THE DEUCE (2017 – )

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Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon

Cast: Kevin Breznahan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva

The rise of the pornographic industry from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. In the specialty stores, another cinema is sold under the coat. Pornographic movies are made cheaply as fast as they can make them.  But soon, all this will change … At the forefront of this cultural revolution, two twin brothers who owns a bar serving as a cover for the local mafia, Vincent and Frankie Martino and Candy, a prostitute in search of freedom, a courageous visionary, listening to the evolutions of his time.

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It is New York and two twin brothers here who are working for the mob owning a bar so they can launder their money , their father in the construction business has on foot with mob also, plus the pimps and the hookers that are roaming the streets trying to make a buck. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an astute prostitute with aspirations, and Marty Hodas (Saul Stein), the real-life King of the Peeps, knowledgeably discussing what could be lucrative. The actual Deuce, is in the area of New York City that was Times Square/42nd Street. The deuce here is the real deal, you fell like you are in the 70’s early 80’s and that you are going a part of something. For those who were there back then it is going to bring back memories. I was there in the late 70’s in the U.S. and it is was the coolest thing back then. The cars, the women, booze, the bar scene the music it has it all. Maggie Gyllenhaal here shines big time she even steal the show, however James Franco who is doing double duty doing an outstanding jobs here of which the casting is near perfect I will even say perfect. I say this to you do not miss this one. The first season consist of 9 episodes of an hour and  1/2.

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TREME (2010 – 2013)

Treme (2010–2013)

Creators: Eric Overmyer, David Simon

Cast: Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens 

Life in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. People are trying to pull it together and rebuild their unique culture, their home, and businesses. The series will take you there after a horrible natural disaster has happened.

After the hurricane Katrina are trying to rebuild their homes, salvage what they can, rebuilding their business it is set after 3 month hurricane Katrina has devastated the state. The cast is outstanding: There is a money-hustling trombone player (Wendell Pierce). There is a restaurateur (Kim Dickens) trying to keep her business afloat with few supplies and fewer employees. There is a bitter saloon owner (Khandi Alexander) searching for her missing brother and fighting off the charms of her two-timing ex-hubby (the trombone player). There is a disc jockey (Steve Zahn, Sahara), actively pissing off everyone (including our restaurateur. There’s an obsessive senior (Clarke Peters) who refuses to give up his dream of leading a parade Trewe in the city’s first post-disaster Mardis Gras. Finally, there is a community activist (John Goodman) who rails against the government, the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA to anyone who will listen. There is a lot more this is the tip of the iceberg It is an intelligent show it has a sense of reality to it of course and it is moving along just fine beside being well acted, after all this is real-life drama. So you got the character, music , food and some blah! blah! and you have a dam good show.

 

Treme (2010–2013)

 

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THE WIRE (2002 – 2008)

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Creators: David Simon.

Cast: Dominic West, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy.

Baltimore the city inner drug scene. Mid-level drug dealer, D’Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. In the mean time Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell finds out there is a informant in his circle and he has to deal with the local rival, Omar who has been robbing Barksdale’s dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problem some detective beating a suspect. hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. Th show takes us into the drug world and the cops who are trying to get a tap wire to listen their next move so they can arrest them.

Here is a great series. It is not just another cop show it is about the cops and the criminals You see the lives of both. The series CSI to me is not too realistic like the wire who is. It looks at the bureaucracy, the rule the obstacles, how the drug dealers are organized  as well as the police who are trying to catch them and put them to jail. Like I said it is not like any cop show, There is one story per season the crime is not solved in an hour like the other cop show. The writing is impeccable and so are the acting. The street slang sound authentic also. If you haven’t seen this one I suggest that you do.

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