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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 16, 2015
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85

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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on Lisa Belkin's nonfiction book of the same name, in the 1980s, a federal court order forces Yonkers mayor Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac) to make a decision to build low-income housing in white neighborhoods that could ruin his political career and further divide the city.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Aug 10, 2015
    100
    [David Simon's] new six-part miniseries is another masterwork of storytelling that's both miniaturist and epic in scale. [14 Aug 2015, p.50]
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 14, 2015
    100
    It’s brilliant. HBO’s Show Me a Hero is a subtle and deeply effective melding of art and conscience; from its writing and narrative pace to its outstanding performances (particularly that of its star, Oscar Isaac) the miniseries locates a seldom-found sweet spot between storytelling and moralism.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 17, 2015
    100
    It's like a procedural drama, about the drama of procedure--it isn't ever dry. There are some superbly mounted, loud, crowded big scenes--Simon is a great orchestrator of chaos --but there is an intensity to the quieter, more private moments as well. I wouldn't trade it for a bushel barrel of tortured detectives or all the kings and queens in Westeros.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 6, 2015
    90
    While it might seem that Show Me A Hero ... has a distinct "eat your vegetables" aroma to it, what becomes apparent when you settle down to watch is the unmistakable lure of being hooked by the storytelling and the first-class acting.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Aug 14, 2015
    80
    An absorbing drama.... To the extent that Show Me a Hero is flawed, the problem lies not in Simon's dramaturgy but his journalistic instincts. Show Me a Hero is but a single snapshot of a lumbering crisis that unfolded over a period of nearly three decades, and while the show's narrative is painstakingly accurate within its timeframe, its wide implications are not.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Aug 13, 2015
    80
    The opposition is less well-drawn.... But the plot advances, slowly and inexorably as the gears of bureaucracy, and Hero‘s emotional power builds as it focuses on the townhouses’ new residents and the initiative’s power to change their lives.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Aug 13, 2015
    38
    The potential emotional satisfaction of this melodrama, which is insultingly pat to begin with, is hampered by the seemingly endless scenes of council meetings that Simon characteristically loves, which are contextually diluted by the stock dialogue and cartoon acting that surrounds them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    This is HBO at its best. Powerful, comeplling, moving, clever mini-series with brillant acting. This social dram will take you through yearsThis is HBO at its best. Powerful, comeplling, moving, clever mini-series with brillant acting. This social dram will take you through years of politics battling with the issue of social housing integration. Thank God for HBO. This is superb TV. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2015
    10
    Astonishingly majestic series it is. Amazing story writing, directing, acting, no lack in anything. A story that is said amazingly by everyAstonishingly majestic series it is. Amazing story writing, directing, acting, no lack in anything. A story that is said amazingly by every single actor and actresses. A story that puts every single person up on their feet. Staring from acting Oscar Issac is a true genius, the way he acted and showed rage and power was incredible. And also other actors and actresses like Catherine keener, Winona Ryder, Alfred Monila and Carla Quevedo and others they all were so great. From every character's perspective is shown and pretty delightfully. A mark of a genius which is put on by Paul Haggis. Surly a must watch series. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2015
    9
    Pretty outstanding show so far. Oscar is perfect in the lead role. Jim Belushi's rather modest exit - knowing what a cluser-f the situationPretty outstanding show so far. Oscar is perfect in the lead role. Jim Belushi's rather modest exit - knowing what a cluser-f the situation would be for the new mayor - was pitch perfect. I like how the first 2 episodes set up the profiles of the future resident of the low-income-housing. Should make for an outstanding final 4 parts. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    8
    David Simon succeeds yet again. Oscar Isaac is great, all the story lines are great
  5. Aug 17, 2015
    8
    David Simon is an incredible storyteller. And he also focuses on important stories. "Show Me A Hero," the new six-hour miniseries for HBO,David Simon is an incredible storyteller. And he also focuses on important stories. "Show Me A Hero," the new six-hour miniseries for HBO, fits both those categories. It's the true story of the city of Yonkers and its battle with the courts over building low-income and affordable housing in more affluent neighborhoods, and the young mayor caught in the crossfire. The first two episodes played like a slow burn -- building the world and the characters. I can't wait to see where this is going. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2015
    8
    Good show thus far (up to episode 3). The acting is great. The main story compelling. And for those that love The Wire, the many cameos areGood show thus far (up to episode 3). The acting is great. The main story compelling. And for those that love The Wire, the many cameos are fun (and a little shocking).
    My only criticism is that there are so many little side stories included whose purpose is more to provide a 'fair and complete' picture of the social dynamics surrounding the rehousing case - almost like an in-depth documentary - rather than for dramatic purposes. I think this is admirable from a social/education perspective, but it undercuts the dramatic tension somewhat.
    Still a great show though.
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  7. Sep 19, 2015
    0
    As a superfan of the Wire I was expecting so much. But then I adjusted me expectations much lower. And I was still disappointed. Were weAs a superfan of the Wire I was expecting so much. But then I adjusted me expectations much lower. And I was still disappointed. Were we supposed to find the lead character compelling?? Or for most of the other characters for that matter?? I can truly say that it was a waste of over 6 hours of my life. Do not waste your time. Hands down the least satisfying long form television I've ever had to endure. And I am very patient usually as a viewer. Expand

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