The Deuce Season 1



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

The Deuce makes an instant and distinctive impression with its scruffy atmosphere, highly specific period detail and a dizzyingly rich cast of disreputable characters.

Episode Info

In the premiere of this dramatic re-creation of the rise of the porn culture in New York in the 1970s and '80s, an entrepreneurial bartender hustles to improve his situation as he crosses paths with a wide assortment of other Times Square habitués. Meanwhile, pimps and prostitutes ply their trade under the not-so-watchful eye of the NYPD; and an NYU student winds up in the local precinct after trying to score amphetamines on the street.


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
Don Harvey
as Danny Flanagan
Ralph Macchio
as Officer Haddix
Zoe Kazan
as Andrea Martino
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Critic Reviews for Pilot

[The Deuce] is a compelling and gritty new drama.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Bursting with energy and decked out in a run-down look, The Deuce could be TV's next great drama.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

[The Deuce is] about taking a non-exploitive approach to an industry built on exploitation. As visually spellbinding as this particular vision of 1971 is, there is nothing nostalgic about it.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

[It] delves straight into it, setting a tone that's just as delightfully pulpy, and introducing a cast of pimps, sex workers, gangsters, and cops (including twins played by James Franco) that rivals Game of Thrones in sheer scope.

Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Deuce means business.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The Deuce makes a promise not to shy away from all things dark, dirty, and unsettling.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Overall, The Deuce opened well. It weaves a tapestry as diverse and smeared as the population of its titular street trekking through a particularly rainy day.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a nightmare, and highly reminiscent of Bubbles' tour of Hamsterdam in season three of The Wire. That scene haunted me for a long time; I wonder whether this show might do the same.

Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The capitalist critique is no less potent for being obvious, especially given the panoramic approach Simon and Pelecanos adopt to illustrate its toxic reaches.

Sep 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The pilot features a whole lot of ... well, atmosphere is putting it generously.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…