The Chi (it is pronounced ‘THE-SHY’) is an American drama television series produced by Lena Waithe depicting how living is on Chicago’s South Side. Rick Famuyiwa directed the premiere. On January 7, 2018, it debuted on Showtime. The series was revived in August 2021, following the end of the fourth season- yes, The Chi season 5 has officially been announced.
‘The Chi’ has received critical acclaim for its very well-developed and defined characters, honest and compelling narrative, and sharp societal satire. Now that The Chi plans on returning with season 5, here’s all you need to know about it.
The Chi Season 5 Release Date
Showtime announced the series’ renewal for a fifth season on August 2, 2021, following the end of the fourth season.
The revival follows the show’s excellent numbers, which are averaging 4.2 million weekly viewers and are on track to become the most-streamed Showtime series ever, per the network. Season 5 is set to debut in 2022.
Showtime revived the program for a second season on January 30, 2018, which debuted on April 7, 2019. Showtime extended the series for a third season on April 30, 2019, with a launch date of June 21, 2020.
On May 20, 2019, it was revealed that Jason Mitchell will not rejoin the series for season 3 due to “misconduct charges.” Showtime extended the series for a fourth season, which debuted on May 23, 2021, on September 8, 2020. The show’s development was halted in March 2021 owing to a positive COVID-19 test.
All in all, it is safe to assume that The Chi Season 5 will be out later this year.
The Chi Season 5 Plot
The Chi is a contemporary coming-of-age narrative about a bunch of people on Chicago’s South Side who get connected by happenstance but bound by the yearning for friendship and atonement, developed and executive produced by Lena Waithe and executive produced by Common.
After Jake (Michael V. Epps) has a disastrous run-in with a group of police in Season 4, The Chi focuses on the positives and problems of community policing on the South Side. In addition to Epps, Jacob Latimore, Birgundi Baker, Alex Hibbert, Shamon Brown Jr., Curtiss Cook, and Luke James are regulars on the Season 4 series.
In the fourth season, as Tiffany still can’t choose between Emmett and Dante, he realizes he’s had enough and moves on. Tiffany initially chooses to go with Emmett, but she soon runs into Rob and embraces him.
Trig acquires video footage of Douda beating Marcus in order to persuade the mayor to leave town. Roselyn appears to have taken over as interim mayor while he is away. In the fourth season, Keisha and Christian’s love and relationship are also declared official.
Season 5 will be full of surprises for us. Douda’s predicted return and Trig’s confrontation may be included in the future season. Emmett will most certainly have a rough time in the near future as a result of Tiffany’s affair with Rob.
The Chi Season 5 Cast
here’s the expected cast list.
- Jacob Latimore as Emmett Washington
- Alex Hibbert as Kevin Williams
- Yolonda Ross as Jada Washington, Emmett’s mother.
- Rolando Boyce as Darnell, Emmett’s father.
- Barton Fitzpatrick as Reg Taylor, Jake’s older brother and gang leader.
- Shamon Brown Jr. as Stanley “Papa” Jackson, Kevin and Jake’s best friend.
- Michael V. Epps as Jake Taylor, Kevin and Papa’s best friend and Reg and Trig’s younger brother.
- Birgundi Baker as Kiesha Williams, Kevin’s older sister.
- Luke James as Victor “Trig” Taylor, Reg and Jake’s estranged older brother.
- Curtiss Cook as Otis “Douda” Perry
We expect several new faces to join as well.
The Chi Critical Reception
The first season has a “certified fresh” approval rating of 87 percent based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 7.47/10 on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. “Like an optimistic companion to The Wire, The Chi tackles the complexity of life in the South Side of Chicago, with a soft touch and an evident affection for its compelling characters,” according to the website’s critical consensus. The season has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 22 critics, indicating “generally good reviews.”