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Every Show From NBC's 'Chicago' Franchise

March 18, 2020 76 votes 34 voters4 items

List RulesVote up the best show in the 'Chicago' television franchise.

The first Chicago franchise series, Chicago Fire, premiered on October 10, 2012, introducing viewers to the dedicated first responders of Firehouse 51. Since then, there have been four Chicago dramas airing hundreds of episodes that dive into the lives of the police, medical, and emergency service workers who serve the city of Chicago. Like the Law & Order franchise that preceded it, the Chicago shows are created by Dick Wolf.

Chicago P.D., now in its seventh season, was the first spin-off of Chicago Fire. Several crossover episodes – including “A Dark Day," "Deathtrap," and “Infection” – feature franchise characters working together. Chicago Med is also a popular series that follows the doctors, nurses, and staff of the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. In total, there are four series in the Chicago franchise, and only Chicago Justice has only aired one season. Many characters in the Chicago franchise appear in multiple series.

In this list, we're going to look at all the Chicago shows and find out once and for all which are the best in the one Chicago franchise. Dive deep into the Windy City and vote up the best Chicago TV shows ever made.

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  • Main Characters: Matthew Casey, Kelly Severide, Gabriela Dawson, Leslie Elizabeth Shay, Peter Mills, Christopher Herrmann, Dr. Hallie Thomas, Wallace Boden, Brian "Otis" Zvonecek, Randall "Mouch" McHolland, Joe Cruz, Sylvie Brett, Jessica "Chili" Chilton, Jimmy Borelli, Stella Kidd, Emily Foster, Blake Gallo.

    Assignments within Firehouse 51: Truck Co. 81, Rescue Squad Co. 3, Ambulance No. 61, Engine 51, Batallion 25, Lakeshore Hospita.

    Theme Song: "Chicago Fire Theme" composed by Atli Örvarsson.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: As the first installment of the Chicago franchise, Chicago Fire introduces viewers to the dedicated first responders of Firehouse 51. In between saving lives, the characters' complicated personal lives provide a lot of drama.

    Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally premiered on October 10, 2012. The show follows the lives of the people and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department at the firehouse of Engine 51, Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61 and Battalion 25. The pilot episode had an early release at NBC.com, before the series' premiere on television. On April 26, 2013, NBC renewed Chicago Fire for a second season and moved its time slot to Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET. ...  more
    • Actors: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
    • Premiered: 2012
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  • Chicago Med
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    Main Characters: Dr. Will Halstead, April Sexton, Dr. Natalie Manning, Dr. Sarah Reese, Dr. Connor Rhodes, Dr. Ethan Choi, Sharon Goodwin, Dr. Daniel Charles, Maggie Lockwood, Dr. Ava Bekker, Dr. Crockett Marcel.

    Assignments within Gaffney Chicago Medical Center: Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Psychiatric Medicine, Trauma surgery.

    Theme Song: "Chicago Med Theme" composed by Atli Örvarsson.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: The doctors, nurses, and staff of the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center treat illnesses and safe lives. The staff often works with the Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire teams when dealing with large scale emergencies.

    Chicago Med (NBC, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. Set in Chicago, the show focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center and on its doctors and nurses as they work to save patients' lives....  more
    • Actors: Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto, Rachel DiPillo, Colin Donnell
    • Premiered: 2015
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  • Main Characters: Henry "Hank" Voight, Antonio Dawson, Erin Lindsay, Jay Halstead, Adam Ruzek, Kim Burgess, Kevin Atwater, Sheldon Jin, Alvin Olinsky, Trudy Platt, Sean Roman, Hailey Upton, Vanessa Rojas

    Assignments within Chicago Police Department's 21st District: Intelligence Unie, Tech and Survellance, Patrol.

    Theme Song: "Chicago P.D. Theme" composed by Atli Örvarsson.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: Dedicated officers of the Chicago Police Department's 21st District keep the City of Chicago safe by putting the interest of citizens ahead of their own. As in most police procudral dramas, members of the police force follow every rule while others wade into a gray area in order to solve crimes.

    Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street incidents and the detectives of the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses....  more
    • Actors: Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush
    • Premiered: 2014
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  • Chicago Justice
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    Main Characters: Peter Stone, Antonio Dawson, Laura Nagel, Anna Valdez, Mark Jefferies.

    Theme Song: "Chicago Justice Theme" composed by Atli Örvarsson.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: The team at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office investigate and prosecute criminal offenders while dealing with the political climate in the city. Unlike other Chicago franchise offerings, this series was only on air for one season - though the lead character, Peter Stone, transitioned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Antonio Dawson returned to Chicago P.D.

    Chicago Justice (NBC, 2016) follows the State Attorney's team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate their way through Chicago area politics, the legal arena, and media coverage while pursuing justice....  more
    • Actors: Carl Weathers, Philip Winchester, John Ceda, Monica Barbaro, Joelle Carter
    • Premiered: 2016
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