5 Reasons Why NBC Obviously Needs to Renew ‘Chicago Justice’

While NBC has already renewed Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med, freshman hit and spinoff Chicago Justice awaits its final verdict at NBC heading into network upfronts.

NBC has certainly been experiencing its share of backlash after cancelling Timeless for a lower performing Taken, and we’re hoping that the network doesn’t make the same mistake with Chicago Justice, which has been a solid performer for NBC this season.

Given the vastness of Dick Wolf’s One Chicago universe, Chicago Justice’s season 2 renewal seems all but a forgone conclusion. This franchise, after all, continues to be the model for how to make a solid shared universe work on television.

But if there’s one thing that we know to be true in television it’s that nothing is ever guaranteed.

So in case anyone – and by anyone, we mean NBC – needed any reminders as to why this renewal should be a no-brainer, here are five reasons why Chicago Justice needs to be renewed:

1. The Shared Universe Wouldn’t Be Complete

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “Uncertainty Principle” Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater, Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

First and foremost, Chicago Justice is a part of something even bigger than itself. This isn’t a singular show that operates on its own accord universe wise. It’s an important piece in the growing and thriving One Chicago universe that has been a mainstay of Dick Wolf and NBC. Much like Chicago P.D. is there to find the criminals that set the fire or hurt the hospitalized victim or Chicago Med is there to treat the wounded from Fire and P.D., Chicago Justice is there to make sure that justice is served from all three. Now that we’ve been given that final component – seeing justice delivered – it’d be hard to go on without thinking about what’s happening to these criminals. We need to see the side of justice. This universe just wouldn’t be complete without it.

2. We Need Peter Stone’s Weekly Heroics

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “Comma” Episode 112 — Pictured: Philip Winchester as Peter Stone — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

Every week, Peter Stone takes me to church with his sermon-like arguments in court that proves him to be a true hero in the justice system. Stone is the walking definition of a real-life superhero that uses his powers for good and sacrifices himself for the greater good; for his calling. He takes on dangerous criminals, and he flat out destroys them. He stands up for those that cannot and fights for their rights. And he does it all with a small grin and quiet confidence that’s infectious. The world needs more people like Peter Stone. The world also needs a reminder that there are people like Peter Stone out there.

3. These Characters Have Become Like Family

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “Dead Meat” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) Monica Barbaro as Anna Valdez, Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

 I’m not surprised that I’ve grown as attached to the characters of Chicago Justice as quickly as I have because One Chicago has always put the characters first. They know how to write complex and inspiring characters that push their personal and professional boundaries that come off as relatable to the audience. This show thrives in these emotional character moments while also reminding us what it means to find strength within. But more than that, the more that we get to know them the more we begin to care. Stone, Valdez, Dawson, Nagel, hell even Jefferies (who I’m not particularly fond of), have become so much more than fictional characters. They’ve become family. And I’m not – and will never – be ready to say goodbye to this family. So don’t make me, NBC.

4. We Need Staldez To Happen

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “Friendly Fire” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Philip Winchester as Peter Stone, Monica Barbaro as Anna Valdez — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

 Given Chicago Justice is only its first season, there’s still so much left to be explored with these relationships that have been formed. One that has been slightly teased and mostly desired has been Stone and Valdez, who have proven that they’re a dynamic in the courtroom. But there’s also been a spark that we’ve noticed throughout this first season. We know it well because we’ve watched it with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med, as well. The looks. The smiles. The chemistry. The possibility. Stone and Valdez definitely fit the bill, and we’re hoping that we’ll get to see more with these two characters moving forward. Otherwise I’ll feel like I’ve been cheated when the potential is there but needs the time to flourish.

5. These Stories Need To Be Told

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “Drill” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Monica Barbaro as Anna Valdez, Philip Winchester as Peter Stone, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel, Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson — (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)

Much like its One Chicago counterparts, Chicago Justice thrives upon ripping cases from the headlines in a way that serves to shine a light on important issues we face as a society. It reaches well beneath the surface to give life to the people that live these issues and serve to inspire us to do better and be better. In a world that’s so dark and cold, we need reminders that these issues still matter and that there are good, honest people fighting to bring them to us.

Chicago Justice’s season finale airs Sunday at 9/8c on NBC.

Alyssa Barbieri

Senior Managing Editor, DCTV Writer

Teacher by day, writer by every other free moment. Obsessed with sports, TV, books, movies, and superheroes. Proud shipper and supporter of strong female characters. TV and Sports Editor. I write about DC TV, One Chicago and so much more. Contact: alyssa@fangirlish.com.

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