That’s the Tag line of Deadwood, the HBO series that ran from 2004 to 2006. I just finished watching the 1st season, and I really recommend it. The show, like the tag line, can be a little corny and clichÃ©d, but it makes up for it with great production value, well written dialogue, and a strong cast of compelling characters. The show is very much about the just vs. the unjust, and makes a pretty sharp distinction between who is which. Normally that would turn me off (like 300 turned me off), but Deadwood still manages to be nuanced, and isn’t your stereotypical good verses evil story.
Deadwood delivers more or less what you’d expect from an HBO series set in the wild west. In other words, don’t watch it with anyone easily offended, because it’s main subject matter is violence, prostitution, gambling, drug abuse, and profanity. According to Wikipedia, for instance, “The word “fuck” was said 43 times in the first hour of the show.” I would guess “cocksucker” was used at least as many times in that span. My parents, by the way, never made it through that first hour. The show’s been criticized for overdoing the profanity, and there have been a couple times that it was so dense as to be distracting, but for the most part I think it’s within the realm of believability given the setting and type of characters.
I’ve already started the second season and didn’t like it quite as much at the start, but it’s growing on me, and I hear that the 3rd season is even better than the first. I never did watch Six Feet Under or The Soprano’s, which received more critical praise, but Deadwood is now in my all time list of kick-ass TV shows (watch for this list in a future post). I mean, it’s no Aqua Teen, but it’s pretty fucking good. Cocksuckers.