Why Me?
The Deuce Season 1



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

The Deuce strikes an invigorating tone of moral flexibility as it confidently executes its ambitious themes in rollicking fashion.

Episode Info

An end-of-the-year crackdown by police in and around The Deuce spurs Vincent and Bobby to action; Candy tries to persuade her adult-film director that she can do more than act; Rudy witnesses an important court ruling on obscenity and enlists Frankie and Big Mike to protect his interest in the peep shows; Alston tries to convince Sandra that he's more than just a "source."


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 Why Me?

For being a Christmas episode, it's not quite as heart-warming as you might expect - it's got one of the most harrowing scenes we've seen in recent weeks - but progress is still being made.

Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Deuce is so elegantly laying it all out for those of us who get to just sit back and watch at home.

Oct 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Without ever witnessing a scene of money changing hands or graft being spread, it's remarkable how cynical and minimalist The Deuce can be by implying rampant corruption.

Oct 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Somebody please let Maggie Gyllenhaal make movies.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

I think it's a testament to what The Deuce is doing that it manages to be so utterly queasy without becoming unwatchable and highly moral without every feeling prudish.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

If you've been watching for the past six weeks with the hopes that The Deuce turns out to be the next Wire, "Why Me?" will reward those hopes.

Oct 15, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's the first installment of David Simon and George Pelecanos's period piece that doesn't feel like bits and pieces stitched together, but a cohesive whole.

Oct 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The episode is focused on the effect of reform.

Oct 15, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm getting more into Frankie and the whole Franco double act. This may be because he no longer seems like a simple Joe Pesci-style liability written simply to get his brother in trouble.

Oct 31, 2017 | Full Review…

This week on "The Deuce," it's a triumphant day...

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…