South Side: Season 1 Reviews

July 20, 2020
Series co-creator Salahuddin is a hugely appealing performer, and his scripts are well packed with funny gags and interesting observations about black life and culture. A real gem.
August 21, 2019
The fact that it is a straightforward, frenetically-paced laugh machine makes it stand out among the more severe portrayals of the city that we see on [other] shows.
August 13, 2019
"South Side" does something rare for TV, portraying a poor neighborhood with dry-eyed wit, favoring specificity over polemics or cliché.
August 1, 2019
Don't let me make this show sound too serious, however. It is very, very funny and frequently strange, while also quite cutting about sociopolitical topics.
July 24, 2019
The end result is a serviceable comedy that humanizes a portion of Chicago that is often either missing, maligned or misrepresented in mainstream media.
July 23, 2019
That experience directly informs "Sherman's Showcase," but it can also be seen in "South Side," whose scenes and episodes don't build (at least not in any intricate or surprising way) but skip along from joke to joke, verbally and visually.
July 23, 2019
"South Side" is a fearless, unapologetic, equal opportunity offender - sometimes going to near absurdist lengths in shining a spotlight on racial and cultural and societal issues, but never in mean-spirited fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 23, 2019
Brought to life by local Chicagoans, both in front of and behind the camera, "South Side" succeeds in what it sets out to do: give viewers a more complete, if humorous depiction of life on Chicago's south side.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 23, 2019
Much of the show 's appeal is also rooted in the joy of great banter and subverting expectations.. But there's also just a lot of really funny writing.
July 23, 2019
The best feature of this show is that it quickly pulls viewers into the silliness of the atmosphere.
July 22, 2019
Everything in this new sitcom pops, including the catchy theme song.
July 18, 2019
South Side is the more conventional of the two, with all the rapid-fire jokes and zany digressions of a Tina Fey joint.
July 11, 2019
Rather than turn a blind eye to poverty and violence, "South Side" follows the tradition of history's great humorists to find laughter amid the chaos.
July 9, 2019
This minutia demonstrates the producers' trust in their audience, their willingness to educate on the culture of their setting and their joy in honoring the viewers who do intrinsically understand these jokes.