TV Show Review – Chicago Justice
Rating: 3 (out of 5). NBC’s latest addition to the Chicago franchise is Chicago Justice, starring Philip Winchester as Peter Stone, a prosecutor and Carl Weathers as Mark Jeffries, the state’s attorney. The series follows the same format as Law and Order and divides its time between the law and order sides of the system. The critics found this latest Dick Wolf series to be just as ordinary as the other shows in this franchise. It plays just like you would expect, and it doesn’t require much from the viewer. If you are a fan of the format, you’ll enjoy this just as much as the others.
The San Francisco Chronicle states “The writing is formulaic and uninteresting, the performances weak, the characters bland and one-dimensional, and overall, the show compares badly to better crafted work that used to be the hallmark of a Dick Wolf production.”
The Chicago Tribune calls it a “sturdy, good-looking, somewhat formulaic drama.” They say “it is perhaps a bit too studio-bound and could use more real-world locations shot outside in the city itself. But the show is satisfyingly well-made. Relax, sit back, you know the drill.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks “Chicago Justice seems like a good fit for the franchise.”
USA Today says this is “as irredeemably ordinary as TV gets — but then, as with the old Model T’s, prestige-level quality is not the manufacturer’s goal. It’s all about consistency and marketability.” They note that “Dick Wolf and his Chicago studio churn out time-filling, well-polished, mediocre (and interchangeable) parts that make no demands on your intellect or attention span.”
The Chicago Daily Herald writes “As affirmed by the family ties of its Peter Stone, “Chicago Justice” has echoes of Law & Order.”
Uproxx thinks “Chicago Justice, on the other hand, feels like comfort food in the same way the other Chicago series have when I’ve sampled them, with all the narrative and ethical complexity smoothed out just enough that you won’t miss anything if a sock-sorting problem becomes surprisingly difficult while you watch.”