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The Chi: Season 1 (2018)



Critic Consensus: Like an optimistic companion to The Wire, The Chi explores the complexities of life in the South Side of Chicago, with a tender touch and a clear affection for its captivating characters.


Air date: Jan 7, 2017
Air date: Jan 14, 2018
Air date: Jan 21, 2018
Air date: Jan 28, 2018
Air date: Feb 11, 2018
Air date: Feb 18, 2018
Air date: Feb 25, 2018

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Coming-of-age drama follows a half dozen interrelated characters on the South Side of Chicago.

Genre: Drama
Network: Showtime
Premiere Date: Jan 7, 2018
Executive Producers: , , , ,


Armando Riesco
as Det. Cruz
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (21)

Television is waiting for a show that turns the South Side's unique struggle into groundbreaking pop culture poetry, but The Chi will have to raise its game a bit more to pull that off.

January 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like The Wire, the more time you spend with the characters the more invested you get, and this is a credit to the world Waithe has developed for the screen.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's more about the rhythms of life and has a deeply humane perspective.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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There is a lot of power and emotional depth here, all of which Waithe and her cast achieve without falling back on a doctrinaire moral code.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Chi, Lena Waithe's Showtime series ... captures [its] truth more than any other Chicago-based series on television even as it grapples with the broad scope of its tangle of narratives.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If the show is a declaration that life abides, it's also a reminder that evil compounds.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Reason Online

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