The BEST Episodes of The Chi

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020

Network: Showtime

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.

The Scorpion and the Frog

#1 - The Scorpion and the Frog

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.34
171 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd
Lean Into It

#2 - Lean Into It

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.27
175 votes
Writers: Terri Kopp
Feeling The Heat

#3 - Feeling The Heat

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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.

star 8.26
201 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd, Joseph C. Wilson
Every Day I'm Hustlin'

#4 - Every Day I'm Hustlin'

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.15
204 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Joe Wilson
Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings

#5 - Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.13
175 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: J. David Shanks, Joseph C. Wilson

#6 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.07
577 votes
Directors: Rick Famuyiwa
Writers: Lena Waithe
Blind Eye

#7 - Blind Eye

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 26, 2019

Detective Cruz is left to make a difficult choice. Brandon gets some insight into Douda's past. Jerrika drops a bomb about her career. Emmett tries to figure out who Keisha is dating. Ronnie opens up to Jada, who helps him heal old wounds.

star 8.07
200 votes
Writers: Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks
Namaste Muthafucka

#8 - Namaste Muthafucka

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 11, 2018

Brandon attempts a reconciliation with Jerrika, but struggles to establish his business. Kevin realizes he can't stop Jake. Emmett reels when Jada is offered a job in another state.

star 8.04
342 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones

#9 - Eruptions

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 7, 2019

Brandon deals with an unfortunate turn of events that takes him back to Reg. Jada makes a decision that forces Emmett to grow up. Kevin, Jake and Papa hatch a plan to do a project for school. Ronnie takes an inmate under his wing.

star 8.02
201 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd

#10 - Showdown

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 28, 2019

Brandon stresses over The After Taste Food Competition and makes a deal with Emmett, while an accident at Sonny’s threatens Emmett’s job. Kevin, Jake and Papa cause mayhem on picture day at school. Ronnie adjusts to a new life he didn’t expect. Reg gets called on the carpet by Douda and a revelation comes to light.

star 8.00
203 votes
Directors: Carl Seaton
Writers: Casallina Kisakye

#11 - Wallets

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 4, 2018

Brandon branches out on his own, while Emmett searches for his son after Tiffany takes him away. Ronnie seeks redemption at a mosque where he meets Rafiq. Kevin tries to stop his best friend from going down a dark path.

star 7.99
369 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley
A Leg Up

#12 - A Leg Up

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 12, 2019

Brandon competes in the finals of The After Taste Food Competition. Emmett tries to smooth things over with the women in his life. Kevin and Jake get into a fight, while Kevin’s friendship with Maisha blossoms. Ronnie and Jada grow closer after a family secret comes to light.

star 7.98
189 votes
Directors: Cheryl Dunye
Writers: Dime Davis, Justin Hillian
Ease On Down the Road

#13 - Ease On Down the Road

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 18, 2018

Ronnie faces his past crimes. Meanwhile, Brandon's plan to finance his business goes awry. Kevin stars in the school play and attends a cast party with his friends. Emmett decides to fight for full custody. Season finale.

star 7.97
325 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: Elwood Reid
Past Due

#14 - Past Due

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2019

Brandon gets a new opportunity. Kevin and Maisha form an unlikely friendship. Emmett takes on more responsibility at work. Cruz deals with blowback from Ronnie’s confession. Ronnie receives some shocking news. Toussaint gets a lead on her case.

star 7.96
198 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: J. David Shanks

#15 - Alee

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2018

Brandon reels from a loss as Ronnie realizes he’s made a grave mistake. Meanwhile, Emmett’s carefree life is upended. Best friends Papa and Jake taunt Kevin over his school crush Andrea. Detective Cruz is shaken by conflicting clues in the investigation.

star 7.87
493 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Elwood Reid, Lena Waithe
The Whistle

#16 - The Whistle

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 25, 2018

Brandon compromises his employment by defending a co-worker. Emmett spends an eye-opening day with Quentin. At the roller rink, Kevin tries to get Andrea's attention.

star 7.85
365 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Dime Davis, Lena Waithe
Today Was a Good Day

#17 - Today Was a Good Day

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2018

A neighborhood block party brings Brandon, Ronnie, Emmett and Kevin together. Brandon has a confrontation with Ronnie and gets surprised by Jerrika.

star 7.83
405 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Marcus Gardley
Quaking Grass

#18 - Quaking Grass

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2018

Brandon seeks refuge after Jerrika kicks him out. A physically and mentally ailing Ronnie runs into Rafiq. Meanwhile, Quentin takes a valued item from Trice while Kevin's quest ends with Brandon making a bad deal with Reg.

star 7.81
445 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Lena Waithe

#19 - Ghosts

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2018

Brandon asks Kevin for help. Laverne and Greavy make a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, Amir looks to capitalize on Emmett's side gig while Quentin returns to town to launch his own investigation.

star 7.79
486 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Lena Waithe
Penetrate a Fraud

#20 - Penetrate a Fraud

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 18, 2018

Brandon’s actions jeopardize his relationship with Jerrika. Ronnie uncovers secrets about his surrogate son’s past and gives a crucial piece of information to the police. Meanwhile, Emmett’s shoe hustle goes awry.

star 7.72
397 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Casallina Kisakye