DEADWOOD (2004 – 2006)

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Creator: David Milch.

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker.

The town of Deadwood, South Dakota where a man hoping to find a new start for himself men like Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, Both men find themselves on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen ( Ian McShane), saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. he lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876.

I love western series and here is an original one at his best. I think this series has got it right David Milch had to have a bunch of historian doing research on this big time. David Milch has introduced possibly the greatest character to ever come to TV or film…Al Swearengen. (Ian McShane) My favorite character in this series by long shot this deviant mean bastard at his best and cold too. The costume even was authentic and so were the town of Deadwood. The dialog is a little bit as  Shakespearean at times. The profanity was there back then big time based on religion. It is a town with out law and court Swearengen was pretty much the sheriff of sort, the main man. Also women was trapped in a man world they didn’t have rights or anything else they were hookers, madam, or rich women who had rich husband to take care of them. Plus there were a gold mine there also a little bit of a gold rush of sorts. It is a great western series with dark violent characters. If you love Westerns, don’t miss it.

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NYPD BLUES (1993 – 2005)

 

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Creators: Steven BochcoDavid Milch.

Cast: Dennis FranzGordon ClappJames McDaniel

Andy Sipowicz and John Kelley (later replaced by Bobby Simone), and others  are the central characters in this  police drama. Andy is pissed off all the time racist and is not crazy about gays either. He went  through many partner since then and had prorate cancer on the top of that plus he was an alcoholic and goes to AA. I’ll say this character is pretty damage with baggage. Every week you see Sipowicz struggling with the job and battling bad guys.

I first saw the is series In 1993 I was hooked. I loved it it had a sense of reality to it. Andy went to 2 marriages had female partner one of her was battling alcohol ( even in real life) . He had a black boss which he was butting head with all the time.The detective squad of the 15th precinct had four heads, James McDaniel, Esai Morales, John O’Donahue, and Graham Currie. James McDaniel was Arthur Fancy and he had all the problems and frustrations of being a black man who rises in the NYPD. Basically most of the characters had baggage and it make the series interesting as well as the stories. there is David Carruso who left the first season because his character did not have a private life. He butted had with the creators so he left after season 1. Also the creator David Miltch got hooked on heroin and had to leave the show for a while.  It turned out a great show.

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