Deadwood

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The lawless era in Deadwood is coming to an end in Season Three. As the town's first elections approach, its founders must put up their strongest fronts if they expect to thrive--and survive--in the face of an unexpected threat.
Starring
Ian McShaneJohn HawkesTimothy Olyphant
Genres
DramaWesternSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Tell Your God to Ready for Blood
    June 10, 2006
    53min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Tell Your God to Ready for Blood.' Season Three Premiere. Hearst's ambitions rub Bullock and Swearengen the wrong way.
  2. 2. I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For
    June 17, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For.' (Season Three) Hearst tips his hand; Alma appoints Sofia's steward; the candidates speak out.
  3. 3. True Colors
    June 24, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'True Colors.' (Season Three) Alma offers Hearst a deal; Jack Langrishe arrives with his theater entourage; Hearst gets a cook.
  4. 4. Full Faith and Credit
    July 1, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Full Faith and Credit.' (Season Three) Alma opens Deadwood's first bank; Hearst meets with Swearengen & Tolliver; Bullock brokers a deal.
  5. 5. A Two-Headed Beast
    July 8, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'A Two-Headed Beast.' (Season Three) Dority picks up Capt. Turner's gauntlet; Hostetler completes a deal; Bullock hands Hearst an earful.
  6. 6. A Rich Find
    July 15, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'A Rich Find.' (Season Three) Bullock and Swearengen contemplate a preemptive strike against Hearst; Aunt Lou reunites with her son Odell.
  7. 7. Unauthorized Cinnamon
    July 22, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Unauthorized Cinnamon.' (Season Three) Camp elders meet to discuss the Hearst situation; Bullock offers a solution to the standoff.
  8. 8. Leviathan Smiles
    July 29, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Leviathan Smiles.' (Season Three) Wyatt Earp and his brother arrive in Deadwood, raising suspicions; the town awaits Hearst's next move.
  9. 9. Amateur Night
    August 5, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Amateur Night.' (Season Three) Langrishe mines Deadwood's talent pool during amateur night; Jarry returns to solicit Hearst.
  10. 10. A Constant Throb
    August 12, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'A Constant Throb.' (Season Three) With Bullock out of camp, Alma survives a close call; Swearengen responds to a message from Hearst.
  11. 11. The Catbird Seat
    August 19, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Catbird Seat.' (Season Three) Hearst follows one close call with a more on-target one, forcing Bullock to cut short a speech.
  12. 12. Tell Him Something Pretty
    August 26, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Tell Him Something Pretty.' In the Season Three finale, Deadwood turns out to vote; Alma makes a deal; Utter receives a body for Hearst.

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Directors
Ed BianchiDaniel MinahanDavis GuggenheimGregg FienbergMark TinkerSteve ShillAlan TaylorMichael EnglerWalter HillMichael Almereyda
Supporting actors
Molly Parker
Season year
2006
Network
HBO
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Nudityviolencealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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RumplestiltskinReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Too bad they stopped at three seasons
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Too bad they stopped at three seasons. This is a great series. Sure the dialogue is vulgar but it seems appropriate. I was disappointed by the ending of the last episode because it was very anticlimactic and depressing. There were some oddly inexplicable elements. Why write Wyatt and Morgan Earp in and do nothing with them? Why didn't Wu arm and bring his 150 Chinese into the mix earlier? Why have the doctor come down with TB when the series was ending soon anyway? Why write in the distracting subplots like those associated with the acting troop when it was meaningless to the main story line? Why didn't somebody just shoot Hurst with a rifle from a distance while he was standing on the roof of the hotel's porch?
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G. WoodReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story that ended too soon with no real ending.
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Great story line and some wonderful characters that surprise you by not being stereotypical and predictable. I just have no idea who the people are who decide to stop producing a series like this Deadwood. At the end of three seasons you will be left wanting to learn more about all of the characters you have begun to love and hate, but then the pull the plug. They stop producing this story to allow the he production of an inferior story that must provide some sort of greater monetary reward? Such is life when art forms follow commercial greed. Such is life in America where business is much, much more more important that the enjoyment of a good story. Today is full of very good and sometimes great television. I am just thankful that I can watch it on streaming services like Amazon to avoid the time-wasting commercials of network television.
20 people found this helpful
TinkertestifyReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
TV's ground-breaking western show a must-see!
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Al Swearingen! the second-most-complicated character in TV history (besides Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black"...what?..at last count she plays...like...8 different continuing, nuanced, totally-different, true-to-life characters??!!!...NUTS!!) I started watching Deadwood b/c I finished "Justified" and needed an Olyphant fix. But as Timothy Olyphant has stated before, his Deadwood lead character Seth Bullock is way cool but doesn't have nearly the number of interesting sides that Raylan Givens has in Justified. And they never let him do "funny" with Seth - crying shame! What kept me riveted through Deadwood seasons 1, 2 and 3 was Al Swearingen, who just when you thought you had his character's contours mapped and compartmentalized, spreads his wings in just a little different - albeit very important and necessary for the plot development of the show - direction. And normally with just the slightest facial movements. You never know exactly what's going to happen properly with Al Swearingen in any given show, and whatever he finally does always makes sense. When it occurs in the context of a riveting story with many other very good performances, THAT is great writing. And Ian McShane's acting just nails it.
Then, of course, there are other reasons that set Deadwood apart from any other show in the history of TV: 1) it's the most swearing show ever - period. And it all seems natural given the environment. But just riding along while the writers plumb the depths of TV profanity is worth the ride. But then there are lots of other things, like...what show has EVER had a severed head play a significant supporting role (the Indian chief's head that Swearingen claims his is about to send off but never does, keeping it instead for his adverse, self-mocking, consternation muse)? Too fun! And then the dialogue...amazing...Deadwood is the closest thing to an attainable Shakespearean western.
If you can take the language heat and bloody body count but have not yet watched Deadwood, you really need to treat yourself to this amazingly blunt yet nuanced show!
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Dave GordonReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The War Bewtween Evil and Less Evil
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Throughout its run, Deadwood was a quirky series filled with eccentric characters. With dialog sourced in equal parts from Shakespeare and a football locker room, commercialized sex and nudity, graphic violence, and substance abuse in the extreme, it was like no other western on television, before or since. But in the third season, the denizens of Deadwood coalesced into an incredibly amoral, dysfunctional family in response to an invading battalion of armed thugs in the employ of the wealthy psychopath, George Hearst. Gerald McRaney played Hearst as a man so evil that he spits in the face of one of his employees (twice!) and tells him he'd better not see him later, having wiped it off. While no one would mistake Deadwood for a comedy, the dialog was often hysterically funny, if you could only follow what they were saying. I have no idea why HBO decided to overplay it's hand with the actors, but the result was an unexpected termination after three spectacular seasons. Sorely missed, and highly recommended.
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Rod SingletonReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Season 3 just not s good!
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Not as good as 1 & 2. The last season was a surprise and disappointment for cast and fans. It just really was not as good a storyline on the last season, the actors all were on top of the game as always and a lot of them move on to even bigger and some what better work/shows.
Personally I think season one was a five star ( I know it had a lot to do with the great Walter Hill who directed the first show and also a great actor My friend Keith C. )
Season two almost as good as one still worth five stars.
I truly feel had there been a Fourth season, it would have been a topnotch five star.
I'm just hoping for some kind of movie or special show, but I'm no holding my breath.
So was it worth watching yes season one & two, and maybe season 3.
PS be ready for lots of gutter language (adult language ?=stupid & dumb!!!)
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J. RamirezReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Deadwood Season 3: Keeps you at the edge of your seat. Leaves you wanting more!
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The 3rd season of DW is my least favorite. Not that it was bad, but purely on the fact that the 3rd season is the final season of this great show! It all comes down to this! Bullock, Swearengen, Alma Russell Ellsworth, and Hearst all charge into one final hoo-rah! This season effectively sets up the next season for even bigger events, but alas, that never happened. Instead, we are left with a bunch of what-ifs and how-comes. We are left wanting more.

Do I dare say that this ending ruins the whole series? It makes you want to scream! So unfair! There was so much more to Deadwood and the people who lived their historically. The story could have spun into Bullock's time as an every day Joe, hanging out with Theodore Roosevelt, or the huge fire that destroyed a good portion of Deadwood and it's rebuilding. With so many promises of a reunion series or even movies to give us a proper finale, many of us stood by for years. Now in 2015, that seems really unlikely.

This whole series is worth the watch. Just know that it ends well, but leaves you wanting to see the townspeople get their revenge. It leaves you wondering what the people did outside of Deadwood after their departures. It leaves you wanting..... we can only hope the HBO execs see these reviews and give it another go or give us a proper send off with a tie-in movie.
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Joseph M. CollinsReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant television
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I am late in arriving to Deadwood as I do not subscribe to HBO. That being said, this series was probably the best television I have ever watched.The writing, story line progression, acting, historical content, sets are all excellently done. Keep in mind this in not the typical "western" full of cowboys and such.Set in Goldrush Era South Dakota, Deadwood presents a different picture of the West. The series presents the gritty life of those who came west to seek their fortune. It is best described as muddy.

As for the characters, I love the development of "bad guys" that are so complex that you end up cheering for them and sympathizing with them. In the same light, the "good guys" are so complex that they make you angry and disappointed. There are no clear good guys and bad guys. The secondary characters, such as Jane and Richardson, are captivating and sad and as complex as any of the main characters. In the end they were among my favorites. Jane's story is tragic when you can see her good heart at the same time she is self-destructive and sad. Richardson is sweet and harmless and yet kicked around by nearly everyone. Ellsworth is a man of character and ethics and is [spoiler alert] cut down for his troubles.

I am not a scholar but the entire series struck me as a modern day Shakespeare play.The style of dialogue feels like it was written by the bard himself. The soliloquies that are rarely seen in modern drama are a common tool in Deadwood that offer insight to the character's mind. The "side kick" characters, in pairs or trios, offer commentary on the passing events and tools for a main character's means. I'm sure that a Shakespearean scholar could offer a better comparison than I.

In the end, the ultimate tragedy is that Deadwood was never allowed to finish telling the story. HBO in their judgement of fiscal needs over dramatic integrity chose to cancel the show before it could accomplish a true wrap up to the story. This proves that the entertainment business is solely about money and not about the story. They did a disservice to the fans, the writers, the directors, the creator of the series and everyone else connected to the project. That being said, the 3 available seasons are certainly worth watching. It is a refreshingly brilliant change from the usual dribble on television.
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DannyReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful series...
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Wonderful series...
I wrote this same review for season 2, sorry for the repetition but it says it all...
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. I want more of this series...
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