City on a Hill: Season 1 (2019)


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.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 23

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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

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Critic Reviews for City on a Hill Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

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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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

A solid starting point, offering strong personality and context to a city brimming with possibility...

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

Gritty, violent crime drama explores racial tensions.

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

Other than the series's insistence on beating the viewer over the head about its setting, it's a solid Boston crime drama, at least based on the pilot.

Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Considering the breadth of the series' narrative ambitions, as laid out by the premiere, there's a good chance that City on a Hill will find a way to dig deep and offer up the sort of character drama that may well make it a standout on Showtime.

Jun 17, 2019 | Full Review…

When the series isn't immersed in pulpy shenanigans, it aspires to be a sort of Bostonian The Wire.

Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for City on a Hill: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    It's been a long time since I've seen a show like this. It's a slow burn that's ratcheted up in intensity every week, with every character revealing something fascinating and unique that hooks you. Not a single individual plays in the stereotypes that would be so easy to fall back on -- in fact, the characters you assume in the beginning are going to follow a tried-and-true arc very quickly pivot into something truly unexpected. I am SO excited to keep watching this show and I can't believe I actually can not only tolerate not binging a show, but enjoy tuning in every Sunday! It's a return to some of the great TV of the 2000s and early 2010s. You've got to watch this.
  • 3d ago
    It's a good period piece with great acting. Kevin Bacon shines as a sleazy lawman.
  • 4d ago
    just predictably boring
  • 5d ago
    I was born and raised in Boston .. City on the hill makes Bostonians look like a bunch of low life filthy mouth jerks .. It irritates me that they make us look so bad 😠😠😠
  • 6d ago
    Can it be any more generic? This story is so predictable that you can talk through it and do your laundry and still know what's happening. Mediocre script. The dialogue is clunky, if not laughable; the characterizations weak and one-dimensional. The characters are boring. One saving grace is the production value and fun set pieces.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    Best thing this year on tv. Can't believe the critics on this one.
  • Jul 02, 2019
    I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. These types of shows just work I think
  • Jul 01, 2019
    Amazing performances! looking forward to seeing where this show goes
  • Jul 01, 2019
    Miss "The Wire?" After three dense episodes, City on a Hill is starting to show Wire-like promise.
  • Jun 25, 2019
    Some nice moments from the lead actors but the female roles are all wives or whores. Really?

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