TV Worth Watching: Deadwood

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“The outlaw camp of Deadwood marches slowly towards civilization, facing its first elections. But the power struggles continue over everything in Deadwood—influence, money, and whores—as the founding camp members form strategic alliances to face down the threat of a powerful newcomer, seeking to remake Deadwood in his image. Created and executive produced by David Milch (“NYPD Blue”), Deadwood is one of most acclaimed dramas on television. The series was nominated for 22 Emmys® and won 7 and earned a Golden Globe® Award in its first two seasons for Ian McShane.”

With all the dross on TV now, it can sometimes be hard to find really good TV shows. There aren’t many that I watch, but with the advent of TV shows being released on DVD, there are new opportunities to find great shows that I never had a chance to watch on TV. In fact, many shows are more enjoyable on DVD – better quality, no commercials, no waiting for the next episode. One such show is Deadwood, a gripping drama that covers the harsh world of a small town caught up in a gold rush. Amazing acting, superb writing, excellent cinematography…the show is top notch in every way. But it’s also rife with swearing, nudity, and violence – so it’s not a show I’d recommend to everyone. Zip (think Canadian Netflix) is great for getting TV shows like this, because I can queue up several discs at once and really absorb the show. If you’re not squeamish and can handle a harsh tale of life in the old West, give Deadwood a serious look.

  • It is indeed a great show. I never knew they used the term “c—s–cker” so often in the old west!

    However, while watching on DVD is great, the lack of commercials isn’t an advantage here in the states since it airs on HBO which doesn’t have commercials.

  • True, Deadwood wouldn’t have had commercials, but I was thinking more of the other TVs shows that do: like Battlestar Gallactica, etc. (another awesome show I want to post about). Besides which, I can’t even GET HBO in Canada, so the DVD releases are really important. 😉

  • Yeah, that’s lousy that they don’t at least put the HBO shows on another network. Another good one that you might like is Rome. That’s probably my favorite show on HBO. And I love the new BSG. It’s probably my favorite show anywhere on TV.

  • Rome is on my ZIP list, so yeah, I’m planning on checking it out eventually. Good to hear a positive vote for it!

  • I’ve heard so many good things about this show that I will have to check it out.

    In return, may I recommend Rescue Me with Dennis Leary. Another show not for everyone but probably the top show for both my wife and I (and she’s not usually a Leary fan!)

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    BSG is a superb show. I’ve been trying desperately to get some of my non-scifi friends and family to give it a go, because it really is so much more a dramatic series than a scifi show.

  • Cool – I have Rescue Me on my Ziplist, I’ve heard good things about it.