REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E9/9)

“There’s no fixin’ this world, is there?” This second series of David Simon and George Pelecanos’s The Deuce has been an extraordinary thrill ride, with characters inhabiting this filthy, grotty, alive neighbourhood of 1970s New York City struggling against the push and pull of identity, stereotype and psychogeography. When it comes to series finales, you’d…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E8/9)

Such is the slow-paced evolution of story arcs in The Deuce, it came as some surprise that in this, the second series’ penultimate episode, that one of the major characters died a grisly death. Not that death – in all its forms – is a surprise in this neighbourhood, but it was a surprise in…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E7/9)

The one uniting theme throughout this second series of The Deuce – that oh-so Dickensian slice of urban drama from David Simon and George Pelecanos – is the way the characters have been kicking back against the NYC district, only for the pull of the place, the lifestyle and the ingrained DNA to kick back…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E6/9)

We’ve seen it in other series (series three of Fargo springs to mind), but this sixth episode of The Deuce felt like a mini-series within a series; an episode that was so different in tone and theme that it felt slightly separate to the rest of the run. Not that it was a total departure…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E5/9)

And so the push and the pull of The Deuce continues. For four episodes of this excellent second series, we’ve seen people trying to get out, only to be pulled back in – they’re labelled and branded, and whatever they do The Deuce, or human manifestations of The Deuce, keep pulling them back into its…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E4/9)

We’re almost half-way through series two of The Deuce and it remains drama out of the top drawer. Throughout this run, we’ve seen the push and the pull of The Deuce – an area that people are desperate to leave but when they do they find that it has a hold on them, whether they…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E3/9)

We’re up to episode three in series two of The Deuce, David Simon and George Pelecanos’s detailing of the fledgeling sex industry in 1970s New York, and it was the most thrilling of the run yet. One of the criticisms that many have of the show is that things develop too slowly, scenes are too…

HBO renews The Deuce for a third series

One of our favourite crime dramas – although subtle in its crimeyness – is David Simon and George Pelecanos’s The Deuce. The sprawling story of pimps, sex workers, cops and the nascent sex industry set in 1970s New York, is currently two episodes into its second series. Now HBO – its home network in the…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E2/9)

Brenda Peterson walks down the stairs at Penn Station and arrives in the entrance hall. It’s a teeming pit of people – tourists, commuters and those looking for more than just the daily routine. Brenda is there because she feels her college education isn’t giving her the right kind of education, so she took off…

REVIEW: The Deuce (S2 E1/9)

The reunion of David Simon and George Pelecanos for their first series since The Wire was a huge deal last year, and for me series one of The Deuce did not disappoint. What this celebrated pair – and a stellar writing room – produced was nothing short of miraculous: in an age of helter-skelter, twist-heavy…

HBO releases first trailer for series two of The Deuce

There’s not a lot to say about other than: YES. David Simon and George Pelecanos’s The Deuce is back for a second series in September, and HBO has released the first trailer. And it looks a million dollars, not least because 1970s New York looks as though it’s entering the disco period. Here is that…

HBO names transmission date for series two of The Deuce

So highly did we rate series one of David Simon and George Pelecanos’s The Deuce, we voted it as number two in our Top 20 Crime Dramas Of The Year in 2017 (read our roll call here). The tale of pimps and sex workers, dreamers and scammers, cops and robbers and bartenders and failures all…