Parents' Guide to

The Chi

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Well-written South Chicago-themed drama isn't for kids.

TV Showtime Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


I mean honestly, what’s up with all the sex now in tv and film. Lazy. Maybe try having a good story. That means you, Euphoria.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 18+

Not for kids

I personally like this show based of realism and story line but don’t let your kids watch it. If you watch it with them too often will you need to tell them to cover their eyes and or look away. Sometimes you never know when a sex scene is going to come up so it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you don’t think they can handle the birds and the bees talk they don’t need to watch it. It gets Very graphic as far as sex and violence.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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