Intricate, smartly-written and emotionally taut, HBO’s latest miniseries, Show Me a Hero, is an excellent slice of television with a razor-sharp historical focus

It’s a slow-burning drama about a Yonkers mayor who gets caught up in a bitter public housing crisis in 1987. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin, it analyzes the crisis in painstaking detail, homing in on the racial divide that splits open when low-income housing units must be built in largely white, middle class neighborhoods.

Created and written by David Simon (the creator of The Wire) and William F. Zorzi, the show builds up the drama in six hour-long episodes Read more…

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‘Show Me a Hero’ review: A tale of race and politics that’s worth the slow-burn