'9-1-1' TV series is off base on first responders

New TV series on first responders falls flat with the fire service, bows to stereotypes and inaccuracies

I just watched the first episode of the new FOX TV series “9-1-1.” And honestly, I’m not sure what to say.

I had looked forward to this series. It seemed promising, with good actors and some interesting plot twists indicated in the previews. The cast is diverse and credible.

But then came the first episode. Was it all bad? No. There were some affecting and entertaining moments. But some aspects of the script were so far off base, even for primetime network TV, that I could hardly finish watching it.

One of the dominant plotlines of the first episode portrayed a rookie firefighter with a bad habit of taking the ladder truck for joyrides by himself, with the purpose of having sex with strangers while on duty.

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