For the American TV on Starz:
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The entire cast is so morally wretched and corrupt, with no one striving to be better or to work for the benefit of Chicago, instead just seizing power, that it's hard for audiences to care what happens in the election or with the politics.
- Love to Hate/Crosses the Line Twice: Nobody would want a morally bankrupt official like Kane, a criminal past redemption, as mayor in real life, yet some of his relatively harmless maneuvers and shenanigans are so sleazy, disreputable and sheer effective that they are funny. When he wins a battle, it's often awesome and terrifying at the same time.
- Magnificent Bastard: Kane, emphasis on bastard. He knows every trick in the book, and then some more of his own invention. Played superbly by Kelsey Grammer.