly why they watch it.

Let’s just say that if you would prefer not to know who’s sleeping with whom or who’s got some issue that has nothing to do with their job, you might have a few mixed feelings about the show. You might have started out watching the show and been quite impressed with it, then you probably started to watch it less and less as time went on. After about the third season, the show started spending a lot more time exploring personal issues than anything else. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case in the current season. As a matter of fact, anybody that really likes a lot of action would be more than happy to sit down and watch Chicago Fire this season. It’s proven to be jam-packed with action and it’s got plenty of drama going on in the background as well.

One of the things that you have to keep in mind about this particular show is that it’s run by the same people that created Law & Order. If you stop and think about it, you’ll realize that it was easily one of the most long running scripted television shows ever produced. That’s proof that the people behind Chicago Fire know how to do it. You might also remember that they weren’t the least bit afraid to write characters off and bring new blood on board. That’s one way that the show could conceivably go on for quite some time. As a matter of fact, they’ve already written a number of main characters off in one way or another. Therefore, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they could eventually have an entirely new generation of firefighters and paramedics operating out of that same firehouse, and with that comes brand new storylines and things that have not been previously explored.

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