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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 25, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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86

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second season of the drama about the porn industry from George Pelecanos and David Simon jumps forward to 1977 with Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) now working as a director as well as on camera.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Sep 11, 2018
    100
    The second season pays dividends to the viewer in the form of taut and lively performances. ... If you’re not already invested in this drama, you may find this season to be shinier, brighter and more seductive than before. The Deuce was already an excellent drama. Now it’s definitively one of the best shows on TV.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Sep 10, 2018
    100
    Overall, The Deuce formulates an intoxicating anthropology, characterized in equal measure by both possibility and sentimentality.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 6, 2018
    91
    Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling--and complicated--as the Martino brothers’ lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal. ... Gyllenhaal handles every aspect of Eileen with an earned authenticity.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 7, 2018
    90
    The Deuce, with its brilliant writing, immersive atmosphere and uncommonly excellent acting, is exploring 1977. The four episodes that HBO sent for review reflect a more personal and interesting storyline for Gyllenhaal's Candy.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 11, 2018
    80
    Simply on the merits of its frank, thoughtful storytelling and acting, it’s a perfectly fine riff on the wages of sin back in the day.
  6. 80
    This new batch of episodes feels lighter--or at least has a lighter touch--than most of season one, though it doesn’t stay in that mode forever. A lot of the writing has the moment-to-moment exactness of a comedy of manners, or a casual conversation between veterans of the same business. (The Wire and Treme also excelled at those sorts of interactions.)
  7. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Sep 7, 2018
    60
    The second [season], at least from the first four episodes made available for review, is a riveting story about porn’s golden age that’s padded out with flat writing, loose story ends, and inexplicable subplots.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    Excellent portrayal of life in the 70's in NYC. Brilliantly cast, you can't help but love Maggie Gyllenhaal for the struggles and success sheExcellent portrayal of life in the 70's in NYC. Brilliantly cast, you can't help but love Maggie Gyllenhaal for the struggles and success she achieves. Love the series. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    Simply put, The Deuce is the most underrated show on TV. The acting, directing, writing, cinematography, editing and production values are allSimply put, The Deuce is the most underrated show on TV. The acting, directing, writing, cinematography, editing and production values are all top notch. Phenomenal stuff. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2018
    7
    There is definitely something to this series, something good about. For one, the way it captures the period in appearance and rhythm. And IThere is definitely something to this series, something good about. For one, the way it captures the period in appearance and rhythm. And I get they're recreating the story arc of an era. However, scene-for-scene, something is missing. There's no real impetus that hooks me. I keep watching because of the pedigree of the talent involved, and the subject matter itself is interesting. To cover the subject matter, they create these various scenarios, so as to reveal the facts. But the narrative that hooks the historical elements together just aren't compelling. Maggie Gyllenhal's character is one of the more cliched in depiction: the woman who's smarter than everyone else around her, and can somehow see the obvious. What's she's observing isn't that brilliant, but her character is presented as if she is.

    With the criticisms aside, I still find myself wanting to watch further, to give it some sort of credit. Something about it is deserving, if just for the detail that goes into creating the zeitgeist of Times Square of the period. There's also a garish tint in the cinematography that further eliminates the intent. I'm going to continue watching it, but it's not up to HBO standards. When you watch WESTWORLD or GAME OF THRONES, the dialogue in those series are constantly engrossing, so time flies per episode. Not so with THE DEUCE.
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  4. Sep 27, 2018
    2
    One season and two episodes in: What a slog. 86 critics' score? For what? I swear critics are afraid to be the one who reviews somethingOne season and two episodes in: What a slog. 86 critics' score? For what? I swear critics are afraid to be the one who reviews something honestly when the rest of their peers give it good reviews. Resulting in everyone overrating this dreck. Nothing's happened and I don't care about any of them. If this is supposed to be enlightening or loaded with new or interesting ideas they're being incredibly subtle about it. For example one idea that has at least 10 minutes of airtime in the first two episodes of the second season is the removal of a partition. Really? Butter and f'n onions, get some writers. Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2018
    2
    Why does it suck:
    - Franco:Acting is so ham-fisted, over-the-top , it's pathetic.
    - Plot: What plot? There is none. - Pretentiousness: This
    Why does it suck:
    - Franco:Acting is so ham-fisted, over-the-top , it's pathetic.
    - Plot: What plot? There is none.
    - Pretentiousness: This show is as high as can be. So Gyllenhaal is the former whore empowered by porn, trying to turn it into an art form. PLEEEEEAAAASE!
    - Waste of an excellent photography, lighting and cinematography (hence the 2 points).

    This show is a nice well-crafted gift box with bad quality candies
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  6. Sep 17, 2018
    1
    We are supposed to believe 5 years has passed and yet everyone looks EXACTLY the same except for the bad wigs and different clothes. It is asWe are supposed to believe 5 years has passed and yet everyone looks EXACTLY the same except for the bad wigs and different clothes. It is as if no thought at all went into what everyone was doing the past 5 years. From the story line it is not much of anything. Did the writers quit or get fired?? The only thing interesting about James Francos character in season one was Abby and they somehow managed to make her look awful in season 2. What was a great show is now not even watchable. PLEASE HIRE SOME WRITERS, and hire some female writers for the female characters because they are only thing interesting about this show. All of the females acting was phenomenal in season one. They have superb actors but no story lines and nothing at all to say. What a bummer!! Lets hope season 3 gets it back on track. Expand

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