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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as Nick Wasicsko
as Mary Dorman
as Henry J. Spallone
as Vinni Restiano
as Norma O'Neal
as Leonard Sand
as Angelo R. Martinelli
as Michael H. Sussman
as Oscar Newman
as Robert Mayhawk
as Terry Zaleski
as Peter Smith
as James Surdoval
as Doreen Henderson
as Billie Rowan
as Janet Rowan
News & Interviews for Show Me a Hero: Season 1
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.
To some extent, casting is everything. And in that sense, this is all about the lead, Oscar Isaac.
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.
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.
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.
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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