The Chi: Season 1 Reviews

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March 6, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 9, 2019
[It] is at its best when it drills into the minutia and intimacy of its wide cast of characters.
October 24, 2018
Lena Waithe positions South Side life front and center like we've never seen before.
September 7, 2018
The synergy needs to come together sooner rather than later, but it's a solid series.
August 28, 2018
This is one of the year's best new TV dramas. The Chi has introduced itself with a season full of pathos, urban drama and powerful, universal storytelling.
August 6, 2018
The Chi is about good kids and troublemakers and hard workers and fuckups. After only one episode, I love them all. I think you will too.
March 5, 2018
Ms. Waithe has succeeded in putting a wide web of interesting and sympathetic characters on screen and telling their stories with a minimum of sentimentality and a consistent, welcome dose of low-key humor.
March 2, 2018
The show reveals the intricacies not only of crime but of life in general-how victimhood extends beyond the morgue, and how heroes are made every day in the smallest of acts.
January 24, 2018
Remarkably cast, expertly written, and flourishing with promise, The Chi makes a stunning debut. I look forward to spending more time in Waithe's Chicago
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2018
Well-written South Chicago-themed drama isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2018
All this plot leaves characters with so little downtime that they can only appear skeletally sketched.
Top Critic
January 12, 2018
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 10, 2018
Like The Wire, the more time you spend with the characters the more invested you get, and this is a credit to the world Waithe has developed for the screen.
January 8, 2018
It's more about the rhythms of life and has a deeply humane perspective.
January 8, 2018
There is a lot of power and emotional depth here, all of which Waithe and her cast achieve without falling back on a doctrinaire moral code.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2018
The Chi, Lena Waithe's Showtime series ... captures [its] truth more than any other Chicago-based series on television even as it grapples with the broad scope of its tangle of narratives.
January 8, 2018
If the show is a declaration that life abides, it's also a reminder that evil compounds.
January 8, 2018
If these are the kinds of details we can look forward to, [Lena] Waithe really has something special on her hands.
January 8, 2018
This is a TV series that loves its characters and appreciates the environment they move through. It keeps surprising you with the connections between people, as well as the choices that individuals make in the moment.
January 8, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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