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Review of "Station 19" 3/27/18 by Eva Diaz airs Thursdays 9/8c on ABC.

I was interested in watching this show because it is the newest addition to the Shonda Rhimes stable of shows -- it's a spin off of "Grey's Anatomy." It centers aroud the day-to-day life of Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz), a firefighter in Seattle. Andy loves her job and helping people, and she has a very special empathy for the people she rescues, which helps her become an even better firefighter. Andy's world is turned upside down when her father, and firehouse Captain, Pruitt Herrera (Miguel Sandoval) almost dies in a fire. While at the hospital, her father is diagnosed with cancer and can't return to the firehouse. Andy then decides she wants to be firehouse captain and begins a competition for the job with the second-in-command, which also happens to be her former boyfriend.

This show is, in my opinion, "Chicago Fire" told from the female perspective. I think it concentrates more on the character relationships then fighting fires, too. I like the show, but as is characteristic of most of the Shonda Rhimes shows, it has a large cast.  This is a problem for me because it takes me so much time to get to know all the characters. The other problem is that it is competing with "Chicago Fire" because both shows are on the same night. I think this show might do better if it was on a different night, at least untill people get to know the characters and get hooked on the show. I think this could be another hit for ABC if it was put on a different night.  If it competes against "Chicago Fire," it will face problems in the ratings because "Chicago Fire" is strong competition. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars because it is worth watching: it is dramatic, funny, and has the wonderful relationship between Andy and her father that I enjoye.  To me, that relationship is the best part of the show. 


“Station 19,” the latest series from the executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” follows a group of heroic firefighters at Seattle Fire Station 19 – from captain to newest recruit – as they risk their lives and hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. These brave men and women are like family, literally and figuratively, and together they put their own lives in jeopardy as first responders to save the lives of others.

In Seattle, all firefighters are also trained EMTs and the crew at Station 19 is second to none. Working in 24-hour shifts, these professionals spend so much time together that they build relationships unlike any others.

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.

Andy’s best friend and confidant is Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre). A former Olympic athlete, Maya has an innate competitive nature that pushes her to be the best firefighter in the house. Meanwhile, charming Dean Miller (Okieriete Onaodowan) is nothing short of passionate and jumps at the chance to be a hero. He is also very aware of the appeal of a firefighter in uniform and is not afraid to use that to get a date or two with the ladies.

Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) is the heart of the station, keeping everyone on track and helping his fellow team members grow. After a traumatic event, he is also a stickler for following the rules and making sure the newbies stay in line.

As the youngest member of the team, Victoria “Vic” Hughes (Barrett Doss) is eager to prove herself as a crucial part of the Station 19 family. She often tends to meddle where she doesn’t belong but rarely allows others insight into her personal life.

Rounding out the firehouse, the newest addition to Station 19 is rookie Ben Warren (Jason George). Ben traded in his scalpel for a fresh start as a firefighter but has a hard time realizing that emergencies in the field are vastly different than those at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. While it’s a shock becoming the newbie again, he’s learning from the best and is up to the challenge.

The team also works closely with Seattle PD and often has run-ins with one of Andy’s oldest friends (and former high school flame), Ryan Tanner (Alberto Frezza). After a traumatic event brings Andy and Ryan closer, it’s impossible not to see the attraction.

“Station 19” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Alberto Frezza as Ryan Tanner, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Miguel Sandoval as Captain Pruitt Herrera.

The drama is produced by ABC Studios. Stacy McKee (“Grey’s Anatomy”) serves as showrunner and executive producer, along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Paris Barclay (“Pitch” and “Sons of Anarchy”) serves as the producing director and executive producer of the series.

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