Showtime's City on a Hill Review - what to watch while traveling

Showtime’s City on a Hill Review – what to watch while traveling

We frequently review TV shows, series and movies here at the CBoardingGroup. After all, the frequent business traveler spends a lot of time on the road watching TV. Here is our review of Showtime’s City on a Hill starring the infamous Kevin Bacon.

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Review: City on a Hill (trust us…it ain’t a great city, but it’s a compelling show w/ promise)

Kevin Bacon.

Kevin Friggin Bacon!

A name that usually causes us to think of the meme that indicates how much we are all connected and how small the world is. But, in case you forgot, Kevin Bacon is a helluva an actor too and Showtime’s City on a Hill gives him a chance to shine as a completely unsavory, arrogant and rule-bending FBI agent with a Boston accent.

Jackie Rohr is an egotistical, rule-bending, philanderer. He’s also an FBI Agent played by Kevin Bacon. Season 1 centers around an armored car robbery gone wrong that resulted in the execution of three guards. Southies don’t talk and some of the cops are dirty as are some of the local African American reverends.

Bacon’s cockiness and trademark style are on full display filtered through a Boston accent and brash body language. This may be Bacon’s best performance in years and he immerses himself in the role. It’s hard to find much if anything to like about his character, but he delivers.

Long time favorite Sara Shahi plays a thick Boston accented attorney in a supporting role and delivers a compelling performance complete with big hair and east coast attitude. In one episode, while rebuffing a local reporter she remarks, “Look at that, it’s fuck-you-a-clock already.” It’s a classic line, befitting of the role Shahi is playing.

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Familiar face Jonathan Tucker (you know his face, not his name) is actually the most likeable character. Although the criminal in the show, it’s hard not to get into his corner as he tries to be both a family man, crime boss, and brother.

The only sour spot in the show is the role of African American district attorney Decourcy Ward, played by Aldis Hodge. Hodge’s performance is just ok and at times comes off a little flat, almost as if the role bores him. Fortunately, the surrounding cast is strong enough and he plays the straight, ethical-ish man to Bacon’s shitstorm of a persona.

The show is not shy on rough language with an innumerable amount of swear words uttered each episode (appropriate for a Boston cop drama) and the right amount of violence (it’s not glorified). It’s hard not to like Boston-themed shows and this show has some promise. Let’s hope Showtime renews it for Season 2.

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How to watch

City on a Hill is featured as one of the many interesting series on the Showtime Network. Amazon Prime Members can access to the Showtime Network including a free trial.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for something new to watch while traveling, give City on a Hill a chance. Especially if you like cop / crime dramas. It ain’t the best show on right now, but it’s pretty good and the show could grow into itself in Season 2.

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