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Taking place in the 1920's and 1930's, Boardwalk Empire follows the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a political man who rose to power in Atlantic City, acquiring mobster friends, historical acquaintances and and an increasing interest from the federal government along the way.

Following Nucky as he goes from a fairly legitimate political figure, to a mob helped boss, the show never loses pace with the speed and intensity that are well known to the Prohibition Era. From working with brothels, gambling rooms, and bars, to acting like an innocent public service, Nucky is a highly enthralling character who keeps you interested to see just how far he will go to be on top of Atlantic City.

Atlantic City itself is one of the shows stars, as it progresses from a quaint seaside town, to a gambling mecca where anything can be attained and anything goes. Watching the descent of the city from a legitimate resort town to it's prohibition-fueled counterpart fits perfectly with the characters who themselves are experiencing a similar change, driven by the greed that comes with being powerful men.

Often times gritty and almost terrifying, Boardwalk Empire takes you mercilessly into the beginning of American gangsters during the Prohibition era. With it's enthralling characters and raw story telling, the show portrays not just the downward spiral of a town, but the descent that the men in charge must experience to stay at the top. Giving no apologies and never slowing down, Boardwalk Empire leaves you wanting to see just how far Atlantic City's leaders will go to attain everything they desire, legal or not.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on HBO
5 Seasons, 57 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
September 9, 2010
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8.6/10
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  • Nucky considers moving from Atlantic City to Manhattan. Margaret makes an impression on Nucky and a grain-company stockholder. Luciano deals with unfinished business. Willie discusses underworld details with the U.S. Attorney, who happens to be his boss. Nucky pays Gillian a visit at the hospital. In 1897, Nucky deals with a family crisis and makes a deal, that decides his future, with the Commodore.

  • Nucky seeks to hold onto his assets in Atlantic City when he and Luciano are at war.

  • Federal agents ask Eli and Van Alden to help take down the Capone organization. Nucky, who is struggling with a recent loss, turns to the bottle for solace.

  • Chalky comes back to Atlantic City wanting revenge.

  • Nucky and Margaret find many things in common in Atlantic City. Luciano runs into an old enemy when in Chicago meeting with Capone.

  • After assessing his latest partnership, Chalky turns in a new direction.

  • Nucky visits the now-retired Johnny Torrio, who decides that he'll organize a meeting with the new "Boss of Bosses," Salvatore Maranzano.

  • In the premiere of the final season, Nucky is caught up in the memories of his past. Working on Wall Street, Margaret is suddenly in the hot seat when her boss, who faces legal ramifications, takes his future into his own hands. Meanwhile, Chalky seizes an opportunity to extricate himself from a challenging situation.

  • Eli prepares for the worst as Agent Knox sets his plan in motion to destroy Nucky. Capone and Torrio reach an agreement in Cicero. Chalky looks to settle scores. Richard steps forward to save Tommy, at Gillian's expense.

  • Nucky takes inventory after receiving caution of a skunk in his cellar. Chalky and Daughter find relief from a mentor from his past. Gillian considers selling her mansion and starting a new life with Roy Phillips.

  • Tipped off by Sally Wheet, Nucky has the extra cargo checked out on Florida shipments. Margaret considers a deal with Rothstein to improve her family's living conditions. Capone becomes increasingly suspicious of Torrio; Nucky faces a dilemma; Eli makes peace with Willie.

  • Nucky refuses to support Chalky in his conflict with Narcisse. Julia considers her next step after Gillian pleads her custody case in court. In Cicero, Van Alden confronts Al Capone and comes clean to O'Banion. Rothstein looks to trade an insurance benefit for a cash infusion.

  • Nucky's shipment from Florida has a surprise inside; Eli feels the heat from the Feds when Knox uncovers new evidence of the Thompsons' shenanigans; Willie reconsiders his recent choices after a talk with his uncle; Chalky clashes with Narcisse over control of the Northside.

  • Eli questions Nucky after Willie's poor decision. Margaret has a surprise encounter at her job on Wall Street. Joe Masseria forces Lucky Luciano to return to Tampa and deal with Vincenzo Petrucelli.

  • After a cautious reunion with Margaret in New York City, Nucky travels to Tampa to refine the details of his land deal with Bill McCoy and reconnects with Sally Wheet. Richard Harrow returns to Atlantic City and divulges a secret to an ailing Paul Sagorsky, who encourages him to get over the past and return to Julia and Tommy.

  • Nucky heads to Philadelphia to deal with the consequences of Willie's ill-fated prank; Eddie endures a marathon detention by Agent Knox; Gillian's addiction takes her to an unfamiliar part of town.

  • Nucky becomes acquainted with Arnold Rothstein over a card game, and considers an unexpected partner for his Tampa land deal. A newly promoted Eddie Kessler gets detoured after making a train-station delivery.

  • Nucky has concerns about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy. While there, he encounters speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy jazz singer, Daughter Maitland, to perform at the Onyx, and gauges Dunn Purnsley's allegiance to Chalky.

  • Now working as a "delivery man" for Dean O'Banion, Van Alden is forced to watch Al Capone's every move, joining the ascendant mobster to help keep Cicero voters "informed" at a political rally.

  • In the aftermath of his battle with Gyp Rosetti, Nucky makes a peace offering to Joe Masseria while attempting to improve his odds with Arnold Rothstein. While Chalky is busy running the Onyx Club on the Boardwalk, the impulsive Dunn Purnsley clashes with a booking agent.

Most Popular Boardwalk Empire Episodes

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Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Episode 1 - Resolution - Recap

Boardwalk Empire Season 3, Episode 1 - Resolution is back as Nucky and crew celebrate New Year's Eve, 1922 in Atlantic City. The struggle for power continues amongst Nucky and his constituents centered around the selling of illegal booze during prohibition.

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