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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 Worst Episodes of City on a Hill

City on a Hill - S2E2

#1 - I Need a Goat


Season 2 - Episode 2

As Decourcy increases pressure on the Justice Department, Jackie counters by looking into his adversary’s romantic past. While Jackie’s digging up dirt, Siobhan is planning ahead, focused on starting a family even as Decourcy remains preoccupied by the escalating conflict. Jenny realizes she can’t keep ignoring her mother after an unsettling phone call. With business at the salon all but dead, Cathy Ryan turns to an unlikely income source.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 0 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E3

#2 - 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 #2 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 0 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E4

#3 - Overtime White and Overtime Stupid


Season 2 - Episode 4

After seeing Holly in the ICU, Jackie reckons with the destructive consequences of his actions, as Rickey Townsend prepares to testify against Decourcy. With violence intensifying between the Copeland Crew and the Braxton Boys, Decourcy, Anton and Siobhan face off in the interrogation room. Grace, left reflecting on her role as a mother and leader in the community, makes an unfortunate miscalculation. And back at the Rohr house, Jenny makes fast friends with the mysterious woman from Belfast.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 0 votes.

City on a Hill - S2E5

#4 - 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 #4 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 0 votes.

City on a Hill - S1E1

#5 - The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice


Season 1 - Episode 1

In early ‘90s Boston, racism is endemic and crime is widespread. Jackie Rohr, a renowned FBI agent whose methods are not exactly by the book, does not mind the status quo. But Decourcy Ward, the new Assistant District Attorney in town, wants to uproot the corrupt system. The two form an unlikely, and obligatory, alliance to take down a gang of armored truck robbers from Charlestown.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 652 votes.

City on a Hill - S1E5
#6 - From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice
Season 1 - Episode 5

Jackie and Decourcy continue to hunt down the weapon connected to the Revere robbery. Local reporter gets a tip that could lead her down a treacherous path. Siobhan questions whether doing what is right is ultimately what is for the best.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 392 votes.

City on a Hill - S1E2
#7 - What They Saw in Southie High
Season 1 - Episode 2

After an eventful Sunday at church, Decourcy finds out he has a new powerful enemy in town—one that puts his wife in an awkward position. Jackie is stirring up trouble in his own home, and his distrustful mother-in-law is onto him. Investigators Hank Signa and Rachel Behnam look into an unsolved missing persons case connected to the robbery in Revere. That could mean trouble for Frankie Ryan, who’s busy laundering his most recent loot and, with the help of his brother, getting carried away in the process.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 536 votes.

City on a Hill - S1E4
#8 - The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself
Season 1 - Episode 4

Jackie strong-arms Jimmy to get a step closer to finding the armored truck guards. Decourcy rattles a suspect called to testify before the Grand Jury. Siobhan learns something unsettling about a leader of the Coalition.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 416 votes.

City on a Hill - S1E3
#9 - If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly
Season 1 - Episode 3

Jackie searches for his absent informant. Searching for purpose, Jenny revisiting her passion to become a teacher. Decourcy works up a plan to overcome the town’s infamous 'Code of Silence' and get a few suspects to talk. Minogue is assigned a big case, but not the one he actually cares about. Jimmy skips town to visit his kids and finds that, even a thousand miles away, he’s not safe from his problems back home.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 467 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 #5 Worst episode of City on a Hill from 361 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021



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.

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