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Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (2015)



Critic Consensus: Show Me a Hero is an impressively crafted period drama whose timely themes prove as absorbing as its engaging, compassionately drawn characters.


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A bitter dispute over federally mandated public housing divides Yonkers, N.Y., in the late 1980s in this six-part miniseries based on former New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin's nonfiction book.


Oscar Isaac
as Nick Wasicsko
Catherine Keener
as Mary Dorman
Alfred Molina
as Henry J. Spallone
Winona Ryder
as Vinni Restiano
LaTanya Richardson
as Norma O'Neal
Bob Balaban
as Leonard Sand
Jim Belushi
as Angelo R. Martinelli
Jon Bernthal
as Michael H. Sussman
Peter Riegert
as Oscar Newman
Clarke Peters
as Robert Mayhawk
Daniel Sauli
as Terry Zaleski
Terry Kinney
as Peter Smith
Michael Stahl-David
as James Surdoval
Natalie Paul
as Doreen Henderson
Dominique Fishback
as Billie Rowan
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Critic Reviews for Show Me a Hero: Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (33)

This is less a series of heart-tugging vignettes than a state-of-the-nation warning about the disintegration of America's political system. Its basic elements are fear and money.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

To some extent, casting is everything. And in that sense, this is all about the lead, Oscar Isaac.

October 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Taking wonky, dry, slow, intractable, expansive, and important social issues-in other words, subjects that seem innately anathema to television-and making them sexy, or at least dramatic, is David Simon's preferred mode.

August 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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Show Me a Hero is the TV event of the Summer, a mini-series that plays like a great American novel or a lost Sidney Lumet movie.

August 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The artfulness and empathy of Show Me a Hero would be tremendously moving in any year. But it feels particularly relevant in 2015, when the Black Lives Matter movement and the violent incidents that inspired it are dominating the headlines.

August 13, 2015 | Full Review…

David Simon, creator of Baltimore-set masterpiece The Wire, has produced something compelling, complex and emotionally involving.

August 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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An incredibly biased period drama about the existing residents battling public housing dwellers. Guess which side HBO takes? The beneficiary. First of all, you absolutely can't feel sympathy for any of the characters except for the blind lady who was civilized and polite but was manipulated by her bitch of a friend into going to public housing. The only Yonker they showed us was an old lady who initially took the side of the home owners but was soon converted to socialism. Now the worst characters were firstly, the former mayor who was a megalomaniac with an inferiority complex, but more importantly, he was a coward as all leftists are. Secondly, the brat of a teen mum who could not shut her trap and close her legs. The acting was somewhat nice (basically just playing themselves?) All of them just bitched and whined because they think they somehow "deserved" things handed over to them. The only nice message was in the last episode which an African American leader told the welfare queens to accept reality and quit being victims.


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