Deadwood : Season 1

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

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Universal acclaim- based on 126 Ratings

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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: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 3, 2013
    100
    HBO just might have found its next great dramatic addiction --- a vulgar, gritty, at times downright nasty take on the Old West brimming with all the dark genius that series creator and screenwriter extraordinaire David Milch has at his fingertips. [19 Mar 2004, p.2]
  2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Sep 30, 2013
    100
    A fascinating and disturbing vision. [21 Mar 2004, p.F5]
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Oct 3, 2013
    90
    In the same way that "The Wire" showed there is an HBO way to update that staple of regular TV, the cop show, Deadwood demonstrates that the western can be revitalized, too, with a dose of extreme realism. [19 Mar 2004, p.C1]
  4. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 30, 2013
    80
    It's a true character piece with top-notch acting all around. [21 Mar 2004, p.TV-5]
  5. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    Get past the language, though, and Deadwood slowly but surely draws you in. Keith Carradine, as Hickok, brings quiet stoicism and strength to a new level; Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock, who has hung up his lawman's badge to hang a hardware-store shingle in town, isn't far behind. [18 Mar 2004, p.101]
  6. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Sep 30, 2013
    75
    What Deadwood becomes within its first four episodes is a complex, neo-Shakespearean take on social and institutional corruption, racism, environmental barbarism, and the nature of good and evil. It not only provides a different view of how the West was won but also muses on how the taming of the frontier mirrors modern times. [21 Mar 2004, p.3E]
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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 :( Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2015
    10
    This is one of the best shows of the past 20 years. The acting and writing are so good it's like watching a great piece of art. I can't recallThis is one of the best shows of the past 20 years. The acting and writing are so good it's like watching a great piece of art. I can't recall a show I've enjoyed more or felt more invested in the characters. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. uh ....! i just brought it :)
    Apparently it is based on history of Deadwood , South Dakota @Trilby , @ Anfractuous ....thnx that encouraged me for it
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  4. Aug 21, 2011
    10
    A very small number of TV series are as compelling as a terrifically written book, and provoke a sense of loss when one completes watchingA very small number of TV series are as compelling as a terrifically written book, and provoke a sense of loss when one completes watching them. For me, this is not only once of those few, but arguably the best, contending favorably against (some) seasons of 24, Lost & Prison Break. Well before the end of the 3rd series, I liked or disliked and cared about the future about almost every character. The show has too many outstanding features for me to credit, but the dialogue does delight and beguile. Watch. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2013
    9
    IIn this western series could be several reasons. I really liked all the season third Good story great actor performances. I can highlyIIn 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
  6. 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. Expand
  7. May 28, 2011
    8
    Very good television show. Ian McShane as Al Swearengen is the most charismatic character I've ever seen on television. Well written, wellVery good television show. Ian McShane as Al Swearengen is the most charismatic character I've ever seen on television. Well written, well acted and believable as f**k. Sometimes it's a little slow and sometimes you want to throw up when Calamity Jane is speaking/on the screen, but this show has created it's own goddam dialect that, hell, even if it's completely ahistorical (which I have no f***ing idea either way), fits perfectly and makes it better than it ever would've been. Expand

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