The BEST Episodes of The Chi

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2021

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 8.33
221 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd
A Stain

#2 - A Stain

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 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.

star 8.28
125 votes
Directors: Samantha Bailey
Writers: Jade Branion, Marcus Gardley
Lean Into It

#3 - 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 8.26
220 votes
Writers: Terri Kopp
Feeling The Heat

#4 - 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 8.24
248 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd, Joseph C. 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 8.09
217 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: J. David Shanks, Joseph C. Wilson
Every Day I'm Hustlin'

#6 - 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 8.08
257 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Joe Wilson

#7 - 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
621 votes
Directors: Rick Famuyiwa
Writers: Lena Waithe

#8 - Lackin'

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 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.

star 8.05
131 votes
Directors: Alonso Alvarez
Writers: Rasheed Newson, T.J. Brady
Namaste Muthafucka

#9 - 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 8.03
376 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones
Blind Eye

#10 - 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 8.02
240 votes
Writers: Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks

#11 - Frunchroom

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 9, 2020

Kiesha remains trapped in her own personal nightmare while Kevin, Nina and Dre worry about the future. Emmett and Jada bring comforting words and food to the Williams’. Ronnie hopes to be absolved of his past transgressions.

star 8.00
117 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Justin Hillian

#12 - 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 7.98
397 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley
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
358 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: Elwood Reid

#14 - 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 7.97
250 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd
A Leg Up

#15 - 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 7.94
232 votes
Directors: Cheryl Dunye
Writers: Dime Davis, Justin Hillian

#16 - Brewfurd

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 28, 2020

Kevin rallies Papa and Jake for help. Emmett finds a short-term solution to his food shortage problem. Jada samples the dating scene and a local trap kitchen run by Dom. Trig devises a plan to get custody of his brother Jake from Douda.

star 7.93
138 votes
Writers: Marcus Gardley

#17 - 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 7.93
247 votes
Directors: Carl Seaton
Writers: Casallina Kisakye
Buss Down

#18 - Buss Down

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 5, 2020

The Williams family goes into a tailspin. Emmett and Tiff devise a plan to move in with Jada while he gets his new business off the ground. Ronnie gets a not-so-friendly reminder that his neighborhood has a long memory of his past deeds.

star 7.92
133 votes
Directors: Gandja Monteiro
Writers: Lolis Eric Elie
Past Due

#19 - 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 7.89
243 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: J. David Shanks
Foe 'Nem

#20 - Foe 'Nem

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 21, 2020

A wedding alters Kevin and Kiesha's lives. Emmett juggles his business and his growing family. Ronnie struggles to find his way. Jake's estranged brother Trig lands back in town on a mission.

star 7.87
150 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Justin Hillian, Lena Waithe

#21 - 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 7.86
534 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Elwood Reid, Lena Waithe

#22 - Gangway

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 12, 2020

Ronnie finds a new calling in his bid for redemption. Emmett lets his dad Darnell and his insecurities get the best of him. Kevin is weighed down by a lie. The mayoral race heats up when candidates Douda and Camille Halloway face off.

star 7.85
142 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Rasheed Newson, T.J. Brady
A Couple, Two, Three

#23 - A Couple, Two, Three

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 23, 2020

Ronnie finds absolution. Emmett and Tiff take a step toward their future. Trig plays his final card against Douda. Life events mature Kevin, Jake and Papa.

star 7.85
114 votes
Writers: Jewel McPherson, Justin Hillian
The Whistle

#24 - 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
396 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Dime Davis, Lena Waithe
Woo Woo Woo

#25 - Woo Woo Woo

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 26, 2020

Kevin’s birthday finds him in far from a celebrating mood. Ronnie takes his grandmother Ms. Ethel on a whirl back in time. Emmett goes on a cannabis run with Tiff. Douda’s campaign hits another speed bump when a past wound draws fresh blood.

star 7.84
133 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Jewel McPherson