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Video Essay Celebrates HBO’s Deadwood



Although it only aired for three seasons, there is no doubt that Deadwood is one of the greatest TV shows ever created. For the unfamiliar, the hit television series created, produced and largely written by David Milch, is a historical drama set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota. The show features a large ensemble cast, and many historical figures appear as characters on the show—such as Seth Bullock, Al Swearengen, Wild Bill Hickok, Sol Star, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, George Crook, E. B. Farnum, Charlie Utter, Jack McCall, and George Hearst. Shakespearean in tone and thematically epic, Deadwood features some of the best dialogue ever written for the smalls screen. Milch used actual diaries and newspapers from 1870s Deadwood residents as reference points for characters, events, and the look and feel of the show. Deadwood received wide critical acclaim, particularly for Milch’s writing and Ian McShane’s co-lead performance, and has since continued to grow its cult following. Recently, Critic Matt Zoller Seitz created this incredible video essay looking back at the series, its genesis, its artistic accomplishments, and its many themes. Watch the video below. Enjoy!


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  1. George Brown says

    Deadwood is the best fucking show of all fucking time. It is the best because they say they “fuck” and “cunt” a lot. That is the mark of a realistic western – the more times they say “fuck”, especially. If they had said “fuck” a lot in the movie High Noon, for instance, that movie would have become a classic: “A fuckin man’s gotta do what a fuckin man’s gotta do. If John Wayne had said fuck” and “cunt” in his movies, he would have become a legendary actor. To sum up, Dewadwood is a fucking classic TV show because the characters say the fuckin word “fuck” a fucking lot of the fucking time….maybe a lot fucking more than anyone in fuckin Deadwood ever did say the word “fuck” but that is what makes the fucking TV show a real fucking classic fucking TV fucking show.

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