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
Charles Luciano is referred to as "Lucky" Luciano in the show. Some sources state that he didn't earn this nickname until a failed murder attempt in 1929, but other sources assert that his nickname came from his ability to avoid police in his younger days. See more
[Mrs McGarry reads out the following "Owed (sic) to Liquor" at a meeting, also appears on a picture she gives to Nucky
Coward, monster, vicious brute / Friend to thief and prostitute. / Heartless, Godless, hell's delight / Crude by day and lewd by night / Conscience dulled by demon rum / Liquor, thy name is / DELIRIUM!
References The Godfather
Written by F.D. Marchetti
and Maurice de Féraudy
Performed by Craig Duncan See more