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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American History draws a throng of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything - and everyone - has a price. Welcome to Deadwood...a hell of a place to make your fortune. From Executive Producer David Milch ("NYPDIn an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American History draws a throng of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything - and everyone - has a price. Welcome to Deadwood...a hell of a place to make your fortune. From Executive Producer David Milch ("NYPD Blue") comes DEADWOOD, a new drama series that focuses on the birth of an American frontier town and the ruthless power struggle that exists in its lawless boundaries. The story begins two weeks after Custer's defeat at Little Bighorn, combining fictional and real-life characters and events in an epic morality tale. Located in the Black Hills Indian Cession, the "town" of Deadwood is an illegal settlement, a violent and uncivilized outpost that attracts a colorful array of characters looking to get rich - from outlaws and entrepreneurs to ex-soldiers and racketeers, Chinese laborers, prostitutes, city dudes and gunfighters. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    Deadwood has become one hell of a great gimmick-free Western.
  2. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Oct 4, 2013
    100
    When you care about everyone in a town like Deadwood, every hot argument, every passionate embrace, every sudden murder is liable to delight, disgust or surprise. Once a week, Deadwood is a phenomenal place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there. [4 Mar 2005, p.127]
  3. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oct 4, 2013
    100
    The greatest dramatic series in the history of American television. [6 Mar 2005, p.1]
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 4, 2013
    100
    But this much is true: Deadwood is cocksure brilliant. David Milch, who put the glory into "NYPD Blue," is clearly and defiantly uninterested in political correctness. He just wants to make a great Western for TV. In that, he's succeeded. [4 Mar 2005, p.E1]
  5. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 4, 2013
    100
    Magnificently profane and entirely engaging, Deadwood remains one of TV's best character-driven dramas. [4 Mar 2005, p.W-45]
  6. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 4, 2013
    90
    Deadwood will never be everyone's cup of tea, but it stands as one of HBO's most fully realized dramas since "The Sopranos" and exhibits no signs of fading in the second leg of its run. [3 Mar 2005, p.4]
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Lipton
    Jun 28, 2013
    75
    In its second season this gritty frontier drama still boasts the most colorfully eccentric ensemble of any show on TV. But Al Swearengen, the malignly glowering saloon boss, played to the hilt by Golden Globe winner Ian McShane, is first among equals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 3, 2018
    10
    This is for the whole series.

    I really do wish the series lasted more then three years, but then again maybe it would have declined and
    This is for the whole series.

    I really do wish the series lasted more then three years, but then again maybe it would have declined and been a mockery of itself if it had.

    Set in the town of Deadwood in 1876 where it tells the tale of the town going from open frontier with gold strikes, and how the people living there got along. Fun side note, many of the characters in the series were there in real life (and by default are real people).

    No, it isn't a documentary, yes it is full of violence and sex (and let's be honest, it doesn't stay too close to the truth either). It starts with following Timothy Olyphant (of Justified fame) as he arrives in town. Then it truly becomes a full ensemble cast with Brad Dourif playing the Doc, Ian McShane playing Al Swearengen, Molly Parker as Alma Garrett and even Keith Carradine as the doomed Wild Bill Hickok.

    There are a ton of other famous or semi-famous actors and actresses you will see, but there are so many I can't really list them all.

    The show is as good as it sounds. The acting is superb. By the third season the actors play off each other with just a word or a motion. There was so much put into each character that you could read what they were thinking and they could sometimes have conversations with each other that were in depth without more then a few words.

    The filming was good, and the direction as well obviously. I am saddened that so many people have not seen it. I was especially impressed that rape didn't play a bigger role, after all that is what most westerns are unfortunately built upon. Not saying that some things didn't happen, but for what the show was (the Sopranos in the old west) it stayed away from that most of the time.

    The only thing I thought hurt the show was bringing in Powers Boothe and his whole crew. Not that there weren't good stories, and definitely not because of Mr. Boothe (he is great), but it took away from main characters in the beginning. While I started watching the show for Mr. Olyphant, I ended the show with Ian McShane (Swearengen) as my favorite character.

    Pros: Great acting, directing, story and sets.

    Cons: Perhaps too many secondary stories and plots and too many characters by mid-second season.

    Now to find some more Ian McShane work.
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  2. Oct 7, 2018
    9
    Continues where it left off, strong storytelling where the characters take the fore. Most modern movies should take note!
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    9
    In this western series could be several reasons. I really liked all the season third Good story great actor performances. I can highlyIn this western series could be several reasons. I really liked all the season third Good story great actor performances. I can highly recommend to everyone! Expand

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