Why watch a normal emergency services procedural when you can watch a Ryan Murphy emergency services procedural? In his team's hands, Murphy's dramatization of what happens after people dial those three numbers merges melodrama, raw emotion and over-the-top camp like nobody else can. Another thing separating this procedural from the rest: each of the main characters has serious stuff going on at home, turning the series from a "crime of the week" format into a moving, if at times cheesy, tour de force. Angela Bassett plays no-nonsense cop Athena Grant, who's coming to terms with her husband's coming out; Peter Krause is firefighter Bobby Nash with a drinking problem; and Connie Britton is great as Abby Clark, the 9-1-1 dispatcher dealing with an elderly parent. All of them could snap from the pressure of home and work life at any moment -- and some of them do.
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