What Kind of Bad?
The Deuce Season 1



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

Maggie Gyllenhaal emerges as a highlight of The Deuce's formidable cast with one of her very best performances.

Episode Info

Abby is disappointed when Darlene returns from a trip home with a new girl; Bobby tries to change Vincent's mind about Rudy's offer; Candy mulls a career change after she's roughed up by a john; Paul explores the exhilaration of gay life in the city; Sandra scores a key interview with a pimp with some help from Alston.


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
Gino Vento
as Carlos
David Krumholtz
as Harvey Wasserman
Pernell Walker
as Ruby "Thunder Thighs"
Don Harvey
as Danny Flanagan
Kayla Foster
as Barbara
Daniel Sauli
as Tommy Longo
Brian Muller
as Grossman
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Critic Reviews for What Kind of Bad?

Eileen's story is too vivid for viewers to forget, but Vincent and Frankie don't have to see past the closed door. But viewers can learn so much from these stories by acknowledging what Vincent refuses to.

Oct 10, 2017 | Full Review…

A lot of this week's episode of The Deuce is set-up for what's to come later on. Luckily, The Deuce isn't the kind of show for which that's an indictment.

Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…

... a shocking and well-crafted episode that reveals the very real risks and downsides of the life of a sex worker.

Oct 13, 2017 | Full Review…

With "What Kind of Bad," The Deuce passes the halfway mark of the its first season. All the sets are staged for smooth-running rough trade that captures all angles.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Deuce is undergoing a revolution. On every layer of the seedy midtown industry, things are changing.

Oct 9, 2017 | Full Review…

One of the strongest ideas in The Deuce so far, though, is that the line between people who do sex work or other illegal things and people who don't isn't always so clear.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

It can be hard to watch the continual degradation of Candy, the freest, wildest spirit on the Deuce. Even if she's not entirely likable, you root for her.

Oct 24, 2017 | Full Review…

There, finally, is a potential light at the end of the very dark tunnel Candy's been moving through so far. It's that chance at escape - at something better - that she, like so many in The Deuce, has been craving.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The scene between Eileen and Rodney is the emotional centerpiece of the episode.

Oct 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Deuce paints a bleak portrait at times, but it also includes moments like this one that show people simply being themselves, unencumbered by life, even if it's just for a moment.

Oct 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…