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on May 18, 2016
This is my second Amazon review of Deadwood. The first was offered without the urging of Amazon back in the stone age when we put shiny plastic disks into black boxes which made pictures and sound appear on the glass screen of another big box we would all gather around.
This review OTOH is in reply to the gentle urging of Bezos et al who we assume are benignly monitoring our streaming habits and seeing an uptick in Deadwood streaming. You might think they are seeking a pulse in the era of 6" phone screens and ADHD as it relates to binge watching.
Let it go. Robot emails get sent to everybody that watches anything on Prime and we ain't special. That's about the size of it.... but...

Let's not forget that Deadwood remains the best example of how tele-dramas can be made that do not insult the viewers gray matter, how the overlay of contemporary mores and attitudes can be used to hook us in with familiarity and then keep us hooked because it uses that familiarity to immerse us in a world that is both as compelling a reproduction of a time and place as is likely possible, and at the same time so alien to everything we think we know that it's more times than not uncomfortable to digest.

Period series get saddled with employing current social dilemmas into their plots. That kind of proselytizing can be suffered in more mainstream fluff but it's a dealbreaker for me. Then there's the commensurate revisionism that moves to reshape the social structure of the period to reflect what we would prefer it had been or worse, what we want ours to be now. Drivel. Actors, writers and directors are under some obligation to play ball and the final product often reflects the creation by committee approach.
Deadwood not so much. Deadwood was in your face about a time and place and the people trying to survive in that world. Profane, illiterate, filthy and unstoppable. Not unstoppable like action heroes, unstoppable like small people eking out a survival strategy daily, sometimes by the minute. The unrepentant writing, remarkable performances and the most authentic sets I have ever seen, big screen or small... well sometimes, too often, somebody invokes the "magic " of motion pictures. Here's one show that fits the bill. Magic.

10 years have passed since the last season and the impact of Deadwood still resonates.

Watch Peaky Blinders and see a current example of how the Deadwood form has been applied to the period following the Great War in England. That show is not Deadwood, but it is very good. Good enough to be spoken of in the same breath as Deadwood.

I have a video collection of thousands of titles which we rarely take advantage of. The endless selection that the net provides is more in sync with our mantra to not dwell on the past when so much is available. That's yet another rule that Deadwood is an exception to.

Maybe there is something to the complaint that there's nothing any good on tv anymore. Maybe on your tv. On our tv, we can just stream Deadwood.
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The discs come in a folding cardboard and plastic contraption, the type of contraptions HBO has used for many years and is still using on series like Game of Thrones. I don't like folding contraptions, but the discs play fine.

If you have a low tolerance for swear words avoid Deadwood.

I really liked the look and feel of the first season when the main protagonists moved to Deadwood to make their fortune in the hardware business. But the series didn't make it onto my great series list because the third season has a terrible ending. The bad guy wins and the good guys lose. The bad character gets away with killing an innocent little girl, and many others. The good guy protagonist turns out to be impotent and the camp is left as lawless at the end of the series as it was in the beginning. There is no worthwhile character or story arc, no good conclusion.

I devour fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction. If you like sci-fi you might like a couple of space race shows. I spent a month on a space race binge. First I read Space by James A. Michener. Then I watched two movies, The Right Stuff (1983) and Apollo 13 (1995), and then two great series, From Earth to the Moon (1998) and The Astronauts Wives Club (2015). They’re a great combination.

If the above shows don’t sound interesting here are a few of the series I really enjoyed watching more than once. I love good miniseries like Band of Brothers (2001), Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000), Into the West (2005), Lonesome Dove (1989), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Taken (2002) and The 10th Kingdom (2000) because they have beginnings, middles and endings, like a good novel.

Other shows I’ve really enjoyed include Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Breaking Bad (2008-2013), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Lost (2004-2010), Merlin (2008-2012), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek The Original Series (1966-1969) and Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish, or the hundreds of other fantasy and science fiction shows I’ve watched.

If you like reading try some of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
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on January 13, 2017
I finally gave a thought about the series "DEADWOOD" after watching Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3. It was all about a collection of people back in the middle 1870s that owned business, as foul as they were, in Deadwood, South Dakota, I think. When you say a program was lusty, with colorful language, that wouldn't exactly fit what I have been watching. Nudity, including full frontal, cussin' like you haven't heard since the last time the ships were in, and the Sailors started drinkin'. Having the "women of the night" in every episode, along with the killin, doesn't exactly make it an enjoyable series, but I must admit, even though I advised myself not to watch it, I watched each and every episode, from Season 1 through Season 3, and it did get better as the series continued. I understand there are other Seasons available through Home Box Office, and maybe by the end, it would have some redeeming values to write about. Probably not much worse than a real-life Cowboy picture in the 60s.
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on August 25, 2015
Tuning out the language, I absolutely love this series! My son-in-law refers to it as "Cowboy Porn", but honestly, I was able to look beyond any of that & was just so into the time period, the surroundings, who the people were & how they lived. I am so into this period of history with researching my ancestors...BOTH sides of the family on my mother's side initially settled in Dakota Territory. My Great Grandfather, Fritz Giselman(Bavaria) was even the Butcher at Fort Buford right around the time Sitting Bull surrendered. Fritz met my Great Grandmother, Elizabeth(Bessie) Gynther(Finland) as she was a cook for an Army Officer & his family at Ft. Buford. They were married in 1895 in Williston, North Dakota, after Fort Buford closed.(I was thrilled to find a pic of their second born, my Great Uncle "Bill" Giselman, on ebay!!) They farmed & raised cattle for 6 years outside Minot, ND before homesteading in Alberta, Canada. What they went through was just miraculous! People who think they are struggling now, really need to get into the history of this country & see how & what people went through before us & the path carved for our freedom...intensely interesting! I enjoyed all 3 season's & was extremely disappointed they stopped at season 3!!
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on July 19, 2016
I had never heard of the tv series, Deadwood. A friend mentioned it in passing and said that the DVDs was available at the library. She said that the series was highly praised for it's authenticity of the old west. Well, I am a great fan of my prime membership so decided if it was there and it was. It was free to watch because of my prime membership. Before I started watching it I mentioned that I was going to start the series. They told me how the had bought all three seasons at a big box store and the show was great. I started to watch it and was hooked from the start. The flavor of the time, the characters, the moral good and bad had me. It was hard to get used to listening to the crude language and the violence but watching the good and evil play off of each other and seeing that the good could be bad and the bad could be good was fascinating. I would highly recommend all three seasons and just wish that there were more seasons to watch.
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on August 28, 2016
This has got to be the best television series I have ever watched. The language used is not for the faint of heart but the reality of the show leaves nothing to the imagination. I enjoyed the show so much that I finally visited the real town of Deadwood in South Dakota. Many of the characters in the series are taken from life and are still part of the deadwood history. The only disappointing aspect of this wonderful television drama is that it appears there was supposed to be a fourth season and it never came about. This leaves a few unanswered questions making the last show of the third season very frustrating. Still I would recommend anybody who loves excellent acting, colorful characters and a true real-life reality in a series should begin as soon as possible to view this epic presentation before it is no longer available on Amazon.
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on September 7, 2016
Maybe the best season of the best show in the last fifteen or twenty years; only House M.D. even came close, and that was network, with all the attendant limitations. For all you Amazon customers who are offended by "salty" language, stay away; for all of you who enjoy meticulous, exquisite television drama peppered with shocking, realistic scenes of spoken and physical violence, POUNCE! How HBO ever canceled this show for some of the things that eventually took its slot -- Lena Dunham? SERIOUSLY?! -- is a mystery they have never explained. It's not like Martin Scorcese: this is not just violence porn; this is writing so far over the heads of people like Scorcese that you end up looking at comic books like Boardwalk Empire (with all apologies to Jack Huston, who was great on that show) in total bewilderment.
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on November 8, 2016
This is my go to show when I exercise in the morning. It has a number of overlapping plot lines and transition points, so it's easy to find a stopping point mid-episode and then pick back up the next day.

One of my favorite things about this show is there are no pure "white hat" good guys, instead everyone has his or her flaws. There are, however, a couple of characters that are almost pure evil. Some of the more cutthroat characters turn out over time to have redeeming qualities after all.

My only criticism of the show is the overuse of profanity. I don't object to the use of expletives, but this show takes it to the extreme, to the point where it becomes almost comical, and definitely distracts from the story. There's a lot of gruesome violence too, but that seems to fit better with the overall story.
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on June 15, 2016
What can anybody say? Deadwood is awesome and definitely profane. For anyone that is not comfy with sailor-speak, bare women, spontaneous death events, wanton racial talk, and endless crime of one sort or another, you might want to leave this to the hardier breed of play action watching types. I always love Timothy in whatever, Ian McShane owns this baby and the camera can't get enough of him when ever he is in the scene. Deadwood is worth whatever it costs just to hang with Powers Boothe one more time as well. The staging, props, clothing, gold mine equipment, telegraph apparatus, guns, peculiar dialog, even right down to the river of mud that was definitely there back in the day, all top notch.
I would give this five stars, but it really is hot with profanity and violence, and some might be horrified. Consider yourself warned...
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on September 25, 2015
Wonderful series...
Shakespeare meets Greek tragedy, meets the past lifestyle where I live now. I live in the central Colorado mountains where in the same time period the identical search for the color (more silver than gold) was going on. I care take 4 old mining claims up at 10,000 ft. elevation and counting, with 2, old log cabins that are 100 plus years old, ruins of old small settlements and evidences of the mines. I find myself imagining what life must have been like there and down in the nearest towns. This whole series paints a wonderful glimpse into what I know and have heard my area of the Rockies was like.
I am a woodworker and have Friends in the movie industry. It is all illusion created for entertainment but this series creates a great one an all ways from sets, writing , directing and of course acting.
Watch and then watch again. I watched for my second time with my room mate while working in Antarctica. She had not seen it and quickly became addicted.
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