Deadwood : Season 1

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    It's really all about shock - not that there's many places to go after you feed not one, but two corpses to animals...When that wears thin, you can always count on an insane amount of four letter words, which are used with the discretion of a 12-year-old boy who's just discovered them. Five "f" words in one sentence just sounds idiotic.
  2. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    But these components don't detract from Deadwood as much as the series' inability to get the story rolling, although it shows potential for growing more interesting two or three episodes from now. Look at the introduction as an overly long handshake with a huge cast of characters, then take notice of how tedious such an elaborate setup can be, even one punctuated by thundercracks of violence. [19 Mar 2004, p.D1]
  3. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Sep 30, 2013
    40
    The bonanza of off-color dialogue makes Deadwood a hard sell: Who knew the Wild Wild West could be such a joyless place? [21 Mar 2004, p.4]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Aug 18, 2010
    9
    I could not believe that im the first reviewer of what i see as the most daring exiting and groundreaking TV series of the past 10 years. PutI could not believe that im the first reviewer of what i see as the most daring exiting and groundreaking TV series of the past 10 years. Put simply the script and characterisation is as good as it get's. All the actors excel and its no wonder with the tools at their disposal. I beg anyone who reads this to buy the 3 season box set and take a whole weekend and immerse yourself in a world of pure unadulterated genius. Full Review »
  2. Jul 18, 2011
    10
    HBO absolutely gets the biggest thumbs down ever for the cancellation of this one. Swearengen absolutely one of the greatest characters ofHBO absolutely gets the biggest thumbs down ever for the cancellation of this one. Swearengen absolutely one of the greatest characters of all time. So so sad it is no more :( Full Review »
  3. Oct 20, 2015
    9
    The premature end is the only reason this doesn't get a 10...I was expecting a gritty wild west, but it goes beyond that..I forgot about theThe premature end is the only reason this doesn't get a 10...I was expecting a gritty wild west, but it goes beyond that..I forgot about the setting and became deeply involved in the characters..A show that evoked genuine emotion..sadness and happiness...Some inconsistencies in the plot but with such a huge range of excellent characters it doesn't detract a lot..Beautifully done..I especially liked the opening credits...HBO make a major error here...Ended way too soon. Full Review »