‘The Chi’ Season 5 Release Date Revealed

The Chi Season 5 is one of the most anticipated TV shows of the year. Following multiple characters from the Southside of Chicago, who become connected through tragedy, the series from Queen and Slim creator Lena Waithe has gripped viewers with its emotional storylines and brilliant cinematography.

The latest season concluded in August of 2021 and had a massive cliffhanger that saw Chicago Mayor Otis “Douda” Perry skipping town. Thankfully, viewers will soon find out what happened from there.

Below, find out the release date for The Chi Season 5 and what to expect next.

Alex Hibbert, who stars in 'The Chi' Season 5, poses as his character Kevin Williams with a serious look on his face
Alex Hibbert of ‘The Chi’ Season 5 | Elizabeth Sisson/SHOWTIME

‘The Chi’ Season 5 release date has been announced

The Chi will release the first episode on Friday, June 24 on streaming and on-demand for those subscribed to Showtime — two days before its on-air premiere at 9 p.m. ET, the network said in a statement shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

“We’re so honored to be in our fifth season and grateful to the fans that show up for us and make sure people know about THE CHI,” said Waithe. “We appreciate the fans so much and hope everyone enjoys this upcoming season. Lots of love.”

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Who’s in the cast?

The cast of The Chi Season 5 includes, as usual, Birgundi Baker (Kiesha Williams), Shamon Brown Jr. (Papa), Curtiss Cook (Douda), Michael V. Epps (Jake Taylor), Alex Hibbert (Kevin Williams), Luke James (Trig Taylor), Jacob Latimore (Emmett Washington), and Yolonda Ross (Jada Washington). Guest stars La La Anthony (Dom), Kandi Burruss (Roselyn Perry), Iman Shumpert (Rob), and Jason Weaver (Rahsaad “Shaad” Marshall) will also be back.

Newcomers include Antonyah Allen, L’lerrét Jazelle (NCIS: Los Angeles), Nia Jervier (Dear White People), and Carolyn Michelle Smith (House of Cards).

Allen will play reportedly Simone, a girl who goes to school with Kevin and helps expose him to new things. Jazelle will be Fatima, a journalist determined to get to the bottom of a story. Jervier plays Tierra, Douda’s niece who will be helping him in his effort to rebrand. And lastly, Smith will be Shaad’s love interest Deja.

The showrunner shared details about what to expect next

The latest season of The Chi focused on a community push for police reform after Jake had a violent encounter with some officers. Trig’s solution was a neighborhood watch program, but the system isn’t foolproof yet.

In an interview after The Chi Season 4 finale, showrunner Justin Hillian said he hoped to continue that storyline.

“We definitely want to continue to show what the possibilities could be for the neighborhood and for people looking after one another,” he told TVLine. “Lena has very little interest in dealing with the police at all. So ideally, we’d be able to completely remove them and have the community deal with its own issues, because the show has always been about the community. So to keep it like that, we think makes everything a little more fertile and a little more interesting.”

He also hinted at Douda’s return, saying that viewers should “never underestimate Otis Perry.”

“He overplayed his hand. It didn’t work out. But I would have a hard time believing that he would give up quite so easily,” Hillian added.

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