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The Chi: Season 1 (2018)



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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Coming-of-age drama follows a half dozen interrelated characters on the South Side of Chicago.


Armando Riesco
as Det. Cruz
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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.

January 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.

January 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.

January 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.

January 4, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

January 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.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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