City on a Hill
GenreCrime drama
Created byChuck MacLean
Starring
ComposerKevin Kiner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production locations
Running time55–58 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJune 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) –
present (present)
External links
Website

City on a Hill is an American crime drama series created by Charlie MacLean, 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, which premiered on March 28, 2021.[3]

Plot

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 Assistant 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

Main

Recurring

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (online)
June 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) (Showtime)
August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)
28[12]March 28, 2021 (2021-03-28)May 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)[12]

Season 1 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"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[13]
22"What They Saw in Southie High"Ed BianchiChuck MacLeanJune 23, 2019 (2019-06-23)0.446[14]
33"If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly"Christoph SchreweEmily RagsdaleJune 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)0.409[15]
44"The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself"Hagar Ben-AsherJ.M. HolmesJuly 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)0.411[16]
55"From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice"Alex ZakrzewskiMichele McPheeJuly 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)0.459[17]
66"It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"Metin HüseyinJorge ZamaconaJuly 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)0.406[18]
77"There Are No Fucking Sides"Kyra SedgwickEmily Ragsdale & J.M. HolmesJuly 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)0.534[19]
88"High on the Looming Gallows Tree"Clark JohnsonStephen DayAugust 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)0.601[20]
99"The Deaf Sage of Pompeii"Adam BernsteinMatthew NemethAugust 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)0.555[21]
1010"Mayor Curley and the Last Hurrah"Christoph SchreweChuck MacLeanAugust 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)0.569[22]

Season 2 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Bill Russell's Bedsheets"Kevin BaconChuck MacLeanMarch 28, 2021 (2021-03-28)0.372[23]
122"I Need a Goat"Ed BianchiTamara P. CarterApril 4, 2021 (2021-04-04)0.353[24]
133"Is the Total Black, Being Spoken"Benny Boom and Hagar Ben-AsherJ.M. HolmesApril 11, 2021 (2021-04-11)0.347[25]
144"Overtime White and Overtime Stupid"Benny BoomRegina PorterApril 18, 2021 (2021-04-18)0.372[26]
155"East of Eden"Christoph SchreweJorge ZamaconaApril 25, 2021 (2021-04-25)0.308[27]
166"Don't Go Sayin Last Words"Christoph SchreweEmily RagsdaleMay 2, 2021 (2021-05-02)0.426[28]
177"Apophasis"Clark JohnsonMatthew NemethMay 9, 2021 (2021-05-09)0.471[29]
188"Pax Bostonia"[30]Clark JohnsonJorge Zamacona & Haley CameronMay 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)TBD

Development

The show was picked up by Showtime in May 2018.[31]

Release

The series premiered on June 16, 2019.[32]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating with an average score of 6.9/10, based on 37 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."[33] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[34]

Ratings

Season 1

Viewership and ratings per episode of City on a Hill
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[13] N/A N/A
2 "What They Saw in Southie High" June 23, 2019 0.06 0.446[14] 0.584 1.030[35]
3 "If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly" June 30, 2019 0.04 0.409[15] 0.571 0.980[36]
4 "The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself" July 7, 2019 0.06 0.411[16] 0.574 0.985[37]
5 "From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice" July 14, 2019 0.06 0.459[17] N/A N/A
6 "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" July 21, 2019 0.04 0.406[18] N/A N/A
7 "There Are No Fucking Sides" July 28, 2019 0.06 0.534[19] N/A N/A
8 "High on the Looming Gallows Tree" August 4, 2019 0.08 0.601[20] 0.573 1.174[38]
9 "The Deaf Sage of Pompeii" August 11, 2019 0.06 0.555[21] N/A N/A
10 "Mayor Curley and the Last Hurrah" August 18, 2019 0.06 0.569[22] N/A N/A

Season 2

Viewership and ratings per episode of City on a Hill
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Bill Russell's Bedsheets" March 28, 2021 0.06 0.372[23] N/A N/A
2 "I Need a Goat" April 4, 2021 0.03 0.353[24] N/A N/A
3 "Is the Total Black, Being Spoken" April 11, 2021 0.04 0.347[25] 0.427 0.774[39]
4 "Overtime White and Overtime Stupid" April 18, 2021 0.05 0.372[26] 0.404 0.776[40]
5 "East of Eden" April 25, 2021 0.03 0.308[27] 0.358 0.666[41]
6 "Don't Go Sayin Last Words" May 2, 2021 0.03 0.426[28] 0.372 0.798[42]
7 "Apophasis" May 9, 2021 0.07 0.471[29] TBD TBD

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