The BEST Episodes of City on a Hill

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Network: Showtime

In early 1990s Boston, Assistant DA Decourcy Ward forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes. Together, they take on a case that ultimately changes the city's entire criminal justice system.

The Deaf Sage of Pompeii

#1 - The Deaf Sage of Pompeii

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 11, 2019

When an unlikely source confides in Decourcy, the Massachusetts State Police hatch a plan that promises arrests without the help of the FBI. However, keeping out of the way is not exactly Jackie’s strong suit. The Genesis Coalition pitches a new strategy to curb Boston’s crime rate. Jenny opens up about her past to a sympathetic ear.

star 7.98
345 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Matthew Nemeth
Mayor Curley and the Last Hurrah

#2 - Mayor Curley and the Last Hurrah

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 18, 2019

Jackie celebrates another moment in the spotlight, though an unfamiliar pang of guilt leaves him reflecting on his legacy. Decourcy considers the best course of action to finally carry out justice for the murdered guards. Jimmy is desperate to weasel his way out of the mess he’s created, even if it means putting his brother’s future into question. Jenny faces what has been haunting her all these years. Season finale

star 7.92
339 votes
Writers: Chuck MacLean
There Are No F**king Sides

#3 - There Are No F**king Sides

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 28, 2019

With the gang’s arms dealer in custody, Jackie thinks he’s a step closer to glory. But Decourcy is the one in a position to negotiate and he’s considering cutting off the gun supply rather than going after the buyers. Jimmy and Frankie must find a new dealer as they prepare for their next job. Cathy and Jenny struggle to comfort their daughters who’ve undergone trauma. When Michaela falls into some trouble, Rachel decides to take her investigation into her own hands.

star 7.85
384 votes
Directors: Kyra Sedgwick
Writers: Emily Ragsdale, J.M. Holmes
It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

#4 - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 21, 2019

Decourcy is a step closer to connecting the stolen guns to the Revere robbery when an insider agrees to talk. Jenny no longer can ignore Jackie's indiscretions after they show up on her doorstep. Money problems worsen for the Ryan family.

star 7.82
392 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Jorge Zamacona
High on the Looming Gallows Tree

#5 - High on the Looming Gallows Tree

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 4, 2019

Jackie celebrates a win in front of the cameras but, behind closed doors, he reaches a new low. A shining moment from Decourcy promises a potential future in politics, but any pride Siobhan feels for her husband is squandered by an unexpected betrayal. The Grand Jury reconvenes, and this time Sheik doesn’t get off easily. Thanks to Signa’s detective work, the Ryan family is now under the watchful eye of the Suffolk DA.

star 7.78
368 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Stephen Day
The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself

#6 - The Wickedness of the Wicked Shall Be Upon Himself

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 7, 2019

Jackie strong-arms Jimmy to get a step closer to finding the armored truck guards. Decourcy rattles a suspect called to testify before the Grand Jury. Siobhan learns something unsettling about a leader of the Coalition.

star 7.64
424 votes
Directors: Hagar Ben-Asher
Writers: J.M. Holmes
If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly

#7 - If Only the Fool Would Persist in His Folly

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 30, 2019

Jackie searches for his absent informant. Searching for purpose, Jenny revisiting her passion to become a teacher. Decourcy works up a plan to overcome the town’s infamous 'Code of Silence' and get a few suspects to talk. Minogue is assigned a big case, but not the one he actually cares about. Jimmy skips town to visit his kids and finds that, even a thousand miles away, he’s not safe from his problems back home.

star 7.64
475 votes
Writers: Emily Ragsdale
What They Saw in Southie High

#8 - What They Saw in Southie High

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2019

After an eventful Sunday at church, Decourcy finds out he has a new powerful enemy in town—one that puts his wife in an awkward position. Jackie is stirring up trouble in his own home, and his distrustful mother-in-law is onto him. Investigators Hank Signa and Rachel Behnam look into an unsolved missing persons case connected to the robbery in Revere. That could mean trouble for Frankie Ryan, who’s busy laundering his most recent loot and, with the help of his brother, getting carried away in the process.

star 7.58
549 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Chuck MacLean
From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice

#9 - From Injustice Came the Way to Describe Justice

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 14, 2019

Jackie and Decourcy continue to hunt down the weapon connected to the Revere robbery. Local reporter gets a tip that could lead her down a treacherous path. Siobhan questions whether doing what is right is ultimately what is for the best.

star 7.58
400 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Michele McPhee
The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice

#10 - The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2019

In early ‘90s Boston, racism is endemic and crime is widespread. Jackie Rohr, a renowned FBI agent whose methods are not exactly by the book, does not mind the status quo. But Decourcy Ward, the new Assistant District Attorney in town, wants to uproot the corrupt system. The two form an unlikely, and obligatory, alliance to take down a gang of armored truck robbers from Charlestown.

star 7.56
664 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Chuck MacLean