Deadwood: Season 1 (2004)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Deadwood's absorbing first season presents a vivid, un-sanitized depiction of a frontier town that stakes its claim alongside other classic entries in the Western genre.



Critic Ratings: 26


Audience Score

User Ratings: 241
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Air date: Mar 21, 2004
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Air date: Apr 11, 2004
Air date: Apr 18, 2004
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A potent and profane Western about a late-1870s South Dakota settlement in the aftermath of Little Big Horn, as Seth Bullock arrives in town.


Timothy Olyphant
as Seth Bullock
Ian McShane
as Al Swearengen
Molly Parker
as Alma Garret
John Hawkes
as Sol Star
William Sanderson
as E.B. Farnum
Jeffrey Jones
as A.W. Merrick
Jim Beaver
as Ellsworth
Keith Carradine
as Wild Bill Hickok
Leon Rippy
as Tom Nuttall
Sean Bridgers
as Johnny Burns
Dayton Callie
as Charlie Utter
Robin Weigert
as Calamity Jane
Ray McKinnon
as Rev H.W. Smith
Ricky Jay
as Eddie Sawyer
Brad Dourif
as Doc Cochran
Bree Seanna Wall
as Sophia Metz
Peter Jason
as Con Stapleton
Kim Dickens
as Joanie Stubbs
W. Earl Brown
as Dan Dority
Powers Boothe
as Cy Tolliver
Dan Dority
as W. Earl Brown
Titus Welliver
as Silas Adams
Zach Grenier
as Andy Cramed
William Russ
as Otis Russell
Nicolas Survoy
as Captain Massie
Dean Rader-Duval
as Jimmy Irons
Peter Coyote
as Gen. Crook
Gill Gayle
as Huckster
Marshall Bell
as Magistrate Claggett
Tom Simmons
as Poker Player at No. 10
Gareth Williams
as Smallpox Victim at the Gem Saloon
Clayton Wilcox
as Loudmouth Drunk in Gem Saloon
Tammy Brooks
as Gem Whore
Dan Hildebrand
as Tim Driscoll
Brian Girard
as Smallpox Victim
Richard Wharton
as Cowboy Outside Bunkhouse
Greg Cipes
as Miles Anderson
Juddson Linn
as Milliner
Kristen Bell
as Flora Anderson
John Wills Martin
as Haberdasher
Steve Alford
as Town Butcher
Jamie McShane
as Ned Mason
Christopher Darga
as Byron Sampson
Dylan Haggerty (II)
as Abusive John
Dylan Haggerty
as Abusive John
Cheryl Huggins
as Gem Whore #2
G.T. Holme
as Miner in the Gem Saloon
Sarah Lund
as Bella Whore
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Critic Reviews for Deadwood Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (17)

Deadwood is a funny show alright, but that's because, in the unflagging brilliance of its execution, it fulfills its ambition.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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Dourif steals every scene he's in, and Weigert finds in Calamity Jane an unusual toughness that makes her more credible than in previous incarnations.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The language, and the characters, will take some getting used to, but get used to them. It's the kind of rich tapestry that rewards repeated viewings.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

HBO's extraordinary new Western, Deadwood, is not your father's horse opera and that it stands proudly beside the bleak, unromanticized likes of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven and Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

Aug 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Once you grow accustomed to the trash talk... the series draws you deeper and deeper into a little world where the law holds no sway and right is trodden in the mud.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This one belongs to McShane, and if not him it's Timothy Olyphant...

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Wild West as Shakespeare or David Mamet might have seen it.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I think that's why "Deadwood" ultimately won me over: It's a true character piece with top-notch acting all around.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

In a medium where chance-taking is rare enough but exceeding one's reach is virtually unheard of, you have to admire the spectacular, co-joined vision of David Milch and HBO...

Jun 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Creator/head writer David Milch has his hand in each script and story arc and it shows.

Jun 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadwood: Season 1

  • Aug 13, 2019
    Para ser basada en la vida real es una gran adaptación con unos personajes muy bien definidos y un gran papel de Ian McShane
  • Feb 13, 2019
    The show started off great, but then slowly got more and more boring (to an extent). It was still a very very good first season, and the premise has so much potential, I just hope they're able to realize that in seasons 2 and 3. The characters are interesting, namely Ian McShane's Al Swearenger. Imo the show neds more violence and conflict, and at a faster pace... the pacing of the first season was bad.
  • Jun 09, 2018
    ONe of the greatest television sEries to ever grace the airWaves. Stands toe to toe with the wiRe, The americans, and The WeSt wing - or whatever your top tv shows of all tIme may be - this is not to be missed.
  • Feb 03, 2018
    I really do wish the series lasted more then three years, but then again maybe it would have declined and been a mockery of itself if it had. Set in the town of Deadwood in 1876 where it tells the tale of the town going from open frontier with gold strikes, and how the people living there got along. Fun side note, many of the characters in the series were there in real life (and by default are real people). No, it isn’t a documentary, yes it is full of violence and sex (and let’s be honest, it doesn’t stay too close to the truth either). It starts with following Timothy Olyphant (of Justified fame) as he arrives in town. Then it truly becomes a full ensemble cast with Brad Dourif playing the Doc, Ian McShane playing Al Swearengen, Molly Parker as Alma Garrett and even Keith Carradine as the doomed Wild Bill Hickok. There are a ton of other famous or semi-famous actors and actresses you will see, but there are so many I can’t really list them all. The show is as good as it sounds. The acting is superb. By the third season the actors play off each other with just a word or a motion. There was so much put into each character that you could read what they were thinking and they could sometimes have conversations with each other that were in depth without more then a few words. The filming was good, and the direction as well obviously. I am saddened that so many people have not seen it. I was especially impressed that rape didn’t play a bigger role, after all that is what most westerns are unfortunately built upon. Not saying that some things didn’t happen, but for what the show was (the Sopranos in the old west) it stayed away from that most of the time. The only thing I thought hurt the show was bringing in Powers Boothe and his whole crew. Not that there weren’t good stories, and definitely not because of Mr. Boothe (he is great), but it took away from main characters in the beginning. While I started watching the show for Mr. Olyphant, I ended the show with Ian McShane (Swearengen) as my favorite character. Pros: Great acting, directing, story and sets. Cons: Perhaps too many secondary stories and plots and too many characters by mid-second season. Now to find some more Ian McShane work.
  • Jan 02, 2018
    For those with an appetite for gritty, complex, historical fiction television, this is perhaps the best series ever made. The main characters are all complex and well-developed. The production values are top-notch. The stories are personal, but often set against a context of broader, 'bigger world' motivations. Excellent, all the way around.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    Review for all 3 Seasons - Deadwood was not fun to watch as it is based on real place, people, and events and I am too used to the entertaining spaghetti western. The series has its many pluses, first being the superb performance by Ian McShane as Al Swearengen. He was fabulous in his portrayal as a mean bastard who does have a heart. The other's in the ensemble cast were also good at there roles. Authenticity was very much there with the sets, costumes, and props used. The language seemed of the 1800's but the crude mix of Street and Victorian language seemed difficult at times to follow. All dialogs seemed to be made of slangs and sophisticated ancient words(which are meant to be funny and intelligent only if you get the hang of language first). All the major characters were based on real people but were changed and spiced up for television.My favorite character Trixi the whore was made up. The entertaining scenes in the series didn't happen in real life and the boring parts did. The End did seem intense and kept me on the edge waiting for all hell to break loose but in wanting to keep authenticity it was a letdown.
  • Aug 09, 2014
    Vulgar and poetic, violent and dense, "Deadwood" needed a fourth season.
  • Aug 04, 2014
    Probably the best TV show of all time.
  • Jun 19, 2014
    Whether your preference be Sergio Leone, Sam Peckinpah, or John Wayne, fans of westerns are unlikely to be completely prepared for a show like Deadwood. Striving for realism, and drama of the most Shakespearean-caliber, David Milch's western series almost immediately resounded as a masterpiece, and it's really something that hadn't been attempted before or since. Taking viewers into a seedy and lawless frontier town of the 1870s (and using real historical persons and events), the show simply shat on the myth of this time and place being that of great adventure, with grim violence, ugly depictions of whores, and possibly the most colorful use of profanity to ever grace your television screen. Is it 100% accurate? All that really matters is that it feels so. Great casting all around too, especially from Ian McShane, whose Al Sweringen is simply one of the best television villains of all time. Right up there with The Sopranos and The Wire, as one of HBO's very best offerings.

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