Hightown: Season 1 (2020)

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Monica Raymund's charms rise above any formulaic tendencies in Hightown's highly entertaining first season.

80%

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Critic Ratings: 20

45%

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User Ratings: 47

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Episodes

1
Air date: May 17, 2020
2
Air date: May 24, 2020
3
Air date: May 31, 2020
4
BFO
Air date: Jun 7, 2020
5
Air date: Jun 14, 2020
6
Air date: Jun 21, 2020
7
Air date: Jun 28, 2020
8
Air date: Jul 5, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Hightown Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

Jackie gets laid and makes cheesy lesbian jokes, but the gayest thing about this show is that a major plot point hinges around a super moon. In 2020, that ain't cuttin' it.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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What lifts the show from the usual procedural conventions is the central performance. Raymund is terrific as Jackie, wearing a tilted smile despite her awareness of her problems...

May 15, 2020 | Full Review…

What prevents Hightown from devolving into a drag is the enormous appeal of its leading lady, Raymund.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It's probably not what Cape Cod tourism boosters would've wished for, but since we're not going anywhere this summer, the show becomes an enjoyable getaway of a different sort.

Jun 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The show has such a gift in Raymund as Quinones, who layers her part so expertly and convincingly that - without wanting to denigrate the rest, which is solidly entertaining - her scenes seem almost to come from a different endeavour entirely.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Hightown doesn't ever reach full beach-noir status, but it does grow organically darker and more heartbreaking as the season progresses.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Hightown grabs you from the very first scene, and the introduction of Raymund's free-wheeling, booze-addled, and coke-addicted Jackie seals the deal.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

"Hightown" delivers trashy thrills within a very somber, serious setting.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Hightown is a crime series that is quite effective, but it thinks it's more complex and profound than it really is. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

But sometimes it feels like Hightown doesn't know what its own strengths are.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It's one of those shows where you might hear someone say "The location is one of the characters."

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, the ride of Hightown is rocky, but the lows of the opioid epidemic and the hard realities of substance abuse are a high unto themselves, with light at the end of the tunnel.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hightown: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    The entire cast seems uncomfortable with each other which makes this hard to watch. Scenes are clunky and awkward. The story line is predictable and played out (drug dealers, druggies, dead body, blah blah blah). Not much mystery happening in this mystery show except how it made it this far. Also, the film crew spent plenty of weeks in Provincetown shooting this, yet they took nothing away of what the town is actually about. Instead they took advantage of the town and then portrayed it in a false manner that many viewers will sure take away as accurate. All in all, this show is garbage. The story line, acting, area portrayal and character development are just awful.
  • 3d ago
    This is a bit too simplistic with poor character development and everyone is "acting?". The only interesting performance is given by Riley Voelkel who tries to add a layer or two to her stripper/baby mamma role.
  • 4d ago
    I'm not into the dysfunctional, alcoholic, agent, ridiculous plot hole series. The acting is okay, but the series paints groups of people, including cops, in a very bad light.
  • 6d ago
    A gritty up-to-date drama on the drug world with human lives being impacted. Riley Voelkel as Rene is seductive, and its more than just the showcased flesh scenes. Renee's character is developed to show a mother trying to get by, if not survive, in a culture that generally uses people up. James Badge Dale as Abruzzo is also delivering a believable LEO character that shows he's not only hard, but human, be it breaking PD policy with a CI or hiding behind his desk to jettison some testosterone. Atkins Estimond as Osito is also convincing. Not just a gang banging heroin dealer, we see both sides, where he befriends Jr. even as he screws up and puts Osito at risk. All together, Hightown is delivering a very believable take on the power, criminality, love, addiction, and living within that world. The violence is delivered at a successful level and we're not hit with a New Jack City or Sugar Hill. It is after all, the Cape Cod area, where it isn't all gangs, but drugs is just as devastating. 4+ stars
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Little more than porn. SOOOOO much sex. I guess the script writers didn't have any meaningful content to put in this series. I'm shocked that such graphic sex scenes are available at a time when kids could easily stumble in to them. What a horrible series.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    it's hopeless story. everyone in this story is shit!
  • Jun 14, 2020
    I expected so much more..its watchable and that's about it. Episode 4 NOTHING, zero went on plot wise. She got her fish badge back..big deal. Its not a whole episode. Provincetown should provide the show a fantastic cultural backround especially given the LGBT community there. Could also offer an intriguing plot backdrop and doesnt. Its boring and show has gone absolutely nowhere. It just was renewed for a second season because it's being watched (for now, but after episode 4 we should start seeing the tail off) not because it's good. Plus this murder plot could have been set anywhere..a waste of Cape Cod so far. Writing isnt good, characters we nothing about. Sometimes show feels like it struggles to get through the 40plus minutes. I'm watching because I want to see where this goes...also hoping something of intrigue happens. I gave it 2 stars because is watchable..but barely..and getting less so.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    It's disappointing. Now this is easily the most disappointing TV show of 2020. If you thought that Betaal was bad,then take a look at this. Also how in the hell did receive a 79%. Too much lesbianism,drugs and violence. It's even worse than 13 Reasons Why final season.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    This show feels like a CBS procedural with nude scenes. I wanted to like it but it just got more and more cliche. Cliche drug usage, cliche P-Town LGBTQ and cliche accents.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    What a great series. Cool actors, cool characters and a storyline. It's sad that people hate the show for showing lesbians and the LGBT community. It seems we still live in a world full of homophobes.

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