Hightown: Season 1 (2020)

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Monica Raymund's charms rise above any formulaic tendencies in Hightown's highly entertaining first season.

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Critic Ratings: 20

51%

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User Ratings: 61

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Air date: May 17, 2020

NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) agent Jackie Qui?ones has a wrench thrown in her fun, free-wheeling, booze-addled life when she uncovers a dead body on the beach, plunging her into the center of a complicated -- and dangerous -- opioid ring investigation.

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Air date: May 24, 2020

After discovering a lead on Sherry Henry's murder, Jackie becomes determined to solve the case. Junior finds himself trapped in a position he can't stomach, and Ray finds he's connecting with his CI Renee in ways that are not professional.

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Air date: May 31, 2020

Jackie returns to rehab, but only to help further her investigation. Ray starts closing in on Osito at the same time he and Renee cross the line. Junior takes the first step to becoming a soldier.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2020

Jackie finds out where Krista Collins is staying, but gets pulled back into her own life. Ray comes face to face with Osito. Junior tries to reconcile with Donna's family.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2020

Jackie goes on a bender, threatening everything she's got going for her, throwing her sobriety out the window, and ultimately putting Krista Collins in danger like never before. Junior has to prove himself in a new way. Ray and Renee go on a date.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2020

Jackie and Junior struggle to cope in the wake of a traumatic event. Ray's investigation picks up speed. Ray is there for Renee when she really needs him.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2020

When Jackie realizes Junior's involved with Sherry Henry's murder, she enlists Ray and the entire CCINU to track him down -- before Frankie has him murdered. Renee finds herself deeply questioning her budding relationship with Ray.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2020

Jackie and Ray try to return to business as usual after a depressing failure, only to learn the case might not actually be closed.

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Critic Reviews for Hightown Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

Jackie gets laid and makes cheesy lesbian jokes, but the gayest thing about this show is that a major plot point hinges around a super moon. In 2020, that ain't cuttin' it.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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What lifts the show from the usual procedural conventions is the central performance. Raymund is terrific as Jackie, wearing a tilted smile despite her awareness of her problems...

May 15, 2020 | Full Review…

What prevents Hightown from devolving into a drag is the enormous appeal of its leading lady, Raymund.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It's probably not what Cape Cod tourism boosters would've wished for, but since we're not going anywhere this summer, the show becomes an enjoyable getaway of a different sort.

Jun 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The show has such a gift in Raymund as Quinones, who layers her part so expertly and convincingly that - without wanting to denigrate the rest, which is solidly entertaining - her scenes seem almost to come from a different endeavour entirely.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Hightown doesn't ever reach full beach-noir status, but it does grow organically darker and more heartbreaking as the season progresses.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Hightown grabs you from the very first scene, and the introduction of Raymund's free-wheeling, booze-addled, and coke-addicted Jackie seals the deal.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

"Hightown" delivers trashy thrills within a very somber, serious setting.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Hightown is a crime series that is quite effective, but it thinks it's more complex and profound than it really is. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

But sometimes it feels like Hightown doesn't know what its own strengths are.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It's one of those shows where you might hear someone say "The location is one of the characters."

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, the ride of Hightown is rocky, but the lows of the opioid epidemic and the hard realities of substance abuse are a high unto themselves, with light at the end of the tunnel.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hightown: Season 1

  • Aug 23, 2020
    The show was a nice fresh feel into the Crime Drama scene. Province town was a bit over done.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    Wow, is everyone this messed up in Provincetown? Friends who could save your life are too stoned or drunk to show up, cops sleep with their informants, crime goes unpunished, and criminals on the mainland laughingly view the beachtown's drug dealers as soft and ripe for takeover. I guess we'll find out in season 2 which is perfectly set up by a season finale that left most every thing and one in the air. Good storytelling and terrific actors make these losers worth watching. But if you'd met any of them in real life, you'd be advised to walk away ASAP and count your blessings
  • Jul 24, 2020
    This show is about 30% murder mystery, and 60% addiction drama (and 10% porn). James Badge Dale's character almost single-handedly ruined it for me. He's the most notorious stereotype of the last thirty years or so of TV: the "Boston Cop." He uses the same phony accent and cop slang ("Waddya' got fuh me," etc.), the same casual disregard for the Constitution or remotely realistic police procedure, the same ex-wife and backstory; he's basically the same swaggering, hostile, condescending, bully character that we the audience are supposed to think is charming and funny that you've seen everywhere from "Dexter" to "NYPD Blue." After three episodes, I decided to just skip past scenes he's in, but he's a major character--so I gave up on the show. The main character is a pretty hard not to hate at first--though she grows on you--but the substance abuse themes (which, again, the show spends more time on, at least in the first five episodes or so, than the murders) are much more authentic than the standard issue cop stereotype characters.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    This show floored me, the most honest depiction of addiction and law enforcement I've ever seen. Kudos to Monica Raymund and James Badge Dale for leading an amazing cast!
  • Jul 17, 2020
    As a former Provincetown resident, I can assure you that this TV show represents Provincetown like Salem's Lot reps a small town in Maine. The last murder in Provincetown was in 2004, a case of domestic violence between two men. Prior to that, one has to go back as far as 1974 to find a murder in Provincetown, still unsolved. This show has lots of murders & deaths. Sure, this is fiction, but for a show to take place in Provincetown and not have one supporting role for a gay male character is absolutely ridiculous. This show is all about violent straight men, straight male cops, a few straight women and one gay woman, the co-lead. And there are no strip clubs on Cape Cod. There was one, about an hour away from Provincetown in Mashpee, but it closed over a year ago. P.S. The people of P-town hate this show and when the cast & crew return next year for a week to film a few exteriors, they won't be welcomed. Yeah, a week to film, because they filmed most of it on Long Island because they claimed it looked like P-town. It doesn't.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    Really good deep series covering all topics
  • Jul 10, 2020
    The entire cast seems uncomfortable with each other which makes this hard to watch. Scenes are clunky and awkward. The story line is predictable and played out (drug dealers, druggies, dead body, blah blah blah). Not much mystery happening in this mystery show except how it made it this far. Also, the film crew spent plenty of weeks in Provincetown shooting this, yet they took nothing away of what the town is actually about. Instead they took advantage of the town and then portrayed it in a false manner that many viewers will sure take away as accurate. All in all, this show is garbage. The story line, acting, area portrayal and character development are just awful.
  • Jul 08, 2020
    This is a bit too simplistic with poor character development and everyone is "acting?". The only interesting performance is given by Riley Voelkel who tries to add a layer or two to her stripper/baby mamma role.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    I'm not into the dysfunctional, alcoholic, agent, ridiculous plot hole series. The acting is okay, but the series paints groups of people, including cops, in a very bad light.
  • Jul 05, 2020
    A gritty up-to-date drama on the drug world with human lives being impacted. Riley Voelkel as Rene is seductive, and its more than just the showcased flesh scenes. Renee's character is developed to show a mother trying to get by, if not survive, in a culture that generally uses people up. James Badge Dale as Abruzzo is also delivering a believable LEO character that shows he's not only hard, but human, be it breaking PD policy with a CI or hiding behind his desk to jettison some testosterone. Atkins Estimond as Osito is also convincing. Not just a gang banging heroin dealer, we see both sides, where he befriends Jr. even as he screws up and puts Osito at risk. All together, Hightown is delivering a very believable take on the power, criminality, love, addiction, and living within that world. The violence is delivered at a successful level and we're not hit with a New Jack City or Sugar Hill. It is after all, the Cape Cod area, where it isn't all gangs, but drugs is just as devastating. 4+ stars

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