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