Showtime Offers Up ‘The Chi’ For Early Viewing

Showtime is giving audiences a chance to sample its new drama series The Chi in advance of its Jan. 7 premiere.

The premiere episode of the Lena Waithe-created series is currently available to viewers for free on YouTube, Facebook and, as well as via on demand and on computers through the Showtime stand-alone service’s website (

The series, executive produced by Waithe (Master of None), Common (Selma) and Elwood Reid (The Bridge, Hawaii Five-O), is a coming of age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption, said Showtime.

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