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

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Deadwood, pueblo corrupto  »

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The role of Al Swearengen was originally written for Ed O'Neill. O'Neill screen tested for the role but HBO executives did not want to cast him because of his fame as Al Bundy from Married with Children (1987). See more »

Goofs

At one point, Starr tells Bullock: "Your fly is down". In 1876, trousers had buttons, not zippers. Bullock's fly would have been "open" or "closed", not "up" or "down". See more »

Quotes

Al Swearengen: They butt into other people's business; and make the business of other's their own - these bought-out, no good cocksuckers.
Tom Mason: Hickok, you talkin' bout?
Al Swearengen: Oh, fuckin' big shot he is.
Persimon Phil: Big fuckin' shot, when he's standing in front of you.
Al Swearengen: One in his ear from behind, I'd like to see how fucking tough he was.
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Very simply magnificent
15 June 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Ian McShane as the evil Al has established himself as one of the greatest actors of the moment and of the time. He's up there with Pacino, DeNiro and Keitel. The magnificent writing and directing of Deadwood support him completely in mesmerizing the audience. This is for my money the finest work being done on television today. The show has a sure moral compass and a daring to take the violence to the level of Shakespeare or the Greek Tragedy while maintaining verisimilitude with brilliant dialogue and perfect art and set direction, as well as a flawless supporting cast each of whom engages us immediately and convincingly no matter how intimate or distant the focus might be. I can't get enough of this show. I want to see it all in reruns, to cherish it later on DVD. Each episode is fresh and surprising and at times astonishing. But Ian McShane steals the show, no question of it. His face is profoundly expressive and his lines are so marvelous that some of them surely must be ad lib. The guy's a scoundrel but my heart's breaking for him. The Season Finale was the single greatest television drama I've ever seen. We have here a villain who isn't morally bankrupt. And thank heaven, we have a show runner and a writer who isn't morally bankrupt either. Bravo!! I've run out of superlatives. Please, more. And more. And more.


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