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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 7, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Todd Williams, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals
  • Summary: The Shawn Ryan-produced police drama set in Chicago was originally titled Ride-Along. Jennifer Beals leads the cast as police superintendent Teresa Colvin.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Shawn Ryan
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Feb 7, 2011
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 1, 2011
    As police superintendent Teresa Colvin, Jennifer Beals gives a revelatory, no-nonsense performance that should make Tom Selleck's mustache bristle with envy....This should be lots of fun. [7 Feb 2011, p.39]
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 7, 2011
    The show is an intelligent addition to the Fox lineup, with both the broad canvas of "The Wire" and the street procedural of "NYPD Blue" in its DNA.
  3. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 8, 2011
    The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 7, 2011
    Monday's pilot can't quite close the sale, but there's promise here. The Chicago Code deserves another look.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 7, 2011
    It's a complex story, which may be why Ryan relies in part on an intrusive monologue-narration device to guide us. Still, the intrusions only momentarily interrupt the fast-moving plot, which twists agreeably without losing sight of its moral ambiguities.
  6. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 7, 2011
    It may not be The Shield (what is?), and it isn't up to the standard of TV's other corruption-in-Chicago show, The Good Wife, currently the best drama on network TV. But after you get by the initial S.O.S. of the first episode, The Chicago Code may be better than the other police commissioner show, and at least as worthy to add to your weekly TV appointment lineup.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 4, 2011
    The Chicago Code may stick to police-procedural formula, but it does have most of the elements needed to make the show at least a moderate success. With better writing and a bit more imagination, it could do even better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    To all of you ppl. I watched this series and being honest its the 2nd best series after House MD.The polt is brilliant gets you to the action making to watch the next episode.Shame theres not 2 season but all whats good ends quick. Sham. All the best to all Scottish, English, Irish lads in USA!! Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    Great show! The characters are very realistic. The first episode too much information for one hour, but after watching the second it's coming together. I hope this Chicago Code makes it. It's nice to see the neighbor hood. It took me awhile to figure out who Jennifer Beals was but now I figured it out (Flashdance). The second episode kick butt from the first! Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2011
    i find it very interesting that 4 of the bad reviews on here have one thing in common they all gave the cape a ten do i sense some hating going on cause the cape only has a 54 in ratings and the chicago code has 75 which means the cape has more of a chance at getting cancelled mmmm i wonder lol whoever reads these reviews do not make up your mind based on these reviews watch the show yourself and decide because there is some big time hating going on here lol Expand
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    While the first few episodes started out weak and were not very compelling, this show was starting to figure out what worked and was getting interesting. By the end of the season, I was waiting all week for the new episodes to premiere and my father and I watched it religiously. It's a damn shame that Fox cancelled it prematurely and hopefully it'll go the way of Southland (THANK YOU, TNT) and get picked up by another, wiser network. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2011
    Anotrher cookie cutter cop show. Too bad, as I like the Aussie guy (Jason Clarke who is the lead) from his great work in "Brotherhood." Here however he isn't backed up by good writing or an interesting ensemble. Beals is way out of her depth and rather ludicrous as a 30's something top cop chick. Not her fault the role is simply too "TV" to work. There is a lot of running about and a lot of snappy dialog but there is no depth to either the characters or the plot. Detroit 187 is a fair show and it's better than this one. Southland is still the best cop show on TV, by far. This one seems like "Blue bloods" lite, and "Blue Bloods" is slightly more palatable and classy. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2011
    Wanted to like this show but after 5 episodes I stopped watching. It's really a poor man's The Wire, predictable and cartoonish where the HBO show was credible and complex. The main detective character is portrayed as uber tough and beyond clever, despite being relatively young. The relationship between him and Jennifer Beals is laughably unbelievable. And the conservative politics that underscore the storylines is blatant. At least The Good Wife, another, much better Chicago show, gives equal time to both sides of the spectrum. Expand
  7. Feb 9, 2011
    This show is bologna. Worst show on FOX, and that's a lot to say with the advent of glee. I cannot stress enough that this show is a waste of time. Anyone who would dare watch this show after its first episode is nuts. I hope this show is canceled. Expand

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