The Principle Is All
The Deuce Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

The Deuce not only forms increasing layers of complexity but grows more compelling as the denizens of Time Square start seizing their shots for a better life.

Episode Info

Vincent is blindsided by an unexpected partner after putting the finishing touches on his new bar, causing Frankie to blow a gasket. Meanwhile, Rudy buys into a rival's plan to reconfigure The Deuce and, hopefully, with the support of an ambitious mayor; Candy looks for a way into the filmmaking business; Darlene works overtime to compensate Larry; Bobby pays a price for his recent stress at work; and a menacing drifter proves useful to Vincent when the Hi-Hat finally opens.

Cast

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
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Critic Reviews for The Principle Is All

Perhaps having to cram so much in with so many characters over just eight episodes seems to have flattened out its effect and the portrayals are less nuanced than in The Wire.

Sep 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Simon's criticism of capitalism - and hypocrisy of social mores in general - is his trademark, and he does it phenomenally.

Sep 26, 2017 | Full Review…

New York is a city in transition at the time of The Deuce, and so are many of the show's characters, who spend "The Principle Is All" trying very hard to get new businesses off the ground, or at least get out of the job that's making them miserable.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

[Candy's] grade-A protagonist material, and [Maggie] Gyllenhaal is such a maestro in her role, it almost seems silly that the camera ever trains its lens on someone else.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

As The Deuce points out and then underlines, the system is rigged, though in the scheme of things, a Cornell kid having a make-work job at a construction site isn't the worst of it.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

I enjoyed the close of this third episode; it gave me a warm feeling.

Oct 10, 2017 | Full Review…

While this week's Deuce-stallment touched on a broad number of people and places as the series winds its way toward a greater purpose, several key themes did jump out.

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Despite the abundant charms of this episode, problems remain.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The Deuce is starting to feel solid beneath our feet, and The Deuce keeps building.

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This episode is slow - there's no rush to get anywhere now that all the pieces and players have been set into motion - but at the risk of getting into innuendos, it's a good time.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…