Show Me a Hero

Show Me a Hero

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In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of Yonkers, New York finds himself engulfed in a racially divided maelstrom that threatens the city's future as well as his own ambitions. Based on a true story, this six-part HBO miniseries from creator David Simon and director Paul Haggis follows Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac) as he deals with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His effort to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government, and leaves his political future in ruins. Co-starring Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Bob Balaban, Peter Riegert, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Carla Quevedo, Jon Bernthal, Winona Ryder, and more. Based on the book "Show Me a Hero" by Lisa Belkin.
In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of Yonkers, New York finds himself engulfed in a racially divided maelstrom that threatens the city's future as well as his own ambitions. Based on a true story, this six-part HBO miniseries from creator David Simon and director Paul Haggis follows Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac) as he deals with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His effort to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government, and leaves his political future in ruins. Co-starring Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Bob Balaban, Peter Riegert, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Carla Quevedo, Jon Bernthal, Winona Ryder, and more. Based on the book "Show Me a Hero" by Lisa Belkin.

Season 1 (7 episodes)

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  • 1. Part 1

    Original air date: 08/16/2015 Runtime: 55:47 min.

    Original air date: 08/16/2015 Runtime: 55:47 min. Nick Wasicsko becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America, but 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.

  • 2. Part 2

    Original air date: 08/16/2015 Runtime: 57:57 min.

    Original air date: 08/16/2015 Runtime: 57:57 min. All hell breaks loose as the Yonkers mayor and City Council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge weary of further delay. Meanwhile, public housing residents watch and wait as the white residents of East Yonkers make clear just how opposed they are.

  • 3. Part 3

    Original air date: 08/23/2015 Runtime: 57:10 min.

    Original air date: 08/23/2015 Runtime: 57:10 min. Mayor Wasicsko finally achieves some consensus and rams through a 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.

  • 4. Part 4

    Original air date: 08/23/2015 Runtime: 58:17 min.

    Original air date: 08/23/2015 Runtime: 58:17 min. A new mayor pledges to oppose the housing, even though 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.

  • 5. Part 5

    Original air date: 08/30/2015 Runtime: 58:35 min.

    Original air date: 08/30/2015 Runtime: 58:35 min. Armed with a growing recognition that he had fought on 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.

  • 6. Part 6

    Original air date: 08/30/2015 Runtime: 71:49 min.

    Original air date: 08/30/2015 Runtime: 71:49 min. A comprehensive orientation process awaits incoming residents. At the same time, Mary Dorman is recruited to serve them in a way that even she finds startling. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicko begins the long road back to political viability.

  • 7. A Conversation with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and David Simon

    Original air date: 01/04/2016 Runtime: 101:59 min.

    Original air date: 01/04/2016 Runtime: 101:59 min. In this companion special to David Simon's HBO miniseries 'Show Me a Hero,' the Urban Institute hosted this panel discussion to reflect on the struggle to desegregate housing in Yonkers in the late 1980s.