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Why David Simon and Paul Haggis's HBO series 'Show Me a Hero' is essential viewing

Why David Simon and Paul Haggis's HBO series 'Show Me a Hero' is essential viewing

David Simon, who created the HBO series "The Wire" and "Treme," is back with a magnificent new miniseries, "Show Me a Hero," which premieres Sunday on HBO. Set in Yonkers, N.Y., in the late 1980s and early '90s and starring Oscar Isaac as an ambitious, embattled young politician, it bears all the hallmarks of the Simon style — the exploration of place through character and of character as an expression of place; naturalistic acting and dialogue; intercut multiple story lines that make the pace feel leisurely in its parts and propulsive overall; and a propensity to ask questions rather than to fix answers. Written by Simon and longtime colleague...

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