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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David Milch
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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 35 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 22 episodes, 2004-2006
Ralph Richeson ...  Richardson 19 episodes, 2004-2006
Keone Young ...  Mr. Wu 18 episodes, 2004-2006
Ashleigh Kizer ...  Dolly 7 episodes, 2004-2006
Garret Dillahunt ...  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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Over the course of the series several actors originally hired as extras were given recurring speaking roles. This stemmed in part from David Milch's habit of rewriting scenes on the fly during production. He would decide on set that a line of dialogue was needed and then assign it to one of background actors who was already there. If he liked their performance, the character would get more scenes in subsequent episodes. See more »

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Al Swearengen had a twin brother named Lemuel who was his right hand man in Deadwood. For reasons not explained that character was left out of the series. See more »

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Al Swearengen: God rest the souls of that poor family... and pussy's half price for the next 15 minutes.
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Rough, gritty, realistic portrayal of Western history
28 March 2004 | by smokehill retrieversSee all my reviews

Judging by other comments, the realistic portrayal of the crude language and immorality may be a bit too much for those used to tame, glossy horse operas where the Good are very, very good and the Bad are very, very bad.

As for the language being "over the top," anyone who's spent time in an Army unit or aboard ship in wartime knows this is EXACTLY the kind of language young men under stress use, and probably even worse back in the late eighteenth century when most of them were uneducated, illiterate and had a projected life span of around 30. If they were lucky.

Most people familiar with authentic Western history will recognize this as a very accurate portrayal of Deadwood, or any other frontier boom town, with all its ugliness and warts. Like it or not, it's history. I think they did a superlative job so far (first two episodes).It also looks like it's going to be the most accurate version of Bill Hickock's death -- which was far more than just the simple barroom murder usually portrayed -- ever put on film.

The number of truly spectacular actors here is simply staggering. Ian McShane's riveting performance is no surprise for "Lovejoy" fans; he was long overdue for something equal to his talent. Who else stands out? Damn near everyone. Calamity Jane, Tolliver, Farnum, the Doc ... there aren't enough "supporting actor" awards from any source that could do justice to such a large, stand-out cast. For those of us who despair of the putrid crap in the theaters, peopled by actors who should be doing dinner theater in Dubuque, well... now we have hope. And DEADWOOD truly puts the lie to the propaganda about public broadcasting being necessary to provide "quality programming that commercial television just can't or won't do." In the entire history of public radio and TV they have NEVER reached this level of excellence even once -- yet cable (once referred to disparagingly as 'pay TV') pulls it off on a shoestring budget. Score one for capitalism.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadwood See more »

Filming Locations:

Frazier Park, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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