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“Law and Order” creator Dick Wolf has three Chicago-based shows going strong on NBC.
“Chicago Med” premiered this fall and I have not had a chance to catch up on the episodes aired so far. But I should have a review in the new year.
But I’m all up to date on “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” and here are their midterm grades.

“Chicago Fire” — I keep telling myself that this show is not very good and has become redundant. But I give credit to the writers and producers, I tune in each week because I have to know what happens. And that’s a sign of a good soap opera and that’s what “Chicago Fire” is. I have joked to friends before that I wouldn’t want to live near that fire station. If my residence caught on fire, the firefighters would be too busy sorting out their personal problems to get to me. And it’s getting hard to believe so many people constantly have their sights on taking down the firefighters of Firehouse 51. Don’t people get mad at other stations? : ) SPOILER ALERT! The latest storyline ended with the Dec. 8 episode. Battalion chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) was cleared of attacking a neighbor after he was framed by a greedy Chicago real estate developer. I do shake my head at this show while watching it, but it’s always satisfying to see the good guys win.

“Chicago P.D.” — Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) is one of the most fascinating police characters to come on television in a long time. He is one-half morality and one-half corruption. He doesn’t hesistate to skim some money off a drug dealer, but hurt an innocent civilian and he’s your worst nightmare. This is well-done television. The detectives of the Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Unit are interesting characters and the cases they deal with seem fresh every episode. We get a view into their personal lives, but at just the right time. What will be interesting in the future is if any of his detectives will finally get tired of Voight’s seesaw view of morality and take him on.

MIDTERM GRADES
“Chicago Fire” — B-
“Chicago P.D.” — A

UNTIL NEXT TIME. . .

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