‘Chicago P.D.’ is an American police drama created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. It is the second franchise by Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and one of the installments in the Chicago series. It airs on the NBC and first premiered on January 8, 2014.
The show takes viewers into the police department of Chicago which is heavily influenced by political and social agendas. It follows District 21 of the Chicago PD which largely comprises of two groups, the uniformed cops and the members of the Intelligence Unit. We are given a peek into the lives of men and women who stop all sorts of crime, from organized racketeering to drug dealing, to petty thefts.
Police procedurals are always appreciated among viewers since we want to see the lives of people who are in the line of fire and who go above and beyond to protect and serve society. Of course, there are times when their jobs are hampered by the politics at play in society. Anyhow, if you like ‘Chicago P.D.’ we would also recommend you watch ‘Blue Bloods‘, ‘Hawaii Five-O‘ and Wolf’s own ‘Law & Order‘. True to the ‘Law & Order’ format, which takes a look at how the judicial system works in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies, ‘Chicago P.D.’ has also given rise to a spin-off titled ‘Chicago Justice‘. In case you want to immerse yourself into the universe of public servants in Chicago, the other shows by Wolf include ‘Chicago Med‘ and ‘Chicago Fire‘. Read on about ‘Chicago P.D.’ here.
Chicago P.D. Cast: Who is in it?
‘Chicago P.D.’ falls in the police crime drama genre that deals with solving crimes and investigations from a group of skilled cops. In the main lead, you have Sergeant Henry ‘Hank’ Voight played by Jason Beghe, who is the head of the Chicago PD intelligence unit. His role is that of a tough officer, who is quite loyal to the department and controls a dedicated team of officers. Notably, the character was first introduced to us as a dirty cop in ‘Chicago Fire’ and since then we have known him to be mercurial and enigmatic. Jon Seda plays the role of the Senior Police Detective Antonio Dawson. Although he works with Voight it is clear over the seasons that this man has some limits to what he is willing to do to get criminals off the street. Jesse Lee Soffer appears as Police Detective Jay Halstead. This former Army Ranger is the brother of ‘Chicago Med’ character, Dr. Will Halstead.
Other concerning characters in this show are Patrick John as an Officer Adam Ruzek, who plays the role of a young undercover police officer, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim, Archie Kao is Detective Jin, the tech expert in the department. There are several other characters in recurring and guest capacities who appear over the seasons, and they portray the hectic lives that the members of the law enforcement agencies lead. In the upcoming season, most of the main characters are set to return, except for John Seda who has left the show for good despite being one of the core members of the ‘Chicago’ franchise.