City on a Hill (TV series)

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City on a Hill
GenreDrama
Created byCharlie McLean
StarringKevin Bacon
Aldis Hodge
Jonathan Tucker
Mark O'Brien
Lauren E. Banks
Amanda Clayton
Jere Shea
Kevin Chapman
Jill Hennessy
Composer(s)Kevin Kiner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Charlie McLean
Tom Fontana
Ben Affleck
Matt Damon
Jennifer Todd
James Mangold
Barry Levinson
Michael Cuesta
Production location(s)New York City, New York
Boston, Massachusetts
Los Angeles, California (season 1 pilot)
Running time55–58 minutes
Production company(s)Pearl Street Films
The Levinson/Fontana Company
Little Mountain Films
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJune 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) –
present
External links
Website

City on a Hill is an American crime drama series created by Charlie McLean, based on an original idea by Ben Affleck and MacLean. The series stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Amanda Clayton, Cathy Moriarty, Kevin Dunn, and Jill Hennessy.[1][2] The series premiered on June 7, 2019 (online) and June 16, 2019 (Showtime). On August 2, 2019, Showtime renewed the series for a second season.[3]

Plot[edit]

The series is set in Boston in the early 1990s when the city was rife with violent criminals, emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption, tribalism, and "taking it to the street" were the norm—until it all suddenly changed. This is a fictional account of what was called the "Boston Miracle". The change agent is District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon), a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown (Jonathan Tucker, Mark O'Brien, and Jimmy Cummings) in a case that grows to encompass Boston's citywide criminal justice system.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice"Michael CuestaChuck MacLeanJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (online)
June 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) (Showtime)
0.532[11]
2"What They Saw in Southie High"Ed BianchiChuck MacLeanJune 23, 2019 (2019-06-23)0.446[12]
3"If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly"Christoph SchreweEmily RagsdaleJune 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)0.409[13]
4"The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself"Hagar Ben-AsherJ.M. HolmesJuly 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)0.411[14]
5"From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice"Alex ZakrzewskiMichele McPheeJuly 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)0.459[15]
6"It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"Metin HüseyinJorge ZamaconaJuly 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)0.406[16]
7"There Are No Fucking Sides"Kyra SedgwickEmily Ragsdale & J.M. HolmesJuly 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)0.534[17]
8"High on the Looming Gallows Tree"Clark JohnsonStephen DayAugust 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)0.601[18]
9"The Deaf Sage of Pompeii"Adam BernsteinMatthew NemethAugust 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)0.555[19]
10"Mayor Curley and the Last Hurrah"Christoph SchreweChuck MacLeanAugust 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)0.569[20]

Development[edit]

The show was picked up by Showtime in May 2018.[21]

Release[edit]

The series premiered on June 16, 2019.[22]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 73% approval rating with an average score of 6.8/10, based on 30 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though City on a Hill's meandering story can't quite match its ambitions, it's entertaining -- and even occasionally riveting -- to watch Kevin Bacon and company take on bureaucracy."[23] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice" June 16, 2019 0.07 0.532[11] N/A N/A
2 "What They Saw in Southie High" June 23, 2019 0.06 0.446[12] 0.584 1.030[25]
3 "If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly" June 30, 2019 0.04 0.409[13] 0.571 0.980[26]
4 "The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself" July 7, 2019 0.06 0.411[14] 0.574 0.985[27]
5 "From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice" July 14, 2019 0.06 0.459[15] N/A N/A
6 "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" July 21, 2019 0.04 0.406[16] N/A N/A
7 "There Are No Fucking Sides" July 28, 2019 0.06 0.534[17] N/A N/A
8 "High on the Looming Gallows Tree" August 4, 2019 0.08 0.601[18] 0.573 1.174[28]
9 "The Deaf Sage of Pompeii" August 11, 2019 0.06 0.555[19] N/A N/A
10 "Mayor Curley and the Last Hurrah" August 18, 2019 0.06 0.569[20] N/A N/A

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 13, 2017). "'City on a Hill': Kevin Bacon & Aldis Hodge To Star In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Showtime Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 2, 2019). "City on a Hill Renewed for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Petski, Denise (December 12, 2017). "'City on a Hill': Jill Hennessy Among Four Regulars Cast In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Showtime Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
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  6. ^ Petski, Denise (November 21, 2017). "'City on a Hill': Mark O'Brien Cast As Series Regular In Showtime Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
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  8. ^ Denise Petski & Nellie Andreeva (January 14, 2019). "'City On A Hill': Sarah Shahi To Recur On Showtime Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (March 4, 2019). "'You' Casts Marielle Scott; Georgina Reilly Joins 'City On A Hill'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (February 26, 2019). "'City On A Hill': James Remar & Gloria Reuben To Recur On Showtime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
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  22. ^ Lawrence, Derek (January 31, 2019). "Kevin Bacon's corrupt FBI agent takes on Boston crime in Showtime's City on a Hill trailer". Entertainment Weekly.
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  24. ^ "City on a Hill Reviews". Metacritic (CBS Interactive). Retrieved July 16, 2019.
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  26. ^ Welch, Alex (July 16, 2019). "'Yellowstone' easily leads the cable Live +7 ratings for June 24–30". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  27. ^ Welch, Alex (August 2, 2019). "'Big Little Lies' tops viewer gains in cable Live +7 ratings for July 1–7". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  28. ^ Welch, Alex (August 19, 2019). "'Descendants 3' scores big gains in cable Live +7 ratings for July 29 – August 4". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 19, 2019.

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