Chicago P.D. (TV series)
Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as the second installment of Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise. The series premiered on NBC as a mid-season replacement on January 8, 2014. The show follows the uniformed patrol officers and the Intelligence Unit of the 21st District of the Chicago Police Department as they pursue the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||128 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||January 8, 2014 –|
|Related shows||Chicago Justice|
Chicago P.D. follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes and the detectives of the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses, including organized crime, drug trafficking, and high-profile murders.
- Jason Beghe as Detective Sergeant Henry "Hank" Voight, the enigmatic and often mercurial chief of the Chicago P.D.'s Intelligence Unit. Despite his brusque, tough exterior and take-no-prisoners approach to police work, he is loyal to the cops and detectives serving under him and highly dedicated to the victims of the crimes his unit investigates. He is first introduced in Chicago Fire as a dirty cop who clashes with CFD Lt. Matthew Casey after Voight's son Justin causes an accident in which a teenager is paralyzed, and Casey, who was first on scene, had intended to testify that Justin was DUI. He was arrested by Det. Antonio Dawson for trying to have Casey silenced by force, but was later released from prison and reinstated to the police force by Internal Affairs. As a result, many of Casey's colleagues disliked him and Casey's superior Chief Boden has a love-hate working relationship with him. It is eventually revealed in the Chicago Fire episode "Let Her Go" that his dirty cop alter ego was part of an undercover operation to catch criminals and other dirty cops. Prior to taking command of Intelligence, Voight worked in the Gang Unit. His father Richard was a former CPD officer who was killed in the line of duty. Voight is a widower; his wife, Camille, died of cancer some years prior. His son, Justin, served in the Army and was killed in the last episode of season 3 while trying to help a friend. Hank took an interest in Erin Lindsay at 15 and raised her as his daughter.
- Jon Seda as Senior Police Detective Antonio Dawson, an Intelligence Unit detective who previously arrested Voight for harassment and now works alongside him. Unlike Voight, he has limits on how far he will go to get criminals off the streets, as shown by the fact that he asked Halstead to stop Voight from killing anyone while on the hunt for Pulpo, as he did not want it on his conscience. He and his ex-wife Laura have two children: Diego and Eva. His younger sister is paramedic Gabriela Dawson. In season 4 he is offered a job at the State's Attorney's Office as Lead Investigator, which he accepts. After becoming disillusioned with the job, he returns to the unit in the first episode of season 5.
- Sophia Bush as Police Detective Erin Lindsay (seasons 1–4), a tough Intelligence Unit detective and former CI whom Voight took under his wing when she was a juvenile delinquent. Because of this, she is closer with Voight than the other members of the unit. She has a half-brother, Teddy Courtney, who was taken by a pedophilia ring at age thirteen and was found turning tricks in New York City 10 years later. She was in a relationship with her partner Jay Halstead from seasons 2 to 4. She is accused of assault after she sticks her gun down a pedophile's throat in the interrogation room; facing possible dismissal from the police force, she accepts a job offer at the FBI in New York and leaves Chicago.
- Jesse Lee Soffer as Police Detective Jay Halstead, a brash Intelligence Unit detective who is Detective Lindsay's partner. A former Army Ranger, he is confident in his abilities and sometimes comes across as cocky. He also suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, shown progressively during Season 5, later seeking therapy for it. He is the older brother of Chicago Med character Dr. Will Halstead. He was in a relationship with his partner Erin Lindsay from season 2 until she was written out of the show at the end of season 4.
- Patrick John Flueger as Police Officer Adam Ruzek, a younger police officer recruited straight out of the academy by Olinsky to do undercover work. He is often portrayed as an overeager amateur who dives head-first into a situation without thinking. His parents are separated and he split time between his father "Disco Bob" Ruzek (Jack Coleman), a longtime patrol officer with the 26th District, who lives in Beverly, and his mom in Canaryville. He was engaged to fellow police officer Kim Burgess.
- Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, a former flight attendant-turned-uniformed patrol officer who was Atwater's partner. She was then partnered with Sean Roman before his departure. Burgess is shot in "Called in Dead" and spends the next episode recovering. She was engaged to Adam Ruzek; the relationship was later broken off due to commitment issues. She later developed feelings for Roman before he moved to San Diego. In season 4 she is offered a job in Intelligence, which she accepts.
- LaRoyce Hawkins as Police Officer Kevin Atwater, a uniformed patrol officer who was Burgess' former partner until he was promoted to join the Intelligence Unit.
- Archie Kao as Police Detective Sheldon Jin (season 1), a tech and surveillance expert. He was discovered to be a reluctant mole working for Internal Affairs sergeant Edwin Stillwell, who has leverage to make him cooperate. He was found murdered in the first-season finale episode "A Beautiful Friendship".
- Elias Koteas as Police Detective Alvin Olinsky (seasons 1–5), a veteran undercover officer and a friend of Voight's who previously worked alongside Voight in the Gang Unit. Before joining the force, Olinsky served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team stationed in Vicenza, Italy. Olinsky mentions in "Called in Dead" that he has eight confirmed kills in the line of duty. At the end of the fifth season, Olinsky is arrested for the murder of Kevin Bingham, the man who murdered Voight's son Justin, and is later stabbed to death via a hit in prison while awaiting trial.
- Amy Morton as Police Desk Sergeant Trudy Platt (recurring previously; season 2–), a sarcastic desk sergeant of District 21, and the immediate superior of the district's patrol officers. Before taking a desk job she was a uniformed patrol officer, and worked with Det. Dawson. She twice passed the detective's exam. Sergeant Platt is also a recurring character on Chicago Fire as she is the wife of CFD firefighter Randy "Mouch" McHolland.
- Brian Geraghty as Police Officer Sean Roman (seasons 2–3), a brash patrol officer who partners with Burgess after transferring to the 2-1 from District 31. He transferred out because of his relationship with, Jenn Cassidy (Spencer Grammer), who is now a K-9 officer, to avoid breaking fraternization rules. He has his own private security company on the side. After being wounded in the line of duty, and with the department feeling he would unable to return to patrol, he resigns and decides to join the San Diego Police Department.
- Tracy Spiridakos as Police Detective Hailey Upton (recurring previously; season 5–), a tough former Homicide detective and Erin Lindsay's replacement following her departure to New York.
- Samuel Caleb Hunt as Craig "Mouse" Gerwitz, the new tech and surveillance expert for the Intelligence Unit. He was in the same Army unit as Jay. (seasons 1–4)
- Stella Maeve as Nadia Decotis, an 18-year-old former escort and addict whom Lindsay tries and succeeds in helping. She later becomes the Intelligence Unit's civilian administrative aide and was studying to be a police officer. She was murdered by Dr. Gregory Yates in Law & Order: SVU's 16th season, episode "Daydream Believer", the conclusion of the season's second SVU/Chicago Crossover Event. (seasons 1–2)
- Barbara Eve Harris as Commander Emma Crowley, the current commander of the 21st District, who shares a rocky past with Sgt. Platt. She was replaced by 1st Deputy Katherine Brennan after Voight's involvement on shooting Alvin Olinsky's murderer. (season 3–5)
- Kevin J. O'Connor as Commander Fischer, the commander of the 21st District who succeed Ron Perry after his retirement. He was replaced by Commander Crowley because of the district's bad public image. (seasons 2–3)
- Robert Wisdom as Commander Ron Perry, former commander of the 21st District. He was killed in the second-season finale episode "Born into Bad News".
- Josh Segarra as Justin Voight, Voight's son. He was killed in the third-season finale "Start Digging". (seasons 1–3)
- Markie Post as Barbara "Bunny" Fletcher, Lindsay's mother. Lindsay took an FBI job in New York City on the condition that her mother serve no jail time for drug trafficking at the end of season 4. (seasons 2–4)
- Chris Agos as ASA (Assistant State's Attorney) Steve Kot (season 2–present)
- Ian Bohen as Sergeant Edwin Stillwell, Voight's new Internal Affairs handler. He was arrested after it was found out that he was involved in Jin's murder. (season 1–2)
- Alina Taber as Lexi Olinsky, Alvin Olinsky's daughter. She died from injuries sustained during a warehouse fire in "Emotional Proximity". (seasons 1-4)
- Madison McLaughlin as Michelle Sovana, Alvin Olinsky's daughter who shows up at the end of season two. She purports to be the daughter of a woman Olinsky was involved with when he was undercover, although Olinsky discards the results of a DNA test he ordered to establish his paternity.
- Sydney Tamiia Poitier as Detective Mia Sumner, a new member on the Intelligence team, removed on "The Docks" and replaced by Atwater.
- Melissa Carlson as Meredith Olinsky, Alvin Olinsky's estranged wife.
- Erik Hellman as Dr. Alec Willhite, a doctor at Chicago Med and Detective Julia Willhite's widower, after she was killed by Pulpo in the pilot episode. (seasons 1–3)
- America Olivo as Laura Dawson, Antonio's ex-wife.
- Zach Garcia as Diego Dawson, Antonio's son.
- Maya Moravec as Eva Dawson, Antonio's daughter.
- Nick Wechsler as Detective Kenny Rixton (season 4)
- Mykelti Williamson as Lieutenant Denny Woods (season 4-5)
- Anne Heche as 1st Deputy Katherine Brennan (season 6)
- John C. McGinley as Brian Kelton, a police superintendent who is running for mayor of Chicago with a pro-police platform. (season 6)
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen Ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Average viewers|
|Pilot||May 15, 2013||N/A||6.90|
|1||15||January 8, 2014||May 21, 2014||55||8.03|
|2||23||September 24, 2014||May 20, 2015||51||8.74|
|3||23||September 30, 2015||May 25, 2016||47||8.71|
|4||23||September 21, 2016||May 17, 2017||36||8.48|
|5||22||September 27, 2017||May 9, 2018||24||10.32|
|6||22||September 26, 2018||May 22, 2019||TBA||TBA|
- "Conventions" is the conclusion of a crossover with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit about the pursuit of a serial rapist. It features Amanda Rollins and Odafin Tutola, while "Comic Perversion" features Erin Lindsay.
- "8:30 PM" is the conclusion of a crossover with Chicago Fire about an explosion that occurs at Chicago Med, leading the fire and police departments to track down the culprits. It features Matthew Casey, Kelly Severide, Wallace Boden, Leslie Shay, Peter Mills and Joe Cruz, while "A Dark Day" features Hank Voight, Antonio Dawson, Erin Lindsay, Jay Halstead, Kim Burgess and Kevin Atwater.
- "They'll Have to Go Through Me" is the conclusion of a crossover with Chicago Fire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit centered on a pedophile ring. It features Nick Amaro, Amanda Rollins and Olivia Benson, while "Nobody Touches Anything" features Hank Voight and Erin Lindsay, and "Chicago Crossover" features Erin Lindsay, Jay Halstead and Hank Voight.
- "A Little Devil Complex" is the conclusion of a crossover with Chicago Fire about the pursuit of the arsonist who killed Leslie Shay. It features Gabriela Dawson, Peter Mills and Wallace Boden, while "Three Bells" features Kim Burgess, Sean Roman and Antonio Dawson.
- "The Number of Rats" is part two of a crossover with Chicago Fire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit about a case of rape and murder in Chicago that resembles an unsolved case in New York. It features Olivia Benson, Nick Amaro, Odafin Tutuola and Dominick Carisi, Jr. from SVU, as well as Matthew Casey and Wallace Boden from Fire, while "We Called Her Jellybean" features Hank Voight and Antonio Dawson, and "Daydream Believer" features Hank Voight, Erin Lindsay, Jay Halstead, Kim Burgess and Sean Roman.
- "Now I'm God" is the conclusion of a crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago Med in which Christopher Herrmann is treated for a stab wound while a woman pulled from a fire is discovered to have been overdosed with chemotherapy. It features Natalie Manning and Daniel Charles from Med, while "The Beating Heart" features Adam Ruzek, Kim Burgess and Trudy Platt, and "Malignant" features Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay.
- "The Song of Gregory Williams Yates" is the conclusion of a crossover with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in which SVU helps Intelligence find escaped serial killer Greg Yates. It features Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola, while "Nationwide Manhunt" features Antonio Dawson, Erin Lindsay and Hank Voight.
- "Don't Bury This Case" is the conclusion of a crossover with Chicago Fire in which Kelly Severide is brought into the 21st after his car caused a deadly crash and the team finds a group of carjackers who may be the key to Severide's innocence. It features Matthew Casey, Kelly Severide, and Mouch from Fire, while "Some Make It, Some Don't" features Erin Lindsay, Hank Voight, and Trudy Platt.
- "Emotional Proximity" is part two of a crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago Justice in which Firehouse 51 responds to the scene of a warehouse fire that puts the lives of many in danger, including a relative of a Chicago police officer. It features Will Halstead, Natalie Manning, and Ethan Choi from Med, Kelly Severide, Wallace Boden, and Sylvie Brett from Fire, and Antonio Dawson and Peter Stone from Justice, while "Deathtrap" features Hank Voight, Alvin Olinsky, Erin Lindsay, and Kim Burgess, and "Fake" features Hank Voight and Alvin Olinsky.
- "Endings" is part three of a crossover with Chicago Fire "Going to War" and Chicago Med "When to Let Go" where one of the patients at Chicago Med goes missing following a 22-story apartment fire. The Intelligence unit discovers that the patient had extracted a chip from her body leading to believe that she had been tracked and involved in trafficking ring.
At the 2016 Television Critics Association winter press tour, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke revealed that the network had discussions with Dick Wolf about a fourth series in the Chicago franchise centered on the legal system. The working title was Chicago Law. Salke has since confirmed that the series was officially in development. The series will be a spin-off of Chicago P.D. by introducing Assistant State's Attorney (ASA) characters in the 21st episode of P.D.'s third season. Philip Winchester was the first to be cast. Nazneen Contractor joined the series in March 2016 and the title was changed to Chicago Justice. Rocky alum Carl Weathers will play Cook County State's Attorney Mark Jefferies, while Joelle Carter will also star. Lorraine Toussaint reprised her role as defense attorney Shambala Green, who appeared in seven episodes of Law & Order. On May 12, 2016, NBC gave Chicago Justice a series order. On September 28, it was reported that Jon Seda would join the cast and that his character Antonio would become an investigator for the DA's office. The series premiered on March 1, 2017. NBC canceled the series after one season. In July 2017, it was announced that Seda would rejoin Chicago P.D. full time.
On March 27, 2013, it was reported that NBC was considering plans for a spin-off of Chicago Fire. Deadline Hollywood revealed that the proposed spin-off would involve the Chicago Police Department, and would be created and executive produced by Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, and Matt Olmstead. On May 10, 2013, NBC picked up the show for the 2013–14 United States network television schedule. On May 12, 2013, the show was announced as an unscheduled midseason replacement. On October 18, 2013, NBC announced that it would premiere on January 8, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. EST, after Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
On November 9, 2015, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on September 21, 2016. On May 10, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on September 27, 2017.
It came to light in November 2017 that Sophia Bush's departure from the show was due to Jason Beghe's behavior behind the scenes. Bush's claims led NBC to open an investigation into Beghe's behavior. On November 21, 2017, Deadline reported that Beghe was investigated for behavior that was considered overly aggressive and may have been sexual harassment. Beghe released a statement in which he admitted to engaging in aggressive behavior and apologized for it.
The series is filmed entirely in Chicago. The exterior of the station house is the Old Maxwell Street Police Station (943 West Maxwell Street) and is the same location that was used on the series Hill Street Blues. It is located about half a mile from the firehouse location of Chicago Fire at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave.
Tania Raymonde was cast in the planned series as a police officer named Nicole. Kelly Blatz was also cast as a young but seasoned Officer Elam. The new characters were introduced in the penultimate episode of Chicago Fire's first season, which aired on May 15, 2013. Scott Eastwood was set to portray Officer Jim Barnes in the Chicago Fire season finale and the proposed spin-off. Eastwood also co-starred with Tania Raymonde in Texas Chainsaw 3D. Law & Order: SVU's Melissa Sagemiller would portray Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit. Other cast members include Jason Beghe as the Intelligence team Sergeant Hank Voight and Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson. LaRoyce Hawkins was the only Chicago area actor originally cast in May.
As the show went into pre-production, the cast began to change. On June 13, 2013, it was announced that Melissa Sagemiller would no longer be a part of the show and Jesse Lee Soffer officially joined the cast as a series regular. His character was introduced in the second season of Chicago Fire. On August 23, 2013, Patrick Flueger and One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush joined the cast as Officer Adam Ruzek and Detective Erin Lindsay respectively. Marina Squerciati joined the cast on August 28, 2013. On August 30, Elias Koteas became a regular. Archie Kao was announced as a regular on September 27, 2013.
On October 21, 2013, Stella Maeve was cast in a recurring role as Nadia, a pretty 18-year-old escort who is addicted to heroin and goes through a very difficult withdrawal. Sydney Tamiia Poitier will guest star in five episodes as a detective, who will eventually crossover on to Chicago Fire. On December 20, 2013, it was announced that both Eastwood and Raymonde had departed the series over creative differences.
On September 2016, it was reported that series regular Jon Seda would move to the new spin-off Chicago Justice as regular. After Justice's cancellation, in July 2017 it was disclosed that Seda would move back to Chicago P.D. as series regular for season 5. On April 19, 2019, NBC announced that Seda would again depart the series at the end of the sixth season.
In May 2017, it was announced that Sophia Bush would depart the series after four seasons.
Airing at 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Chicago P.D. is earning a 2.3 rating, 7 share in adults 18–49 and 9.4 million viewers overall this season, for gains versus last season of +10% in 18–49 and +14% in total viewers. Chicago P.D. has finished No. 1 or tied for No. 1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period with five of its last six original broadcasts through Feb. 2.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Rank||Avg. viewers|
|1||Wednesday 10:00 pm||15||January 8, 2014||8.59||May 21, 2014||6.27||2013–14||50||8.03|
|2||23||September 24, 2014||8.51||May 20, 2015||7.21||2014–15||51||8.74|
|3||23||September 30, 2015||6.65||May 25, 2016||6.88||2015–16||47||8.71|
|4||23||September 21, 2016||6.87||May 17, 2017||6.50||2016–17||36||8.48|
|5||22||September 27, 2017||6.11||May 9, 2018||6.34||2017–18||24||10.32|
|6||22||September 26, 2018||7.14||May 22, 2019||6.59||2018–19||TBD||TBD|
Since its premiere, Chicago P.D. has received mixed reviews from critics. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the drama a 50% rating based on 21 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Rotten Tomatoes gives season 1 a rating of 57% based on reviews from 28 critics.
Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly gave the drama a favorable review: "It's hard to imagine the series capturing the compelling, can't-watch-just-one magic that makes the Law & Order franchise so marathonable, but it moves just fast enough to keep you from changing the channel in search of an SVU re-run." Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times also gave the series a positive review when it premiered on January 8: "Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues." Other critics expressed their disappointment in the police drama such as Robert Bianco of USA Today: "When did Wolf's work, which used to show some grace and wit, become this ugly, plodding and crass?"
Broadcast and streamingEdit
- US – Chicago P.D. airs new episodes on NBC. Reruns of the show air on NBCs sister station USA and Oxygen. On USA it airs Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 2am-6am ET. On Oxygen it airs Thursdays from 10am-2am ET. Reruns are aired Tuesday evenings from 8pm-9pm ET on MyNetworkTV and all day Thursday from 11am-3am ET on Ion. Chicago P.D. is also available through electronic sell-through platforms including, iTunes, Amazon Video, and Vudu.
- Canada – Chicago P.D. is broadcast on Global. Episodes for the sixth season in the Atlantic timezone air three hours ahead of the U.S. eastern/central broadcast due to the time difference.
- UK – Chicago P.D. is broadcast on 5USA in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first season aired Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. between July 16 and October 22, 2014. Repeats were later broadcast on parent channel, Channel 5, prior to the broadcast of the second season beginning April 8, 2015.
- Australia – Chicago P.D. premiered on the Universal Channel on November 20, 2014.
- Thailand – It was aired every Saturday-Sunday 11.00pm-12.00am on the นาว 26 (Now 26) under the title "Chicago P.D. มือปราบชิคาโก้"
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actor/Television||Jon Seda||Won|
|Best Primetime Television Program: Drama or Comedy||Chicago P.D.||Nominated|
|2015||Best Supporting Actor/Television||Jon Seda||Nominated|
|Prism Awards||Drama Series Episode – Substance Use||Chicago P.D. – Episode: "Thirty Balloons"||Nominated|
|2016||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Actor/Television||Jon Seda||Won|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress||Sophia Bush||Nominated|
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