7.9
1,214 votes
The Deuce

The Deuce

HBO 2017

The story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early ’70s through the mid ’80s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence of the area.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Deuce

The Deuce - S3E8

#1 - Finish It

8.29

Season 3 - Episode 8

Big changes come to The Deuce as Gene sees opportunity in the city's public health crisis. Vincent looks to get out from under the mob's thumb and makes peace with Abby, who decides to pursue a new future. Candy makes a critical choice in her relationship with Hank. Harvey speaks his mind about Candy's film. Alston recognizes the truth of Midtown's redevelopment. Melissa makes a commitment, while Loretta takes on a big responsibility.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Deuce from 407 votes.

The Deuce - S2E9

#2 - Inside the Pretend

7.99

Season 2 - Episode 9

As Red Hot premieres, Candy, Harvey, and Frankie get caught between competing investors. Vincent and Abby must deal with an unexpected loss. Lori is afraid to go to LA without C.C.'s permission. Paul turns to a familiar source to help finance Tod's dream. Darlene comes clean. Goldman and Alston's plan for cleaning up Times Square hits a roadblock.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Deuce from 531 votes.

The Deuce - S3E7

#3 - That's a Wrap

7.94

Season 3 - Episode 7

A struggling Lori turns to Candy for help before revisiting The Deuce. Candy makes a surprising deal to secure funding for her film. Abby takes a stand against the latest phase of Midtown redevelopment. After a difficult visit with Mike, Vincent is approached by a candid Tommy, who explains the new world order. Bobby realizes that times have changed and considers Joey's latest money-making scheme.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Deuce from 391 votes.

The Deuce - S2E8

#4 - Nobody Has to Get Hurt

7.88

Season 2 - Episode 8

Rudy and Matty the Horse buy Lori away from C.C., who has a back-end agenda. Abby, Dave and Loretta warn Ashley about the dangers of her aggressive activism. Goldman shares his plans for cleaning up the Deuce with Alston. Larry Brown is reunited with a girl from his past. Vincent turns to his father for relationship advice. Candy puts the finishing touches on Red Hot in advance of its premiere.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Deuce from 519 votes.

The Deuce - S1E8

#5 - My Name Is Ruby

7.82

Season 1 - Episode 8

Vincent balks at getting in deeper with Rudy, as expansion fever hits Frankie and Bobby. Candy gets a taste of directing, and enjoys the red-carpet perks of a major premiere. Alston finds himself in limbo at his precinct. Abby changes up the Hi-Hat’s clientele. Sandra faces editorial and legal hurdles. Barbara and Thunder Thighs connect with the wrong sort of clients. Vincent settles a score. C.C. encourages Ace, a former pimp, to get back in the game.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Deuce from 1165 votes.

The Deuce - S2E6

#6 - We're All Beasts

7.78

Season 2 - Episode 6

Candy shoots her opus guerilla-style on the streets of New York. Vincent makes a confession to Abby, along with a promise to change. Ashley and Abby help a prostitute escape the Deuce, with a little help from Vincent. Larry Brown gets a promotion. Paul celebrates the opening of his new upscale club. Bobby turns to Vincent to find work for his wayward eldest son, Joey.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Deuce from 543 votes.

The Deuce - S1E7

#7 - Au Reservoir

7.77

Season 1 - Episode 7

With police pushing their business off the streets, C.C., Larry, Rodney and other pimps worry about becoming obsolete. Candy eyes a different job on Harvey’s set as Lori struggles with the demands of porn acting. At her wit’s end, Ashley hangs out with Frankie and, later, washes up on Abby’s door. Bobby is smitten with an employee while dealing with shakedowns, flare-ups and a medical emergency. Frankie is tasked by Rudy to turn a peep-show concept into reality. Alston finds himself singled out by the 14th Precinct’s new captain, McDonagh. Abby asks Vincent to be her escort at her family’s lavish party.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Deuce from 1260 votes.

The Deuce - S3E4

#8 - They Can Never Go Home

7.76

Season 3 - Episode 4

Lori returns to New York for an audition and runs into some familiar faces. While searching for actors for her new film, Candy speaks to her critics at a Women Against Pornography meeting. As things heat up with Jennifer, Alston takes a drastic step to deliver for Goldman. Melissa leaves the city. Abby grows closer to Pilar as her relationship with Vincent wanes. Vincent and Frankie celebrate an eventful birthday.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Deuce from 410 votes.

The Deuce - S3E6

#9 - This Trust Thing

7.66

Season 3 - Episode 6

In the wake of a personal loss, Candy finds the emotional core of her latest movie. Abby confronts Vincent after she makes an alarming discovery. Paul turns to activism as the AIDS epidemic continues to ravage New York's gay community. Vincent tips off Rudy to Tommy's disloyalty. Lori realizes she's on her own when both Greg and Kiki let her down. Bobby learns why the women who worked for him have abandoned the French Parlor.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Deuce from 384 votes.

The Deuce - S2E4

#10 - What Big Ideas

7.63

Season 2 - Episode 4

Ashley and Abby resolve to track down the identity of a 16-year-old sex worker killed in a recent fire. Vincent is shaken after witnessing the brutal side of Rudy’s operation. Frustrated by the progress on her new film, Candy recruits new faces to help with the production. Frankie finds his dry-cleaning business a less-than-perfect fit. Larry Brown shows off his improvisational skills. Lori looks to forge a deal with Kiki while keeping C.C. in the loop.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Deuce from 556 votes.

The Deuce - S2E7
#11 - The Feminism Part
7.61
Season 2 - Episode 7

Trapped by his own success, Vincent envisions an idyllic rural life with Abby. Candy is frustrated by her mob backers' misogyny and weighs telling her son, Adam, what she really does for a living. Shay reverts to form, to Irene's dismay. Joey falls in love. Darlene deals with unexpected news. Lori hits a roadblock in her quest for adult-film stardom. Alston faces a dilemma involving his old partner, Flanagan. Paul and Kenneth arrive at a crossroads.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Deuce from 517 votes.

The Deuce - S1E6
#12 - Why Me?
7.61
Season 1 - Episode 6

An end-of-the-year crackdown by police in and around The Deuce sparks Vincent and Bobby. Candy tries to persuade Harvey, her adult-film director, that she can do more than act. Rudy witnesses a pivotal lower-court ruling on obscenity, and enlists Frankie and Big Mike to protect his interests in the peeps. Alston tries to convince Sandra that he’s not just a “source.”

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Deuce from 1298 votes.

The Deuce - S2E3
#13 - Seven-Fifty
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 3

Lori envisions a sunny future in LA after attending the AFFA Erotica Awards with Harvey and Candy, who’s looking to connect with west-coast producers who are willing to turn her fairy tale into reality. Paul and Kenneth approach Vincent about a loan for a new nightclub, free from mob ties. Goldman visits Alston’s precinct to share the mayor’s vision for cleaning up the Deuce. Frankie wins a hand of poker, but risks losing his job. Back in NYC, Ashley pushes her reform agenda on Abby, while trying to avoid C.C.. Larry Brown and Darlene learn a bitter lesson about supply and demand. Rudy sends a message to his rivals, but invites retaliation.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Deuce from 592 votes.

The Deuce - S3E5
#14 - You Only Get One
7.59
Season 3 - Episode 5

With his club shuttered, a distraught Vincent follows a lead down a dangerous path. Paul reaches out to Tod's parents. Candy battles Harvey over her latest script and reunites with her estranged son, Adam. Lori hits the feature dancing circuit with mixed results. Abby reflects on her choices when she gets an unexpected visitor. Bobby does right by Black Frankie. Alston defends the plan to clean up Midtown. Gene reckons with his conflicted personal life.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Deuce from 387 votes.

The Deuce - S1E4
#15 - I See Money
7.59
Season 1 - Episode 4

Rudy dangles a lucrative offer in front of Vincent. Longo uses strong-arm tactics to restore order among Bobby’s unhappy construction workers. Candy attracts unwanted attention and is intrigued by a legitimate suitor. Paul questions his place at the Hi-Hat. Frankie hits a hot streak. Darlene gets a gift from Abby. Alston sees through Sandra. Bristling after a police shakedown, Vincent adds muscle in the person of Black Frankie, a Vietnam War vet.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Deuce from 1446 votes.

The Deuce - S1E5
#16 - What Kind of Bad
7.58
Season 1 - Episode 5

Looking for a way out of his construction gig, Bobby tries to change Vincent’s mind about Rudy’s offer. Darlene returns from a trip home with a new girl, disappointing Abby. Roughed up by a john, Candy contemplates a change of careers. After getting busted, Paul explores the underbelly, and the exhilaration, of gay life in the city. With an assist from Alston, Sandra scores a key interview with a pimp.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Deuce from 1374 votes.

The Deuce - S3E1
#17 - The Camera Loves You
7.57
Season 3 - Episode 1

On the eve of 1985, a worn-out Vincent reconnects with his ex-wife, Andrea, as his open relationship with Abby grows more distant. Despite becoming a family man, Frankie continues his risky side hustles. With the newly dominant VHS format shaking up their industry, Candy and Harvey travel to Las Vegas for an adult film convention where they disagree on how to navigate a fast-changing future. Fresh out of rehab, Lori is put back to work. Alston makes a very specific request of Goldman in their quest to revitalize Midtown. Now a bartender at the Hi-Hat, Loretta becomes an active member of Women Against Pornography.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Deuce from 451 votes.

The Deuce - S1E3
#18 - The Principle Is All
7.56
Season 1 - Episode 3

The appearance of an unexpected partner surprises Vincent. Rudy buys into a rival's plan to reconfigure the Deuce. Candy considers entering the filmmaking business. Abby languishes in her new job. Darlene works overtime to compensate Larry.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Deuce from 1580 votes.

The Deuce - S3E3
#19 - Normal Is a Lie
7.54
Season 3 - Episode 3

Abby befriends a graffiti artist named Pilar and takes a surprising trip downtown. Candy sets a firm line with Hank when it comes to money. As Todd’s health worsens, he reexamines his priorities and asks for Paul’s support. Melissa is forced to face her past. Alston explores different strategies for getting a shady SRO owner to sell. Bobby pays Joey a visit on Wall Street as Joey’s latest money-making scheme grows bigger. Tensions rise between Frankie and Rudy as a buyer complains about Frankie’s product.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Deuce from 429 votes.

The Deuce - S3E2
#20 - Morta di Fame
7.54
Season 3 - Episode 2

Frankie takes his amateur porn business to the next level and ends up in a confrontation with Rudy, who pushes Vincent to up his profits. Candy brainstorms a new film based on the experiences of her fellow sex workers and finds that her new beau Hank is not shaken by her past. Abby and Loretta take care of Shay when she shows up to the Hi-Hat in bad shape. Lori is advised be more compliant after she dares to stand up for herself on set. Alston is tasked with finding the mysterious owner of a prime piece of Midtown real estate. With the future of his businesses up in the air, Paul worries about his partner Tod's health.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Deuce from 435 votes.

Last updated: apr 07, 2021

Comments

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Pimps hoes drugs jive talkin n tittays tunes n rides..goddamn I love the 70's

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Waiting patiently for the next season

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Amazing Amazing Acting across the board. The plot and characters is so moving and powerful that it reminds me of The Wire. James and Maggie were Fantastic.. there best work ever. Definitely needs more following. Can't wait for the next season.

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The best way that I can describe this show is that it is a more mature and advanced version of The Wire. While that show certainly had higher highs this show was consistently good from beginning to end and actually got better from one season to the next. And unlike The Wire it knew when its ending was and was able to finish the final season appropriately. The backdrop and the stories are fantastic. The finale..... one of the top 5 in the history of television. I loved it and will miss it terribly. Follow me at https://IHateBadMovies.com or facebook IHateBadMovies

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This is another masterpiece from the hands of David Simon. As always you get a lovely and very evocative description of the context in which the plot is laid out. The acting is great and the series raises serious questions about prostitution, porn and the HIV AIDS epidemic in a very thoughtful way that points to the problems of these issues without being overtly moralistic about it. The series is highly recommended if you are interested in these topics, in the 70's or 80's and if you like the works of David Simon.

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Everyone already discussed the great writing, acting, etc., but it also has a fantastic collection of soundtracks. Gonna miss this show when it's over.

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I went into this series knowing very little. I knew it was a period piece, set in the 70's. It had James Franco, and it was set in NYC. Everything else I learned as I went. The initial "hit" of the show was seeing how much was centered on prostitution. Halfway through the season I made the connection that one of the creators also worked on The Wire and Treme. Once this connection was made, I really started to see similarities in written dialog among groups. Overall, I really enjoyed it. The show had a way of making the viewer connected to the characters. The characters lived their lifes, and it unfolded in a way that didn't seem scripted. It just progressed forward. There was no bad guy they were trying to chase, or stop. Rather, they were just living. It's because of this, that I look forward to the next season. oh. P.S Maggie Gyllenhaal. You nailed this role. That wig ..

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A really good show that cannot be binge watched. You have to watch one episode and take a few days until you watch another as this is not easy viewing. The episodes are dense and long so when you sit down you better grab your coffee and a light snack cause it’s gonna be a ride for sure.

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Take The Wire, add a dash of Deadwood, a hint of The Sopranos and mix it with Taxi Driver, and you have The Deuce. That's a rather simplistic way of summarising the series but it's practically correct. I put this show off for years because I feared more than anything that it would merely be a 70s retro fetishistic event, but after a few episodes the 70s window dressing vanishes and you're simply living besides these character's lives. By Season 2 and 3, the scope broadens to encompass the golden age of porn and the efforts to gentrify midtown Manhattan, and much like The Wire you realise, as cliched as it sounds, that, true to its title, you're not watching a show about characters but a show where the city (and in this case, a certain time in the history of the city) is the character. It almost felt criminal that it had to end and not continue on for another two seasons ago and evaluate crime and crime-fighting in New York City into the 1990s and 2000s. I wish this show, even with new characters, could have gone on longer.

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[spoiler]I still do not understand why Lori committed suicide.[/spoiler]

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