Show Me a Hero: Miniseries

Show Me a Hero: Miniseries

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Six-part miniseries from The Wire and We Own This City creator David Simon and writer William Zorzi, starring Oscar Isaac  (in a Golden Globe-winning performance) as Yonkers mayor Nick Wasicsko, who took office in 1987 during the city's most tumultuous time; when a federal court ruling on public housing divided the city in a bitter dispute fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics. More

Show Me a Hero is based on the nonfiction book, Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption, by New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin, and includes Bob Balaban, Jon Bernthal, Jim Belushi, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, and Catherine Keener among its ensemble cast.

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2015Rating: TV-MAUSABlown Deadline Productions, HBO, Pretty Pictures
Drama

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Part 1

Nick Wasicsko becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America, but... More at what cost? Even before he is inaugurated, the obligation to build public housing in the white neighborhoods of Yonkers looms over his new administration.

EPISODE 1.2

Part 2

All hell breaks loose as the Yonkers mayor and City... More Council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge weary of further delay. Meanwhile, public housing residents trapped in the deteriorating projects of West Yonkers watch and wait as the white residents of East Yonkers make clear just how opposed they are.

EPISODE 1.3

Part 3

Mayor Wasicsko finally achieves some consensus and rams through a... More housing plan with a tough vote, and housing officials finally begin to plan to build the new townhomes. But even as they do, the political costs to Wasicsko become apparent.

EPISODE 1.4

Part 4

A new mayor pledges to oppose the housing, even though... More it is never quite clear what he might be able to do in that regard. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko tries to reconcile himself to life out of power as construction of the townhomes begins.

EPISODE 1.5

Part 5

Armed with a growing recognition that he had fought on... More the side of angels in the battle over the housing, Wasicsko plans his political comeback, while the residents for the new townhouses are screened and chosen.

EPISODE 1.6

Part 6

A comprehensive orientation process awaits the incoming residents, and many... More have second thoughts about moving into neighborhoods that don't welcome them. At the same time, Mary Dorman, long a vocal opponent of the housing, is recruited to serve the incoming residents in a way that even she finds startling. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicko begins the long road back to political viability even as the residents take possession of their new townhomes. But in the end, a second act for the wounded young politician proves elusive.

Show Me a Hero: Miniseries | Awards

Award Winner
Winner, Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (Isaac) at the 2016 Golden Globes.

Show Me a Hero: Miniseries | Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

Show Me a Hero is a thoughtful, balanced, subtly structured piece of writing.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

There are a lot of political meetings, especially in the first half. Please be patient. The emotions come and they will hit you. Hard.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Ultimately, it’s a show to be admired, not loved.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It isn’t always easy to watch, but it’s always compelling, and almost unfairly stocked with stellar performances.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Apart from the on-the-nose use of Bruce Springsteen songs, Show Me A Hero was surprisingly, an emotional tour-de-force, and also eerily timely.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This is not a series for everyone, but in a better world, it would be.

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Salon

Salon

Everyone involved in Show Me a Hero brought their A-game...

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NPR

NPR

Six hours is way too long for this story.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What becomes apparent when you settle down to watch is the unmistakable lure of being hooked by the storytelling and the first-class acting.

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Show Me a Hero: Miniseries | Release Details

Show Me a Hero: Miniseries is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.