Parents' Guide to

Show Me a Hero

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Political drama deals in weighty themes, serious issues.

TV HBO Drama 2015
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With strong acting and effective writing, Show Me a Hero is well-made and watchable, a period piece that's timelier than you'd expect. But the fact that it centers on such a specific time and place -- 1980s Yonkers, New York -- and lacks the splash of a name-brand "star" makes it a tough sell for the average viewer who's drawn to more obvious excitement. And that's just speaking for the adults; older teens are even less likely to take interest, though they'd certainly learn something about our country's persistent struggle with class and race.

So why should you watch a six-part miniseries about a little-known historical event that, on the surface, doesn't sound all that interesting? For one thing, it bears the stamp of David Simon (The Wire) and Paul Haggis (Crash), who know a little something about building on-screen tension. For another, it boasts award-worthy performances from a nearly unrecognizable Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Catherine Keener that make you care more about the politics of urban housing than you ever thought possible.

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