The Chi: Season 1 Reviews

January 22, 2018
All this plot leaves characters with so little downtime that they can only appear skeletally sketched.
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 8, 2018
Showtime's The Chi floats like a worthy successor to The Wire and then descends into the sort of bathos of a Tyler Perry production.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 6, 2018
The Chi ultimately appears unable to imagine Chicago's South Side as anything but toxic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 4, 2018
If a drama series isn't showing much forward momentum by the third episode these days, it's tough to ask the audience to stick around.
January 4, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4