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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.


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Series cast summary:
 Seth Bullock (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Al Swearengen (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Alma Garret (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Doc Cochran (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Dan Dority (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Sol Star (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Trixie (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Charlie Utter (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Tom Nuttall (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 E.B. Farnum (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Calamity Jane (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Johnny Burns (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Sofia Metz (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Whitney Ellsworth (35 episodes, 2004-2006)
 A.W. Merrick (35 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Joanie Stubbs (34 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Cy Tolliver (34 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Silas Adams (27 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Con Stapleton (26 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Martha Bullock (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Leon (24 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Jewel (23 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Richardson (20 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Mr. Wu (18 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Dolly (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Francis Wolcott / ... (16 episodes, 2004-2005)


The town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the weeks following the Custer massacre is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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21 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Deadwood, pueblo corrupto  »

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The series takes place from 1876 to 1877. See more »


Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon is mentioned by several characters or seen in the show. Basil Hayden's Bourbon brand was created in 1992. It would not be available in 1870's Deadwood. At the time the show takes place the Hayden family was distilling "Old Granddad" Bourbon which featured a picture of Basil Hayden on the label. See more »


Cy Tolliver: Cy Tolliver, Mr. Wolcott, how do you do? And, what do you drink?
Francis Wolcott: Kentucky bourbon, if you've got it.
Cy Tolliver: Pour Mr. Wolcott a bourbon, Jack, and tell him it's from Kentucky.
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Thankfully It's By HBO
25 August 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

My dad handed me a DVD set of DEADWOOD

" Have you heard of this ? " he asked

" Aye . It stars Ian McShane and is produced by Home Box Office , the company that makes shows like Oz and Sex In The City "

" Take it home with you . It's a brutal series . You might like it "

So I took it home and watched the first episode and like several people have said beforehand watching it on DVD instead of TV transmission is something of a blessing because the opening episode is heavy going as it introduces the characters . Thankfully by the end of the second episode I was hooked as I began to understand the conflict between characters and recognised where the plot strands were heading

DEADWOOD is like I said produced by HBO the cable company which allows " adult content " in their shows and to be honest if it was made by a mainstream American TV company I wouldn't have watched the show because we'd be watching one of those dire PG western series something like THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE with better cinematography . The selling point of the show is that it's brutal adult drama set in the wild west and if you enjoyed Roy Rogers , John Wayne and Gary Cooper strutting their stuff in those old monochrome movies it doesn't necessarily mean you'll enjoy this same as if you enjoyed THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION doesn't mean you'll enjoy OZ .

And speaking of HBO's classic prison drama if DEADWOOD resembles anything it resembles OZ the way the characters interact as they try to get one over on each other . When watching OZ I used to rub my hands in sadistic glee whenever the likes of Adebisi , Schillinger and O'Reilly were on screen because you just knew something nasty was going to happen . It's the same here when AL Swearengen makes an appearance like the scene where he asks his cleaner if she's cleaned up properly:

" Did you get get the blood off the floor ? "

" I scrubbed real hard "

" I didn't f--kin' ask you if you scrubbed real hard I asked you if you got the f--kin' blood off the floor ? " Inspects blood stain " Get me the f--kin' bucket and brush . If I want something f--kin' done in this town I have to f--kin' do it myself "

Did I mention this scene shows Al at his most merciful and compasionate ? The way Swearengen is written is and played really makes this series stand out though I do confess my favourite plot strand of the first series was the one that revolved around a couple of teenage con artists who met a sticky end at the fists of Cy Tolliver .

Despite being compelling DEADWOOD is an acquired taste . No doubt history students will point out that while Swearengen , Seth Bullock , Sol Star , Calamity Jane etc existed other major characters like Alma Garret and Doc Cochran didn't so many of the plot strands and situations of the show are pure invention on the part of the writers and producers but did anyone market DEADWOOD as being 100% accurate ? One slight problem I did have was that one of the subplots featuring a child survivor of a massacre , a young girl called Sofia Metz , remains unresolved at the end of the first series . But apart from that DEADWOOD is a very well produced show with very good performances and I look forward to my Dad purchasing the second series on DVD

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