Deadwood (2004–2006)
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When Doc delivers a dire prognosis, one family suffers and the entire camp stands vigil. Merrick avails some private information to Swearengen, who enlists Star and Adams to help con the ... See full summary »


Daniel Minahan


David Milch (created by), Sara Hess

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Seth Bullock
Ian McShane ... Al Swearengen
Molly Parker ... Alma Garret
Jim Beaver ... Whitney Ellsworth
W. Earl Brown ... Dan Dority
Kim Dickens ... Joanie Stubbs
Brad Dourif ... Doc Cochran
Anna Gunn ... Martha Bullock
John Hawkes ... Sol Star
Jeffrey Jones ... A.W. Merrick
Paula Malcomson ... Trixie
Leon Rippy ... Tom Nuttall
William Sanderson ... E.B. Farnum
Robin Weigert ... Calamity Jane
Dayton Callie ... Charlie Utter (credit only)


When Doc delivers a dire prognosis, one family suffers and the entire camp stands vigil. Merrick avails some private information to Swearengen, who enlists Star and Adams to help con the newly returned Commissioner Jarry. Andy, a former Deadwood pariah, offers himself as the camp's new minister. Trixie pressures a distraught Alma to accept a beneficial proposal. Written by WyattJones

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Release Date:

8 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


A.W. Merrick is apparently a fan of Henry David Thoreau. Visible on the wall of the Deadwood Pioneer office is a framed quote from Thoreau's "Walden." It reads " (The) written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; - not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself." See more »


In the scene in Tom Nuttal's saloon, after William is trampled by the horse, Steve is drinking from a bottle of Bulleit bourbon. That bottle design was not introduced until 1987. See more »


Hugo Jarry: Self-interest is immutable, but its dictates vary daily.
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Theme From Deadwood
Written by David Schwartz
Performed by James Parks
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gob smacked
6 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

The late media genius Marshall McLuhan insisted that one of the great ironies of modern electronic media is that it delivers the effect without the thing.

I would agree. On the surface, this is yet another brilliantly written episode in one of the most powerful TV series of all time, a series that, unique among its peers, has more in common week to week with a stageplay than a teleplay.

What makes this episode especially unforgettable is the "filter" that the the entire episode is forced through.

In addition to the usual (and powerful) themes, this entire episode becomes "background" to the action taking place in the foreground, to wit, the tragic and unfortunate death of a young boy, probably the very last character in the story one might otherwise have expected such a fate to befall.

The impact is stunning. The viewer is gobsmacked. The only analog that comes to mind is the recent (this review written 2015) film I ORIGINS (also reviewed on my list) which is yet another stunning piece of writing that sucker-punches the viewer with an expected death that defines the impact of the film.

The power of this dramatic device seems only to enhance the already superb performances. McBain shines. Olyphant may possibly deliver the best performance of his career here (in my reviews of Justified, I underscore how, as that series matures, he becomes progressively sloppy in his portrayal notwithstanding the title of Exec Prod. Looking like Gary Cooper does not automatically make you the EQUAL of Cooper).

The dialog remains crisp. Little rants on the nature of loveless marriage and praying to "the god antlers and hooves" are a marvellous distraction.

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