- 3 Seasons
This drama series taps into the current reputation of Chicago as America's crime capital. It follows a group young people as they try to live happy, productive lives in the middle of an environment that doesn't do much to support such ambitions. The series airs on Showtime. The series follows a handful of characters on Chicago's south side as their lives intersect in unexpected ways. In the series debut episode, a shocking event has a big impact on the community. It also pulls together the lives of several young people who wouldn't otherwise come into contact with each other. As their interaction ripple through the community, the interconnectedness of life in the city is emphasized. The series has been described as an optimistic teen drama seen through the lens of grittier, less optimistic urban crime dramas. The series was created by Lena Waithe, an award winning actress and writer who first came to prominence for her role in the Aziz Ansari comedy series Master of None. Waithe serves as an executive producer for the series. The Chi aired for two seasons on Showtime before star Jason Mitchell was fired from the production over sexual misconduct allegations. The series continued for a third season without Mitchell, and it was renewed for a fourth season in 2020. The Chi has met with generally positive reviews from both critics and audiences. Some have criticized the series, however, for being an overly sanitized version of the reality of life in the poorer parts of Chicago.