Watch 'The Chi' Series Premiere Right Here

Created and executive produced by Emmy® winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Grammy and Academy Award winner Common and Elwood Reid, "The Chi" explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago. Shot entirely in its namesake city, "The  Chi" is a timely coming-of-age story for all ages, centering on a group of residents who become linked by circumstance but bond over the need for connection and redemption.

In "The Chi," Brandon (Jason Mitchell) the dreamer makes his own nearly impossible leap of faith to succeed in life and love with girlfriend Jerrika (Tiffany Boone); Emmett (Jacob Latimore) is the carefree teen thrust into complex responsibilities with guidance from his mother Jada (Yolonda Ross); and Ronnie (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is the drifter whose struggle for reciprocal love calls into question his every pursuit. Pre-teen Kevin (Alex Hibbert), an unwitting eyewitness, must step past shattered illusions to return to the normal rites and passages of a childhood interrupted. They’re all under the watchful eye of law enforcement, but Detective Cruz (Armando Riesco), a good neighborhood cop, works every case with justice, not incarceration, as his end goal. Their collective yearning to make their lives worthwhile and to overcome the roadblocks society has laid out for them, as well as their own personal flaws, drives the storytelling in this arresting, deeply felt series.

Alongside an ensemble cast that includes Mitchell, Latimore, Mwine, Hibbert, Ross, Boone and Riesco, recurring on "The Chi" are Sonja Sohn, Jahking Guillory and Steven Williams. In addition to Waithe, Common and Reid, Aaron Kaplan executive produces along with Rick Famuyiwa, who also directed the premiere episode, and Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone of Freedom Road. Reid serves as showrunner. The series is produced by Fox 21.

The first episode of "The Chi" premieres on January 7 and in the episode a fateful event sends shockwaves through a community on the South Side of Chicago and connects the lives of Brandon, Ronnie, Emmett and Kevin in wholly unexpected ways.

The entire episode can be watched below.