• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 25, 2017
Season #: 2, 1

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  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: Darren Franich
    Aug 27, 2018
    An evolutionary season. ... This is a major work, flaws and all, an examination of porn that's really an exploration of economic disruption. [31 Aug 2018, p.44]
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Sep 11, 2018
    Female characters are now taking center stage, both in the show and in their own lives. Seizing that agency doesn’t come easily, of course, but it’s their struggle for it and even just their awakening to its possibility that it is gratifying to watch. ... The empowerment of these women makes the show’s study of masculinity all the richer, complicating the pimp characters and the work of their performers. ... A highlight of this fall’s dizzying TV lineup.
  6. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Sep 7, 2018
    Simon and Pelecanos seem to have hit their stride with this particular story, expertly balancing character-driven storytelling with a wide-angle view of the social, economic, political, cultural, sexual, and gendered dynamics of the era. As before, authenticity and accuracy reign supreme; as before, the era and area are both drawn so vividly you almost can’t help but conjure up the smell. But the series feels newly relevant and resonant, and that’s the cleverest trick the show pulls.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.)
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 7, 2018
    A fascinating, high-class and timely drama, situated during the formative days of modern pornography but -- as filtered through that prism -- with a lot to say about where we are now.
  11. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Sep 4, 2018
    Even as it has softened visually just a little, (though it’s dialogue is a crackling as ever), the show has certainly not lost its edge.
  12. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Sep 11, 2018
    I cannot deny that Franco is a wonderful performer; he always has been...But his presence is not good for The Deuce. It seems to be a betrayal of the show’s characters—or a misunderstanding of its central appeal—to continue to double-bill him in the drama.
  13. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 8 out of 46
  1. Oct 3, 2018
    Why does it suck:
    - Franco:Acting is so ham-fisted, over-the-top , it's pathetic.
    - Plot: What plot? There is none. - Pretentiousness: This
    Why does it suck:
    - Franco:Acting is so ham-fisted, over-the-top , it's pathetic.
    - Plot: What plot? There is none.
    - Pretentiousness: This show is as high as can be. So Gyllenhaal is the former whore empowered by porn, trying to turn it into an art form. PLEEEEEAAAASE!
    - Waste of an excellent photography, lighting and cinematography (hence the 2 points).

    This show is a nice well-crafted gift box with bad quality candies
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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    The 5 out of ten is for the crew. Terribly boring story.
    HBO you're driving your product into a hole. Get off the soapbox and just tell good stories.