City on a Hill: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
City on a Hill

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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.



Critic Ratings: 37


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User Ratings: 78

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Air date: Jun 16, 2019

In early '90s Boston, Jackie Rohr, a renowned FBI agent, does not mind the culture of corruption or quid-pro-quo politics. But Decourcy Ward, the ambitious new Assistant District Attorney, wants to uproot the system. When an armored truck heist in Revere leaves three guards missing, Jackie and Decourcy struggle to align their moral compasses. However, the two men find themselves in a faux-alliance that may, ultimately, turn into something real. Series Premiere

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Air date: Jun 23, 2019

Decourcy discovers that he has a powerful enemy in town. Jackie stirs up trouble in his home.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2019

Jackie looks for his absent informant, while Jenny finds her purpose. Minogue is assigned a case that he does not care about. Jimmy visits his kids.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2019

Jackie strong-arms Jimmy to get a step closer to finding the presumably dead armored truck guards. Decourcy rattles a suspect called to testify before the Grand Jury.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2019

Jackie and Decourcy hunt down the weapon connected to the armored truck robbery in Revere. Michaela Freda, a local reporter, gets a tip about a story that could lead her down a treacherous path. Despite the threat of a Grand Jury, Frankie considers what he must do to provide for his family. Pressure on Siobhan begins to mount. After another allegation is brought to her attention, she questions whether doing what is right is ultimately what is for the best.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2019

Decourcy gets closer to connecting the stolen guns to the Revere robbery when an insider agrees to talk. Jenny is no longer able to ignore Jackie's indiscretions after they show up on her doorstep. An unexpected rush to the hospital worsens money problems for the Ryan family and Reverend Fields discovers that his longstanding influence doesn't make him invincible.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2019

Jackie thinks that he is a step closer to glory after the gang's arms dealer is taken to custody. Frankie and Jimmy look for a dealer as they look for their next job.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2019

Jackie celebrates a win in front of the cameras but, behind closed doors, he reaches a new low. A shining moment from Decourcy promises a potential future in politics, but any pride Siobhan feels for her husband is squandered by an unexpected betrayal. The Grand Jury reconvenes, and this time Sheik doesn't get off easily. Thanks to Signa's detective work, the Ryan family is now under the watchful eye of the Suffolk DA.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2019

When an unlikely source confides in Decourcy, the Massachusetts State Police hatch a plan that promises arrests without the help of the FBI.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2019

Jackie celebrates another moment in the spotlight, though an unfamiliar pang of guilt leaves him reflecting on his legacy. Decourcy considers the best course of action to finally carry out justice for the murdered guards. Jimmy is desperate to weasel his way out of the mess he's created, even if it means putting his brother's future into question. Jenny faces what has been haunting her all these years.

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Critic Reviews for City on a Hill Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (21)

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…

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…

It's good, if you like gritty crime drama and crooked cops;'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…

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…

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…

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…

Gritty, violent crime drama explores racial tensions.

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

Audience Reviews for City on a Hill: Season 1

  • Feb 07, 2021
    I went with 2 stars for this show, I saw a commercial on Showtime and decided to give it a watch. Someone I know enjoyed this show, I was born in the area and from there. I thought that I would enjoy it. It had a lot of small talk, and was a bit boring and slow. Nothing really happens till about 10 mins. left of each episode. All star cast and lots of attention to detail and time period. Very spot on with accent and getting names of places right. It did kinda miss the mark for me a bit though, I might watch the second season idk yet. I do like movies/shows that place in Boston though 2 stars.
  • Nov 26, 2020
    Fantastic. Brilliant character development, and very nicely woven story lines.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    Great binge- worthy series
  • Apr 28, 2020
    The overkill of cursing turned me off from it.
  • Feb 16, 2020
    Love it. Super smart. Bacon and Hodge kill it.
  • 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.

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