The Deuce (2017– )
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TV-MA | | Drama | Episode aired 25 August 2017
The Deuce is an upcoming American television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York , the series pilot began shooting in October 2015. The series was picked up in January 2016.


Michelle MacLaren


George Pelecanos (created by), David Simon (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Vincent Martino / Frankie Martino
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Eileen 'Candy' Merrell
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Larry Brown
Gary Carr ... C.C.
Dominique Fishback ... Darlene
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Chris Alston
Margarita Levieva ... Abigail 'Abby' Parker
Emily Meade ... Lori
Zoe Kazan ... Andrea Martino
Tariq Trotter ... Reggie Love (as Tarik Trotter)
Method Man ... Rodney (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
Kim Director ... Shay
Sepideh Moafi ... Loretta
Olivia Luccardi ... Melissa
Don Harvey ... Danny Flanagan


In 1971, Brooklyn bartender Vincent "Vinnie" Martino (James Franco) is beaten by muggers while he is performing drops. Vinnie's identical twin brother, reckless gambler Frankie (James Franco), owes money to several mobsters and bookies. Fed up with his unfaithful wife, Andrea (Zoe Kazan), he leaves his family and decides to focus on his bar. Pimp C.C. (Gary Carr) recruits Lori (Emily Meade), a new arrival from Minnesota, as a prostitute. C.C's prized possession is Ashley (Jamie Neumann), who is in love with C.C. and becomes jealous of Lori. Another pimp, Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe), is abusive towards his prostitutes, one of whom is the sweet-natured Darlene (Dominique Fishback). Eileen "Candy" Merrell (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a prostitute and single mother, chooses to work without a pimp and becomes introduced in the ascendant pornography industry. College student Abigail "Abby" Parker (Margarita Levieva) is arrested for buying drugs. At the police station, she meets officer Chris ... Written by lament

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Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


HBO released this episode without previous notice 16 days before its official release date. See more »


In the very opening scene, before we even get the title of this brand new show, there is a major continuity flaw. We see a woman walking towards Franco's character, then as we face him, there is very clearly (different wardrobe) a different woman that is passing him now. See more »


Chris Alston: Duck Salad, no thank you!
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References Hammerhead (1968) See more »


I Can't Get Next to You
Written by Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield
Performed by Al Green
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I loved it.
28 August 2017 | by ranchiSee all my reviews

I truly did. It caught me by surprise that HBO decided to release the pilot early. I guess they wanted to use the boom of the GoT season finale to boost one of their new shows. But "The Deuce" is its own thing. We don't need no dragons.

I am not from New York, but you can tell the series team put a lot of effort on creating the right environment and it really pays off. Maggie Gyllenhaal is terrific on this role, I loved her. The storyline is great, too, and I really enjoyed the different people and how they end up interacting with each other. I can't wait to see how they all end up connecting. I am usually quite skeptical when it comes to hour and a half episodes, but this one was phenomenal. It didn't feel long in any moment and the 70s prostitution theme has so much potential it could become literally anything.

The one bad thing about the pilot is that, by releasing it early, now we have to wait three weeks for a new episode. Damn it you HBO.

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