The Deuce: Season 1 (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Deuce again demonstrates David Simon's masterful grasp of urban grit, while never losing detailed sight of its colorful characters.


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Air date: Sep 10, 2017
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This drama series is set in New York City in the early 1970s and explores the rise of the porn industry. Series 1 features Vinnie and Frankie (James Franco), twin brothers working for the Mob; Candy (Maggie Gyllenhall), a prostitute who realises that the emerging pornography industry is something worth investing into; CC (Gary Carr), a pimp who controls the prostitution ring around Times Square; Abby (Margarita Levieva), a college student arrested for drug possession; Chris Alston (Lawrence Gilliard Jr), a NYPD officer very much aware of what goes on in the streets. As the series progresses, their lives intertwine in unexpected and at times dangerous ways.


James Franco
as Vincent Martino/Frankie Martino
Gary Carr
as C.C.
Margarita Levieva
as Abigail "Abby" Parker
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as Chris Alston
Chris Bauer
as Bobby Dwyer
Chris Coy
as Paul Hendrickson
Natalie Paul
as Sandra Washington
Michael Rispoli
as Rudy Pipilo
Pernell Walker
as Ruby "Thunder Thighs"
Daniel Sauli
as Tommy Longo
David Krumholtz
as Harvey Wasserman
Ralph Macchio
as Officer Haddix
Don Harvey
as Danny Flanagan
Kayla Foster
as Barbara
Brian Muller
as Grossman
Thaddeus Street
as Black Frankie
Gino Vento
as Carlos
Ed Moran
as Capt. Peter McDonagh
Zoe Kazan
as Andrea Martino
Stephen Gevedon
as Bernie Wolf
E.J. Carroll
as Fat Mooney
Diana Bologna
as Fran Dwyer
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Critic Reviews for The Deuce Season 1

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (33)

The Deuce is intelligent, sensitive, and fun, a show about exploitation that is not exploitative, a blast that's also a tragedy.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The story lags, but the cast never does.

Sep 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Deuce takes a frank approach to sex, a clear-eyed view of the past and a steady style to human storytelling. Ultimately, HBO deals aces to viewers.

Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…

You may not realize it while it's happening, but The Deuce will make you take a good look in the mirror - and think long and hard about what you see.

Sep 5, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Deuce demands you dive in to its vice-filled world. You may feel a little dirty and tainted afterwards but it is so electrifying, you won't be able to resist its sinful charms.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Deuce is the dirty lowdown, with much of the action below the belt. There's nothing pretty here. But in the eyes of this beholder, you'll otherwise know great drama when you see it.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Builds methodically, creating the kinds of three-dimensional, realistic people one can't help but think about long after each episode is over.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

As both a critique of capitalism and an understated ode to multiculturalism, The Deuce is perhaps the most uniquely American show on TV.

Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

...During a large part of the narrative, The Deuce manages to get us hooked and interested in the characters. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

This is still a show where it's more important to follow the dollar bills in the envelopes than the premium cable nudity.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Deuce: Season 1

A very entertaining romp with a fantastic performance from Maggie Gylenhall. Having Franco in one of the lead roles is a bit of a problem for me as he comes across as quite slimey, and with the subject matter and what is going on in Hollywood at the moment, it feels a bit wrong to have him in this part. If you can get past this then it's definitely worth a watch. One thing I have to ask-did people dress like this in the 70s? Whenever there is a film/show in this era then it's like the costume designers collectively lose the plot and dress people up in some badass gear. But seriously, DID PEOPLE DRESS LIKE THIS!

Plodding pace and some poor casting. Watchable but not recommendable.

A powerful character drama from David Simon that remains highly watchable its entire runtime.

EXCELLENT!!!!!! James Franco is brilliant.

I binged watched the first season and want to set my self on fire for wasting so much time on this piece of garbage. There is a great story here but instead of using smart storytelling, writing and acting, they decided to capture their audience with porn. And not even high quality soft core porn. Yucky Maggie Gyllenhall "The Secretary" icky porn. Bleah.

It's hard to get past the constant, gratuitous smoking by every actor, not to mention the blatant marlboro product placement. another sell-out movie to the tobacco industry.

Really enjoyed this show. Really good characters, amazing dialogs and dense atmosphere. Intelligent and fun to watch!

Excellent - very well acted. Each episode is a trip through the 70's underbelly of New York and you end each episode feeling that little bit more seedy and dirty.

As with 'The Wire', David Simon keeps you interested in the characters.

I have to love this show. You just never know what is coming. I can not wait for more, more, and more.

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