City on a Hill: Season 1 (2019)

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Season 1
City on a Hill

Critics Consensus

Though City on a Hill's meandering story can't quite match its ambitions, it's entertaining -- and even occasionally riveting -- to watch Kevin Bacon and company take on bureaucracy.

76%

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Critic Ratings: 37

81%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 63
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 16, 2019
2
Air date: Jun 23, 2019
3
Air date: Jun 30, 2019
4
Air date: Jul 7, 2019
5
Air date: Jul 14, 2019
6
Air date: Jul 21, 2019
7
Air date: Jul 28, 2019
8
Air date: Aug 4, 2019
9
Air date: Aug 11, 2019
10
Air date: Aug 18, 2019

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Critic Reviews for City on a Hill Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17)

Although the plot can be uneven and it can get bogged down in its myriad of storylines, this adult drama is still worth a look.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's good, if you like gritty crime drama and crooked cops; and...it's going to get better.

Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

A showy command performance by Kevin Bacon won't be taking City on a Hill to new heights. It's enough, however, to give Showtime another Ray Donovan in terms of watchable, serviceable, jut-jawed crime hours.

Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

A show that has just enough crackling dialogue and fascinating characters to keep its sometimes-clunky plot moving.

Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"City on a Hill" can get a little lost in the bureaucracy of what it's building, but those details are also what keep it grounded.

Jun 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Just as the main characters in City on a Hill fight against the status quo of corruption, Fontana, as a writer and producer, has fought just as diligently against the bland status quo of television.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…
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Gritty, violent crime drama explores racial tensions.

Jun 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is an alarming, raucous tale, told with exuberance and violence; and yet, ultimately, sort of heartwarming. It is also great good fun.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The cast is strong, the action is brisk, and the politics are poisonous.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's through its brilliant cast and its precise writing that 90's Boston is captured in all its flaws and beauty.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The greatest promise for City on the Hill is what it has to tell us about this profoundly tribalized moment in American life, even though it is set in the '90s.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The scenes involving the Ryans, including an impressive Amanda Clayton as Frankie's greedy moll of a wife, at least have an unpredictable energy. The rest of this City feels as grindingly familiar as yesterday's tabloid headline.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for City on a Hill: Season 1

  • Nov 21, 2019
    The first season does a solid job of looking at the city and its crime and corruption (as well as those struggling against those forces) from a variety of angles. I don't think this is Bacon's best performance, his character being a little too predictable for my taste, but overall a very good cast. I found Jonathan Tucker to be a particular standout. Don't go into this expecting another The Wire, but it's at least Wire-adjacent.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    I found this show very interesting with its style and Boston accents. Bacon and Hodge carry the show in a good way.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Cliched and predictable.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    Great Beginning But It Look lies less Boring. Doesn't have Micro-Stories.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Great story lines. Good pacing. I didn't think anything happened that was "unbelievable". The best part of season 1 was the acting by far. Everyone delivered.
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Without Bacon this just would be scrambled eggs. Strong lead from Bacon.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Gritty,edge of your seat and can't wait to see the next scene let alone the next episode! The only downfall is there's not more episodes!
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Gripping storyline and characters, I find it as compelling as I did Sopranos and The Wire. Love Kevin Bacon and the whole cast
  • Aug 14, 2019
    VERY good. Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge are excellent in their respective roles. Sundays episode was really good (as was the whole season).
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Fantastic show. Great acting and story line.

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