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The Deuce

The Deuce

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  • Premiered: 
    September 10, 2017
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by George Pelecanos & David Simon 
  • Subject Matter: Period
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Plot Synopsis

Crated by George Pelecanos and David Simon, THE DEUCE is a one-hour fictional series that follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry that is now an elemental component of the American cultural landscape. Beginning in 1971, the show follows a cast of barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police and nightlife denizens as they swirl through a world of sex, crime, high times and violence and the porn business begins its climb from Mafia-backed massage parlors and film labs to legitimacy and cultural permanence.

Vincent Martino is a successful and astute barman with a knack for promotion who finds himself -- with increasing reluctance -- in the center of the city sex trade after he attracts the interest of a well-connected mob player, Rudy Pipilo. A Gambino captain, Rudy represents that New York family's financial interests in the midtown sex business. After Abby Parker drops out of NYU, she and Vincent begin a relationship that ultimately challenges them both. Vince's identical twin brother Frankie is Vincent's freewheeling, free-spirited counterpart, who gets by on his brother's support, but is increasingly drawn toward Pipilo's business interests.

Candy works as an independent prostitute, refusing to work under any of the multitude of street pimps who control much of the trade along Eighth and Ninth Avenues. She has a son who lives with her parents in the suburbs, but her ambition and intelligence -- as well as a weariness with street life -- lead her to the emerging porn business, where she sees potential for herself and, perhaps, her fellow streetwalkers.

Darlene, a young but street-smart woman from North Carolina, uses her savvy to manage her volatile pimp, Larry Brown, while Lori, a 20-year-old fresh off a Greyhound from Minnesota, is taken into the fold of dapper pimp C.C. immediately upon her arrival at Port Authority. C.C. is equally capable of charm and brutality in managing his prostitutes, while Larry Brown controls his stable -- Darlene, Loretta and Barbara -- largely through intimidation.

Chris Alston is a cop on the midtown beat who questions his superiors' methods, if not the entire premise of trying to police the sex trade amid a culture of unrelenting demand for sex and institutional corruption within the New York Police Department. When told to stop policing a particular swath of his precinct, just west of Times Square, Alston starts a quiet inquiry that brings him together with Sandra Washington, an aspiring reporter who is probing the sex industry.

Meanwhile, bartender Paul, inherited by Vincent Martino as he takes over a Mob-backed midtown bar, traverses the early years of the increasingly open post-Stonewall culture of gay New York, all with an eye to running a nightspot of his own. All these storylines merge as some of the streetwalkers, excited by the prospect and promise of stardom, find new work amid the rapid acceleration in pornographic production in New York.
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On Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 9-10:15pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the Season 1 finale of THE DEUCE. In the season ender, "My Name Is Ruby," Vincent balks at getting in deeper with Rudy, as expansion fever hits Frankie and Bobby. Candy gets a taste of directing, and enjoys the red-carpet perks of a major premiere. Alston finds himself in limbo at his precinct. Abby changes up the Hi-Hat's clientele; Sandra faces editorial and legal hurdles; Barbara and Thunder Thighs connect with the wrong sort of clients; Vincent settles a score. C.C. encourages Ace, a former pimp, to get back in the game. One month earlier -- on September 19 -- HBO renewed THE DEUCE for a second season.

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