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The year is 1876. The location: the Black Hills of South Dakota. In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American history draws a throng of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything and everyone has a price. Welcome to Deadwood . . . a hell of a place to make your fortune. Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, and Keith Carradine lead an ensemble cast in Season 1 of this drama series that focuses on the birth of a frontier town and the power struggle between its just and unjust inhabitants. Deadwood combines fictional and real-life characters in an epic morality tale set in a town comprised primarily of ruthless outlaws and naïve settlers — most of whom are driven by the greed and ambition of the Great American Gold Rush.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDeadwood||In the series premiere, Montana marshal Seth Bullock executes a last act of justice and relocates to a gold-mining camp known as Deadwood, where he and partner Sol Star look to start a hardware business. Bullock soon crosses paths with another new arrival--legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok--and clashes with the formidable boss of the Gem Saloon, Al Swearengen.||1:01:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDeep Water||(Season One) As suspicions arise that 'road agents' may have been the true perpetrators of the massacre, Swearengen takes an interest in the health of its sole survivor--a girl ministered to by Doc Cochran and Calamity Jane. Meanwhile, Bullock and Star attempt to buy property from Swearengen, who suspects an alliance between Hickok and the hardware boys.||55:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoReconnoitering the Rim||Competition arrives for Swearengen in the form of the Bella Union, a gambling outfit operated by savvy Cy Tolliver, Madame Joanie Stubbs and gaming guru Eddie Sawyer. Hickok puts up precious collateral in a poker game; Bullock and Star strike a deal with Swearengen on a lot for their store and, with help from Hickok and Utter, set to building.||51:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHere Was a Man||Swearengen directs Farnum to buy back the Garret claim; Alma prevails on Calamity Jane and Hickok for help; Hickok commissions Bullock in his stead. Charlie Utter leaves the camp; an ailing colleague, Andy Cramed, rejoins the Bella Union; and Hickok's run of luck at poker yields an unexpected return.||58:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Trial of Jack McCall||Swearengen turns the Gem into a courtroom as Deadwood is forced to make its own laws to try a murderer. With Jane on a bender, Trixie is enlisted by Swearengen to help Alma with the Metz child and to keep her pliable to his purposes; Doc Cochran fears Cramed's illness might threaten the camp; Bullock decides to take the law into his own hands.||55:00||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPlague||Bullock encounters native resistance in his quest to bring a murderer to justice. Swearengen presses a resentful Farnum to keep tabs on Alma and Trixie; the camp fathers pool their resources to dispatch riders after precious vaccine and build a sick tent; Cochran enlists Jane as a nurse; and Swearengen collaborates on an article for the 'Deadwood Pioneer.'||51:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBullock Returns to the Camp||After tracking down a murderer, Bullock returns to Deadwood a changed man--and a marked one. Dority and Stubbs both take special interest when teenagers Miles and Flora Anderson arrive in camp in search of their father; Calamity Jane earns her moniker in the Pest Tent; and Alma remains cold on Farnum's inappropriately advanced bid on her claim.||49:22||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSuffer the Little Children||Deadwood breathes easier when riders arrive with vaccine--and word of a possible treaty with the Sioux. Awaiting Trixie's return, Swearengen resists counsel from Farnum; results of Bullock's assay of her claim move Alma to reassess her plans and set up a confrontation between Bullock and Swearengen; and Tolliver teaches Stubbs a deadly lesson.||55:25||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNo Other Sons or Daughters||With annexation looming, Swearengen calls a meeting to set up an informal government. Bullock and Alma compare notes on Ellsworth, and each other; Farnum gets a special-delivery letter from Hickok; Utter offers Jane a job; and Stubbs prepares to make a go on her own, with Tolliver's avowed blessings.||57:49||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMister Wu||An opium theft leaves Swearengen trying to find common language with his supplier, as well as navigating tricky waters to deal with the mess. Silas Adams, bagman for the magistrate from Yankton, arrives with bad news for Swearengen; Bullock regrets having raised his hand at the government meeting; and Merrick proposes Deadwood's first 'club.'||52:42||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJewel's Boot Is Made for Walking||Alma's father, Otis Russell, arrives to 'help' with her claim. Swearengen strikes a bargain with Adams to rid him of some legal baggage. Jewel heads to Cochran for help with her leg; Utter hazards an opinion on the safety of Nuttall's saloon; Leon and Sawyer resume work at the Bella Union; Bullock is angered by the choice of a new sheriff.||58:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSold Under Sin||In the Season One finale, the U.S. Army--under General Crook--rolls into Deadwood, prompting a parade...and business solicitations from Farnum and Tolliver. Swearengen delivers a tortured soul from suffering; Bullock reacts to Russell's intentions regarding Alma; Adams shows Clagett where his loyalties lie; and Bullock and Alma have a late-night meeting.||59:52||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Pretty much the best television show ever.
It's a crime this show only lasted three seasons, but those three seasons were glorious. I'd rate the quality of Deadwood over any other show HBO has put out. The greatest strength of the show is its amazing dialogue. It's essentially like taking the language of Shakespeare and infusing it into the Wild West. David Milch is truly a genius. The acting is of the highest degree amongst all the actors, even the ones with smaller roles. Ian McShane is a revelation. The show is certainly not for everyone (be forewarned there is A LOT of swearing), but if you're a fan of movies like Unforgiven or the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, you can purchase this with extreme confidence. The $2.99 price per episode is a bit steep, but overall buying the whole season on iTunes is cheaper than buying the DVD set. Thumbs up to iTunes for bringing this once of a lifetime show to the masses.
HBO must have dulled faculties...
the only thing that could be better than Deadwood on iTunes would be the four-hour, two-movie conclusion to the show that HBO promised back in '06.
Great American Mythology
Deadwood is a great example of visual storytelling at its best. It provides a unique angle on the universal question of Good vs. Evil, with no clear cut answers. Every character is developed with their flaws and vices in full view. Every aspect of the show adds to the overall quality. David Milch makes poetry out of the Wild West with his mixture of Shakespearian dialogue and more colorful "local" language. Highly recommended.