TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Black Hand and the Shotgun Man”

Billy Lush and Delroy Lindo in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Black Hand and the Shotgun Man" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers:  Davey Holmes Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 21, 2011 Grade: B+ Whereas last week’s episode of THE CHICAGO CODE felt a little too conventional for its own good, this week’s “Black Hand and the Shotgun Man” finds the show back on solid footing. A drug kingpin is caught by the police who soon discover the reason he had a bag full of cash was to pay a ransom on his 7-year old son who was kidnapped. From […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “The Gold Coin Kid”

Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "The Gold Coin Kid" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Heather Mitchell Director: Leslie Linka Glatter Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 14, 2011 THE CHICAGO CODE has done an impeccable job of delivering episodes that feel completely true to its own unique cop show universe. The melodrama is kept to a minimum, the characters are the focal points and Chicago itself is used as an additional colorful character. However, with “The Gold Coin Kid,” the show takes a warmed over LAW & ORDER esque plot and does its best to […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “O’Leary’s Cow”

Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "O'Leary's Cow" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Kevin Townsley Director: Clark Johnson Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 7, 2011 Not all episodes of THE CHICAGO CODE have to be action-packed, and “O’Leary’s Cow” proves that it can be just as provocative and intense when it’s dealing with smaller stories that have larger implications for our core characters. Things kick off when Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and his partner Caleb (Matt Lauria) stumble on a case in Chinatown where a black youth spreading the word of the Lord […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Cabrini-Green”

Jennifer Beals in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Cabrini-Green" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Tim Minear, Jon Worley Director: Jean de Segonzac Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 28, 2011 Think of THE CHICAGO CODE episode “Cabrini-Green” as a superb mini-movie masquerading as an episode of network television. The latest installment of Fox’s impressive new series is damn good, exploring the numerous shades of gray and corruption in the city particularly with Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), the show’s Big Bad. Superintendent Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals) has been doing everything she can to take Gibbons down, […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Gillis, Chase and Baby Face”

Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Gillis, Chase and Baby Face" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Davey Holmes Director:  Guy Ferland Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 21, 2011 I didn’t expect THE CHICAGO CODE to stay on the creative high of its first two episodes, so the good, not great,  “Gillis, Chase and Baby Face” was no surprise. However, it doesn’t mean the episode didn’t deliver. It’s a solid hour, better than most procedurals – I’ll give it that. However, when you’re trying to establish an over-riding arc that’s going to linger throughout the season, there […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Hog Butcher”

Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke and Delroy Lindo in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Hog Butcher" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writers: Patrick Massett, John Zinman Director:  Clark Johnson Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 14, 2011 I said last week, I’ll say it again, THE CHICAGO CODE is shaping up to be the next great Fox drama. I really don’t care for TV cop dramas. Aside from the occasional LAW & ORDER, they bore me – and it’s clear they bore most TV writers, because very little has been done with the genre to shake things up since Shawn Ryan (CODE’s creator) […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CHICAGO CODE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 | ©2010 Fox/Karen Hill

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams Writer: Shawn Ryan Director: Charles McDougall Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: February 7, 2011 It’s been some time since a network drama has stormed out of the gates and made you sit up and take notice. Fox’s new drama THE CHICAGO CODE created by THE SHIELD’s Shawn Ryan is that show. THE CHICAGO CODE is without a doubt one of the best new shows of the new season – and it’s a shame it’s taken five months for it to rear its […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Delroy Lindo cracks THE CHICAGO CODE

Delroy Lindo in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Justin Stephens

THE CHICAGO CODE, created by Shawn Ryan and premiering tonight at 9 PM on Fox, is a police drama shot on location in the title city. While the series has its procedural elements, there is also an ongoing story about the efforts of the police superintendent, played by Jennifer Beals, and one of her officers, played by Jason Clarke, to bring down the intimidating yet charismatic corrupt alderman Patrick Gibbons, played by Delroy Lindo. Lindo is no stranger to portraying antagonists – he was a memorable criminal boss in Spike Lee’s CLOCKERS and essayed Clarence Thomas in the telefilm STRANGE […]Read On »

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