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Boardwalk Empire 

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An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

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Series cast summary:
...  Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson 57 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Margaret Thompson / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Nelson Van Alden / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Elias 'Eli' Thompson 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Al Capone 57 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Lucky Luciano 57 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Chalky White 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Mickey Doyle 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Gillian Darmody 53 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Arnold Rothstein 48 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Eddie Kessler 48 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Richard Harrow 41 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Meyer Lansky 31 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Connor Noon ...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Declan McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
Rory McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
...  James 'Jimmy' Darmody 25 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Angela Darmody 24 episodes, 2010-2011
...  Lucy Danziger 24 episodes, 2010-2011
...  Commodore Louis Kaestner 24 episodes, 2010-2011
...  Owen Sleater 23 episodes, 2011-2012
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Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s Boardwalk Empire is the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts, the Federal Government start to take an interest in him. His lavish lifestyle seems at odds with his position, and as well as his connections, there is prolific bootlegging in the area. Written by WellardRockard

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Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. See more »

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Boardwalk Empire: O Império do Contrabando  »

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The real-life figure of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson served as the inspiration for "Nucky" Thompson. Johnson was a physically commanding man, both tall and heavyset, with a receding hairline. He was quite unlike Steve Buscemi, and resembled the character of Tony Soprano from The Sopranos (1999). Creator Terence Winter also wrote for The Sopranos (1999), and created the character "Nucky" Thompson with Buscemi in mind, partially to make a central figure differing largely from Tony Soprano. See more »

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Both Western Electric and Automatic Electric candlestick telephones are shown. These were competing manufacturing companies that would not be seen in the same geographical area. The "Bell System" would use only Western Electric telephones connected to their telephone lines. Independent telephone companies would use Automatic Electric and many other manufacturers telephones connected to their telephone lines. See more »

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Margaret Schroeder: I would be honored to name my child after you.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Enoch? You couldn't possibly be so cruel.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »

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Straight Up and Down
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Written & Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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The best show on small screen since the last best show on HBO
15 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

The show doesn't need any introduction and neither does the cast. It encompasses a generation where the political landscape is much the same as today but it is laced with more violence, sexism and corruption and in the midst is a thriving business of illegal alcohol.

A new standard is set with the storytelling, cinematography, elaborate sets on the shores of Brooklyn, carefully chosen custom tailored clothes and costumes that match the opulent lifestyles of the characters. The occasional inserts of magazines, books, manuals; all in their original form, which not only gives originality (to the show) for the era that is being depicted but also takes you back in time into the deeply woven lives of characters like Mrs Schroeder, Nucky, Eli, Nelson and my personal favorite character Mr. Kessler.

A barrage of other prominent real life characters like Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Liciano, Al Capone, (Jimmy Darmody?), Johnny Torrio, Senators, Congressmen, President and VP contenders make the show complete and give it a political as well as a mob dimension.

Much of what is in the show is based on true events and a cursory search on Wikipedia on some of the famous characters validates it. This is what makes this brilliant show dark just like it's setting - theme song with clouds over Atlantic city.

One of the less talked about part of the show perhaps are the melodious songs that the producers/writers have decided for the background score. The songs fill up the environment with melancholy just like much of the show and leaves us eagerly waiting for the next episode.

Any less than ten stars for the show would only reflect lack of fine taste.


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