Chicago P.D. (TV series)

Chicago P.D.
Created by
Developed by
Composer(s) Atli Örvarsson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 69 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) – present
Related shows
External links
Official website

Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as the first spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a mid-season replacement on January 8, 2014. The show focuses on a uniformed police patrol and the Intelligence Unit of the Chicago Police Department that pursues the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.[1]

On November 9, 2015, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season.[2] The season premiered on September 21, 2016.[3]


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.[4]


Name Portrayed by Position Assignment Seasons
1 2 3 4
Henry "Hank" Voight Jason Beghe Sergeant Squad Commander of the Chicago Police Department's Intelligence Unit Main
Antonio Dawson Jon Seda Senior Detective Intelligence Unit Detective Main
Erin Lindsay Sophia Bush Detective Intelligence Unit Detective Main
Jay Halstead Jesse Lee Soffer Detective Intelligence Unit Detective Main
Adam Ruzek Patrick John Flueger Police Officer Intelligence Unit Officer Main
Kim Burgess Marina Squerciati Police Officer Intelligence Unit Officer Main
Kevin Atwater LaRoyce Hawkins Detective Intelligence Unit Officer Main
Sheldon Jin Archie Kao Police Officer Tech and Surveillance expert Main
Alvin Olinsky Elias Koteas Senior Detective Intelligence Unit Detective Main
Trudy Platt Amy Morton Sergeant Desk Sergeant Recurring Main
Sean Roman Brian Geraghty Police Officer Patrol Officer Main

Main cast

Recurring cast

Crossover characters


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen Ratings
First airedLast airedRankAverage viewers
115January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)558.03[5]
223September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24)May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)518.74[6]
323September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)May 25, 2016 (2016-05-25)478.71[7]
4TBASeptember 21, 2016 (2016-09-21)TBATBATBA


On March 27, 2013, it was reported that NBC was considering plans for a spin-off of Chicago Fire. 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.[8][9]

On May 10, 2013, NBC picked up the show for the 2013–14 United States network television schedule.[10] On May 12, 2013, the show was announced as an unscheduled midseason replacement.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13][14] It is located about half a mile from the firehouse location of Chicago Fire at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave.[15]


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.[16] The new characters were introduced in the penultimate episode of Chicago Fire's first season, which aired on May 15, 2013.[10] 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.[17] Law & Order: SVU's Melissa Sagemiller would portray Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit.[18] Other cast members include Jason Beghe as the Intelligence team Sergeant Hank Voight and Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson.[1] LaRoyce Hawkins was the only Chicago area actor originally cast in May.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] Marina Squerciati joined the cast on August 28, 2013.[22] On August 30, Elias Koteas became a regular.[23] Archie Kao was announced as a regular on September 27, 2013.[24]

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.[25] Sydney Tamiia Poitier will guest star in five episodes as a detective, who will eventually crossover on to Chicago Fire.[26] On December 20, 2013, it was announced that both Eastwood and Raymonde had departed the series over creative differences.[27]



Main article: Chicago Justice

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.[32] Salke has since confirmed that the series was officially in development.[33] 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.[34] Philip Winchester was the first to be cast.[35] Nazneen Contractor joined the series in March 2016 and the title was changed to Chicago Justice.[36] Rocky alum Carl Weathers will play Cook County State's Attorney Mark Jefferies, while Joelle Carter will also star.[37] Lorraine Toussaint will reprise her role as defense attorney Shambala Green, who appeared in seven episodes of Law & Order.[38] On May 12, 2016, NBC gave Chicago Justice a series order.[39] 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.[40]


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.[41]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Wednesday 10:00 pm 15 January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08) 8.59[42] May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21) 6.27[43] 2013–14 50 8.03[5]
2 23 September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) 8.51[44] May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20) 7.21[45] 2014–15 51 8.74[6]
3 23 September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30) 6.65[46] May 25, 2016 (2016-05-25) 6.88[47] 2015–16 47 8.71[7]
4 TBA September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) 6.87[48] TBA TBD 2016–17 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".[49] Rotten Tomatoes gives season 1 a rating of 57% based on reviews from 28 critics.[50]

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."[51] 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."[52] 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?"[53]

Broadcast and streaming

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Chicago P.D.
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
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[60] Best Actor/Television Jon Seda Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress Sophia Bush Pending


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