Show Me a Hero
The Wire creator David Simon adapted New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin's look at the Yonkers public-housing crisis into a six-part miniseries that probably sounds worse than a marathon of jury-duty videos emceed by your high school civics teacher. Twist: it's fantastic. Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Oscar Isaac stars as Nick Wasicsko, a Yonkers City Council member who, in 1987, became the youngest big-city mayor in the nation -- and quickly becomes a victim of US partisanship. In chronicling Wasicsko's efforts to desegregate the city's neighborhoods, Simon speaks on race, economics, and, with the DNA of The Night Of, a corruptible system. If you thought loudmouth egocentrics barking their way into American power positions was a 2016 trend, see Show Me a Hero for a shocking, sensitive, and fulfilling lesson.
Stream it on: HBO GO/NOW