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TV Series Review

Jarek Wysocki is a hard-bitten Chicago police detective trying to dole out justice to the city's thugs—including one who killed his brother. His former partner, Teresa Colvin, has become the city's first female police superintendent. Together they're going up against some powerful enemies as they try to brush the dandruff off their city's big shoulders.

Colvin has been on the job for just a few months, and she's single-minded in her quest to clean up both her department and city government itself. Not exactly Mr. Congeniality, Wysocki is something of a legend for his detective work—and he doesn't hesitate to use his connection with Colvin to shut out other officers and even take over their investigations. Like Sinatra, he does things his way, and choosing his own cases is a given. Choosing his partner, too. And the not-so-lucky guy this time around is the bright-eyed Caleb Evers.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to cleaning up the Windy City is Alderman Ronin Gibbons, who's in cahoots with the Irish mob and runs corrupt construction sites with an iron fist sheathed in a velvet glove. With so many people logged on to the sites' payrolls, it's easy to shuffle in a few paid "no-shows,"—folks who might never have lifted a hammer in their lives but who do other, shadier work for the good alderman. Gibbons is dangerous, but he's slick, too. So it's hard to pin anything on him. Colvin and Wysocki are determined to find a way.

Creator Shawn Ryan, who also penned the FX series The Shield, blends plotlines well in this gritty, fast-paced, intelligent drama. James Queally of New Jersey's Star-Ledger writes, "The Chicago Code isn't a story about cops and robbers locked in eternal combat. It's a story about who pulls their strings and why. And Ryan lets us see the top and bottom of both ladders: superintendents, beat cops, political bosses and low-level mob muscle all receive a healthy amount of screen time in the show's well-executed pilot."

Cop shows are notorious for harboring lots of dangerous content, namely language and violence. The Chicago Code is no exception, though so far it's a far cry from The Shield. And Wysocki is said to hate profanity. So that's a good thing, right? Still, we've already heard racial putdowns, seen snippets of sex and lived through some murderous rampages.

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Jason Clarke as Detective Jarek Wysocki; Jennifer Beals as Teresa Colvin; Matt Lauria as Caleb Evers; Delroy Lindo as Alderman Gibbons; Billy Lush as Liam Hennessey; Joseph Mazurk as Lt./Alderman Kelly






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