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Old West lawlessness, legendary characters and corruption set in an actual South Dakota town just after the General Custer incident in the 1880's. Deadwood showed the lives of Wild Bill Hickok and Seth Bullock both arriving in Deadwood for a new start in life. Interacting with corrupt townspeople, and crooked politicians as well as some of the decent and upstanding citizenry puts these men at opposite sides when it comes to law and moral right and wrong from the owner of the local watering hole,hotel and self proclaimed Boss of Deadwood.

The tense drama of life in the old West where the quicker draw decided the law is set using actual historical figures in a real setting. While not entirely historically accurate the series cam every close. Gritty and realistic characters struggle to build a new life in a lawless land where there is no one to count on but themselves to create that life.

The series ran for three seasons and starred Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and Molly Parker and was critically acclaimed for it's dramatic portrayal of the real people behind the settling of the West.

The variety of characters and their motivations for staying in such a corrupt town are explored and interactions cause changes of heart and hardening of resolve in many characters.

While most Westerns show a single antagonist and a town that will pull together, this series had a wide variety of characters, both good and bad at heart which is a truer reflection on the hman condition than is to be found in most productions.

HBO
3 Seasons, 36 Episodes - Canceled
March 21, 2004
Action & Adventure
8.7/10
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Deadwood Full Episode Guide

  • Bullock rates the crises required to summon him from campaigning in Sturgis; Swearengen resorts to Plan B when he counts on an old ally for reinforcements; Alma seeks a familiar safe haven in the face of a new danger; Langrishe's relationship with Hearst deteriorates.

  • With Bullock on the campaign trail, Alma seeks Swearengen's help when she feels threatened by Hearst's goons; Barrett runs into trouble while delivering a message from his boss; Stapleton continues his pursuit of Claudia; Jane and Joanie bond over the contents of a dream.

  • Langrishe welcomes all comers for the camp's first amateur night; a returning Commissioner Jarry seeks an audience with Hearst.

  • Wyatt Earp and his brother Morgan arrive, though their business is a mystery; the camp anxiously awaits Hearst's reaction to Bullock's letter in The Pioneer; an incident at the livery hinders Fields' travel plans.

  • Bullock's proposal carries the day during a meeting held at the Gem to discuss the Hearst conundrum; Aunt Lou fears for Odell's well-being after his latest gambit; Fields is skeptical of Steve's offer to remain in camp; Cochran finds other uses for a tailor's swatches; Chesterton's illness postpones Langrishe's theater plans.

  • Dority's simmering feud with an imposing rival finally comes to a boil; Langrishe lays the groundwork for the new theater; Tolliver learns surprising news about Leon's latest customer; Steve's stubborn streak doesn't subside with his purchase of the livery.

  • Amidst as much fanfare as Deadwood can muster, Alma opens Deadwood's first bank. Cochran ministers to Tolliver, but it's unclear now who's sicker. Hostetler and Fields return to Deadwood, looking to settle scores and move on. Captain Turner throws down a gauntlet to Dority, who hesitates to pick it up. Looking for credibility in his campaign for sheriff, Harry is persuaded by Nuttall to start a fire-wagon-rental business. Con Stapleton seeks out the company of Claudia, one of Langrishe's actresses, to scratch a very old itch. Hearst has a stand-up sit-down with Swearengen and Tolliver to explore long-term business allegiances. Following Utter's counsel, Stubbs counters Langrishe's offer to buy the Chez Ami. Looking to avoid all hell breaking loose, Bullock brokers a deal with Hostetler and Steve the Drunk for the livery. Swearengen chooses Adams to be his deputy in dealing with Hearst, to Dority's temporary dismay.

  • The stagecoach brings Hearst's loyal cook; theater promoter Jack Langrishe, who's an old friend of Swearengen; and a returning Mr. Wu. Hearst shows he means business during separate dealings with Alma, Bullock and Tolliver.

  • The candidates for sheriff and mayor deliver their campaign speeches, Hearst gives Swearengen a personal demonstration of his influence, Doc Cochran tends to an ailing Alma, Jane shares her exploits with Custer with the schoolchildren, and Andy has an uncomfortable reunion with Tolliver.

  • Elections for mayor and sheriff are fast approaching, but Bullock and Swearengen keep an eye on influential new resident George Hearst, who tests the waters of the camp's power structure. Meanwhile, Adams proposes a real-estate deal to Star, and Alma encounters complications with her pregnancy.

  • Mr. Wu sneaks out from Al's protective custody and attacks Lee's henchmen, Johnny makes matters worse by dragging Wu back to the Gem. George Hearst arrives in Deadwood, and makes an attempt to by out E.B. The entire camp is caught up in Alma Garret's marriage to Ellsworth.

  • Al comes to realize that Hearst is backing Mr. Lee and that he needs to help Mr. Wu who has always been his ally in the past. Cy thinks Andy's conversion is a scam, and makes his opinion clear. Andy's preaching at William's funeral clearly prove that he doesn't have any miraculous gift for preaching. Al tries to convince everyone, including himself, that he is unaffected by William's death. Alma finally agrees to marry Ellsworth.

  • The entire camp is affected by the terrible accident befallen William Bullock, Seth's stepson. Martha wants to take the boy back to Michigan but Doc doesn't want him moved. Andy Cramed, who has become a preacher, returns to camp.

  • Al doesn't like the way Merrick has been covering the annexation. Joanie invites Jane to stay at the Chez Ami and Miss Isringhausen is revealed to be a Pinkerton.

  • Swearengen has a meeting with Bullock to get him to understand that it is them against the outsiders. Hearst wants to bring in Chinese workers to work his mines. Doc Cochran wants to treat the Chinese whores but Cy insists that the best way to respect their culture is to neglect the whores the way the Chinese do. A meeting between Martha and Alma doesn't turn out well.

  • Al reaveals to Alma that Isringhouse is a Pinkerton hired by Brom's family, and that she is trying to frame Alma. He proposes a deal with her, because of his intense dislike of the Pinkertons. Joanie tells Charlie why she needed to sneak her remaining whores out of camp. Charlie responds by kicking the crap out of Woolcot in the middle of the street. Al calls a meeting of the town leaders to discuss issues. Cy reveals a bit too much when he gets quite upset. When E.B. realizes a meating was held without him, he is annoyed.

  • A new school teacher arrives in camp, and A.W. shows her the town. Al's health improves enough for him to start receiving visitors. Wu is upset that Cy has brought in a cartload of Chinese women and wants to make sure "Swegen" is still on his side. County commissioner Jarry flees Deadwood. Thinking A.W. will be afraid of Yankton, Cy has his guys smash the presses at the Pioneer, but A.W. sees right through it. Woolcot kills a handful of Joanies whores, but Charlie helps her get the rest out of camp before he finishes them all off. Sol tells Seth that he thinks Alma is pregnant.

  • Doc discusses the possibility of surgery with Al, but he is terrified of actually doing the operation. Woolcot's favorite whore, and the Lawrence County Commissioner arrive in camp, stirring up the pot even further. A new Chinese opium dealer sells to Tolliver, and sets up a partnership with Cy in a Chinese brothel. Wu comes to Al for help, finding him disposed, and Dan clueless.

  • Mining magnate George Hearst sends an agent to Deadwood. The man, Francis Woolcot, is greated with varying responses. Farnum starts by wanting to scam him, but Woolcot easily gets convinces E.B to help spread rumors. Swearengen is out of action with kidney stones, leaving Dan and Johnny to make an attempt at running things. While other people are selling, Alma admits an interest in buying the Grand Central, she also fires Sofia's tutor.

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