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The series revolves around the period of corruption and racism that prevailed in Boston in the 1990s. At this time, an African-American lawyer from Brooklyn arrived in the city to eliminate the corruption that has appeared everywhere. This lawyer collaborates with an FBI veteran to confront a group of armored vehicle thieves in a case that leads to completely unexpected paths.
A showy command performance by Kevin Bacon won't be taking City on a Hill to new heights. It's enough, however, to give Showtime another Ray Donovan in terms of watchable, serviceable, jut-jawed crime hours.
The action in City on a Hill is staged competently enough, but it's nothing you haven't seen before in half a dozen or more premium cable shows. What makes City on a Hill go is the performances, especially those of Bacon and Hodge.
Considering the breadth of the series' narrative ambitions, as laid out by the premiere, there's a good chance that City on a Hill will find a way to dig deep and offer up the sort of character drama that may well make it a standout on Showtime.