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Glossary: S
First Air Date: August 16th, 2015
Last Air Date: August 30th, 2015
Created By: David Simon
Star Casts: Oscar Isaac, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, Carla Quevedo, Jim Belushi, Natalie Paul, Ilfenesh Hadera, Peter Riegert, Jeff Lima, McKinley Belcher III, Daniel Sauli, Bob Balaban, Catherine Keener, Terry Kinney, Dominique Fishback, Clarke Peters, Michael Stahl-David, Jim Bracchitta, Saverio Guerra, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Kyanna Simone Simpson
Aired On: HBO
Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
Total Seasons: 1 Season
Total Episodes: 6 Episodes
Type: Miniseries
Status: Ended
Homepage: HBO - Show Me a Hero

Last Updated: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 01:18:33 +0000

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Show Me a Hero


Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing to be built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.

Seasons and Episodes

Season 1 (6 Episodes)

1: Part 1 - Aired: 2015-08-16

Nick Wasicsko becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America, but at what cost? Even before he is inaugurated, the obligation to build public housing in the white neighborhoods of Yonkers looms over his new administration.

2: Part 2 - Aired: 2015-08-16

All hell breaks loose as the Yonkers mayor and City Council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge weary of further delay. Meanwhile, public housing residents trapped in the deteriorating projects of West Yonkers watch and wait as the white residents of East Yonkers make clear just how opposed they are.

3: Part 3 - Aired: 2015-08-23

Mayor Wasicsko finally achieves some consensus and rams through a housing plan with a tough vote, and housing officials finally begin to plan to build the new townhomes. But even as they do, the political costs to Wasicsko become apparent.

4: Part 4 - Aired: 2015-08-23

A new mayor pledges to oppose the housing, even though it is never quite clear what he might be able to do in that regard. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicsko tries to reconcile himself to life out of power as construction of the townhomes begins.

5: Part 5 - Aired: 2015-08-30

Armed with a growing recognition that he had fought on the side of angels in the battle over the housing, Wasicsko plans his political comeback, while the residents for the new townhouses are screened and chosen.

6: Part 6 - Aired: 2015-08-30

A comprehensive orientation process awaits the incoming residents, and many have second thoughts about moving into neighborhoods that don't welcome them. At the same time, Mary Dorman, long a vocal opponent of the housing, is recruited to serve the incoming residents in a way that even she finds startling. Meanwhile, Nick Wasicko begins the long road back to political viability even as the residents take possession of their new townhomes. But in the end, a second act for the wounded young politician proves elusive.