The Chi: Season 1 (2018)

SEASON:

Season 1
The Chi

Critics 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.

87%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 46

75%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 324
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 7, 2017
2
Air date: Jan 14, 2018
3
Air date: Jan 21, 2018
4
Air date: Jan 28, 2018
5
Air date: Feb 11, 2018
6
Air date: Feb 18, 2018
7
Air date: Feb 25, 2018
8
Air date: Mar 4, 2018
9
Air date: Mar 11, 2018
10
Air date: Mar 18, 2018

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Critic Reviews for The Chi Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

A sometimes frustrating experience in that there's a lot to like regarding ambition and ensemble, but the writing often strains to connect its multiple threads in a way that feels organic.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Chi is all about despair wrapped in calamity. This may be an accurate read of these streets, but even tragedies need hope, however quixotic. There's none here.

Jan 4, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Chi focuses primarily on the people who are accused of waging a "war on police." They're not, and while the show isn't necessarily arguing it's the other way around, it doesn't exonerate the police either.

Jan 4, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It puts very human faces and personalities on the endless flow of generic headlines, and in the process their lives become harder to dismiss with a turn of the page or a click. "The Chi" makes the political personal.

Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Greatness beckons after the first four episodes. And so far there's no reason to think that The Chi will fall short of achieving it.

Jan 8, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best parts of this show are provided by a trio of primary school kids by the names of Kevin, Jake and Papa. These three kill it.

Mar 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[It] is at its best when it drills into the minutia and intimacy of its wide cast of characters.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Lena Waithe positions South Side life front and center like we've never seen before.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The synergy needs to come together sooner rather than later, but it's a solid series.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Chi: Season 1

  • May 08, 2019
    I love the show. Is very accurate within setting. I am from the Gary/Chicago area it feels like home. I love the plot. It feels like the wire (the show)but better.
  • Apr 29, 2019
    I was born and raised in the CHI....I know this city and the complexities of home. Even though I am a Westsider, I have many friends and family on the Southside. The foundations are the same, as are the issues. To those criticizing that have NO CLUE how accurate and targeted the essence of this show is, please take a seat and learn something.... I was immediately captivated within the first few episodes, how the intricacies of the environment are displayed in the characters, music and scenery masterfully...not much is missed in the attempt to holistically capture that aspect of Chicago. Down to referring to Jerrika as that "Jack and Jill ***" - (it's a Chi thing) our social clubs, cliques, nuances are captured, showing that there was a concerted effort to study, represent and make this as authentic as possible. I just appreciate the "real" effort...the dynamic cast (where did you get those kids?) and the involvement of native Chicagoans - to make this literally feel like home. When watching, I feel like I know EVERY character either as one of my family members, someone from the neighborhood or a friend. Everyone was relatable on a real-life level. Whereas, I don't feel that way about most shows, this one hit the mark with everyone. Grandma Ethel is ALL of my Aunties - outstanding job LaDonna Tittle! This show is more than on the mark, with outstanding writing, producing, cast, music, cinematography.. So, to those who WANT to understand THIS aspect of Chicago and take a peek into "the neighborhood-" this is your show. Don't listen to movie/tv critics that have NEVER had this experience, will never have this experience to speak with any authority or intelligence on; or don't GO into/or live in these neighborhoods because they are too afraid - but will venture on Rotten Tomatoes & sites of the like, to spew their high and mighty opinion of ZERO substance. Enjoy the Chi - on the real! I digress.....
  • Apr 22, 2018
    love this show. Great stOryline, charcters aNd acting. The kids are fantastic! Cant wait for next season. Bravo
  • Apr 15, 2018
    The story is told well. The actors are on point and I’m stuck to the tv when it’s on.
  • Apr 01, 2018
    I love this show, what a great slept on show! Gives awesome story line of real life events of what the inner city lifestyle looks like. The struggle is real for many and Chi brings that snapshot home!
  • Mar 30, 2018
    this show is wayyyyyyy too fcking dope . i cant wait for the next season . Must watch
  • Mar 24, 2018
    my life as a kid depicted in a more devotional way including its attention on all the characters
  • Mar 23, 2018
    Love this show can't wait to see wats next
  • Mar 20, 2018
    Very ENJOYABLE SHOW. COMPLEX CHARACTERS FILL THE INTERESING STORY. I ENJOYED THE FIRST YEAR IMMENSELY. THE CAST IS FANTASTIC. VERY TALENTED. THERE IS AN ADDED BENEFIT IN THAT FEW OF THEM FIT THE SLOTS TYPICAL SHOWS HAVE FOR THE CAST. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO CATCH THE MARATHON ON THE DAY OF THE SEASON FINALE. I BELIEVE BEING ABLE TO BINGE THE SHOW ADDED TO THE ENJOYMENT. 4.5 INSTEAD OF 5 FOR SPOILER REASONS. I REALLY ENJOYED THE SHOW AND CANT WAIT TO SEE MORE.
  • Mar 13, 2018
    tHIS SHOW IS VERY COMPELLING. AFTER A SOMEWHAT SLOW START, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT HAS ACCELERATED GREATLY. SHOT ON THE WEST AND SOUTH SIDES OF CHICAGO, THE SHOW HAS A GREAT DEAL OF AUTHENTICITY. STILL NOT SURE WHY THE SUBPLOT ABOUT THE GOOD COP AND BAD COP IS NECESSARY TO THE STORY LINE.

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