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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:
Timothy Olyphant ...  Seth Bullock 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Ian McShane ...  Al Swearengen 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Molly Parker ...  Alma Garret 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Brad Dourif ...  Doc Cochran 36 episodes, 2004-2006
W. Earl Brown ...  Dan Dority 36 episodes, 2004-2006
John Hawkes ...  Sol Star 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Paula Malcomson ...  Trixie 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Dayton Callie ...  Charlie Utter 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Leon Rippy ...  Tom Nuttall 36 episodes, 2004-2006
William Sanderson ...  E.B. Farnum 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Robin Weigert ...  Calamity Jane 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Sean Bridgers ...  Johnny Burns 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Bree Seanna Wall ...  Sofia Metz 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Jim Beaver ...  Whitney Ellsworth 35 episodes, 2004-2006
Jeffrey Jones ...  A.W. Merrick 35 episodes, 2004-2006
Kim Dickens ...  Joanie Stubbs 34 episodes, 2004-2006
Powers Boothe ...  Cy Tolliver 34 episodes, 2004-2006
Titus Welliver ...  Silas Adams 27 episodes, 2004-2006
Peter Jason ...  Con Stapleton 26 episodes, 2004-2006
Anna Gunn ...  Martha Bullock 24 episodes, 2005-2006
Larry Cedar ...  Leon 24 episodes, 2004-2006
Geri Jewell ...  Jewel 23 episodes, 2004-2006
Ralph Richeson ...  Richardson 21 episodes, 2004-2006
Keone Young ...  Mr. Wu 18 episodes, 2004-2006
Ashleigh Kizer ...  Dolly 17 episodes, 2004-2006
Garret Dillahunt ...  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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Frazier Park, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Welcome to f*cking Deadwood!
21 March 2006 | by Bobske_See all my reviews

I've been a fan of HBO since I saw Band of Brothers on Dutch television. Unfortunately, the Dutch television companies don't know anything about good programming. Most television series are cut short during the season so that the second part of the season can be shown the next year. Sometimes when they stop mid season, the rest of the episodes aren't shown at all and they start all over again. This is one of the reasons that I don't watch series on Dutch television. I usually rent or borrow the DVD's. Although we get to see most popular HBO series (Carnivàle, Sopranos, Six Feet Under) I never watch them on television. Although I'd never seen the show, I decided to buy the DVD after reading some reviews. Thank God I did!

Deadwood is a very very good show. The setting of this drama is the town in the title. Deadwood is a town where there is no law and where anything goes. Seth Bullock, sheriff in Montana and his partner Sol Star, decide to leave Montana and depart for Deadwood after hanging their last prisoner. When arriving in Deadwood they set out to buy some property so that they can build their hardware store. Before they've actually purchased the ground, you've met all characters including E.B. Farnum (hotel owner), Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. This show's strong point is its character driven storyline. The characters are so well cast that you have no problem accepting them. The foul mouth of Al Swearengen, the short temper of Bullock or the preaching's of the reverend are features that you'll come to love. All characters have certain features that you love about them, even the bad guys. In addition, all characters have certain features you really hate, even the good guys.

This show is so well written that you'll be on the edge of your seat with suspense or you'll be laughing your ass off because of the brilliant and funny lines. An example; Commissioner Jarry has been imprisoned to keep him safe from a mob. Calamity Jane is guarding him.

Jarry: I'm thirsty! Jane: Lie on your back, take aim and p!ss!

This show has so many great lines that it is hard to pick a favorite. One thing people might not like about the show is the amount of swearing. Some may think it's too much but I'm not bothered by the amount of swearing. Most great lines are delivered with a couple of swear words and yes you'll get used to the swearing and I found myself even using some of them on my friends... Euhmm, anyway, about the language, some may also have problems following the show because of the use of Western Period English. My native tongue is Dutch and although my English is pretty good (don't have to watch movies with subs :P) I had a hard time following the show without the English subtitles. I don't have problems with the English itself, but a lot of the dialogue is very specific for the period. Words like, Hooplehead, Squarehead and sentences like "My bicycle masters boardwalk and quagmire with aplomb" got me stumped for a while. Just turn on the subtitles or you might miss some of the amazing dialogue.

One last thing about this show. The last episode of season 1 has to be the best finale to a season I've ever seen! Sold Under Sin is so good you'll certainly shed a tear.

This show is brilliant! Just, brilliant!

10 out of 10 stars.

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