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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 25, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: The second season of the drama about the porn industry from George Pelecanos and David Simon jumps forward to 1977 with Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) now working as a director as well as on camera.
  • Genre(s): Drama


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Sep 11, 2018
    The second season pays dividends to the viewer in the form of taut and lively performances. ... If you’re not already invested in this drama, you may find this season to be shinier, brighter and more seductive than before. The Deuce was already an excellent drama. Now it’s definitively one of the best shows on TV.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Sep 10, 2018
    Overall, The Deuce formulates an intoxicating anthropology, characterized in equal measure by both possibility and sentimentality.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 6, 2018
    Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling--and complicated--as the Martino brothers’ lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal. ... Gyllenhaal handles every aspect of Eileen with an earned authenticity.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 7, 2018
    The Deuce, with its brilliant writing, immersive atmosphere and uncommonly excellent acting, is exploring 1977. The four episodes that HBO sent for review reflect a more personal and interesting storyline for Gyllenhaal's Candy.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 11, 2018
    Simply on the merits of its frank, thoughtful storytelling and acting, it’s a perfectly fine riff on the wages of sin back in the day.
  6. 80
    This new batch of episodes feels lighter--or at least has a lighter touch--than most of season one, though it doesn’t stay in that mode forever. A lot of the writing has the moment-to-moment exactness of a comedy of manners, or a casual conversation between veterans of the same business. (The Wire and Treme also excelled at those sorts of interactions.)
  7. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Sep 7, 2018
    The second [season], at least from the first four episodes made available for review, is a riveting story about porn’s golden age that’s padded out with flat writing, loose story ends, and inexplicable subplots.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 17, 2018
    We are supposed to believe 5 years has passed and yet everyone looks EXACTLY the same except for the bad wigs and different clothes. It is asWe are supposed to believe 5 years has passed and yet everyone looks EXACTLY the same except for the bad wigs and different clothes. It is as if no thought at all went into what everyone was doing the past 5 years. From the story line it is not much of anything. Did the writers quit or get fired?? The only thing interesting about James Francos character in season one was Abby and they somehow managed to make her look awful in season 2. What was a great show is now not even watchable. PLEASE HIRE SOME WRITERS, and hire some female writers for the female characters because they are only thing interesting about this show. All of the females acting was phenomenal in season one. They have superb actors but no story lines and nothing at all to say. What a bummer!! Lets hope season 3 gets it back on track. Expand


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