Chicago Med is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as the second spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series premiered on November 17, 2015. The show focuses on the emergency department (ED) doctors and nurses of the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center and how they tackle different tasks everyday to save patients' lives. NBC originally ordered 13 episodes for season one; however, on December 11, 2015, an additional 5 episodes were ordered, bringing the season to 18 episodes.
On February 1, 2016, NBC renewed the series for a second season. On May 15, 2016, it was announced that the series would be moving to Thursdays. The second season premiered on September 22, 2016.
Set in Chicago, Chicago Med is the third series in Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise. It focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center and on its doctors and nurses as they work to save patients' lives. It sometimes crosses over with characters from Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.
MainNick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, a former plastic surgeon and the ED's first-year attending physician from Chicago, and brother of Detective Jay Halstead.Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning, a pediatrician from Seattle who is doing a fellowship in Emergency Medicine, and a widowed mother coping with loss of her husband Jeff, who was killed in action, serving in the U.S. militaryYaya DaCosta as April Sexton, an ED nurse. She is a first generation Brazilian-American and has a younger brother, Noah, who is a med student at the hospital. She's also a childhood friend of Kelly Severide.Rachel DiPillo as Dr. Sarah Reese, originally a fourth-year medical student, who does not feel inclined to emergency medicine, and would rather become a pathologist. After she graduated from medical school, she changed her mind about being a pathologist and is now a resident in psychiatry.Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes, a trauma surgery fellow from Chicago, who spent some time in Riyadh following his residency.Brian Tee as LCDR Dr. Ethan Choi, United States Navy Reserve, an emergency room chief resident with an expertise in infectious diseases, who just returned to the United States after serving on the USS Carl Vinson as a medical officer.S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Chief of Services (chief administrator) of Gaffney Chicago Medical CenterOliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, the chief of the psychiatry department, who is usually tasked with helping the other doctors deal with the psychological nuances of medicine or difficult patients. He's a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood (episode 14–present; episodes 1–13 recurring), the ED's charge nurse who isn't afraid to speak her mind when it comes to schooling the residents.Julie Berman as Dr. Samantha "Sam" Zanetti (Season 1), an attending trauma surgeonDeron J. Powell as Tate Jenkins, a retired NFL player who meets April when she helps treat his son. They later become engaged.Peter Mark Kendall as Joey Thomas, a lab tech and Sarah's boyfriendRoland Buck III as Noah Sexton, a medical student and April's brother.Brennan Brown as Dr. Sam Abrams, an attending neurosurgeonGregg Henry as Dr. David Downey (Season 1), a high-profile heart surgeon who takes an interest in Dr. Rhodes, dies of cancer in the season 1 finale "Timing" Jeff Hephner as Jeff Clarke, a medical student and Natalie's old family friend. Clarke originally was a firefighter before returning to med school, as portrayed in season 2 of Chicago Fire. He and Natalie have a short-lived relationship that ends once Natalie realizes her late husband did not approve of Clarke's feelings for Natalie.Ato Essandoh as Dr. Isidore Latham (Season 2), the attending surgeon whom Connor works for following Dr. Downey's death. Dr. Latham has an autism spectrum disorder that sometimes makes him difficult for the other staff to work alongside.Mekia Cox as Dr. Robyn Charles (Season 2), an epidemiologist and Daniel's daughter with whom he has a strained relationship. She later begins dating Dr. Rhodes, which causes tension between the two male doctors.Eddie Jemison as Dr. Stanley Stohl (Season 2), the chief of medicine derisively referred to as "The Troll" by the staff due to his condescending and publicity-courting ways.
The series was greenlighted by NBC for the show's pilot episode on May 1, 2015.
On August 21, 2015, Andrew Dettman stepped down as showrunner due to "creative differences" following his appointment in June. Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov were appointed as new showrunners on August 27, 2015.
On December 11, 2015, NBC ordered five more episodes, bringing the total number of episodes in the first season to 18.
Laurie Holden was originally cast as Dr. Hannah Tramble, but dropped out due to "family reasons". On May 29, 2015, Arrow star Colin Donnell was cast as Dr. Connor Rhodes, the hospital's newest ED physician. In July 2015, Brian Tee joined the cast as Dr. Ethan Choi, an expert in infectious disease prevention and a Navy Reserve medical officer. Pretty Little Liars star Torrey DeVitto was cast on August 13, 2015, as Dr. Natalie Manning, the ED pediatrician. On August 14, 2015, Rachel DiPillo was cast as Sarah Reese, a fourth year medical student."Malignant" is part two of a crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. where Christopher Herrmann is treated for a stab wound while a woman pulled from a fire is discovered to have been given unnecessary chemotherapy along with other patients. It features Kelly Severide, Gabriela Dawson, Sylvie Brett, Jessica Chilton, Christopher Herrmann, Joe Cruz and Mouch from Fire as well as Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay from P.D., while "Now I'm God" features Natalie Manning and Daniel Charles and "The Beating Heart" features Will Halstead, April Sexton, Connor Rhodes, and Ethan Choi
Metacritic's aggregate score currently stands at 52 out of 100, based on 17 "mixed or average" reviews. Meanwhile, Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a 46% "rotten" grade, with an average rating of 7/10.
Broadcast and streaming
Chicago Med airs on NBC in the United States. Episodes are available to stream for free on NBC.com, the NBC app, and Hulu. Episodes are also available via electronic sell-through platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Video, and Vudu. In the UK, Chicago Med premiered on March 20, 2016, on Universal Channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The second season is set to air October 23, 2016. In Australia, the series debuted on November 23, 2016 on the Nine Network.