Deadwood: Season 2 (2005)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

Amid the grit and lawlessness, season two of Deadwood offers a richly textured portrait of an Old West community buoyed by its talented ensemble cast.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 140
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Air date: Mar 6, 2005
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Season two sees tensions and violence flare, as the town faces an uncertain future.


Timothy Olyphant
as Seth Bullock
Ian McShane
as Al Swearengen
Molly Parker
as Alma Garret
John Hawkes
as Sol Star
Brad Dourif
as Doc Cochran
Dayton Callie
as Charlie Utter
Powers Boothe
as Cy Tolliver
Robin Weigert
as Calamity Jane
Jeffrey Jones
as A.W. Merrick
W. Earl Brown
as Dan Dority
Leon Rippy
as Tom Nuttall
Sean Bridgers
as Johnny Burns
Linda Wang
as Chinese Slavewhore
Anna Gunn
as Martha Bullock
Kim Dickens
as Joanie Stubbs
Jim Beaver
as Ellsworth
Ted Mann
as Rutherford
Gill Gayle
as Huckster
Garret Dillahunt
as Francis Wolcott
Titus Welliver
as Silas Adams
Peter Jason
as Con Stapleton
Josh Eriksson
as William Bullock
Sarah Paulson
as Miss Isringhausen
Keith Stevenson
as Chinese Whorehouse Customer
Johnny Rad
as Hoople
Leah Ann Cevoli
as Gem Whore
Mei Melançon
as Chinese Slavewhore
Mei Melançon
as Chinese Slavewhore
Fiona Dourif
as Chez Ami Whore
Channon Roe
as Slippery Dan
Richard Gant
as Hostetler
Zach Grenier
as Andy Cramed
Franklin Ajaye
as Samuel Fields
Brent Sexton
as Harry Young
Josh Ericksson
as William Bullock
Danny Le Boyer
as Lee's Henchman
Gerald McRaney
as George Hearst
Sam Spector
as Rifleman
Jackson Bolt
as Ellsworth's Rifleman
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Critic Reviews for Deadwood Season 2

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

Once a week, "Deadwood" is a phenomenal place to visit -- but I wouldn't want to live there.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

In its second season this gritty frontier drama still boasts the most colorfully eccentric ensemble of any show on TV.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

To Swearengen, the approaching future means the end of his gleefully lawless life; to Deadwood fans, it's possible that that near future means the end of one of the richest dramas on television, with only a smoking bullet hole in its place.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Don't get me wrong. The first season of Deadwood is a cracking bit of telly. But the second? It's taking everything I've got not to stop writing and just start watching it again.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Al may no longer be master of all he surveys, but the smile on his face (such a lovely moment from Ian McShane) is appropriate for the day he's just had - and for the incredible season of television we've just watched.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

I'll keep championing this series to any and all who are willing to hear, because this is a show that requires a modicum of patience, and a great deal of maturity.

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

But this much is true: "Deadwood" is cocksure brilliant.

Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

At times beyond gritty in a "You've got to be kidding" sort of way, "Deadwood" will never be everyone's cup of tea, but it stands as one of HBO's most fully realized dramas since "The Sopranos" and exhibits no signs of fading in the second leg of its run.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Watching this show is such a disgusting,off-putting experience that you can be forgiven for wanting to take a shower after it 's over...

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

And yet it's all kind of pleasingly thematic, alternately gritty and funny and caked with moral decay.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

As much as any other Western town in any other Western, Deadwood... seems really to exist, so vivid are the characters and so rich the texture.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Deadwood is indeed small and brackish, and it is in its own way as absorbing and addictive as "The Sopranos."

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deadwood: Season 2

  • Aug 13, 2019
    Un poco menos interesante que la primera pero aun conserva la atracción de sus personajes.
  • Feb 21, 2019
    What a great 2nd season. Much more exciting than the first and so much to look forward to in the 3rd and final season. Like season 1 the acting remains top notch with so many of the actors moving on to great television shows that followed Deadwood. All the new characters mixed into the formula successfully. The season had so many interesting subplots. And character development progressed in a very interesting way. There's lots to love about this season.
  • Feb 03, 2018
    This is for the whole series. 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.
  • May 02, 2015
    Probably the best series I've ever seen. Very intelligent, great performances, great characters, great writing. Kind of guys show.
  • 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
    Pretty much every bit on par with the first one…just watch out for the kidney stones operation!

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