The Chi is an American coming-of-age drama series airing on Showtime and BET. The TV show is set in Chicago’s South Side, a notoriously rough neighborhood where the residents form bonds over their circumstances, experiences, and desire for connection.
Pronounced “the-shy,” the series focuses on Emmett, Kevin, Papa, and Jake — played by actors Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Shamon Brown, and Michael Epps — a group of young men trying to make their way in the world.
The show, created by Emmy Award winner Lena Waite, is known for its authentic depiction of life in the South Side, with an eye for nuance and well-developed characters. It has earned mostly positive reviews.
- Cast: Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown, Michael Epps, Birgundi Baker, Luke James, Curtiss Cook, Tyla Abercrumbie, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Barton Fitzpatrick, Armando Riesco, Sonja Sohn, Steven Williams
- Standout actors’ other projects: Alex Hibbert also stars in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight
- Creator: Lena Waithe
- Genre: Drama
- Original release: 2018
- Seasons: 4
- Episodes: 40
- Plot: Dramatic events in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood send residents’ lives colliding
- Networks/streaming: Showtime, BET, Hulu, FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV
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