Chicago P.D.: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Chicago P.D.

Critics Consensus

Though it suggests potential for greater success, Chicago P.D. is ultimately an old school cop show, content to mimic Hill Street Blues and other classic procedurals.



Critic Ratings: 31


Audience Score

User Ratings: 100
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Air date: Jan 8, 2014
Air date: Jan 15, 2014
Air date: Jan 22, 2014
Air date: Jan 29, 2014
Air date: Feb 5, 2014
Air date: Feb 26, 2014
Air date: Mar 5, 2014
Air date: Mar 12, 2014
Air date: Mar 19, 2014
Air date: Apr 2, 2014
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The first series of this police procedural drama follows the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, led by Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), who was first introduced in Series 1 of sister series "Chicago Fire." Serving with him are: Det. Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda); patrol officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins); Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush); Det. Sheldon Jin (Archie Kao); Det. Alvin Olinksy (Elias Koteas); Det. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer); and patrol officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati). As the team go after a Colombian drug cartel that's linked to a series of brutal slayings, rookie officer Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) joins the team fresh from the police academy. The series includes a crossover episode with "Chicago Fire."

Critic Reviews for Chicago P.D. Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

The writers - led by Dick Wolf, the man behind Law & Order -skillfully ramp up the episodes into an action-movie-size thriller.

Jan 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As executed, it almost seems like a parody of the genre.

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I enjoyed Chicago P.D. The new NBC procedural breathes enough to feel like it isn't a procedural at all.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Producer/creator Wolf has shown he's still a master at melding ensemble casts, putting them in urgent inner city surroundings and dumping anyone who asks for too much money too fast.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Chicago P.D. quickly stakes out its own turf with a no-nonsense lead character and Wolf's no-nonsense narrative style.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

From the minute Voight roughs up some drug-dealing punk in the opening frames -- then sends him off with a warning, "Don't ---- with my city" -- you know you're in for a long, wearily familiar ride.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is a bit more emphasis on story, suspense, and action compared to Chicago Fire,.. though both programs are well above average.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

This is your basic, old school cop show with characters who are either stereotypes or boring or just plain mean - not exactly the kinds of folks I want to watch.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…

If the writers do some molding, Chicago PD could shape up to match the effort star Jason Beghe is putting in.

Jan 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The characters are nice to look at (too nice to be realistic, actually, but oh well), have satisfyingly heroic-yet-complicated backstories, and the action is fast and furious since this show lacks the courtroom aspect of the L&O shows.

Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chicago P.D.: Season 1

  • Jun 14, 2017
    Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, made his Chicago series because he wanted to give viewers a separate look at the heroes who make a city run, but beyond that, he wanted to make it as realistic as possible. These shows feel a lot like one of my favorite all-time TV shows, Third Watch, but in that case they were all together in one show. Chicago P.D. focuses on major crimes detectives and shows that unlike Law & Order, the police aren't above reproach and always in control. The unit is run by Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), who while having a soft spot for victims, also runs on pure emotion. If Voight can't get the bad guy legally, he'll get them another way. He's also not the most honest cop around and has a checkered past filled with abuses of power, as seen in his debut on Chicago Fire. Voight's unit includes his best friend and uncover specialist Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas), who is more honest than Voight, but always has his back. Olinsky is a master of disguise, and is in charge of training a rookie and possibly his eventual replacement played by Patrick Flueger. Also joining Voight is Erin Lindsey (Sophia Bush) a runaway that Voight rescued and raised as his own, who is partnered with another hot head, who while reminding her of Voight, also has romantic feelings for her. Finally rounding out the squad is Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), the brother of a paramedic on Chicago Fire and the man who originally tried to put Voight in jail. He's one of Voight's best detectives, but can he be trusted? As you can see from the character descriptions, threes a lot going on here, not to mention a uniform patrol division we see on a semi-regular basis. The show isn't narrowly focused on particular types of crimes and frequently has crossover with both the other Chicago shows and Law & Order SVU. The Bottom Line, Chicago P.D. hits the bulls eye as the most realistic cop drama since Southland. They dive deeply into the characters background, families, and personalities, it's a lot of fun to watch. The way they go about doing their job is unlike any other cop show on TV and the whole Third Watch feel to the way it's filmed has me in cop heaven. I can not wait for this show to stream so I can binge away!
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2018
    great cast and characters
  • Feb 27, 2014
    I think this show is brilliant

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