The Deuce: Season 2 (2018)


Season 2
The Deuce

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The Deuce's excellent character-driven drama returns with even more immersive world-building and a welcome focus on its leading ladies, carried by a tour de force performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.



Critic Ratings: 37


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Air date: Sep 9, 2018

Season 2 opens in 1977, when Vincent is now proprietor of a new mob-backed disco, Club 366, while his girlfriend, Abby, brings the nascent punk-rock culture into the Hi-Hat. Elsewhere, Vincent's twin brother, Frankie, remains a problem, "borrowing" money from Show Land, the sex emporium he manages, to pay off his debts; and Candy, now a "triple threat" as a porn actress, producer and director, is looking to make more artful, ambitious adult films, over the objections of her collaborator, Harvey.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2018

Confronted with the changing realities of prostitution and porn, C.C. doubles down on his assets, while fellow pimp Larry Brown eyes a new opportunity. Elsewhere, a creatively frustrated Candy turns to Genevieve Furie, a onetime porn director who's graduated to slasher films, for filmmaking advice; Paul is approached by Matty the Horse, a rival of Rudy's, who promises him the mob protection he deserves after a customer is mugged outside his bar; and Abby attends a meeting of activists.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2018

Lori envisions a sunny future in Los Angeles after attending the AFFA Erotica Awards with Harvey and Candy, who's looking to connect with West Coast producers. Meanwhile, Paul and Kenneth approach Vincent about a loan for a new nightclub, free from mob ties.; Goldman visits Alston's precinct to share the mayor's vision for cleaning up the Deuce; Frankie wins a hand of poker, but risks losing his job; and Ashley pushes her reform agenda on Abby, while trying to avoid C.C.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2018

Ashley and Abby resolve to track down the identity of a 16-year-old sex worker killed in a recent fire; Vincent is shaken after witnessing the brutal side of Rudy's operation; frustrated by the progress on her new film, Candy recruits new faces to help with the production; Frankie finds his dry-cleaning business a less-than-perfect fit; Larry Brown shows off his improvisational skills; Lori looks to forge a deal with Kiki while keeping C.C. in the loop.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2018

Temporarily flush with cash, Frankie is tapped by Candy to be a coproducer on "Red Hot"; Lori eyes a plum role in the film, but still feels the burden of C.C.'s yoke; with Rudy's blessing, Big Mike and Black Frankie hit a gambling house in the Bronx; Bobby finds himself stigmatized at home and at the Hi-Hat after a surprise raid overseen by Alston; Paul encounters resistance to his elaborate renovation plans; out of rehab, Shay is convinced to move in with a nurturing Irene.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2018

Candy shoots her opus guerilla-style on the streets of New York; Vincent makes a confession to Abby, along with a promise to change; Ashley and Abby help a prostitute escape the Deuce, with a little help from Vincent.; Larry Brown gets a promotion; Paul celebrates the opening of his new upscale club; Bobby turns to Vincent to find work for his wayward eldest son, Joey.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2018

Trapped by his own success, Vincent envisions an idyllic rural life with Abby; Candy is frustrated by her mob backers' misogyny and weighs telling her son, Adam, what she really does for a living; Shay reverts to form, to Irene's dismay; Joey falls in love; Darlene deals with unexpected news; Lori hits a roadblock in her quest for adult-film stardom; Alston faces a dilemma involving his old partner, Flanagan; Paul and Kenneth arrive at a crossroads.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2018

Rudy and Matty the Horse buy Lori away from C.C., who has a back-end agenda; Abby, Dave and Loretta warn Ashley about the dangers of her aggressive activism; Goldman shares his plans for cleaning up the Deuce with Alston; Larry Brown is reunited with a girl from his past; Vincent turns to his father for relationship advice; Candy puts the finishing touches on "Red Hot" in advance of its premiere.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2018

"Red Hot" premieres in the Season 2 finale as Candy, Harvey and Frankie get caught between competing investors. Meanwhile, Vincent and Abby must deal with an unexpected loss; Lori is afraid to go to Los Angeles without C.C.'s permission; Paul turns to a familiar source to help finance Tod's dream; Darlene comes clean; and Goldman and Alston's plan for cleaning up Times Square hits a roadblock.

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Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York's midtown demimonde is at its height. And the Mafia, the early backer of pornography at the moment when courts declared for its legality, is now seemingly poised to reap great profits. A comparable -- and, in some ways, more professional -- porn industry is rising on the West Coast as well. But for now, New York is holding its own in a city flush with movies, music and art, as the drug-fueled party rages around the clock.

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Critic Reviews for The Deuce Season 2

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (16)

Maggie Gyllenhaal, as an ambitious self-pimping prostitute who goes by the name Candy, is altogether excellent.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Simon and Pelecanos seem to have hit their stride with this particular story, expertly balancing character-driven storytelling with a wide-angle view of the social, economic, political, cultural, sexual, and gendered dynamics of the era.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Deuce's clunkier interludes only look more so given that Gyllenhaal is doing career-best work as Candy, in such an extraordinary performance that everyone else pales by comparison.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling - and complicated - as the Martino brothers' lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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None of it bodes well for the long-term future of the Life, as it is known, but it makes for very good drama indeed.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

They're more comfortably settled than in season one, which tends to happen when you aren't looking over your shoulder every second. Their minds are abuzz with schemes to evolve. The show evolves with them.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Maybe more powerfully than any show on air, it shows the futility so many women face when their ambitions get stalled by Harvey Weinstein-esque gatekeepers.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The Deuce is so good at revealing the indignities and paradoxes of power dynamics in the sex industry -- which only casts its approach to offscreen controversy into deeper relief. It risks turning the show into a walking contradiction.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

'The Deuce' expands its value with a second season that shines the signs with which David Simon distinguishes his creations. [Full Review in Spanish]

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

I would not call The Deuce's vision of morality a sign of progress, but HBO's drama about the sex trade in 1970s New York City does present a different way to think about female desire and agency inside sexist systems.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The second season of the David Simon co-created series is deeper and more dynamic than its first.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Even at its most boring, it maintains the viewer's attention. The performances continue to be thoroughly impressive.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Deuce: Season 2

  • Mar 21, 2020
    Season 2 has a noticeably different focus than the first, and that's what makes it fundamentally not as good, and at times a bit stodgy due to a sloppy first few episodes. However, I can't help but remain invested in these characters and the grimly anecdotal moments of their lives, and the '70s NYC representation has never been recreated this perfectly.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    La historia, la ambientación y los personajes son grandiosos en esta historia sobre los origines del porno en esta zona de Nueva York que se transformaría en Times Square en un par de décadas. Los personajes toman mas fuerza y la historia explica un poco mas el desarrollo urbanístico de Manhattan.
  • Nov 16, 2019
    The best of my life thank you
  • Mar 18, 2019
    I think this show is underrated by those who turned it off because of the subject matter. They missed out on great character driven stories.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    I tried, but this is just not compelling to me. It's preachy but nostalgic at thr same time, which is confusing. Otherwise its a period piece thats been done to death, though not specifocally this topic. Nobody stands out in this. The acting is as sub par as the plot.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    Like going to Denny's in a bad neighborhood at 3am and then seeing those sad Maggie flapjacks covered in cig ashes is too much to keep the booze down.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Great show to put on at night to help you sleep. ZZZZZZZ
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Did not enjoy as much as the first season.
  • Jan 03, 2019
    The Deuce returns without missing a beat continuing the development of its characters and telling a compelling story.
  • Jan 01, 2019
    The seasons seem to drag out with nothing really happening. I forced myself to watch it hoping it would get better.

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