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Parents' Guide to

City on a Hill

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gritty, violent crime drama explores racial tensions.

TV Showtime Drama 2019
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

gratuitous female nudity and violence

I watched first two episodes because i thought the stortyline was good, but unfortunately the violence is too much and the exploitative female nudity is uncomfortable to watch with my wife! AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH EPISODE IT SAYS QUOTE”THIS PROGRAMME CONTAINS VIOLENCE” at at no point did it mention nudity, so be warned for those who can’t cope! You see Kevin Bacons nude chest, but it is mainly his girlfriend you see totally naked riding him from his viewpoint, for a few minutes, whilst snorting coke. Another time he goes down on her, whilst the camera is focusing on a close up of her nipples!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This gritty, well-written series is inspired by the real-life events following the murder of affluent tax attorney Carol Stuart in 1989, which intensified the existing racial tensions throughout the greater Boston area at that time. It highlights how these events challenged the existing culture within law enforcement, and the resistance to these changes. Each storyline, which ranges from marital and family dynamics to theft and murder, is set against this backdrop, highlighting the different and sometimes subtle ways the sociopolitical climate impacts each character. But while City on a Hill is set in the past, many of the discussions surrounding race, class, and police misconduct feel as relevant today as they were back then. Given the troubling subject matter, it's not always a comfortable series to watch, but it's always entertaining.

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