I know I should never have liked this show. It's clearly misogynistic. The main character has committed some questionable acts over its run, I admit it. My son and daugher-in-law took it off their rotation when Tommy raped his wife last year. But I've always liked Tommy's bad boy antics, thinking at heart, he's a good soul and that hasn't really changed. And I guess I'm not as easily offended by fiction.
What has changed for me is that it's become BORING. The story arc is more of a circle and we come back to the same set of issues over and over. Every sexual encounter is the same. The woman is predatory and Tommy is taken aback by her ardor. He never has to do more than lie there with his mouth open, uttering half-sentences of surprise. Tommy is heroic, Mike is slow-witted and maybe gay, Frank can't commit, Lou is funny, Janet is the world's biggest pain in the ass...tell me something new.
Come to think of it, every woman on Rescue Me is the same--irrational, crazed, predatory.
Maybe I should stop watching it. Maybe women are treated better
on Entourage, or The Sopranos, The Sopranos, Big Love, The Shield, or Mad Men. See what I mean. Oh for the days of Cagney and Lacey.