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Chicago Med is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead, and is the third installment of Wolf's Chicago franchise. The series premiered on NBC on November 17, 2015. Chicago Med follows the emergency department doctors and nurses of the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center.

Chicago Med
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GenreMedical drama
Created by
Developed by
Composer(s)Atli Örvarsson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Charles S. Carroll
  • Jeffrey Drayer
  • David Weinstein
  • Simran Baidwan
  • Will Pascoe
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseNovember 17, 2015 (2015-11-17) – present
External links

On May 9, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season.[1] The season premiered on September 26, 2018.[2]



Set in Chicago, Chicago Med is the third series in Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise. It focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center and on its doctors and nurses as they work to save patients' lives. It sometimes crosses over with characters from Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.



  • Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, a former plastic surgeon and an ED attending physician from Chicago. He is the younger brother of Chicago P.D. character Detective Jay Halstead.[3]
  • Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, an ED nurse. She is a first generation Brazilian-American and has a younger brother, Noah, who was a med student at the hospital. She is also a childhood friend of Kelly Severide.
  • Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning, a pediatrician from Seattle who is doing a fellowship in emergency medicine, and a widowed mother coping with loss of her husband Jeff, who was killed in action while serving in the U.S. military
  • Rachel DiPillo as Dr. Sarah Reese (seasons 1–3; guest season 4), originally a fourth-year medical student, who does not feel inclined to emergency medicine, and would rather become a pathologist. After she graduated from medical school, she changed her mind about being a pathologist and becomes a resident in psychiatry. She leaves Chicago Med at the start of the fourth season after a fallout with her mentor, Dr. Charles.
  • Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes, a cardio-thoracic fellow from Chicago, who spent some time in Riyadh following his residency. In the first season he is a trauma surgery fellow but changes his specialty.
  • Brian Tee as LCDR Dr. Ethan Choi, United States Navy Reserve, an emergency room chief resident with an expertise in infectious diseases, who just returned to the United States after serving on the USS Carl Vinson as a medical officer.
  • S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Chief of Services (chief administrator) of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. She worked as an OR nurse.
  • Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, the chief of the psychiatry department, who is usually tasked with helping the other doctors deal with the psychological nuances of medicine or difficult patients. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood (season 1 – present), the ED's charge nurse who is not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to schooling the residents.[4][5]
  • Norma Kuhling as Dr. Ava Bekker (season 2 recurring; season 3 – present), a trauma surgeon from South Africa. She and Dr. Rhodes begin to butt heads on professional boundaries.


  • Julie Berman as Dr. Samantha "Sam" Zanetti (season 1), an attending trauma surgeon who dates Connor Rhodes[6]
  • Deron J. Powell as Tate Jenkins (seasons 1–2), a retired NFL player who meets April when she helps treat his son in season one. They become engaged in season two, but break it off shortly after she miscarries their child.
  • Peter Mark Kendall as Joey Thomas, a lab tech and Sarah's ex-boyfriend[7]
  • Roland Buck III as Dr. Noah Sexton, a first-year ED resident and April's younger brother.
  • Brennan Brown as Dr. Sam Abrams, a blunt attending neurosurgeon.[8]
  • Gregg Henry as Dr. David Downey (season 1), a high-profile heart surgeon who takes an interest in Dr. Rhodes, and later dies of cancer.[9]
  • Jeff Hephner as Jeff Clarke (seasons 1–2), a medical student and Natalie's old family friend. Clarke was a CFD firefighter before returning to medical school. Clarke and Natalie have a short-lived relationship that ends after Clarke confesses Natalie's late husband did not approve of his feelings for her. Upon completing medical school, Jeff matches with a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Ato Essandoh as Dr. Isidore Latham (season 2 – present), the attending surgeon who supervises Connor's fellowship following Dr. Downey's death. Latham has autism spectrum disorder, which sometimes makes it difficult for him to understand the emotional responses of the medical staff.
  • Mekia Cox as Dr. Robyn Charles (seasons 2–3), an epidemiologist and Daniel's daughter with whom he has a strained relationship. She previously dated Connor Rhodes.
  • Eddie Jemison as Dr. Stanley Stohl (season 2 – present), the chief of the emergency department, derisively referred to as "The Troll" by the staff because of his condescending and publicity-courting ways.
  • James Vincent Meredith as Barry (season 3), a paramedic who happens to be Maggie's on-again/off-again ex
  • Michel Gill as Robert Haywood (seasons 3–4), Sarah Reese's estranged father who is an astrophysics professor
  • Arden Cho as Emily (season 3 – present), Ethan's estranged recovering–drug addict sister


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen Ratings
First airedLast airedRankAverage viewers
PilotApril 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)N/A8.43[10]
118November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)379.83[11]
223September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11)289.47[12]
320November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)2710.10[13]
422[14]September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)TBATBATBA


  • "Malignant" is part two of a crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. where Christopher Herrmann is treated for a stab wound while a woman pulled from a fire is discovered to have been given unnecessary chemotherapy along with other patients.[15] It features Kelly Severide, Gabriela Dawson, Sylvie Brett, Jessica Chilton, Christopher Herrmann, Joe Cruz and Mouch from Fire as well as Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay from P.D., while "Now I'm God" features Natalie Manning and Daniel Charles and "The Beating Heart" features Will Halstead, April Sexton, Connor Rhodes, and Ethan Choi.


The series was greenlighted by NBC for the show's pilot episode on May 1, 2015.[16]

On August 21, 2015, Andrew Dettman stepped down as showrunner due to "creative differences" following his appointment in June.[17] Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov were appointed as new showrunners on August 27, 2015.[18]

NBC originally ordered 13 episodes for season one; on December 11, 2015, an additional 5 episodes were ordered, bringing the season to 18 episodes.[19]

On February 1, 2016, NBC renewed the series for a second season.[20] On May 15, 2016, it was announced that the series would be moving to Thursdays.[21] The second season premiered on September 22, 2016.[22]

On May 10, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a third season but opted to remove it from the fall schedule to midseason, after the premiere of Dick Wolf's sixth Law & Order series Law & Order True Crime.[23] The series moved back to Tuesdays after spending one season on Thursdays.[24]


The Walking Dead star Laurie Holden was originally cast as Dr. Hannah Tramble, but dropped out due to "family reasons".[25][26] On May 29, 2015, Arrow star Colin Donnell was cast as Dr. Connor Rhodes, the hospital's newest ED physician.[27] In July 2015, Jurassic World star Brian Tee joined the cast as Dr. Ethan Choi, an expert in infectious disease prevention and a Navy Reserve medical officer.[28] Pretty Little Liars star Torrey DeVitto was cast on August 13, 2015, as Dr. Natalie Manning, the ED pediatrician.[29] On August 14, 2015, Jane the Virgin star Rachel DiPillo was cast as Sarah Reese, a fourth-year medical student.[30]



Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 9:00 pm 18 November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17) 8.64[31] May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17) 7.86[32] 2015–16 37 9.83[33]
2 Thursday 9:00 pm 23 September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) 7.02[34] May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 7.01[35] 2016–17 28 9.47[12]
3 Tuesday 10:00 pm 20 November 21, 2017 (2017-11-21) 6.19[36] May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15) 5.62[37] 2017–18 27 10.10[13]
4 Wednesday 8:00 pm 22[38] September 26, 2018 (2018-09-26) 7.78[39] 2018–19


Metacritic's aggregate score currently stands at 52 out of 100, based on 17 "mixed or average" reviews.[40] Meanwhile, Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a 48% "rotten" grade, with an average rating of 5.52/10. [41]

Broadcast and streamingEdit

Chicago Med airs on NBC and is available through the network's streaming platforms, on demand and Hulu with previous season "stacking rights" on the former, and pay-per-episode purchase via electronic sell-through platforms.

In Canada, the series airs on the Global Television Network and season three aired at the start of the week ahead of the NBC air date later in the week.[42]

In the UK, Chicago Med premiered on March 20, 2016, on Universal Channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The second season is set to air October 23, 2016.[43]

In Australia, the series debuted on November 23, 2016 on the Nine Network.[44]


Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Teen Actress Haley Brooke Walker Won [45]


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