January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky. Written by
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As of the date of its release, the pilot episode is the most expensive pilot for a TV show ever produced. See more
Music featured the tune "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" which was not produced until 1938. See more
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
First rule of politics, kiddo: never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Siciliana from Cavalleria Rusticana
Written by Pietro Mascagni
, libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti
and Guido Menasci
Performed by Enrico Caruso See more