Deadwood

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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 ("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.
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    • Worst show in the world

      1.0
      What a stupid show. I love westerns and was ready to forgive almost anything, but holy crap this is a bad show. There are a handful of good actors and likeable characters (Ian McShane is the best) but the rest can take a hike. The Calamity Jane actress was a calamity herself - just awful, I had to fast forward her scenes, they were actually painful. The writing and the plot deteriorated as the show progressed until it was just a joke. I watched all three seasons waiting for it to improve, get good like so many reviews claim, but it just got worse. I only finished this because I have no life right now. Don't be like me, skip this show.moreless
    • Gone to soon

      8.5
      This show has won Emmy and Golden Globe awards and was named 8th on TV Guides list in 2013 of shows canceled too early. The performance of Ian McShane as Al Swearengen was brilliant on so many levels. Ian McShane portrayed the brutal and cold hearted element that was common back in those good old times. With Kidnapping, Murder, and all kinds of violence accompanied with very well written progressive stories it is a must see if you have not seen it.moreless
    • mediocre

      6.0
      I watched this show after seeing so many positive "reviews". So, i'm a little annoyed about being mislead after having just watched Season 1,2 and 3 ... in the span of a few days. This show is mediocre. It is nowhere, and i mean, nowhere near a 9 or a 10 for a half witted adult. The acting is generally sub-par. Lots of overacting and some outright terrible acting in scenes -- to the point that i have to actually fast forward various scenes. One of the main characters (sheriff) is horrible. Wow. I cringe when he talks -- his voice crackles, he over acts, he's angry for no reason in 99% of all his scenes. The story is actually not bad, but the writing doesn't deliver. The only good scenes are with the Gem Saloon owner and his cohorts. If it wasn't for them, the show would be pitiful. Various people were added to the story in seasons 2 and 3 that add no value to the story line.



      The horrible:

      - the priest character of season 1 was garbage

      - the widow Alma was utterly unwatchable throughout the entire season (wow, what garbage acting)

      - the Calamity Jane ... can't understand 50% of what she says, plus her acting is bad

      - the writers suck ... they make the characters talk like Shakespeare in one scene and like gutter rats in the next ... makes no sense, and makes it hard to understand. I feel i understand 70% at best of what is actually said -- the dialog is often a struggle to watch and decipher at times



      The good:

      - Al, the Gem Saloon owner. I would have stopped watching if he wasn't in it.

      - Wild Bill, maybe he left the show so early because he couldn't take the bad acting either.



      I could go on, but there's no point. The show rates between a a 6 and 7. People voting this to a 9 or 10 are the same people that think Olive Garden serves delicious Italian food.moreless
    • "Don't I yearn for the days when a draw across the throat made f#@king resolution" -Al Swearengen

      10
      This show is still an all time favorite of mine. It was a front runner (along with Sapranos) in the now common run of popular television, shows where the characters are excessively flawed, cruel, realistic. Characters that you love to hate/hate to love.



      Initially I thought Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) made the show but I was quickly drawn in to the unique Shakespearean dialogue, the to-the-point exchanges flourished with expletives and gritty violence.



      Like the earlier reviewer, I was initially bothered by the double casting of Garret Dillahunt, however I eventually accepted it because the two characters were drastically different and he's not a bad actor.

      And, I'll admit, the show was not without it's lulls in pacing, progressively becoming more noticeable in the 2nd and 3rd seasons. But this does little to detract from the sheer entertainment value, especially in comparison to other popular television.



      I guess my only real qualm with the series is the abrupt cancellation. Which would turn out to be yet a front runner of another sort, shows that I even remotely become interested in getting yanked, with no warning whatsoev...moreless
    • Ratings for S1-3

      4.0
      S1: 4/10

      S2: 4/10

      S3: 4/10
    • © 2006 Home Box Office, Inc.
    • © 2006 Home Box Office, Inc.
    • © 2006 Home Box Office, Inc.
    • © 2006 Home Box Office, Inc.
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    legendary heroes, ruthless businessman, ruthless killing, bromance, secrets and lies