392 votes
City on a Hill

City on a Hill

Showtime 2019

In early 90s Boston, an African-American District Attorney comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

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The 10 Best Episodes of City on a Hill

City on a Hill - S1E9

#1 - The Deaf Sage of Pompeii


Season 1 - Episode 9

When an unlikely source confides in Decourcy, the Massachusetts State Police hatch a plan that promises arrests without the help of the FBI. However, keeping out of the way is not exactly Jackie’s strong suit. The Genesis Coalition pitches a new strategy to curb Boston’s crime rate. Jenny opens up about her past to a sympathetic ear.

The episode was rated from 432 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E8

#2 - Pax Bostonia


Season 2 - Episode 8

As Boston mourns another loss, Decourcy pursues justice in and out of the courtroom. Despite his maneuvering, Jackie discovers that he can’t escape his past, while Jenny decides to finally confront hers. Cathy says goodbye to the root of her struggles. Siobhan sets her sights on a new dream.

The episode was rated from 215 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E3

#3 - Is the Total Black, Being Spoken


Season 2 - Episode 3

Jackie uncovers one of Decourcy’s informants and hatches a plan to use him as a pawn to discredit the assistant district attorney. Decourcy stops by the Rohr house, hoping to get something out of Jenny that he can use against her husband. Siobhan receives some welcome news, in the midst of plotting her run for City Council. And her client, Kelvin Campbell, is released from custody, though he can’t free himself of what happened on Valentine’s Day. Jimmy Ryan, meanwhile, faces problems far worse than a guilty conscience.

The episode was rated from 239 votes.

City on a Hill - S1E10

#4 - Mayor Curley and The Last Hurrah


Season 1 - Episode 10

Jackie celebrates another moment in the spotlight, though an unfamiliar pang of guilt leaves him reflecting on his legacy. Decourcy considers the best course of action to finally carry out justice for the murdered guards. Jimmy is desperate to weasel his way out of the mess he’s created, even if it means putting his brother’s future into question. Jenny faces what has been haunting her all these years. Season finale

The episode was rated from 429 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E5

#5 - East of Eden


Season 2 - Episode 5

As U.S. Attorney Karen Shimizu tries to get rid of her troublesome agent once and for all, Jackie schemes his way into a new mission. At the Suffolk County Courthouse, Decourcy and Siobhan spar on opposing sides of a legal battle. Meeting dead-ends at every turn in the effort to help her son, Grace does something desperate. With a nudge from Maeve, Jenny surprises Benny with some rebellious fun. On the other side of town, Cathy re-ups her supply by going straight to the source.

The episode was rated from 231 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E7
#6 - Apophasis
Season 2 - Episode 7

Assuming the involvement of the Campbell brothers at the Copeland territory shootout, Jackie confronts Grace, who can no longer sidestep her sons’ criminal activity. She is forced to make a terrible compromise. Resenting the outcome of a negotiation that he could not take part in, Decourcy finds comfort in the strength of Siobhan, who keeps her head even after tragedy strikes. Jenny insists on helping Maeve, whether or not that means defying Jackie.

The episode was rated from 214 votes.
City on a Hill - S1E7
#7 - There Are No F**king Sides
Season 1 - Episode 7

With the gang’s arms dealer in custody, Jackie thinks he’s a step closer to glory. But Decourcy is the one in a position to negotiate and he’s considering cutting off the gun supply rather than going after the buyers. Jimmy and Frankie must find a new dealer as they prepare for their next job. Cathy and Jenny struggle to comfort their daughters who’ve undergone trauma. When Michaela falls into some trouble, Rachel decides to take her investigation into her own hands.

The episode was rated from 471 votes.
City on a Hill - S1E6
#8 - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Season 1 - Episode 6

Decourcy is a step closer to connecting the stolen guns to the Revere robbery when an insider agrees to talk. Jenny is no longer able to ignore Jackie’s indiscretions after they show up on her doorstep. An unexpected rush to the hospital worsens money problems for the Ryan family and Reverend Fields discovers that his longstanding influence doesn’t make him invincible.

The episode was rated from 478 votes.
City on a Hill - S2E6
#9 - Don't Go Sayin Last Words
Season 2 - Episode 6

With Anton on the lam, Kelvin struggles to lead the Braxton Boys and Jackie homes in on Grace. He knows she's hiding something. Sidelined from the investigation, Decourcy finds himself at a disconnect with Siobhan, as he seeks vengeance and she focuses on recovery. When Cathy’s arrangement with Isaac falls through, she pays a reluctant visit to old friends for help. Jenny, meanwhile, finally uncovers the truth about her new friend.

The episode was rated from 224 votes.
City on a Hill - S1E8
#10 - High On The Looming Gallows Tree
Season 1 - Episode 8

Jackie celebrates a win in front of the cameras but, behind closed doors, he reaches a new low. A shining moment from Decourcy promises a potential future in politics, but any pride Siobhan feels for her husband is squandered by an unexpected betrayal. The Grand Jury reconvenes, and this time Sheik doesn’t get off easily. Thanks to Signa’s detective work, the Ryan family is now under the watchful eye of the Suffolk DA.

The episode was rated from 455 votes.

Last updated: jan 10, 2022



Surprisingly boring.... lots of waiting for something climatic to happen. A big let down.


"I'm gonna tell you what my father told me the night our house burned down. Life is all about finding happiness in unhappy endings." "Fuck you." "... you'll be fine."


Why can I not add this to my watchlist?


Maybe it's because I'm more used to watching shows with more action and less dialogue, dialogue that can be tough to follow along with, but this show was tough for me to have a decent-sized paragraph of what I thought of each episode for each episode. It could also be because I'm slowly but surely starting to write decent-sized paragraphs for each episode of a show containing what I thought of it more and more. Because I'm not used it yet. It feels kinda pointless to watch something and not construct thoughts and an opinion on it whether in written form or said aloud. For me, if I don't do either or not manage to do either whether it's due to some sort of mental or awareness issue, I'm just watching something for no apparent reason. Despite that occurring problem of mine, I was still entertained watching the show.


Mark O'Brien is excellent!


Good acting, and although Kevin Bacon gets most of the good lines, there are some great moments in the script all round.


First episodes do tend to try to much to establish characters - this one did to a certain extent but the show has not overly. Kevin Bacon is his usual excellent self. Looking forward to a long life for this one.


Wow. Really disappointing. I was excited for this series for two promised attractions: "The Boston Miracle" of 1990s fame; and Kevin Bacon. There is nothing at all related to the Harvard based research and problem-oriented policing project, also known as Operation Ceasefire or Boston Gun Project, that reduced group youth related gun homicides by as much as 40% in large cities across America in the 1990s—and cleaning up corruption. While I can never completely hate Kevin Bacon, in City on a Hill his wit and talent are wasted, although not completely unwatchable. The Jackie Rohr role has Bacon riding the anti-hero wave of so-called "golden age of television" ushered in by Breaking Bad's Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Yet most characters in City are witless rehashes of old era television stereotypes, making Bacon's charmingly charmless Rohr comes off merely as an SNLish cartoon sketch. Btw, who is Chuck MacLean (creator)—he doesn't even rate a wikipedia page? City on a Hill has all the hallmarks of the worst of Ben Affleck (story/producer).. which is a shame because one out of every ten Affleck projects is really gorgeous for all the right reasons. The other nine come across like they were made on a bender between dry outs. In the end City on a Hill is just a middling crime serial with dumbed down talent.


With storylines familiar to The Wire this show is a complicated web of characters.


Kevin Bacon playing an aspirational character.


Apart from being quite slow, the storyline in the first season was OK but Kevin Bacon's character really began to grate to the point I stopped watching halfway through the first episode of season 2. I'll keep it on my list and will give it another go but only when I'm truly desperate for something to kill the time!

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