Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a 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 that pursues the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.
On January 31, 2014, it was announced that NBC ordered two additional episodes of Chicago P.D., bringing the total episodes for the first season to 15.
On March 19, 2014, NBC renewed the series for a second season. The season premiered on September 24, 2014.
Jason Beghe as Sergeant Henry "Hank" Voight, a shady yet loyal head of the Chicago P.D.'s Intelligence Unit. He is introduced in Chicago Fire as a dirty cop who clashes with CFD Lt. Matthew Casey after Voight's son Justin paralyzes a teenager while driving drunk. He was arrested by Det. Antonio Dawson for trying to have Casey murdered, but was later released from prison and reinstated to the police force by Internal Affairs in order to work undercover as a "dirty cop" in order to help catch criminals. There is some speculation that he is actually dirty. Prior to taking command of Intelligence, Voight worked in the Gang Unit. Voight is a widower; his wife, Camille, passed away. His son, Justin, is now serving in the Army after unwittingly becoming an accomplice to murder. In Season 2, Voight learns that he is going to be a grandfather when he meets Olive, who got pregnant by Justin before he enlisted. Voight previously served as Erin Lindsay's legal guardian as a teenager.
Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson, an Intelligence Unit detective who previously arrested Voight for harassment and now works alongside him. He is a husband and a father, and the older brother of paramedic-turned-firefighter Gabriela Dawson. Before transferring to Intelligence, Antonio worked on the Vice Squad. His previous partner was Detective Julie Willhite until she was killed by drug lord Adres "Pulpo" Diaz in the pilot episode.
Sophia Bush as Detective Erin Lindsay, a tough Intelligence Unit detective and former CI whom Voight took under his wing when she was a drug-addicted teenager. Because of this, she is closer with Voight than the other members of the unit. She has a half-brother, Teddy Courtney, who was taken by a pedophilia ring at age 13 and was found turning tricks in New York City 10 years later. In "Called in Dead", Lindsay is allegedly takes the job to join a federal task force, but is in the Winter Premier on Jan 7th. Her fate is still unknown.
Jesse Lee Soffer as Detective Jay Halstead, a brash Intelligence Unit detective who is Detective Lindsay's partner. He is often cocky, but has reason to be confident in his abilities. He is an Army Special Forces Veteran, having served with the 3rd Brigade, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek, a police cadet recruited by Olinsky to do undercover work. He is often portrayed as an overeager amateur who dives head-first into a situation. However, he has proven on many occasions that listening to his instincts rather than his superiors can save lives. Due to his frequent outspokenness, he is partnered with Burgess to do foot patrol as a uniformed officer at the urging of Olinsky.
Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, a former flight attendant turned uniformed patrol officer who was Atwater's partner. Now she is partnered with Sean Roman. Burgess is shot in "Called in Dead".
LaRoyce Hawkins as Detective Kevin Atwater, a uniformed patrol officer who was Burgess' old partner until he was promoted to join the Intelligence Unit.
Archie Kao as Detective Sheldon Jin (Season 1), a tech and surveillance expert. He was discovered to be a reluctant mole working for Internal Affairs sergeant Edwin Stillwell, who has leverage to make him cooperate. He was found murdered in the first season finale episode "A Beautiful Friendship".
Amy Morton as Desk Sergeant Trudy Platt (Season 2—present; recurring Season 1), a sarcastic desk sergeant of District 21, and the immediate superior of the district's patrol officers.
Brian Geraghty as Officer Sean Roman (Season 2), a brash patrol officer who partners with Burgess after transferring to the 2-1 from District 31. He has his own private security company on the side.
Elias Koteas as Detective Alvin Olinsky, a veteran undercover officer and a friend of Voight's who previously worked alongside Voight in the Gang Unit. Olinsky mentions in "Called in Dead" that he has 8 confirmed kills in the line of duty.
Stella Maeve as Nadia, an 18-year-old escort and addict whom Lindsay tries to help and later becomes the Intelligence Unit's civilian administrative aide after cleaning her act up
Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, crossover character from Chicago Fire, Lieutenant of Rescue Squad 3 at Firehouse 51 and Erin's ex-boyfriend
Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a CFD candidate and paramedic, also Antonio's younger sister
Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, crossover character from Chicago Fire, Lieutenant of Truck Company 81 at Firehouse 51 and Gabby's fiancé
Lauren German as Leslie Shay, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a paramedic with Firehouse 51. She is killed in the Chicago Fire Season 3 premiere (Episode 1) "Always".
Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a paramedic with Firehouse 51. She is Leslie Shay's replacement.
David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51 who owns Molly's bar
Charlie Barnett as Peter Mills, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51. As of Season 3, Episode 3, at the end of the episode, Peter Mills becomes a paramedic when Dawson becomes the CFD candidate at Firehouse 51 when he finds out the devastating news that he can no longer perform his duties for squad.
Yuri Sardarov as Brian "Otis" Zvonecek, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51
Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, crossover character from Chicago Fire, a fireman with Firehouse 51
Ice-T as Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City.
Danny Pino as Det. Nick Amaro, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City.
Mariska Hargitay as Sgt. Olivia Benson, crossover character from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a detective from New York City. Despite their differing methods, she and Voight establish a bond of trust and friendship while working a joint case.
The characters of Chicago P.D. have had several interactions with the characters of Chicago Fire. Additionally, P.D. has had crossovers with Fire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
"Comic Perversion"/"Conventions" — In this crossover with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Detective Lindsay comes to SVU for help in catching a serial rapist after a misogynistic stand-up comic is himself convicted of rape, so Tutuola and Rollins offer their assistance to the Chicago Intelligence Unit.
"A Dark Day"/"8:30 PM" — This crossover with Chicago Fire brings the fire and police departments of Chicago together to find the culprits who set off an explosion at Chicago Memorial Hospital.
"Nobody Touches Anything"/"Chicago Crossover"/"They'll Have to Go Through Me" — This crossover with Chicago Fire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit depicts Special Victims Unit and the Chicago Intelligence Unit working together to take down a pedophile ring after Firehouse 51 discovers a box containing child pornography photos.
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. The new characters were introduced in the penultimate episode of Chicago Fire's first season, which aired on May 15, 2013.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.Law & Order: SVU'sMelissa Sagemiller would portray Detective Willhite, a member of the Chicago P.D. Intelligence Unit. Other cast members include Jason Beghe as the Intelligence team Sergeant Hank Voight and Jon Seda as Detective Antonio Dawson. LaRoyce Hawkins was the only Chicago area actor originally cast in May.
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.Sydney Tamiia Poitier will guest star in five episodes as a detective, who will eventually crossover on to Chicago Fire. On December 20, 2013, it was announced that both Eastwood and Raymonde had departed the series over creative differences.
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 ratings. 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."
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."
Other critics, however, 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?"