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"Show Me a Hero" review by Suzanne 8/28/15
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HBO Sundays 8pm

When I first started watching this, I thought it might be too boring, too political -- something that only a politics- or news-junkie would enjoy.  However, as I kept watching, the characters really grabbed me, and then the story. It's very compelling.

The show takes place in the 80's in the city of Yonkers, New York. A young, ambitious, city councilman named Nick Wasicsko gets a chance to further his career as the city is fighting the courts' directive to build public housing in their city. The people are against the housing, but the law says they have to do it. The mayor and city council are caught in the middle. Although Nick seizes the opportunity to supplant the current mayor, he soon finds that it's not a good position.

They do the character relationships and story well, for the most part. However, they make the people of Yonkers all look like racists. I'm sorry, but life is not that, pardon the pun, black and white. Of coure there is nothing wrong with being poor, and the poor deserve to live in real houses and get away from poverty.  However, in the early 80's there was a lot of crack, and gangs were getting really violent. There was a legitimate reason for the people of Yonkers not to want gang members and their families to move into their neighborhoods from "The Projects." It doesn't make them racists or against the poor.  However, that's exactly how they paint them in this show.  The poor people in the projects - even the drug dealers - are painted as good people. So it's not a fair or realistic portrait of the people in that situation.

Now, I only watched a few episodes, so perhaps they do show more realistic portrayals later in the miniseries.  Watch it and draw your own conclusions! It is definitely worth watching, either way, as pretty good drama.

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