The BEST Episodes of The Chi

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2019

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

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 8.35
169 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd
Feeling The Heat

#2 - Feeling The Heat

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.30
197 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd, Joseph C. Wilson
Lean Into It

#3 - Lean Into It

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.28
172 votes
Writers: Terri Kopp
Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings

#4 - Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.19
171 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: J. David Shanks, Joseph C. Wilson
Every Day I'm Hustlin'

#5 - Every Day I'm Hustlin'

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 8.18
199 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Joe Wilson
Ease On Down the Road

#6 - Ease On Down the Road

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.16
293 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: Elwood Reid
Namaste Muthafucka

#7 - Namaste Muthafucka

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 8.14
311 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones
Blind Eye

#8 - Blind Eye

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 8.09
197 votes
Writers: Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks

#9 - Wallets

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 8.07
337 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley

#10 - Eruptions

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 8.06
196 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Ayanna Floyd

#11 - Showdown

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.01
201 votes
Directors: Carl Seaton
Writers: Casallina Cathy Kisakye
A Leg Up

#12 - A Leg Up

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.01
186 votes
Directors: Cheryl Dunye
Writers: Dime Davis, Justin Hillian
The Whistle

#13 - The Whistle

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 8.01
335 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Dime Davis, Lena Waithe
Past Due

#14 - Past Due

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.99
194 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: J. David Shanks

#15 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.97
544 votes
Directors: Rick Famuyiwa
Writers: Lena Waithe
Today Was a Good Day

#16 - Today Was a Good Day

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 7.90
374 votes
Directors: Darren Grant
Writers: Marcus Gardley
Penetrate a Fraud

#17 - Penetrate a Fraud

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.87
365 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Casallina Kisakye
Quaking Grass

#18 - Quaking Grass

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.86
413 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Lena Waithe

#19 - Alee

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.85
463 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Elwood Reid, Lena Waithe

#20 - Ghosts

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.83
456 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Lena Waithe