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The Chi season 5: release date, cast, trailer and everything we know about the Lena Waithe drama

Birgundi Baker as Kiesha, Miriam A. Hyman as Dre and Tyla Abercrumbie as Nina in The Chi season 5
Birgundi Baker as Kiesha, Miriam A. Hyman as Dre and Tyla Abercrumbie as Nina in The Chi season 5 (Image credit: Elizabeth Sisson/Showtime)

After a season that saw a political shakeup and shifts in dynamics that will undoubtedly have ripple effects moving forward, The Chi returns for the latest chapter in the series. This is good news for fans wondering what will happen next with the fictionalized city of Chicago now that Douda (Curtiss Cook) has seemingly left his mayoral post and fled town. Although, we should mention that there is a strong possibility Douda is back and more dangerous than ever in season 5, as he isn’t the type to just roll over. 

While the city goes through its governing transition, Showtime has teased that viewers should anticipate the characters focusing on that complex thing called love. Not only are romantic relationships being tested, but so are the relationships between parent and child, resident and community and of course, there’s self-love. 

Here’s everything we know about The Chi season 5.  

When is the next The Chi season 5 episode?  

The Chi season 5 premiere was certainly one full of surprises. Not only did Douda and Quentin return to the series, but Kiesha dumped Christian. (Kiesha's decision caused quite the reaction over on Twitter, take a look.)

The next new episode titled "Oh Girl" airs on Sunday, July 3, at 9 pm ET/PT on Showtime. Here is the synopsis of the episode. 

"Emmett's struggles with co-parenting. Jake reconnects with someone. Kiesha's plans go awry. Tiff and Rob heat up. Kevin has a new love interest. Papa struggles with being canceled. Jada reveals a secret. Trig considers a new role."

Here is a sneak peek of what viewers can expect. 

The Chi season 5 plot 

Showtime describes The Chi season 5 plot as the following: 

"This season on The Chi delves deeply into the many joys and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community and self. Emmett (Jacob Latimore) and Tiff (Hannaha Hall) forge ahead as co-parents, while Tiff grows closer with Rob (Iman Shumpert). Kevin (Alex Hibbert) finds new love in an unexpected place, while Jake (Michael V. Epps) and Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) try to resolve things with Jemma (Judae’a Brown) and Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale). New mom Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) works to build her life with baby Ronnie, while Nina (Tyla Abercrumbie) and Dre (Miriam A. Hyman) work at rebuilding their union as they support Lynae (Zara Primer). 

Jada (Yolonda Ross) assesses her life post-cancer and where Suede (Bernard Gilbert) fits, while Darnell (Rolando Boyce) considers the past for guidance on his future with Dom (La La Anthony). Roselyn’s (Kandi Burruss) new pet project places her at odds with Tracy (Tai Davis). Meanwhile, with a push from Douda (Curtiss Cook) and a helping hand from Shaad (Jason Weaver), Trig (Luke James) considers a political run that might help his city, but at what cost to him and his family?"

The Chi season 5 cast 

Jacob Latimore as Emmett in The Chi season 5

Jacob Latimore as Emmett in The Chi season 5 (Image credit: Elizabeth Sisson/Showtime)

Since its inception, The Chi has been the epitome of an ensemble drama, with a number of characters and storylines. Season 5 of the series consists of returning regulars like Jacob Latimore. The actor has made quite the impression in the entertainment industry having starred in projects like The Maze Runner, Like a Boss, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He’s scheduled to make another splash this summer in the upcoming House Party reboot on HBO Max. Rounding out the main cast are Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme), Birgundi Baker (Black Lightning), Luke James (Star), Curtiss Cook (West Side Story), Michael V. Epps and Shamon Brown Jr. 

There are also a number of familiar guest stars that will be rejoining The Chi this summer. To name a few, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss is back along with La La Anthony, Jason Weaver and recent Dancing with the Stars winner Iman Shumpert.  

The Chi season 5 trailer 

Remember that "strong possibility" that Douda would be back for season 5? Well, make that possibility a fact as he’s seen in the trailer. Take a look.  

How to watch The Chi season 5 

The Chi is a Showtime Original series and airs directly on the platform in the US. Those interested in watching the show must have a subscription via their cable/satellite provider. However, if you’ve cut cords with traditional TV watching, live streaming platforms such as FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV offer Showtime add-on subscriptions for an additional fee. You can also purchase a standalone subscription to Showtime by visiting the company’s website. 

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