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"I have ludicrously high hopes that the 'Chicago' shows will be on for a long time because they have settled in, nobody else is making television like this." - Dick Wolf

The term Chicago Franchise is commonly used to describe a number of related American television programs created by Dick Wolf and originally broadcast on NBC, all of which deal with some aspect of the Chicago public services.

Shared people and resources in a common fictional setting are the connecting links between the shows, for example Molly's, a small bar owned by three firefighters, which has been frequented by characters from all four shows. Many supporting characters, such as police officers and paramedics are also shared among the shows. Occasionally, crossovers of main characters and/or shared story lines between two of the shows will occur. A major character has also left the cast of one show within the franchise only to join another.

Chicago Franchise ShowsEdit

Chicago FireEdit

Image Name of Show Description
Chicago Fire Follows the firefighters, paramedics and rescue squad members of the Chicago Fire Department's Firehouse 51.

Chicago P.D.Edit

Image Name of Show Description Notes
Chicago P.D. Follows the uniformed patrol officers and detectives of the Chicago Police Department's 21st District. The Chicago Fire episode "Let Her Go" serves as the backdoor pilot.

Chicago MedEdit

Image Name of Show Description Notes
Chicago Med Follows the doctors, nurses and staff of the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. The Chicago Fire episode "I Am The Apocalypse" serves as the backdoor pilot.

Chicago JusticeEdit

Image Name of Show Description Notes
Chicago Justice Follows the prosecutors and investigators of the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office. The Chicago P.D. episode "Justice" serves as the backdoor pilot.