Comedy shows regarding one’s workplace was first made famous by Ricky Gervais when he came out with the original version of ‘The Office‘ (2001-2003). Since then, this format has become widely popular, with shows like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ’30 Rock’, and others. The newest show to follow a similar format is ‘Tacoma FD’, a comedy show based on the personal and professional lives of the workers at a fire station.
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are series creators who are serve as executive producers and also play two lead characters of the show. Heffernan and Lemme had earlier made the cult comedy movie called ‘Super Troopers’ (2001). The show follows the same style of humor as we see in the Super Troopers movies.
The two writers/actors are part of the comedy team called ‘Broken Lizard’ and have earlier worked on many projects together. Silverscreen Pictures and 3Arts Entertainment serve as producers for the series. Regarding the nature of the comedy and the show’s resemblance to ‘Super Troopers’, Lemme said, “We kind of walked it backward: What do people really want out of us? How can we get on the air? We’re like, they want just more ‘Super Troopers’ — and by ‘people,’ I mean the networks.”
Tacoma FD Cast: Who is in it?
Hefferman plays the role of Chief Terry McConky in the series while Lemme’s character is called Captain Eddie Penisi. Marcus Henderson, who became a talking point after acting in Jordan Peele’s movie ‘Get Out‘ (2018), has been cast in the role of Granville “Granny” Smith. Granny has been to Afghanistan and has enough experience to deal with emergencies. He is an exemplary firefighter and a paramedic.
Eugene Cordero, of ‘Kong: Skull Island‘ (2017) fame, plays the part of Andy Parrish, who though good at his job, is facing a great personal trauma owing to the fact that he is getting prematurely bald. Kirby Bliss Blanton had initially been selected for the part of Lucy O’Malley. But later she was replaced by Hassie Harrison. The character of Lucy is that of a young woman who is still a rookie. She has been assigned the fire station where her father used to once work. Lucy will be fighting fires as well as against the stereotypes women are categorized into regarding what they can or cannot do. Gabriel Hogan’s character is called Ike Crystal. Ike is a handsome guy, who, besides firefighting, is also an exotic dancer.
Tacoma FD Plot: What is it about?
The series is mainly a sitcom, and thus there is no particular plot that governs the entire narrative. Even though the show is the story of firefighters, it is not about firefighting. The objective of the show is to make people laugh. The personal lives of each of the characters, and their particular characteristics are all just an elaborate set up for the comedy. There are several running gags that become regular parts of the show — modus operandi of sitcoms.