A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Life on Chicago's south side is difficult. Racism, poverty, other social ills are themes. Community is important.
Positive Role Models
Characters are flawed; some do what they have to do to survive, others want to make profit. A few are trying to create better futures for themselves.
Violence & Scariness
Yelling, arguing, shootings, murders. Some bloody images.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity; sexual innuendo, some simulated activity.
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Lots of cursing including "f--k" and "s--t"; frequent use of the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Sports sneakers visible (but logos not prominent). Brands like Clarks, Timberland, others referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, hard liquor); drug use and dealing a theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Chi is a Chicago-set series about a group of neighbors living on the South Side. It deals with urban violence, and as such contains shootings, gang activity, and images of dead bodies. It also contains strong sexual innuendo, nudity, lots of cursing (and the use of the "N" word), and drinking. Drug use (marijuana) is visible, and drug dealing is a theme. Sneaker brands are sometimes referenced. Mature, older teens should be able to handle it, but it's not meant for kids.
Is It Any Good?
Edgy and complicated, this series presents a character-driven story that highlights the realities of living in Chicago's South Side. It has a large ensemble cast, but the main characters reveal themselves to be well-rounded and complex as they fight their individual inner demons while collectively grappling with cyclical violence, poverty, and institutional racism.
It's well-written, but some folks may find the beginning a little hard to follow thanks to the sheer number of characters and plotlines. But everything becomes more focused as the overall story moves forward and the characters' lives become more interconnected. If you're looking for good, solid drama to commit to, The Chi has a lot to offer.
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