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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Air date: Aug 16, 2015
Air date: Aug 23, 2015
Air date: Aug 23, 2015
Air date: Aug 30, 2015
Air date: Aug 30, 2015

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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
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Critic Reviews for Show Me a Hero Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (36)

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…

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.

Aug 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.

Aug 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.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

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

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

Show Me a Hero doesn't play like a political tract. Its central character, played brilliantly by Isaac, at heart is a politician on the make who ends up on the side of the angels through no fault of his own.

Aug 17, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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David Simon has returned to the streets and television, and he has done it in top form. "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy," said F. Scott Fitzgerald. Teach me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. Said and done. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

You'll need to pay attention to get all the nuances packed into this miniseries -- but it's worth it.

Aug 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Where others see the tedium of a poli-sci public administration lecture, David Simon... sees opportunity. He has seized it again with Show Me a Hero, somehow constructing an absorbing drama from the outtakes of a public-access television show.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

A must watch during these politically charge times, The Wire scribe David Simon elevates the nuts and bolts of urban planning to Shakespearean tragedy.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Show Me a Hero: Season 1

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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