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By Brenda Kienan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Vivid Old West drama is way too gritty for kids.

TV HBO Drama 2004
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A Lot or a Little?

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age 16+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 2+

HBO has done it again

age 18+

Absolutely not for kids but what a series !

This series is one of the best . From the characters - the surroundings up to the swollen Shakespearian script. The dialogues are supreme and puzzling . The characters intriguing. So much is not said. So much to figure out yourself. If your over 18 this is one show you should not miss............

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The complexity and stark humanity of the characters in Deadwood -- along with the outstanding writing and outstanding performances -- make it an unforgettable series about how people live in a society utterly without law. It sets new standards for the Western drama and brings to life an era of American history that, seen for what it actually was, is all the more extraordinary.

Both to underscore the roughness of life in the lawless mining camp and to simulate how coarse language really was at the time, the dialogue includes rampant profanity and ethnic slurs. Similarly, the show depicts the racism of the times as a fact of everyday life. In the hands of less-adept writers, directors, and performers, this material might be offensive, but instead it's rich with realism.

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