The Chicago Code: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1
The Chicago Code

Critics Consensus

A supremely effective police procedural, The Chicago Code boasts a strong cast, intricate plotting, and a gritty setting.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 24
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Air date: Feb 7, 2011
Air date: Feb 14, 2011
Air date: Feb 21, 2011
Air date: Feb 28, 2011
Air date: Mar 7, 2011
Air date: Mar 14, 2011
Air date: Mar 21, 2011
Air date: Apr 11, 2011
Air date: Apr 18, 2011
Air date: May 2, 2011
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This American crime drama television series follows the efforts of the Chicago Police Department to fight both crime on the streets, and corruption from within. The anti-corruption unit is led by veteran Chicago Police Detective Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke); a task assigned to him by Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals), his one-time partner turned Chicago's first female Police Superintendant. Accompanied by his latest partner, Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria), the two crime fighters often encounter fellow police officers working undercover to expose the machinations of the Irish Mob, who they believe may be connected to a powerful Chicago politician.


Jason Clarke
as Jarek Wysocki
Jennifer Beals
as Teresa Colvin
Matt Lauria
as Caleb Evers
Devin Kelley
as Vonda Wysocki
Todd Williams
as Isaac Joiner
Billy Lush
as Liam Hennessey
Delroy Lindo
as Alderman Ronin Gibbons
Adam Arkin
as Chief Cuyler
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Critic Reviews for The Chicago Code Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (16)

The Chicago Code may be better than the other police commissioner show, and at least as worthy to add to your weekly TV appointment lineup.

Feb 7, 2011 | Full Review…

"The Chicago Code" deserves another look.

Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It all works well enough to put Chicago Code among the better new dramas of the season.

Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Chicago Code may be the best new show of the TV season.

Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

'The Chicago Code'' is a really good cop drama right off the bat, with greasier perps, more swerving car chases, and better bulletproof-vest action than you'll find on "Southland,'' or "Blue Bloods,'' or "Detroit 1-8-7.''

Feb 7, 2011 | Full Review…

Working within the parameters of network TV must be challenging for [Shawn] Ryan---"jaghole" is a favourite swear---and it's that push that elevates The Chicago Code over the other procedural franchises.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The Chicago Code quickly finds its way. It borrows a little from The Wire, and a little from EZ Streets, but those are great places to start.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

What Code is is a show that's not afraid to be just a little bigger than life.

Aug 20, 2013 | Full Review…

The Chicago Code appears to be aiming for a heady mix of action and political drama, and it mostly works

Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

For a show about a big city with big problems, it's a fascinating place to start from.

Feb 7, 2011 | Full Review…

Fox's muscular new The Chicago Code grabs you by the collar as it plunges headlong into a treacherous labyrinth of big-city corruption.

Feb 7, 2011 | Full Review…

The Chicago Code may stick to police-procedural formula, but it does have most of the elements needed to make the show at least a moderate success.

Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Chicago Code: Season 1

  • Feb 05, 2019
    I really enjoyed this show and thought it was far and away the best new show of the season. The writing was interesting and the cast was very engaging and captured my interest right away. Jason Clarke was really outstanding and I was very interested in watching Jennifer Beals and Delroy Lindo as their characters became more developed. I can't imagine why they cancelled this show so quickly - it was far superior to most of the police procedural shows on the air.
  • Aug 25, 2014
    Chicago Code is a show sadly cancelled before it's time; the one season that we got to see was a police procedural with emotional complexity, rich, believable characters and moral ambiguity.
  • Jul 09, 2014
    One of the finest Cop Series

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