The Chicago Code

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The Chicago Code
TheChicagoCodeIntertitle.jpg
Also known asRide-Along
GenreCrime drama
Created byShawn Ryan
Starring
Theme music composerRobert Duncan
Opening themePerformed by Billy Corgan
Composer(s)Robert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
CinematographyRohn Schmidt
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runFebruary 7 – May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)
 
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The Chicago Code
TheChicagoCodeIntertitle.jpg
Also known asRide-Along
GenreCrime drama
Created byShawn Ryan
Starring
Theme music composerRobert Duncan
Opening themePerformed by Billy Corgan
Composer(s)Robert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
CinematographyRohn Schmidt
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runFebruary 7 – May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)

The Chicago Code is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan that aired on Fox in the United States. The series was filmed in Chicago, Illinois, originally airing from February 7 to May 23, 2011, with Fox announcing cancellation on May 10, 2011.[1][2][3]

Plot[edit]

The series follows officers of the Chicago Police Department as they fight crime on the streets and try to expose political corruption within the city. Veteran Chicago Police Detective Jarek Wysocki leads the special unit fighting against the corruption. Wysocki was assigned to head the special unit by his boss, the newly appointed first-female Chicago Police Superintendent and his one-time partner, Teresa Colvin. Also on the unit is Caleb Evers, a young detective and Wysocki's latest partner. During their investigations the detectives often encounter police officers Vonda Wysocki (Jarek's niece) and Vonda's partner Isaac Joiner. Undercover officer Chris Collier, who goes by the name Liam Hennessey while undercover, works the streets as he gets information on Hugh Killian and the Irish mob and their connection to the corruption. Believed to be source of the corruption is Alderman Ronin Gibbons, a powerful and influential politician in Chicago.

Cast[edit]

Starring[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Production[edit]

Originally titled Ride-Along,[4] Fox green-lighted the pilot in January 2010. The series was created by Shawn Ryan, who grew up in Rockford, Illinois. Regarding the setting of Chicago, Ryan said, "It's a city I'm very familiar with, and one I haven't seen photographed much, at least on TV," and that Chicago is "the center of the universe." When describing the show, he stated, "There will be a few twists that make it different from other cop shows on the air and will make it Fox-like."[5] When under its original title and concept, Ryan described the show as "a police show in Chicago that kind of made the viewer feel as if they were in the police car with the cops." As the concept grew, the series was re-titled to The Chicago Code, saying "It became much, much more than I originally intended. It became a show that I realized I wanted to be about a lot more than just police officers. So police officers are who we use to look at the city and look at the intersection of politics and its citizenry."[6]

Fox announced the cancellation of the series on May 10, 2011. The final episode of the series aired May 23, 2011.[3]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
1"Pilot"Charles McDougallShawn RyanFebruary 7, 2011 (2011-02-07)1ATA799.43[7]
Members of the Chicago Police Department, led by Chicago's first female superintendent Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals), take aim at corruption which they believe is being supported by Alderman Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo). When Colvin's request for an official task force is denied by corrupt officials, she decides to create an unofficial one, including her former partner, Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke).
2"Hog Butcher"Clark JohnsonPatrick Massett & John ZinmanFebruary 14, 2011 (2011-02-14)1ATA017.35[8]
After the death of Antonio Betz, a fellow officer, the Chicago Police Department track down his killer. Antonio's mother will not receive any death benefits because he was not wearing his bulletproof vest as he gave it to Colvin to save her life. Dealing with her grief, she blames Colvin and serves her with a notice. After catching the killer, Jarek visits church where he vows to find and kill his brother's killer.
3"Gillis, Chase & Babyface"Guy FerlandDavey HolmesFebruary 21, 2011 (2011-02-21)1ATA097.87[9]
Jarek and his partner Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria) chase down a bank robber, but when they get to him, he's already been shot dead. They continue to track down the other people involved with the robbery, including a security guard who was shot who may be involved. Undercover officer Liam Hennessey (Billy Lush) learns of a connection between the Irish mob and Alderman Gibbons regarding a construction site, and later tells Jarek. Superintendent Colvin clashes with Gibbons over the construction site, which she knows is full of no-shows collecting paychecks and overbilling the city, which she believes Gibbons orchestrated. Gibbons then has Colvin's chief of staff fired after publicly exposing a tape of him conspiring against Colvin. Gibbons then has him replaced with a man who he used to work with. Jarek and Colvin vow to continue to try and take down Gibbons.
4"Cabrini-Green"Jean de SegonzacTim Minear & Jon WorleyFebruary 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)1ATA108.04[10]
The Chicago Police Department track down an anonymous bomber whose MO matches the bombings by the Chicago Liberation Army from the 1970s. Alderman Gibbons is the target of a hit by a young boy. After the incident, he persuades the boy to tell him who set it up. Gibbons then arranges for the gang leader to be killed.
5"O'Leary's Cow"Clark JohnsonKevin TownsleyMarch 7, 2011 (2011-03-07)1ATA037.46[11]
After a teenage boy is murdered in Chinatown when spreading the word of his church, detectives Wysocki and Evers ask for Superintendent Colvin's assistance. When the unofficial mayor of Chinatown is uncooperative, Colvin gets the help of Gibbons who accelerates the investigation. Teresa's brother-in-law Robert (Rockmond Dunbar) asks for her help where he believes a rival company of his friends is laundering money. Unaware to her, Robert received $50,000 in exchange for Teresa to help with getting the rival company shut down. She is forced to turn him in to the FBI as her involvement in the business deal would implicate her and her department. Undercover officer Liam gets closer with the Irish mob when he's allowed on a job, to commit arson which leads to remodeling work where they would get paid. Liam then finds out that someone died during the fire.
6"The Gold Coin Kid"Lesli Linka GlatterHeather MitchellMarch 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)1ATA027.30[12]
A young woman is found dead and Wysocki and Evers link her to a call-girl club catering to Chicago's elite. Meanwhile, Teresa tries to replace the department's old radios after an incident where an officer could not call for backup as the battery was dead.
7"Black Hand and the Shotgun Man"Billy GierhartDavey HolmesMarch 21, 2011 (2011-03-21)1ATA046.16[13]
Wysocki and Evers capture a drug lord only to discover that the cash in his boat is ransom money for his son, who's been kidnapped. Wysocki's own domestic life gets more complicated when his son finds out that he and his mother (Wysocki's ex) are still sleeping together. Meanwhile, Liam's hired temporarily by Alderman Gibbons as his driver. He accompanies Gibbons on housecalls to bereaved constituents, one of whom, as Gibbons seems to know, is the widow of the man Liam killed in the fire. Afterwards, Liam vows to Superintendent Colvin that he will remain undercover, to see Gibbons brought down.
8"Wild Onions"Adam ArkinVirgil WilliamsApril 11, 2011 (2011-04-11)1ATA055.94[14]
With record-breaking summer heat and potential blackouts, violence escalates in the streets of Chicago, putting the Chicago Police Department in full force. Superintendent Colvin gets back in the field, while detectives Wysocki and Evers take on a case where a son witnessed his father's murder. Meanwhile, undercover officer Liam continues to get closer with Alderman Gibbons.
9"St. Valentine's Day Massacre"Michael OfferChristal HenryApril 18, 2011 (2011-04-18)1ATA066.38[15]
Superintendent Colvin is blamed for the city's rising crime problem by the Mayor after five merchants are killed in a restaurant in Lincoln Park, which receives media coverage. Colvin puts Wysocki and Evers on the case, hoping they will catch the killer and restore her credibility.
10"Bathhouse & Hinky Dink"Terrence O'HaraPatrick Massett & John ZinmanMay 2, 2011 (2011-05-02)1ATA075.60[16]
As Colvin and Wysocki are preparing the final stages of their case against Alderman Gibbons, they mount an investigation after a deadlocked jury acquits a corrupt city official.
11"Black Sox"Michael OfferHeather Mitchell & Kevin TownsleyMay 9, 2011 (2011-05-09)1ATA085.67[17]
Colvin takes on the police department's corrupt promotion system after a prominent gay man is murdered. Vonda receives an anonymous package that reveals more about the Wysocki family. Jarek meanwhile reveals his feelings for and his affair with Dina to Elena, causing their breakup and Dina to reject him.
12"Greylord & Gambat"Paris BarclayVirgil WilliamsMay 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)1ATA115.86[18]
Colvin, Wysocki, and Evers try to win Killian as star witness in their case against Alderman Gibbons. Meanwhile, undercover officer Liam continues to gather evidence for the case.
13"Mike Royko's Revenge"Lesli Linka GlatterShawn Ryan & Christal HenryMay 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)1ATA127.11[19]
To seal the deal with Irish mobster Hugh Killian Superintendent Colvin needs the help of FBI Special Agent Cuyler (Adam Arkin). The deal becomes moot, however, as Killian is shot and killed right before testifying. Jarek deals with his dead brother who was a dirty cop after all, but in a surprise twist evidence he left behind helps the case against Alderman Gibbons come to a conclusion.

Reception[edit]

The pilot received favorable reviews, scoring 75 out of 100 based on 25 professional reviews on Metacritic.[20] James Queally of The Star-Ledger said that "Ryan's well-crafted characters are what truly carry the pilot, in what equates to an effective, but not groundbreaking, origin story."[21] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave the pilot a B+, saying "the show, as a whole, makes great use of Chicago as a character, which in itself gives it a look and feel unlike other urban TV cop thrillers."[22] IGN gave the pilot an 8.5 out of 10, noting that "Chicago Code comes off as a 'tale'. Almost as a city legend-in-the-making, with Scorsese-eque voice-overs in place, letting you know that this story, in a sense, has already happened."[23] David Bianculli of NPR wrote that "[i]t borrows a little from The Wire, HBO's landmark series about entrenched, corrupted city institutions, and a little from EZ Streets, the vintage Paul Haggis cop series that gave equal weight to its good guys and its bad guys. But those are great places to start."[24] Brian Ford Sullivan of The Futon Critic named the pilot episode the 13th best episode of 2011, naming it his favorite pilot of the year, and calling it "everything a television series should be: a toy box of well-rounded characters put in a distinct landscape with stories and attitudes that can be anything from funny to terrifying to heart-breaking, never knowing which is coming next.[25]

International broadcasts[edit]

The series aired on Global in Canada concurrently with the American broadcast. It began airing in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky1 on May 12, 2011.[26] On December 12, 2011, it started airing in Lithuania on TV3 Lithuania.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""The Chicago Code" Books Its Series Premiere" (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. November 3, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ O'Conner, Rod (January 27, 2010). "'The Chicago Code' Makes the Windy City Its Headquarters". Chicago magazine. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2011). "Fox Cancels Human Target, Lie To Me, Chicago Code, Two Others". TVLine. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 26, 2010). "Midseason Show News: New Name For Fox's 'Ride-Along', More Scripts For ABC's 'Map'". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael (January 5, 2010). "Fox greenlights Shawn Ryan's 'Ridealong'". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Salem, Rob (February 6, 2011). "Salem: Another ’80s icon becomes a city’s top cop". The Star. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 8, 2011). "Monday Finals: No Ratings Adjustments For 'Chuck' or 'The Chicago Code'; 'Mike & Molly' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Gorman, Bill (February 15, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: No 18-49 Adjustments For 'Mad Love,' 'Chuck' Or Any Other Shows". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 23, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Bachelor' and 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Chuck'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ Gorman, Bill (March 1, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Bachelor,' 'The Cape' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ Seidman, Robert (March 8, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Chicago Code' Adjusted Down; 'Two and a Half Men' Repeat Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'The Event'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Gorman, Bill (March 15, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Harry's Law' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment For 'Chuck,' 'The Event' Or Any Other New Show". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ Seidman, Robert (March 22, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Castle,' 'The Chicago Code' Adjusted Down; Dancing Stars, 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Up; 'Chuck' Stays Low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ Gorman, Bill (April 12, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With The Stars,' 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up; 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  15. ^ Seidman, Robert (April 19, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Chicago Code,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Gossip Girl' Adjusted Down; 'Mike & Molly,' 'Mad Love,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'DWTS' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  16. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 3, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With The Stars,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ Gorman, Bill (May 10, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Chuck,' 'Dancing,' 'House,' 'Mother,' 'Mad Love,' 'Mike & Molly' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 18, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Mad Love,' 'Mike & Molly' Adjusted Up; 'The Chicago Code' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  19. ^ Gorman, Bill (May 24, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'House,' 'Event' Adjusted Up; 'Law & Order:LA,' 'Clash Of The Commercials' Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Chicago Code: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  21. ^ Queally, James (February 8, 2011). "'The Chicago Code' recap: Don't expect 'The Shield'". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  22. ^ Murray, Noel (February 7, 2011). "Pilot". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ Fowler, Matt (February 4, 2011). "The Chicago Code: "Pilot" Review". IGN. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  24. ^ Bianculli, David (February 7, 2011). "'Chicago Code': This Time The Good Cops Get A Shot". NPR. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  25. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (January 12, 2012). "The 50 Best Episodes of 2011: #20-11". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ "The Chicago Code". Sky1. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Seriale "Čikagos kodeksas" atskleidžiamos visos policijos darbo subtilybės". Delfi.Lt. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 

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