The Deuce: Season 2 (2018)



Critic Consensus: 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.


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Air date: Sep 9, 2018
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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 (13)

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

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This extraordinary, richly textured series from The Wire creator David Simon is the most evocative show on air right now, in the sense that nothing else so vividly renders a specific time and place.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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Season two doesn't have the tightest plotting or the most heart-stopping storylines, but that's hardly the point. It slugs across the screen with its funky outfits and its quotidian heartbreaks.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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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…

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