10 HBO TV Shows You Should Watch



Created by David Milch, Deadwood is an American western television series set in the gold-mining camp by the same name in South Dakota during the 1870's.

Deadwood aired from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, totaling 36 episodes over three seasons - it features an ensemble cast, many of whom appear as historical figures (Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, George Hearst, and many more).

Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Damages) stars as Seth Bullock, a former Marshall from Montana who settles in Deadwood to establish a hardware business, along with his business partner and friend, Sol Star (John Hawkes).

The series follows Deadwood's evolution from mining camp to official town, including themes of western capitalism and the fringe-style law enforcement that is associated with the period.



As research for the show, Milch purchased a book by historian Watson Parker, Deadwood: The Golden Years, who tv production companies specialized in the history of the Black Hills. Milch and company would later purchase many of Parker's papers and books as references for the series.

Milch has repeatedly stated in interviews that his intent with the show was to study the way a civilization comes together from chaos, by organizing itself around symbols (i.e. gold), although the series visits a variety of issues, such as politics, immigration, ethnicity, prostitution, misogyny and violence.

This show is truly one of the greatest period pieces ever created, and is based in plenty of historical truths, along with its fair share of fiction. It also features one of the most beautiful opening sequences ever created. Acquire this gem as soon as you are able - you won't be disappointed.

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