Roush Review: 'The Chi' Bucks TV Trends

Matt Roush
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A scene from The Chi

Infusing the mean streets of Chicago’s South Side with warm compassion and flashes of humor amid the tragedy and danger, The Chi bucks TV trends as it walks an unsteady tightrope of melodrama and urban realism. It’s less a crime story than a tangled tale about how senseless crime affects a community of neighbors, old and young.

As The Chi slowly spins its compelling web, Emmy-winning creator Lena Waithe (Master of None) finds few standard villains or victims among her sprawling multigenerational cast of resilient if flawed souls. Even when the plot goes down familiar dark roads, these characters are determined not to end up as clichés—or statistics.

Common's 'The Chi' Drama to Debut on Showtime Jan. 7

Common's 'The Chi' Drama to Debut on Showtime Jan. 7

The series was created by Emmy winner and ‘Master of None’ star Lena Waithe.

The Chi, Series Premiere Sunday, Jan. 7, 10/9c, Showtime

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This article also appeared in the Dec. 25 - Jan. 7 issue of TV Guide Magazine.

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