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An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

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Series cast summary:
Steve Buscemi ...  Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson 57 episodes, 2010-2014
Kelly Macdonald ...  Margaret Thompson / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Michael Shannon ...  Nelson Van Alden / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Shea Whigham ...  Elias 'Eli' Thompson 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Stephen Graham ...  Al Capone 57 episodes, 2010-2014
Vincent Piazza ...  Lucky Luciano 57 episodes, 2010-2014
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Chalky White 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Paul Sparks ...  Mickey Doyle 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Gretchen Mol ...  Gillian Darmody 53 episodes, 2010-2014
Michael Stuhlbarg ...  Arnold Rothstein 48 episodes, 2010-2013
Anthony Laciura ...  Eddie Kessler 48 episodes, 2010-2013
Jack Huston ...  Richard Harrow 41 episodes, 2010-2013
Anatol Yusef ...  Meyer Lansky 31 episodes, 2010-2014
Brady Noon ...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Connor Noon ...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Lucy Gallina ...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Josie Gallina ...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Declan McTigue Declan McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
Rory McTigue Rory McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
Michael Pitt ...  James 'Jimmy' Darmody 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Aleksa Palladino ...  Angela Darmody 24 episodes, 2010-2011
Paz de la Huerta ...  Lucy Danziger 24 episodes, 2010-2011
Dabney Coleman ...  Commodore Louis Kaestner 24 episodes, 2010-2011
Charlie Cox ...  Owen Sleater 23 episodes, 2011-2012
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Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s Boardwalk Empire is the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts, the Federal Government start to take an interest in him. His lavish lifestyle seems at odds with his position, and as well as his connections, there is prolific bootlegging in the area. Written by WellardRockard

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USA

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English

Release Date:

19 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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The second-season premiere was watched by 2.91 million viewers, down 39% from the pilot and down 12% from its first-season finale. See more »

Goofs

Both Western Electric and Automatic Electric candlestick telephones are shown. These were competing manufacturing companies that would not be seen in the same geographical area. The "Bell System" would use only Western Electric telephones connected to their telephone lines. Independent telephone companies would use Automatic Electric and many other manufacturers telephones connected to their telephone lines. See more »

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Al Capone: [after killing a few enemies] Well I got that out of my system!
Chalky White: You and me both.
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Referenced in American Hustle (2013) See more »

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Fantastic Series!
4 October 2010 | by kellycastlebridgeSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic series; its the kind of outstanding, must-see programming that drives new subscribers to HBO. The series has superb production values and masterful direction by Scorsese. The acting is first-rate all around, especially the portrayal of Rothstein.

Nucky's girlfriend (played by Paz de la Heurta) spices the show up with wonderful flashes of her beautiful nude body. The dressing room scene in episode #3 where she strips naked is magnificent to behold! The lady is a work of art...

There is also a subtle complexity to the character of Nucky. He is not just a "bad" villain; a simple,one-dimensional caricature. Instead, he shows loving emotions, such as his desire to have children and his attraction to the good-hearted, honest immigrant girl. (who on the surface appears to be his antithesis) He doesn't just commit crimes or violence for enjoyment of evil, but its often part of a Machiavellian purpose.He doesn't just take from the community, but he gives back as well. Perhaps he is the benevolent dictator or Philosopher King that Plato imagined. In many cases he redistributes wealth to those who need it most. Even if he is primarily doing it to serve his own interests, he is providing a critical function and service to the community and time in which he lives.

The series also makes stinging criticisms of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and how powerful political and economic interests often manipulate naive, well-intentioned fools. Even today, soft drugs like marijuana are illegal, while far more addictive and socially harmful products (such as tobacco and alcohol) are legal. Marijuanna has been kept illegal because the powerful alcohol and tobacco lobby groups don't want competition to cut into their profits. But dumb people still believe the politicians who outlaw soft drugs like this are doing it to "protect" society.

In any case, this series is highly entertaining and will help people to understand the futility of prohibition policies and start to think about the real political and economic interests that are operating behind the scenes. The show is fun and addictive. (hopefully the government won't outlaw it) Watch it; you'll be glad you did.


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