The Chi: Season 1 (2018)

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Season 1
The Chi

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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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Critic Ratings: 47

76%

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User Ratings: 347

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 7, 2018

A fateful event sends shockwaves through a community on the south side of Chicago, connecting four lives.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2018

Brandon reels from a loss; Ronnie realizes he made a mistake; Emmett's carefree life gets upended; Papa and Jake taunt Kevin about Andrea; conflicting clues shake Cruz.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2018

Brandon asks Kevin for help; Laverne and Greavy make a decision; Amir tries to capitalize on Emmett's side gig; Quentin launches his own investigation.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2018

Brandon seeks refuge when Jerrika kicks him out; Ronnie runs into Rafiq; Quentin takes something from Trice; Brandon makes a bad deal with Reg.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2018

A neighborhood block party brings Brandon, Ronnie, Emmett, and Kevin together; Brandon has a confrontation with Ronnie and gets surprised by Jerrika.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2018

Brandon's actions jeopardize his relationship with Jerrika; Ronnie uncovers secrets about his surrogate son's past and gives a crucial piece of information to the police; Emmett's shoe hustle goes awry.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2018

Brandon compromises his employment by defending a co-worker; Emmett spends an eye-opening day with Quentin; Kevin tries to get Andrea's attention at the roller rink.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2018

Brandon branches out on his own; Emmett searches for his son after Tiffany takes him away; Ronnie seeks redemption at a mosque where he meets Rafiq; Kevin tries to stop his best friend from going down a dark path.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2018

Brandon attempts a reconciliation with Jerrika, but struggles to establish his business; Kevin realizes he can't stop Jake; Emmett reels when Jada is offered a job in another state.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2018

Ronnie faces his past crimes; Brandon's plan to finance his business goes awry; Kevin stars in the school play and attends a cast party with his friends; Emmett decides to fight for full custody.

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Cast & Crew

Jason Mitchell
Brandon

Actor
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Ronnie Davis

Actor
Jacob Latimore
Emmett

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Alex Hibbert
Kevin

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Yolonda Ross
Jada

Actor
Tiffany Boone
Jerrika

Actor
Armando Riesco
Detective Cruz

Actor
Aaron Kaplan
Executive Producer
Common
Executive Producer
Elwood Reid
Executive Producer
Lena Waithe
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for The Chi: Season 1

  • Apr 05, 2021
    one of the best shows to ever be produced, it really does a good job of making you feel for the characters, even the ones that we are supposed to dislike, what's more, it makes you care for the people who in real life might go through these things, in other words, in my opinion it is powerful in off to make you care.
  • 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.

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