Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, or Chicago Justice? Which is the best One Chicago show and which is the worst? Here is our ranking.
There are a lot of amazing franchises on the small screen, but few have proven to be quite as successful at building a shared and connective universe in the way NBC’s One Chicago shows have done.
The One Chicago franchise is a collection of interconnected television dramas produced by Dick Wolf and his team, which take place in the same universe and share a common setting in the city of Chicago. The franchise includes four shows: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice each focusing on a different aspect of emergency services in the city, from firefighting and law enforcement to emergency medical treatment.
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The shows often feature crossover events and shared storylines, creating a cohesive world for fans to follow with both major multi-show crossovers and mini-crossovers which occur organically across the season. It’s those mini-crossovers that really have set the franchise out from the crowd in creating a connected universe that’s not just restricted to once-a-season crossovers events.
While each of the One Chicago shows is unique and amazing in its own regard, we’re breaking them down and getting slightly critical in looking to rank each of the four One Chicago shows from worst to best. Which show takes the top spot and which falls short of glory? Let’s begin our rankings with the One Chicago show that never really stood a chance: Chicago Justice.
4. Chicago Justice
Chicago Justice was a legal drama television series that premiered on NBC in 2017 as a spin-off of the popular Chicago franchise. The show followed a team of prosecutors and investigators as they worked to bring justice to the citizens of Chicago. Despite having a strong cast and being part of a successful franchise, Chicago Justice is without a doubt the least successful of the One Chicago shows.
One of the primary reasons for the show’s lack of success was its poor ratings. The show’s premiere drew a decent audience, but viewership quickly dropped off in subsequent episodes, with many viewers losing interest in the show’s storylines and characters. While the other shows in the franchise have memorable characters and compelling storylines, Chicago Justice struggled to stand out.
While the other One Chicago shows had well-developed and relatable characters, Chicago Justice struggled to make its characters stand out. As a result, viewers had a hard time connecting with them, which made it challenging for the show to build a dedicated fan base. Additionally, the show was often criticized for its formulaic approach to storytelling and lack of innovation.