HBO delivers another stunning, evocative drama in DEADWOOD. The channel has an impressive reputation when it comes to producing edge-of-your-seat television (THE SOPRANOS, SIX FEET UNDER), and DEADWOOD follows neatly in that tradition. Set in 1876, the story unfolds just two weeks after the defeat of Custer at Little Big Horn. The town of Deadwood is located in the Black Hills Indian Cession, and is populated largely by illegal settlers and miscreants looking to make a quick buck. Among them are Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), who owns the local saloon; Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), a former law enforcer; and the infamous Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine). Some awesome acting combines with intricate storylines, absorbing direction, and some impressive sets to make DEADWOOD another essential series from the HBO stable.
"Swearengen is the most fearsome and fascinating character in years." - 02/18/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.59
"[With] top-notch storytelling." - 02/01/2005 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.90
"[A]n unrushed, thoroughly fascinating series about Badlands lowlifes and dreamers living and dying amid gold fever." - 02/04/2005 Chicago Sun-Times, p.24
"Foul-mouthed, dirty-minded and visionary, with uniformly excellent performances from a stunning ensemble." - 08/01/2005 Uncut, p.140
"[R]iveting filmmaking..." - 12/01/2005 Rolling Stone, p.100
Ranked #1 in Uncut's Best TV DVDs Of 2005 -- "The milieu is a gory, beautiful nightmare, and the language is untethered." - 01/01/2006 Uncut, p.84-85