David Simon’s latest six-hour miniseries, Show Me a Hero, directed by Paul Haggis, was an important, incredible, fascinating, infuriating and sad account of a six-year period in the city of Yonkers, New York. It’s a story about public housing, and because of that, I know that very few of you reading this will actually ever get around to watching the miniseries (which is streaming on HBO NOW), as noble as your intentions to do so may be. It was little seen when it broadcast on HBO (less than 500,000 viewers tuned in each week), there were no antiheroes, meth manufacturers, beheadings, red weddings, serial-killers, or orgy scenes. It’s not exactly the kind of series that attracts a huge audience.
But it’s an important story, and one that everyone should know about whether they watch the mini-series or not. In a nutshell, this is the story of Show Me a Hero.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
In 1987, at the age of 28, Nick Wasicsko became the youngest mayor in the nation at the time, and the youngest ever for the city of Yonkers. He was played exceptionally by Oscar Isaac, but this is what he looked like in real life.