"Chicago Code" creator Shawn Ryan was the showrunner on two fantastic FX shows, "The Shield" and "Terriers," so the expectations are set pretty high for his new cop drama. After all, "The Shield" practically revitalized the genre with its gritty take on corruption and moral ambiguity.

"Chicago Code" creator Shawn Ryan was the showrunner on two fantastic FX shows, "The Shield" and "Terriers," so the expectations are set pretty high for his new cop drama. After all, "The Shield" practically revitalized the genre with its gritty take on corruption and moral ambiguity.

Corruption is the focus of "Chicago Code," as a detective (Jason Clarke) and superintendent (Jennifer Beals) look to take down a crooked alderman (Delroy Lindo).

Beals and Clarke do a fine job, though they're hampered by mostly unoriginal dialogue and plot. But that's not the biggest disappointment. Sadly the dark, caustic tone of "The Shield" is largely absent, subjugating "Code" to the realm of typical cop show.