The Chi: Season 1 (2018)

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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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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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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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