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'Chicago P.D.': Get to know the key characters

Have you been following Chicago P.D. this season? This spinoff of Chicago Fire debuted in January with some of the characters we met on that series. Here’s a look at the key players in District 21 and its two divisions: the beat cops and, more prominently, the Intelligence Unit, led by Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe).

Voight has been strategically planted to help Internal Affairs get their most wanted — the big offenders, like drug traffickers and organized crime syndicates. The IA’s most wanted aren’t necessarily the same criminals Voight is interested in bringing down, and that’s the internal conflict that fuels his volatile character. While it’s an interesting premise given his past, it’s not necessarily going to work in the long run.

Beghe plays the part of Voight much differently than he did on Chicago Fire. There, he showed little humanity. Here, he bristles with it. His humanity and desire to save those unable to save themselves drive him to brutal measures, like using an attacker’s own methods on him to get information.

In one episode, Voight stands on a high rise overlooking the Chicago skyline and tells his IA handler that this is his town — and he means it. He’s going to do whatever it takes to bring dirtbags to justice, and he knows he’s perilously closer to becoming one himself with every case he solves.

Beghe does a fantastic job of reminding us of where Voight’s been and who he wants to be. The IA characters who pop in every other episode tend to antagonize and annoy, rather than add meaningful layers to an already well-drawn character. When the handler pulls Voight off of a case to attend to what they consider more important needs, it’s difficult as viewers to even consider IA might be right when Voight is actively trying to save the lives of three missing girls with stomachs full of heroin baggies.

Voight’s team knows enough to learn from him without emulating his behavior. They follow orders to the extent they are comfortable and no further, and he doesn’t push them beyond their boundaries.

Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda)

Detective Dawson also frequented Chicago Fire, as the brother of Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund). He helped his sister and her friends navigate the department waters when Voight was personally attacking and terrorizing a firefighter and his girlfriend while attempting to keep evidence about his son from coming to light after he paralyzed a teen while driving drunk.

Despite the red flags, when given the opportunity to be Voight’s second in command in the Intelligence Unit, Dawson takes it. He’s uniquely skilled to advise the others on how to follow Voight without becoming him. His moral compass never wavers.

Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer)

Detective Halstead was working undercover when he met Gabriela and they started dating. She had no idea he was a cop, and it put her in an uncomfortable position when she discovered the truth through the help of her cousin. Dawson is the one who encourages Voight to accept Halstead into the Intelligence Unit.

Halstead is bright and brimming with enthusiasm in his new gig. He’s toeing the line but questions how much he should be adopting from Voight’s lessons. He’s also interested in his partner, who has a unique relationship with Voight.

Detective Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush)

Halstead’s partner is Detective Lindsay, a former street kid turned criminal informant for Voight. Halstead and his wife took her in and showed her compassion for the first time[TC: Is this what you mean?] in her 16 years — something that was missing from her junkie mother and imprisoned father. She’s tough and formidable, but finds it difficult to form meaningful relationships. Voight is concerned about her getting too close to her partner — not because he thinks she’ll be hurt, but because she might crush any man who gets too close. Lindsay knows a lot about Voight, but she always wants to know more.

Undercover Agent Detective Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas)

Detective Olinsky is seasoned and patient. He has a long working history with Voight, and there is a mutual admiration and trust between the two. Olinsky is prepared to do whatever it takes to gain intelligence in an operation, even if it means donning a pair of Depends adult diapers so he doesn’t leave his post and miss his mark coming into frame.

Detective Kyle Ruzek (Patrick John Fleuger)

Olinsky’s hard-edged tactics and demanding personality don’t scare his new partner, rookie detective Ruzek. For most of the season, Ruzek lies to his fiancée about his job because he’s afraid of what she might think.

After he botches an operation because his wedding planning interfered with his ability to concentrate, and barges into a crime scene with no forethought, he finally starts to listen to Olinsky and learn from his years of experience, instead of thinking he has it all figured out straight out of the academy.

Rounding out the team are Detective Sheldon Jin (Archie Cho), who runs IT and surveillance, and two beat cops who are always at the mercy of everyone else: Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), who is aching to be on the Intelligence Unit, and her partner, Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins). Atwater and Burgess seem to find themselves involved in a lot of lighter incidents that take some weight off of the more troublesome crimes the team investigates.

Recently,  Atwater and Burgess have both had the opportunity to go undercover on operations with Intelligence, and Ruzek worked with Burgess on the beat. Until then, Ruzek is certain that making detective puts him above street cops. But after a day on the beat, he shows a new appreciation for their work and an attachment to Burgess that may compromise his engagement.

Have you found a favorite character on Chicago P.D.? Hit the comments and let us know whose shoes you’d like to step into. Be sure to follow along each week and share your thoughts on the episodes, the relationships between these unique figures, and how they handle the cases that come up.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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