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The Chi (short for Chicago) follows the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin in the South Side neighborhood of Chicago after a fateful turn of events sends shock waves through the community but also connects them in unexpected ways.


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Series cast summary:
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine ...  Ronnie Davis 21 episodes, 2018-2019
Jason Mitchell ...  Brandon Johnson 20 episodes, 2018-2019
Jacob Latimore ...  Emmett Washington 20 episodes, 2018-2019
Alex R. Hibbert ...  Kevin Williams 20 episodes, 2018-2019
Yolonda Ross ...  Jada Washington 19 episodes, 2018-2019
Shamon Brown Jr. ...  Stanley 'Papa' Jackson 19 episodes, 2018-2019
Michael Epps ...  Jake Taylor 18 episodes, 2018-2019
Tiffany Boone ...  Jerrika Little 16 episodes, 2018-2019
Armando Riesco ...  Det. Armando Cruz 16 episodes, 2018-2019
Barton Fitzpatrick Barton Fitzpatrick ...  Reg Taylor 16 episodes, 2018-2019
David Alan Anderson David Alan Anderson ...  Greavy 13 episodes, 2018-2019
Birgundi Baker ...  Kiesha Williams 13 episodes, 2018-2019
LaDonna Tittle LaDonna Tittle ...  Miss Ethel Davis 13 episodes, 2018-2019
Tai Davis ...  Tracy Roxboro 12 episodes, 2018-2019
Cedric Young Cedric Young ...  Sonny 12 episodes, 2018-2019
Tyla Abercrumbie ...  Nina Williams 12 episodes, 2018-2019
Hannaha Hall Hannaha Hall ...  Tiffany 12 episodes, 2018-2019
Genesis Denise Hale Genesis Denise Hale ...  Maisha 11 episodes, 2018-2019
Michael Island ...  Big Mike 10 episodes, 2018-2019
José Antonio García ...  Mr. Gasca 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Sonja Sohn ...  Laverne Johnson 9 episodes, 2018
Steven Williams ...  Quentin Dickinson 9 episodes, 2018
Curtiss Cook ...  Otis 'Douda' Perry 8 episodes, 2019
Aj Carr ...  Stick 8 episodes, 2018-2019
J. Nicole Brooks J. Nicole Brooks ...  Sgt. Clemmons 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Curtis Toler Curtis Toler ...  JB 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Crystal Anne Dickinson Crystal Anne Dickinson ...  Det. Alice Toussaint 7 episodes, 2019
Brian King ...  Det. Bill Wallace 7 episodes, 2018
Steve Casillas ...  Luis 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Corey Hendrix ...  Curtis 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Julian Parker ...  Barry 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Tosin Morohunfola ...  Trice 6 episodes, 2018
Malkia Stampley ...  Karen 6 episodes, 2018-2019
Mariah Gordon ...  Andrea 6 episodes, 2018
Behzad Dabu ...  Amir 5 episodes, 2018-2019
Byron Bowers ...  Meldrick 5 episodes, 2018
Kristina Emerson ...  Sarah 5 episodes, 2018
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The Chi (short for Chicago) follows the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin in the South Side neighborhood of Chicago after a fateful turn of events sends shock waves through the community but also connects them in unexpected ways.

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7 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Easily one of the best shows on TV now
22 January 2018 | by ksdouglas-23618See all my reviews

I'll tell you straight up, I'm from Chicago long time resident of the South Side and this show is by far the best portrayal of the South Side I have ever seen on TV. The Chi doesn't pull any punches and we get a show were the characters are so complicated and diverse, and the chemistry between them all is just so well balanced. The best way I can describe this show is like a fine tuned wristwatch. Don't go into this show thinking its all about gangs and poor black people living on food stamps.

As a citizen of Chicago living on the South Side, I am glad this show is showcasing how everyday life is. You watch the news and all you hear is "there was another shooting, possibly gang related.' Hence the words "Gang Related' this is the media's attempt to write off the violence that occurs in SOME not ALL of the communities on the South Side. Whenever I hear a shooting was a so-called gang hit on the news, I just shake my head. Most if not 100% of the time, shootings are the result of beefs or feuds between peoples that are not linked to a gang. And this show the Chi hits that mark square on with its first episode and its continuation. And also 100% of those shootings happen to be mistaken identity or what have you.

But moving away from the shootings and the gangs and all that, the South Side of Chicago is so much more than this. In the Chi. the creators of the show have highlighted these aspects, things people even living in Chicago do not know about.

If you're a TV buff with a taste for an authentic storyline, try the Chi. You won't disappointed.

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