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The Deuce 

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A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and '80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan.
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Series cast summary:
James Franco ...  Vincent Martino / ... 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Maggie Gyllenhaal ...  Eileen 'Candy' Merrell 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ...  Chris Alston 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Margarita Levieva ...  Abigail 'Abby' Parker 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Emily Meade ...  Lori Madison / ... 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Daniel Sauli ...  Tommy Longo 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Chris Bauer ...  Bobby Dwyer 24 episodes, 2017-2019
Chris Coy ...  Paul Hendrickson 24 episodes, 2017-2019
Michael Rispoli ...  Rudy Pipilo 24 episodes, 2017-2019
David Krumholtz ...  Harvey Wasserman 22 episodes, 2017-2019
Olivia Luccardi ...  Melissa 22 episodes, 2017-2019
Mustafa Shakir ...  Big Mike 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Andrea-Rachel Parker ...  Bernice 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Thaddeus Street ...  Black Frankie / ... 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Sepideh Moafi ...  Loretta 20 episodes, 2017-2019
Gary Carr ...  C.C. 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Dominique Fishback ...  Donna 'Darlene' Pickett / ... 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Kim Director ...  Shay 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Gbenga Akinnagbe ...  Larry Brown 18 episodes, 2017-2019
Luke Kirby ...  Gene Goldman 17 episodes, 2018-2019
Method Man ...  Rodney 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Ralph Macchio ...  Officer Haddix 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Anwan Glover ...  Leon 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Jamie Neumann ...  Dorothy 'Ashley' Spina 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Aaron Dean Eisenberg ...  Todd Lang 15 episodes, 2017-2019
Don Harvey ...  Danny Flanagan 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Roberta Colindrez ...  Irene 12 episodes, 2018-2019
Genevieve Hudson-Price ...  Jocelyn 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Diana Bologna ...  Fran Dwyer 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Gino Vento ...  Carlos 11 episodes, 2017-2018
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Based in 1970s New York, this show gives a raw and gritty portayal of the prostitution business that was so publicly executed at that time. As a result of police crack-down, the characters are forced to venture towards relatively safer and more discrete forms of the same work.

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1978. Pleasure Was a Business, And Business Was Booming See more »

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English

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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The Deuce See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Emily Meade had previously worked with James Franco's brother Dave Franco in the film "Nerve" (2016). See more »

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Good Stuff For Those Who Wait
25 September 2017 | by crabbybobSee all my reviews

As someone who grew up in the 70's watching crime shows like Kojack, Baretta etc... that were set in NYC you just knew you weren't getting the true eyeful of what was really happening unless you were old enough to see "R" rated movies like Taxi Driver or the French Connection and even then the time constraints of a 2 hour flick only gave a director and crew enough time to flesh out the main character with other characters just being there in a supporting role. The first episode is always the toughest to get into because it takes time to get know who you like and don't like in the ensemble of characters or whether the story will keep you watching future episodes. The first episode starts pretty much as you'd expect with mostly typical stereotypes of what one would imagine Times Square was like in that era with pimps, hookers and wiseguys and a guy who just trying to make a semi-honest living in the morass. After watching the 1st episode I still wasn't sure about how good this could be but after the 2nd you start seeing more pieces coming to play, by the 3rd you could tell it was definitely going to be a good series.

The weaknesses of some characters (like the wiseguys) could be tuned up as the show progresses, just like they get tuned up or deleted on any new show. Some say it mimics other great HBO shows of the past, as if that's a negative. There's a reason many of Hollywood's stars are jumping in and doing these type of shows on streaming and cable, it gives them a chance to flesh out a character over 8-10 hours or more, not just the standard 2 hour "Hurry up and get it done, where's my paycheck, I'll be back for the sequel" mentality.

Yes, there's too much sex, but Times Square didn't become a G-Rated Disney destination because it was the best part of NYC, it's seediness and lack of real estate value is what drew the new commercialization that we see today, something the show starts addressing in the 2nd episode.


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