• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 7, 2011
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 1, 2011
    100
    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: Rick Porter
    Feb 9, 2011
    90
    It's extremely well cast, uses its Windy City locations beautifully and has an energy that grabs you pretty much from the first scene. Monday nights are really, really crowded, but you need to make room for this show.
  3. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Feb 3, 2011
    88
    The action is fast, and I was pleased to find that scenes play out unpredictably. I do look forward to less explaining, though, and more insights.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 8, 2011
    80
    The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    This is a very smart, well-produced, great-looking cop show, one that does familiar things but does them in interesting ways.
  7. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    Throw in Wysocki's rookie niece, some intra-force rivalry, those great Chicago locations and a Polish sausage or two, and you have a show that breaks the network code, and that alone is worth watching.
  8. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    What Code is is a show that's not afraid to be just a little bigger than life, if only to guarantee that after a long day in the real world, those of us who like our TV cops at least as interesting as our TV criminals will want to come along for the ride.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    Smart and well-acted with clearly defined heroes and villains--all painted in varying shades of gray--this Chicago-set show feels familiar and new at the same time.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    Tension runs high throughout this densely layered story, which is well worth your time. Hope all the Super Bowl exposure pays off for this one.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 7, 2011
    80
    This cop series immediately delivers intense, richly interwoven drama that sets it apart both from other recent new shows and from well-established standard police "procedurals."
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 3, 2011
    80
    Code is not a game-changer in a genre that likely won't be changed again for some time, but judging by the first three episodes it's already gripping television and Fox has found a competitive new drama.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 7, 2011
    75
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 7, 2011
    75
    The locales are great, the plots are interesting and the acting for the most part is good--although they should have cast actors who don't look like lingerie models.
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 7, 2011
    75
    What we have so far is a sturdy cops/crooks/corruption series that falls short of The Shield but is certainly capable of someday earning its own stripes.
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 7, 2011
    75
    Monday's pilot can't quite close the sale, but there's promise here. The Chicago Code deserves another look.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 27, 2011
    75
    The Chicago Code provides superior cop drama thanks to its cast--starting with Brotherhood's Jason Clarke and Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria as tough street police--and its creator (Shawn Ryan, who gave us The Shield).
  18. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 7, 2011
    70
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Feb 7, 2011
    70
    Bribes, kickbacks, suspiciously well-compensated construction companies, organized-crime alliances--this is the stockpot in which the series stirs its wooden spoon. For the most part the flavors blend well.
  20. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Feb 7, 2011
    70
    It has some voice and verve, but it's definitely no Shield yet--either in content or innovation--and like a new rookie on patrol, I'm putting it on probationary status for now.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 7, 2011
    70
    [Jason Clarke's Jarek Wysocki's] a rich, unpredictable character, and easily the best thing Code has going for it--like the show, just messy enough to be interesting.
  22. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 3, 2011
    70
    The new cop drama The Chicago Code resembles its lead characters: It's focused, determined and ambitious--and sometimes it tries to do too much. Still, the handsome Code succeeds far more often than it strikes out.
  23. Reviewed by: Chris Conaton
    Feb 7, 2011
    60
    The Chicago Code appears to be aiming for a heady mix of action and political drama, and it mostly works. But it also takes itself very seriously, offering precious little levity to ease tensions.
  24. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 7, 2011
    50
    Every character has a voice-over, info dumps for back story that are either irksome or unnecessary.
  25. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 4, 2011
    50
    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.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Feb 9, 2011
    10
    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 hatingi 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 Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    9
    The Chicago Code comes out swinging. Bodies pile up at an alarming rate even for an urban jungle. The cast looks fantastic (althoughThe Chicago Code comes out swinging. Bodies pile up at an alarming rate even for an urban jungle. The cast looks fantastic (although Jennifer Beals as the beautiful Police Superintendent is a bit of a cliche). The Alderman may be a bit too evil. I mean come on! You can't kill everybody....not even in Chicago. At this rate they'll be no cast members left by the end of the first season. Here's hoping for a guest appearance from Rod Blagojevich. Full Review »
  3. Feb 10, 2011
    7
    Not sure what's going on with The Cape superfan giving this show a 0 and The Cape a 10 on what appears to be 4 or 5 different accounts held byNot sure what's going on with The Cape superfan giving this show a 0 and The Cape a 10 on what appears to be 4 or 5 different accounts held by the same person.... I found the current metascore of 75 to be very accurate-- this is a good show, but they will need to expand upon the corruption arc and characters to make it great. I saw vague shades of The Wire in the pilot, with Chicago subbing for Baltimore. Time will tell if those aspirations are realized or if they go in the other direction and decide to dumb it down in the name of audience accessibility. I would like to applaud the use of narration to not only cut down on expository dialogue that plagues new shows but to also sneak in a surprise I did not see coming. Full Review »