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Show Me a Hero

Show Me a Hero

2015
Drama
Crime
TV Mini-Series
Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis. When federal courts ordered public housing be built in the white, middle class side of town, it divided the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics. (imdb)
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Show Me a Hero

2015
Drama
Crime
TV Mini-Series
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Rated 08 Sep 2015
4
70th
Simon's formula has matured so that he can set us down right in the middle of a bureaucratic maelstrom with disparate stories of lower-middle class and impoverished citizens and we're never for one second lost or questioning the inherent drama of it all. Isaac is fabulous.
Rated 05 Dec 2015
9
89th
While the initial chapters of 'Show Me a Hero' focus heavily on the political machinations behind the late 80s/early 90s housing crisis in Yonkers, the miniseries truly comes into its own as the narrative shifts focus onto the plight of the minority groups that the housing reforms are supposedly in place to benefit (much like 'The Wire'.) As engrossing as the rise and fall of politician Nick Wasicsko is to behold, the deconstruction of his self-imposed image as a hero is the show's true gripper.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
60
89th
Socially and politically strong miniseries from HBO. Takes a while before it gets off the ground, but it makes so many different impressions during it's course. Doesn't quite reach a major climax for me. Perhaps too many different inconclusive destinies relating to getting new housing. Regardless it's a look into how pathetic local politics sometimes are.
Rated 01 Mar 2018
86
86th
David Simon is a great storyteller; and this is a particularly difficult story to tell as it does not have much up and downs; just like the most real stories. They are some shocking aspects to it (for example boycotting a church for helping poor people must be the climax of an oxymoron) and a beautiful message. It is not as gripping as corner or as impactful as Wire; but it is a great fictionalized documentary; Molina does wonders with his character and Isaac is veryimpressive also.
Rated 09 Apr 2022
70
23rd
I have no idea what other people are seeing in this. I was not surprised to find that wealthier people would be afraid of poorer people moving in. I was not surprised to see white people being racist. I was frustrated that there was no hero. All that said, it was fine.
Rated 18 Apr 2018
71
84th
Simon continues to show us his political savvy as well as the human storytelling. A good watch that I had never heard of before this.
Rated 28 Jun 2020
86
87th
Can't go wrong with David Simon. Well told story with well written and acted characters, as always.
Rated 04 Mar 2017
79
67th
Nice moral declining/inclining crossroads with the Wasicsko/Dorman character arcs. The show as a whole would come across as a poignant allegory had it come out in January 2017. I was kind of hoping Ryder's character wouldn't make a reappearance after the 3rd episode, and this would have made for a perfect origin story for her character in 'Stranger Things'.
Rated 19 Oct 2020
55
53rd
The central story is a quite interesting tale of power struggles within local government (even if it's no RATS IN THE RANKS), but most of the supporting narratives about living hard in the projects are fairly dull, with some weak performances (Jeff Lima) and some unconvincing casting (Catherine Keener). Never escapes the sense that we are being taught some sociological lessons so that we will be able to "have a discussion" and, like Keener's character, learn to rise above our fear and ignorance.
Rated 30 Jun 2018
88
88th
Deeply complex and layered. Provokes thought on nuanced issues. The only thing that it suffers from is a bit of extreme time compression where months or even years can pass between scenes
Rated 08 Dec 2015
60
69th
This is like a documentary come to life! Very engrossing, interesting and informative. Puts all recent "issue dramas" to shame!
Rated 15 Jan 2020
95
91st
Heavy with various themes this miniseries works due in large part to the ensemble and the many moving narratives coexisting all at once. It never stops being engaging as it deals with hope, ambition, fear and racism and the roles they played in this crisis. Very well written and definitely well acted from everyone involved. There is no real hero to show as the title eludes just a series of people who never stopped believing in the law and in progression of people.A sad and realistic look at life

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