The BEST episodes of The Chi

Every episode of The Chi ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Chi!

A relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story following a half dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. The story centers on Brandon, an ambitious and confident young man who dreams about opening a restaurant of his own someday, but is conflicted between the promise of a new life and his responsibility to his mother and teenage brother back in the South Side.

Last Updated: 4/9/2024Network: ShowtimeStatus: Continuing
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The Scorpion and the Frog
star
8.26
246 votes

#1 - The Scorpion and the Frog

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/16/2019

Brandon is faced with a life-altering decision. Emmett takes a step toward adulthood and Kevin tries out a new look. A trip down South leads Ronnie to confront his demons. Detectives Toussaint and Cruz make a big arrest.

Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writer: Ayanna Floyd
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I Am the Blues
star
8.24
131 votes

#2 - I Am the Blues

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/4/2022

Emmett supports Jada. Kiesha and Tiff come to a resolution. Pressure mounts on Douda. Trig makes a life-altering decision.

Directors: Nancy C. Mejia
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Sweet Thing
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8.24
127 votes

#3 - Sweet Thing

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/14/2022

Valentine’s Day brings unexpected developments. Trig and Shaad hit the town, while Jada and Darnell’s plans are ruined. Emmett makes a mature decision. Jake and Jemma’s day together ends in a confession. Kiesha and Tiff meet up.

Directors: Nancy C. Mejia
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A Stain
star
8.22
155 votes

#4 - A Stain

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/2/2020

Ronnie laments a loss. Emmett and Dom get help from landlord Zeke in their new effort. Kiesha is resigned to her fate but vows to fight. Jemma melts Kevin’s heart. Politics pit Douda against Camille.

Directors: Samantha Bailey
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Angels
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8.18
134 votes

#5 - Angels

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/7/2022

Emmett and Tiff must unite as co-parents after learning unexpected news about their son. Kiesha gets advice from her counselor. Kevin struggles to balance dating and his gaming competitions. A shocking event leaves Jemma, Papa and Jake to deal with the aftermath.

Directors: Cierra Glaude
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Feeling The Heat
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8.15
270 votes

#6 - Feeling The Heat

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/5/2019

Brandon and Emmett come together for some Chicago summertime fun on one of the hottest days of the year. Kevin deals with a death in the family. Ronnie reconnects with Rafiq and gets some helpful advice. Toussaint and Cruz make a major move on the home invasion case. Reg and Douda form a plan to fix the gang’s problem.

Directors: Jet Wilkinson
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Lean Into It
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8.15
240 votes

#7 - Lean Into It

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/2/2019

Brandon takes a big step with Jerrika. A new opportunity forces Emmett's hand. Kevin makes a new friend and a fateful decision. Ronnie spirals out of control.

Writer: Terri Kopp
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The Spook Who Sat By The Door
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8.14
129 votes

#8 - The Spook Who Sat By The Door

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/20/2021

Douda, Roselyn and Marcus prepare for the gala. Kiesha goes into labor. Kevin and Jemma's relationship reaches a breaking point. Trig and Shaad have a falling out.

Directors: Gandja Monteiro
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Mo' Douda, Mo' Problems
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8.13
94 votes

#9 - Mo' Douda, Mo' Problems

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/13/2023

Emmett and Kiesha take a big leap while Shaad launches a new business with Deja’s help. Jamal returns to town on a mission. Papa struggles with his faith and Pastor Stanley’s interfering. Rob and Tiff make a potentially life-altering connection.

Directors: Johnson Cheng
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We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
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8.12
129 votes

#10 - We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/24/2022

Kiesha and Emmett's relationship takes a turn. Jemma and Jake confront the truth. Kevin attends a cosplay party. Trig finds an unexpected connection. Papa and Bakari bond.

Directors: Boma Iluma
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Pilot
star
8.10
614 votes

#11 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/7/2018

A fateful event sends shockwaves through a community on the South Side of Chicago and connects the lives of Brandon, Ronnie, Emmett and Kevin in wholly unexpected ways.

Directors: Rick Famuyiwa
Writer: Lena Waithe
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Soul Food
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8.09
133 votes

#12 - Soul Food

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/23/2021

Emmett's past threatens his new marriage. Kiesha wrestles with a decision that will affect the life of her unborn child. A run in with law enforcement leaves Kevin, Jake and Papa reeling. Douda tries to walk the line between gangster and mayor. Tiff and Dom go into business together. Marcus petitions to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

Directors: Gandja Monteiro
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Candyman
star
8.08
128 votes

#13 - Candyman

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/27/2021

Kiesha adjusts to life after birth. Papa tries to broker peace between Kevin and Jake. Jada struggles under the weight of her condition. Nina's suspicion of Dre reaches a peak. Tiff and Dom get a business opportunity.

Directors: Nancy C. Mejia
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I’m Looking For A New Thing
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8.07
134 votes

#14 - I’m Looking For A New Thing

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/28/2022

Emmett and Kiesha explore the day. Tiff opens up to Rob. Kevin is confronted by his parents after they find a shocking discovery. Jake and Papa’s friendship is tested. Jada and Darnell make plans, while Douda makes a fateful decision.

Directors: Marvin Lemus
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...Black Messiah
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8.06
123 votes

#15 - ...Black Messiah

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/11/2021

Emmett and Tiff explore new things as a couple. Trig tries to counsel Jamal when he reaches his breaking point. Imani takes care of the trap house for good. Kevin journeys to the West Side with a new friend. Papa teaches Jake how to woo his lady. Nina and Dre throw Kiesha an impromptu party.

Directors: Kimi Howl Lee
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This Christmas
star
8.05
134 votes

#16 - This Christmas

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/10/2022

Emmett and Kiesha bond over being single parents. A discovery prompts Jada to confront Suede. Trig and Jake enjoy Christmas morning with their family. Papa tries and fails to apologize. Tiff and Rob’s relationship grows stronger after a holiday mishap. Douda delivers a Christmas miracle for the community.

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Who Shot Ya?
star
8.05
96 votes

#17 - Who Shot Ya?

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/24/2023

The aftermath of unexpected events ripples through the city. Darnell makes a bold offer. Alicia confronts Tiff.

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Lackin'
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8.05
163 votes

#18 - Lackin'

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/16/2020

Ronnie is praised by his church community, while others won't let him forget his mistakes. Emmett and Dom prepare for their grand opening. Kevin tries to balance obligations.

Directors: Alonso Alvarez
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Native Son
star
8.04
135 votes

#19 - Native Son

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/6/2021

Tiff discovers a possible solution to her ongoing relationship woes with her new husband Emmett. Mayor Douda, Tracy and Trig decide it's time to take community protection into their own hands. Meanwhile, Kevin and Jemma hit a rough patch in their relationship.

Directors: Samir Rehem
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A Raisin in the Sun
star
8.03
121 votes

#20 - A Raisin in the Sun

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/1/2021

Emmett tells Tiff to make a decision. Imani and Shaad get a clean slate. Jake comes clean to Jemma. Trig gives Douda an ultimatum. Tracy throws a celebratory block party. Nina and Dre put their problems aside to help someone in need.

Directors: Gandja Monteiro
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Every Day I'm Hustlin'
star
8.02
283 votes

#21 - Every Day I'm Hustlin'

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/14/2019

Brandon begrudgingly puts on a front to help Jerrika land a new client. Reg must answer to the leadership of the 63rd St. Mob. Ronnie reels from devastating news and makes a deal with an inmate. Emmett adjusts to his new living situation and starts another side hustle with Amir. Kevin is forced to make a difficult decision. New Detective Toussaint investigates a South Side home invasion.

Directors: Darren Grant
Writer: Joe Wilson
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Cooley High
star
8.01
121 votes

#22 - Cooley High

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/30/2021

Emmett comes clean to Tiff. A college tour forces Kevin and Jake to consider their futures. Douda makes a decision that will change the face of Chicago. Jada gets some unexpected news. Papa starts a podcast. Trig reunites with an old friend.

Directors: Gandja Monteiro
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Southside With You
star
8.01
123 votes

#23 - Southside With You

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/25/2021

Emmett and Darnell spend quality time with Jada. Jake and Jemma attend the spring formal. Tensions between Douda and Marcus rise. Kevin makes his move on Lynae. Trig gets caught up in a mess he didn’t create.

Directors: Nancy C. Mejia
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Boyz II Men
star
7.98
94 votes

#24 - Boyz II Men

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/10/2023

Pressure mounts on Victor. Emmett makes Douda an offer. A defiant Papa tests his father Pastor Stanley’s patience. Dre’s actions spark doubt in Nina. Kevin celebrates a major achievement.

Directors: Shanrica Evans
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Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings
star
7.98
242 votes

#25 - Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/9/2019

Brandon and Emmett hatch a plan. Emmett starts his new job. Ronnie deals with the consequences of his actions. Kevin gets into hot water with his mom. Detectives Toussaint and Cruz make an exciting discovery.

Directors: Tanya Hamilton
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