‘The Deuce’ is an American period drama television series that airs on the HBO. It first premiered on September 10, 2017. The series has been created by David Simon, best known for his work on ‘The Wire’, and George Pelecanos.
The series centers around a lurid but fascinating topic, that is the Golden Age of Porn, which came after the legalization of the porn industry in New York City that started around the 1970s. The show also makes it a point to explore the themes that are relevant to the times like the corruption in the police force and within the government, not to mention all the violence, the booms, and busts in real estate that came with the changing society. New York also saw a rise in drug problem around the same time, and if film buffs want to check out a sweet film that also chronicles the problems of the time, you can watch Al Pacino’s ‘The Panic in Needle Park’. Anyhow, coming back to the series, those interested in the rich history of New York might be fascinated to know that the series derives its name from the nickname given to 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue.
When it comes to HBO’s shows, they have some massive hits which have gone on to redefine the way we see television series. Among these are shows like ‘The Sopranos‘, ‘The Wire‘, ‘True Blood‘, and recently’ Game of Thrones‘, although people might disagree with me seeing as how the last season is panning out. Nonetheless, it would be remiss not to include ‘The Deuce’ right up there, if not in the pantheon of greats, then at least at the steps of greatness. Needless to say, this show has a massive fan following among people who appreciate good content. Critics too have praised the series saying, ” ‘The Deuce’ again demonstrates David Simon’s masterful grasp of urban grit, while never losing detailed sight of its colorful characters”.
The Deuce Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘The Deuce’ includes James Franco playing a double role as twins Frankie and Vincent Martino, who are originally from Brooklyn but operate out of Times Square and become fronts for the mob. Maggie Gyllenhaal appears as Candy or Eileen Merrell, the Times Square street prostitute who sees the emerging porn industry as an entrepreneurial opportunity.
Other cast members include George Akinnagbe of ‘The Wire’ as Larry Brown, the demanding and intense street pimp who discovers his talent in acting, Chris Bauer appears in the role of Bobby Dwyer, the brother in law to the Martino twins. Although a family man, their adventures opens his eyes to the reality of New York. Chris Coy appears as Paul Hendrickson, someone who follows his personal and professional ambition within the emergent gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. Margarita Levieva appears as Abigail “Abby” Parker, a rebellious girl who eschews her family wealth to enter a leftist feminist political space and begins dating Vincent. Michael Rispoli plays the part of Rudy Pipilo, a capo in the Gambino crime family, whose duty it is to oversee the financial interests of the mob in the sex industry. David Krumholtz known for his role in ‘Harold and Kumar’ appears as Harvey Wasserman, a porn director who mentors Eileen.
In the upcoming season, these main characters are expected to return, and perhaps there might be some additional characters as well. Anyway, over the seasons, the main cast has always been supported by a rich supporting cast, who show the intricacies of 1970s New York where everyone was out to get a piece of the metaphorical pie.