The Deuce (2017– )
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TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 25 August 2017
The Deuce is an American television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York , the series pilot began shooting in October 2015. The series was picked up in January 2016.


Michelle MacLaren


George Pelecanos (created by), David Simon (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Eileen 'Candy' Merrell
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Larry Brown
Gary Carr ... C.C.
Dominique Fishback ... Darlene
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Chris Alston
Margarita Levieva ... Abigail 'Abby' Parker
Emily Meade ... Lori
Zoe Kazan ... Andrea Martino
Tariq Trotter ... Reggie Love (as Tarik Trotter)
Method Man ... Rodney (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
Kim Director ... Shay
Sepideh Moafi ... Loretta
Olivia Luccardi ... Melissa
Don Harvey ... Danny Flanagan


In 1971, Brooklyn bartender Vincent "Vinnie" Martino (James Franco) is beaten by muggers while he is performing drops. Vinnie's identical twin brother, reckless gambler Frankie (James Franco), owes money to several mobsters and bookies. Fed up with his unfaithful wife, Andrea (Zoe Kazan), he leaves his family and decides to focus on his bar. Pimp C.C. (Gary Carr) recruits Lori (Emily Meade), a new arrival from Minnesota, as a prostitute. C.C's prized possession is Ashley (Jamie Neumann), who is in love with C.C. and becomes jealous of Lori. Another pimp, Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe), is abusive towards his prostitutes, one of whom is the sweet-natured Darlene (Dominique Fishback). Eileen "Candy" Merrell (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a prostitute and single mother, chooses to work without a pimp and becomes introduced in the ascendant pornography industry. College student Abigail "Abby" Parker (Margarita Levieva) is arrested for buying drugs. At the police station, she meets officer Chris ... Written by lament

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Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


HBO released this episode without previous notice 16 days before its official release date. See more »


During title sequence, a dark 1977, 78, or 79 dark colored Thunderbird passes by just as Dominique Fishback's name leaves the screen. The series is set in 1971. See more »


Chris Alston: Duck Salad, no thank you!
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References MASH (1970) See more »


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Written by Alex Call, John McFee
Performed by Clover
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14 September 2017 | by fastpuppySee all my reviews

At some point while watching this you ask yourself... why am I subjecting myself to this. I made it about 60% the way through before I finally had it.

The whole thing is flat. Just one persistent depressing note droning on and on. I am not sure if the problem is in the script, the direction, acting... maybe everyone had food poisoning. I don't know.

I expected more. This came from the writers of the Wire and Treme. Between them they had writing credits on Homicide, generation kill and Bosch. The director had worked on game of thrones (some good episodes) and breaking bad.

As the pilot relentlessly trudged on... I wondered why I didn't like it. The complete lack of humour perhaps.

Then I realized it didn't matter. It was just not good.

It's not terrible but it's the kind of thing actors seem to do every so often to show they can be "gritty and real" that they then inflict on the poor audiences many of whom will convince themselves they like it because they are supposed to for some reason.

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