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25 Shows You Need to Watch If You Love the City of Chicago

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With a population of over 2.7 million, Chicago is a dynamic and diverse city, which makes it the perfect backdrop for many TV shows, especially cop and medical dramas! 

Some shows use the city as just a setting, while others dig right into the core of the city, hoping to capture its essence. 

No one series has a “correct” depiction — they are all stories seen through various characters, experiencing different situations in the many, versatile neighborhoods. 

But, one thing that they all have in common? An undying love for the city; their Chicago. If you’ve been to Chicago you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Chicago is the new Hollywood.”

Truthfully, Chicago will never churn out as many TV shows as Hollywood, and it doesn’t want to; the rise in shows signifies everyone can find something to relate to in the city of Chicago. 

So, if you have even a sliver of love for Chi-town, you have to check out these shows. Let us know if you have any other recommendations! 

1. Shameless

Shameless
The remake of the British series uses Chicago as a backdrop for the uber-dysfunctional Gallagher family. Frank Gallagher is a single father of six and a drunk who spends more time at bars than with his children. In their parents’ absence, the eldest kids are forced to take on the responsibilities and raise themselves. Particularly, Fiona who tries her best to hold the family together.
 

2. Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire is the firstborn from Mr. NBC himself, Dick Wolf. Wolf captivated audiences with the rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 — specifically dreamy Leuitenant Kelly Severide. Aside from the bravery of the diverse team — who cohesively charge headfirst into danger to save the people of Chicago — the show entices with authentic relationships. The city not only serves as a backdrop, it’s a leading character with writers showcasing the best and worst of the city and its inhabitants.
 

3. Chicago PD

Chicago PD
The success of Chicago Fire convinced Wolf that Chicago was the perfect city for a franchise. And so Chicago PD was born. Now, this isn’t your average cop show. Nu-uh, not in Chicago. There are a lot of great things about this city but it’s undeniably also one of the most politically corrupt. Or as President Donald Trump has said on several occasions, a crime “epidemic” and “total disaster.” This makes it the perfect setting for a show spearheaded by suspected dirty cop Hank Voight, who uses questionable methods to get justice yet garners much loyalty and respect from his team. Intelligence handles the toughest cases in the Chi, including those of gang violence, drugs and racial injustice — they’ve seen it all.

 

4. Chicago Med

Chicago Med
Where there’s fire and PD, there’s also med. Continuing down the list of Dick Wolf shows, we’ve got the third installment, a medical drama with a cast as diverse as the neighborhoods in Chicago. Despite the lack of funding, Sharon Goodwin and the team work together to provide quality healthcare to their patients. Staying in the theme of the city, there are plenty of gun-shot wound victims, and a handful of homeless and drug-addicted patients, which often calls for psych consults from the renowned Dr. Charles. With three successful shows dominating NBC, there are plenty of opportunities for some gripping crossovers.
 

5. Chicago Justice

Chicago Justice
Three time’s a charm but four is an overstay. Wolf tried for a fourth show in the “Chicago” franchise, but fans simply didn’t bite on Chicago Justice. Although it lasted a mere season, it definitely made an impact. If you’re a fan of any of the three shows, or Wolf’s other cult-hit Law & Order, it’s a must watch. PD’s Antonio even joins the no-fuss team led by Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Stone, who is described as relentless in his quest for justice. There’s also a L&O connection with Stone being the son of New York City District Attorney Ben Stone.

6. Empire

Empire
Scandalous, messy, gifted — that’s Empire. Former hip-hop artist and CEO of Lyon Enterprises Luscious Lyon finds out that he’s plagued by an incurable health ailment and is forced to choose a successor. The drawback? All three of his sons have their equal share of talents and shortcomings. His over-the-top and ferocious ex-wife Cookie Lyon is released from prison and poses a problem when she comes to get what’s hers after taking the fall for his drug dealings back in the day. Even though the series films in Chicago, they pretend it’s New York. Usually, I’d be ruffled by that, however, Empire’s production opened up the doors for Chicago to become a sort of second-hand Hollywood, which aspiring actors in Chicago have been thankful for. If you look closely at various scenes, you’ll see our beautiful skyline dubbing in for NY’s.
 

7. Mike & Molly

Mike & Molly
Helmed by local Chicagoan and funny-gal Melissa McCarthy, the series finds her character Molly falling for Mike, a Chicago police officer she meets at Overeaters Anonymous. There’s nothing better than bonding over a few slices of pie! Together, they become each other’s support system as they embark on their journey to lose weight. Did I mention they’re Cubs fans? Bonus!
 

8. Married… with Children

Married... with Children
Much like Mike & Molly, some shows don’t give Chicago the acknowledgment it deserves. The cast of Married… with Children live in Chicago but they rarely showcase the city. Still, we’ll take all the love we can get, even if it’s just a mention here and there. The Bundy’s were “not the Cosby’s.” In other words: a dysfunctional family living in a fake suburban town of Chicago in the 80s/90s. Al Bundy, once the hottest football player in school, is a miserable shoe salesman while his wife, Peggy Bundy, once the hottest girl in the school is an unmotivated TV junkie. The “children” are ditzy and promiscuous Kelly and dysfunctional, yet brainy, son Bud. Props for making Buckingham Fountain so synonymous with the theme song!
 

9. Prison Break

Prison Break
Lincoln Burrows is convicted for a crime he didn’t commit and put on Death Row. His brother Michael Scolfield makes it his mission to help him break out of prison. His desire sets into motion several nearly-impossible plans, including one that involves him deliberately getting locked up in the Chicago-based prison to help from the inside. If you’re into shows that get your blood pumping while also focusing on the unbreakable bond between brothers, this is for you!

10. The Crazy Ones

The Crazy Ones
The single-camera workplace comedy is bittersweet because it’s Robin Williams’ final role before his untimely death. In the single-season series, Williams’ outlandish and personality-driven character Simon Roberts shines a light on the advertising world in Chicago. Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Sarah Michelle Geller serves as his right-hand gal in the role of ambitious partner and Type-A daughter, Sydney Roberts.
 

11. Sirens

Sirens
Most medical shows focus solely on the professional lives of doctors, but this medical comedy follows three Chicago EMT’s and the hilarity that ensues both at work and in their personal lives. During its two-season run, the series remembered to tackle serious issues of sexuality, mental disorders, etc. while never forgetting to offer up a much-needed laugh.

12. Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts
A gentrifying Chicago neighborhood gets the spotlight on Superior Donuts. Nothing brings people together like donuts, also a popular staple in the Windy City. Donut shop owner Arthur is a Chicago-native who is “stuck in his ways” and doesn’t want to update the menu in fear of ruining a good thing. Things immediately change when Franco gets a job at the shop and convinces him that modernization isn’t always bad. What is bad? Fawz, a real-estate capitalist who desperately wants Arthur to sell the business.
 

13. Ozark

While the Byrde family swaps the hustle and bustle of Chicago for Lake of the Ozarks, the city is still featured heavily as the backdrop for many scenes. Marty spends time in Millennium Park, though, it’s unrealistic to see the streets without any traffic! 
 
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres. 

There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best. 

These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered. 

Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:

 

How I Met Your Father – Hulu

Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds. 

The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.

 

House of the Dragon – HBO Max

Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.

 

BEL-AIR – Peacock

Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.

 

Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)

We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.

 

She-Hulk

Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet. 

 

Inventing Anna – Netflix

Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11. 

 

Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime

This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.

 

Stranger Things – Netflix

We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+

Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.


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13 Year-Defining Shows You Have to Watch Before 2021 Comes to an End

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2021 was a great year for television!

With several streaming services providing top-notch content alongside primetime, there was always something buzz-worthy gracing our screens. 

9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021

And while it was hard to narrow down the best offerings of the year, there were some shows that defined the year. 

These are the shows everyone was watching and everyone was obsessed with!

Check out our list and let us know if there’s a show you’d add!

 

Only Murders in the Building – Hulu 

When Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short come together, shenanigans (and murders) are sure to follow. These murder mystery aficionados pursued a murder in their own building and turned it into a groundbreaking podcast… and more.

 

Squid Game – Netflix

Move over, Tiger King. This Korean drama took the world by storm and kept viewers on the edge of their seats as contestants engaged in deadly versions of beloved children’s games. 

 

Money Heist – Netflix

After five action-packed seasons, Money Heist took its final bow, but not before delivering several jaw-dropping twists. Did the Dalia mask wearing gang manage to pull off the biggest heist in the world?

 

The Chair – Netflix

Sandra Oh spearheads the drama about the first woman of color as the head of the English department at a prestigious university. 

 

Sex/Life – Netflix

Is there anyone who didn’t watch Netflix’s steamy Sex/Life and oogle Adam Demos’s package? A suburban wife goes down a fantasy memory-lane, which reconnects her to a past lover. 

 

Loki – Disney+

Another Disney+ film – post Avengers: Endgame – follows the adventures of Tom Hiddleston’s character Loki, Thor’s adopted brother and god of mischief.  

 

Ted Lasso – Apple TV+

The comedy’s second feel-good season explores the reason behind soccer coach Ted Lasso’s (played by Jason Sudeikis) kindness and its effect on everyone around him. 

 

Yellowstone – Paramount

If you’ve been hearing more and more about Yellowstone, that’s because everyone and their parents are obsessed with the Western drama about the Dutton family, a powerful family of ranchers. It even spawned a prequel titled 1883

 

Maid – Netflix 

The limited series focuses on a single mom’s willingness to survive as she who works as a cleaning lady to escape an abusive relationship and create a better life for her daughter. 

 

La Brea – NBC

In a TV landscape that doesn’t favor post-apocalyptic, supernatural dramas, La Brea found its groove and a dedicated audience. A sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles that transports a group of people to 10,000 B.C. A father’s quest to find his family fuels a rescue mission and reveals a deeper connection. 

 

The Other Two – HBO Max

After Schitt’s Creek comes The Other Two, a comedy about two siblings hailing from former SNL head writers . Cary and Brooke are both looking to find their big break, and find their lives turned upside down when their younger brother becomes a viral sensation instead.

 

Cruel Summer – Freeform

A teen drama set over three summers in the 1990s explores a young girl’s disappearance and how it affects the rest of her small-town.

 

WandaVision – Disney+

The mini-series and sequel to Avengers: Endgame finds Wanda Maximoff and Vision living their ideal lives in the suburbs only to find that not everything is as it seems.

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When Do All Your Favorite TV Shows Return After the Holidays?

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TV characters that need to get back together

After you celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year, it might seem difficult to find something to look forward to. 

But a brand new year means that all of your favorite TV shows are back from the dreaded hiatus!

New shows, old shows, and hit shows will be making their way onto your screen to provide hours of entertainment!

Here’s when and where you can reconnect with your favorite TV characters:

 

FOX

SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022
8 pm NEXT LEVEL CHEF (series premiere)

MONDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm: 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3 premiere)
9 pm: THE CLEANING LADY (series premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm: I Can See Your Voice (Season 2 premiere)
9 pm: NEXT LEVEL CHEF (regular time slot premiere)

THURSDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm: JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER (2-hour series premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 9
8 pm (5 pm PT): Call Me Kat (Season 2 premiere)
8:30 pm (5:30 pm PT): PIVOTING (series premiere)

9 pm: Bob’s Burgers

THURSDAY, JAN. 13
8 pm: JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER
9 pm: Call Me Kat (regular time slot)
9:30 pm: PIVOTING (regular time slot premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 30
10 pm (7 pm PT): MONARCH (series premiere)

TUESDAY, FEB. 1
8 pm: The Resident
9 pm: MONARCH (regular time slot premiere)

 

 

ABC

TUESDAY, DEC. 7

 9:30-10 pm: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY

SUNDAY, JAN 2

10 pm: The Rookie

MONDAY, JAN. 3

8 pm: The Bachelor

TUESDAY, JAN. 4

9 pm: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY

9:30 pm: black-ish

10 pm: Queens

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5

8 pm: The Goldbergs

8:30 pm The Wonder Years

9 pm: The Conners

9:31 pm: Home Economics

10 pm: The Chase

THURSDAY, JAN. 6

8 pm: WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT

MONDAY, JAN. 24

1o pm: PROMISED LAND

WEDNESDAY, FEB 23

10 pm: A Million Little Things

THURSDAY, FEB. 24 

8 pm: Station 19

9 pm: Grey’s Anatomy

10 pm: Big Sky

 

THE CW

FRIDAY, JAN 7

9 pm: Nancy Drew

TUESDAY, JAN. 11

8 pm: Superman & Lois

9 pm: NAOMI

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12

8 pm: Legends of Tomorrow

9 pm: Batwoman

THURSDAY, JAN 13

8 pm: Walker

SUNDAY, JAN. 16

9 pm: Two Sentence Horror Stories

MONDAY, JAN. 17

9 pm: 4400

THURSDAY, JAN 27

8 pm: Legacies

MONDAY, FEB. 21

9 pm: All American: Homecoming

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

8 pm: Riverdale (new night)

WEDNESDAY, March 9

8 pm: The Flash (new night)

9 pm: Kung Fu

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

8 pm: Charmed

9 pm: Dynasty (new night)

 

NBC

MONDAY, Jan. 3
8 p.m.: Kenan
9 p.m.: That’s My Jam

10 p.m.: Ordinary Joe

TUESDAY, Jan. 4
8 p.m.: American Auto (time period premiere)
8:30 p.m.: Grand Crew (time period premiere)
9 p.m.: This Is Us

WEDNESDAY, Jan 5

8 pm: Chicago Med

9 pm: Chicago Fire

10pm: Chicago PD

MONDAY, Feb. 21
8 p.m.: American Song Contest
10 p.m.: The Endgame

THURSDAY, Feb. 24
8 p.m.: Law & Order

FRIDAY, Feb. 25
8 p.m.: The Blacklist (new time period)

FRIDAY, March 8
10 p.m.: The Thing About Pam

TUESDAY, March 15
8 p.m.: Young Rock
8:30 p.m.: Mr. Mayor

 

CBS

SUNDAY, Jan. 2

8 p.m.: The Equalizer
10 p.m.: SWAT (new time period)

MONDAY, Jan 3

8:30 p.m.: Bob Hearts Abishola

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5
8 p.m.: The Amazing Race
10 p.m.: Good Sam

THURSDAY, Jan 6

8:30 p.m.: United States of AI

9 p.m.: Ghosts

9:30 p.m.: B Positive

10 p.m.: Bull

FRIDAY, Jan. 7
8 p.m.: Undercover Boss

10 p.m.: Blue Bloods

MONDAY, Jan. 31
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT: Grammy Awards

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 2
8 p.m.: Celebrity Big Brother

WEDNESDAY, March 9
8 p.m.: Survivor

 


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