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Jon Bernthal Heads To HBO With We Own This City

We Own This City cast photo
Rob Brown, Ham Mukasa, Robert Harley, Jon Bernthal Photograph by Paul Schiraldi/HBO

While Marvel fans have been anxiously awaiting Jon Bernthal's next move when it comes to the Punisher the actor has been keeping very busy with a diverse amount of roles. Bernthal fans will next see the actor on the small screen in HBO's new limited series We Own This City. Check out the trailer for We Own This City below.

Developed by George Pelecanos and David Simon, and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, WE OWN THIS CITY chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work. Starring Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector, and Josh Charles, WE OWN THIS CITY debuts MONDAY, APRIL 25 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT) and is executive produced by George Pelecanos, David Simon, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Nina K. Noble, Ed Burns, and Kary Antholis.

The series looks like another bonafide hit for HBO and with the all-star cast involved it definitely has all the makings of a hit. Here is a full synopsis for the show as well as for the first three episodes.


As WE OWN THIS CITY depicts the Baltimore Police Department, the connective tissue between the shows goes beyond the creative teams and the city of Baltimore. While “The Wire” was a fictional story, it was speaking to the issues in policing stemming from the drug war heading into the turn of the century and the 2000s. But WE OWN THIS CITY deals with the next generation of the drug war.

In the 2000s, the Baltimore Police Department struggled to respond to crime with meaningful police work, giving itself over to mass arrest and drug warring instead. WE OWN THIS CITY shows how the department’s desperate reliance on statistics over substance eventually led to the inability of department officials to supervise the Gun Trace Task Force and the further inability of the department to discipline rogue police. At the time of the GTTF scandal in 2017, though there were numerous indications of corruption within several plainclothes units going back almost a decade, Baltimore police commanders held to the belief that any street unit that could bring in guns and drugs consistently had to be championed and protected. WE OWN THIS CITY depicts the inevitable corruption of a unit given this carte blanche.

Episodes include:

Episode 1 “Part One”
Debut Date: MONDAY, APRIL 25 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT)
Momodu Gondo (McKinley Belcher III) finds himself in an interrogation. A detective in a nearby county traces a string of overdoses to Baltimore.
Written by George Pelecanos & David Simon; Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.

Episode 2 “Part Two”
Debut Date: MONDAY, MAY 2 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT)
Jenkins (Jon Bernthal) learns stark truths about policing as a new officer. Rayam (Darrell Britt-Gibson) opens up about the GTTF. Suiter (Jamie Hector) is assigned to a new murder case.
Written by Ed Burns & William F. Zorzi; Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.

Episode 3 “Part Three”
Debut Date: MONDAY, MAY 9 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT) 
Despite numerous complaints, Hersl (Josh Charles) is placed on the GTTF. Jensen (Dagmara Domińczyk) monitors Gondo’s (McKinley Belcher III) calls. Jenkins (Jon Bernthal) brings Suiter (Jamie Hector) along on a raid.
Written by D Watkins; Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.

We Own This City will air on HBO with replays available on-demand and on HBO Max.