The BEST Episodes of The Chi

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 22, 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.

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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 8.28
236 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 8.21
230 votes
Writers: Terri Kopp
A Stain

#3 - 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 8.20
140 votes
Directors: Samantha Bailey
Writers: Jade Branion, Marcus Gardley
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 8.20
260 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd, Joseph C. Wilson

#5 - 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 8.08
638 votes
Directors: Rick Famuyiwa
Writers: Lena Waithe
Soul Food

#6 - Soul Food

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 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.

star 8.07
111 votes
Directors: Gandja Monteiro
Writers: Justin Hillian, Lena Waithe
The Spook Who Sat By The Door

#7 - The Spook Who Sat By The Door

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.07
98 votes
Directors: Gandja Monteiro
Writers: Ricardo Gamboa
Every Day I'm Hustlin'

#8 - 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 8.06
271 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Joe Wilson

#9 - Candyman

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.05
99 votes
Directors: Nancy C. Mejia
Writers: James Rogers III
Native Son

#10 - Native Son

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.05
105 votes
Directors: Samir Rehem
Writers: Patrik-Ian Polk
Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings

#11 - 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 8.04
230 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: J. David Shanks, Joseph C. Wilson
...Black Messiah

#12 - ...Black Messiah

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 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.

star 8.01
89 votes
Directors: Kimi Lee
Writers: Jewel Coronel, Kristiana Rae Colón
Namaste Muthafucka

#13 - 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 8.01
387 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones

#14 - 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 8.00
143 votes
Directors: Alonso Alvarez
Writers: Rasheed Newson, T.J. Brady
Blind Eye

#15 - 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 7.99
251 votes
Writers: Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks
Cooley High

#16 - Cooley High

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 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.

star 7.98
97 votes
Directors: Gandja Monteiro
Writers: Jewel Coronel

#17 - 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 7.97
407 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley
Ease On Down the Road

#18 - 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
367 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: Elwood Reid

#19 - 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 7.96
133 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Justin Hillian
Southside With You

#20 - Southside With You

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.96
89 votes
Directors: Nancy C. Mejia
Writers: Deonte Staats, Jewel Coronel

#21 - 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 7.93
261 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd
The Girl From Chicago

#22 - The Girl From Chicago

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 13, 2021

Jake, Jemma and Kevin organize an on-campus protest. Emmett and Tiff set new boundaries for their relationship. Imani schemes to break a girl out of the 63rd St. Mob's trap house. Dre’s frequent disappearances leave Nina suspicious. Jada gives Emmett some unexpected news.

star 7.93
98 votes
Directors: Samir Rehem
Writers: Resheida Brady
A Leg Up

#23 - 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 7.92
247 votes
Directors: Cheryl Dunye
Writers: Dime Davis, Justin Hillian

#24 - 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 7.91
261 votes
Directors: Carl Seaton
Writers: Casallina Kisakye
A Raisin in the Sun

#25 - A Raisin in the Sun

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 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.

star 7.90
83 votes
Directors: Gandja Monteiro
Writers: Justin Hillian