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Deadwood is an American Western television series that aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, spanning three seasons and 36 episodes. The series is set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota, before and after the area's annexation by the Dakota Territory, and charts Deadwood's growth from camp to town. The show was created, produced, and largely written by David Milch. Deadwood features a large ensemble cast headed by Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, playing the real-life Deadwood residents Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen, respectively. Many other historical figures appear as characters, including George Crook, Wyatt Earp, E.B. Farnum, George Hearst, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Sol Star, Jack McCall, and Charlie Utter. The plot lines involving these characters include historical truths as well as substantial fictional elements. Milch used actual diaries and newspapers from 1870s Deadwood residents as reference points for characters, events, and the look and feel of the show.[1]

Deadwood received critical acclaim, particularly for Milch's writing and McShane's performance, and is regarded as one of the greatest television shows of all time. It also won eight Emmy Awards (in 28 nominations) and one Golden Globe. TV Guide ranked it #8 on its 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon". The show was produced by Red Board Productions and Roscoe Productions in association with HBO and Paramount Network Television.[1]

After several years of discussion and pre-production, Deadwood: The Movie began filming in October 2018. The film is set ten years after the end of the third season and premiered on HBO on May 31, 2019.[1]

Episodes[]

Season 1

Title Writer Director Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "Deadwood" David Milch Walter Hill March 21, 2004 5.79 million
2. "Deep Water" Malcolm MacRury Davis Guggenheim March 28, 2004 4.88 million
3. "Reconnoitering the Rim" Jody Worth Davis Guggenheim April 4, 2004 N/A
4. "Here Was a Man" Elizabeth Sarnoff Alan Taylor April 11, 2004 5.40 million
5. "The Trial of Jack McCall" John Belluso Ed Bianchi April 18, 2004 4.56 million
6. "Plague" Malcolm MacRury Davis Guggenheim April 25, 2004 N/A
7. "Bullock Returns to the Camp" Jody Worth Michael Engler May 2, 2004 4.29 million
8. "Suffer the Little Children" Elizabeth Sarnoff Daniel Minahan May 9, 2004 3.88 million
9. "No Other Sons or Daughters" George Putnam Ed Bianchi May 16, 2004 4.35 million
10. "Mister Wu" Bryan McDonald Daniel Minahan May 23, 2004 N/A
11. "Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking" Ricky Jay Steve Shill June 6, 2004 4.26 million
12. "Sold Under Sin" Ted Mann Davis Guggenheim June 13, 2004 3.21 million

Season 2

Title Writer Director Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "A Lie Agreed Upon: Part I" David Milch Ed Bianchi March 6, 2005 2.79 million
2. "A Lie Agreed Upon: Part II" Jody Worth Ed Bianchi March 13, 2005 3.41 million
3. "New Money" Elizabeth Sarnoff Steve Shill March 20, 2005 N/A
4. "Requiem for a Gleet" Ted Mann Alan Taylor March 27, 2005 2.51 million
5. "Complications" Victoria Morrow Gregg Fienberg April 3, 2005 2.17 million
6. "Something Very Expensive" Steve Shill Steve Shill April 10, 2005 2.16 million
7. "E.B. Was Left Out" Jody Worth Michael Almereyda April 17, 2005 2.38 million
8. "Childish Things" Regina Corrado Tim Van Patten April 24, 2005 2.42 million
9. "Amalgamation and Capital" Elizabeth Sarnoff Ed Bianchi May 1, 2005 2.16 million
10. "Advances, None Miraculous" Sara Hess Daniel Minahan May 8, 2005 N/A
11. "The Whores Can Come" Bryan McDonald Gregg Fienberg May 15, 2005 2.02 million
12. "Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To" Ted Mann Ed Bianchi May 22, 2005 2.42 million

Season 3

Title Writer(s) Director Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood" David Milch
Ted Mann
Mark Tinker June 11, 2006 2.40 million
2. "I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For" David Milch
Regina Corrado
Dan Attias June 18, 2006 1.90 million
3. "True Colors" Regina Corrado
Ted Mann
Gregg Fienberg June 25, 2006 N/A
4. "Full Faith and Credit" Ted Mann Ed Bianchi July 2, 2006 1.70 million
5. "A Two-Headed Beast" David Milch Daniel Minahan July 9, 2006 N/A
6. "A Rich Find" Alix Lambert Tim Hunter July 16, 2006 N/A
7. "Unauthorized Cinnamon" Regina Corrado Mark Tinker July 23, 2006 N/A
8. "Leviathan Smiles" Kem Nunn Ed Bianchi July 30, 2006 N/A
9. "Amateur Night" Nick Towne
Zack Whedon
Adam Davidson August 6, 2006 N/A
10. "A Constant Throb" W. Earl Brown Mark Tinker August 13, 2006 N/A
11. "The Catbird Seat" Bernadette McNamara Gregg Fienberg August 20, 2006 N/A
12. "Tell Him Something Pretty" Ted Mann Mark Tinker August 27, 2006 2.03 million

Cast and Characters[]

This is a list of the main characters in Deadwood, in order of total episode appearances.

Actor Character Appeared Seasons Episode Appearances Movie Appearance
Timothy Olyphant Seth Bullock 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
Ian McShane Al Swearengen 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
W. Earl Brown Dan Dority 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
John Hawkes Sol Star 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
Paula Malcomson Trixie Star 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
William Sanderson E.B. Farnum 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
Sean Bridgers Johnny Burns 1, 2, 3 36 episodes
Molly Parker Alma Garret 1, 2, 3 35 episodes
Powers Boothe Cy Tolliver 1, 2, 3 34 episodes
Kim Dickens Joanie Stubbs 1, 2, 3 33 episodes
Brad Dourif Doc Cochran 1, 2, 3 33 episodes
Bree Seanna Wall
Lily Keene
Sofia Metz 1, 2, 3 33 episodes
Jeffrey Jones A.W. Merrick 1, 2, 3 32 episodes
Dayton Callie Charlie Utter 1, 2, 3 31 episodes
Robin Weigert Calamity Jane 1, 2, 3 29 episodes
Jim Beaver Whitney Ellsworth 1, 2, 3 28 episodes
Leon Rippy Tom Nuttall 1, 2, 3 26 episodes
Titus Welliver Silas Adams 1, 2, 3 21 episodes
Anna Gunn Martha Bullock 2, 3 21 episodes
Brent Sexton Harry Manning 2, 3 11 episodes
Garret Dillahunt Francis Wolcott 2 10 episodes
Josh Eriksson William Bullock 2 9 episodes
Keith Carradine Wild Bill Hickok 1 5 episodes

This is a list of the supporting characters in Deadwood, in order of total episode appearances (3 or more appearances).

Actor Character Appeared Seasons Episode Appearances Movie Appearance
Peter Jason Con Stapleton 1, 2, 3 26 episodes
Ralph Richeson Richardson 1, 2, 3 26 episodes
Larry Cedar Leon 1, 2, 3 24 episodes
Geri Jewell Jewel 1, 2, 3 23 episodes
Keone Young Mr. Wu 1, 2, 3 18 episodes
Ashleigh Kizer Dolly 1, 2, 3 17 episodes
Parisse Boothe Tess 1, 2, 3 16 episodes
Pasha Lychnikoff Blazanov 2, 3 14 episodes
Gerald McRaney George Hearst 2, 3 13 episodes
Michael Harney Steve Fields 2, 3 12 episodes
Ray McKinnon Reverend H.W. Smith 1 11 episodes
Franklyn Ajaye Samuel Fields 2, 3 11 episodes
Nick Amandos Jack Young 1, 2, 3 11 episodes
Ricky Jay Eddie Sawyer 1 10 episodes
Pruitt Taylor Vince Mose Manuel 2, 3 10 episodes
Cynthia Ettinger Claudia 3 10 episodes
Zach Grenier Andy Cramed 1, 2, 3 9 episodes
Stephen Tobolowsky Hugo Jarry 2, 3 9 episodes
Sarah Paulson Alice Isringhausen 2 9 episodes
Brian Cox Jack Langrishe 3 9 episodes
Cleo King Aunt Lou Marchbanks 3 9 episodes
David Redding Davey 1, 2, 3 8 episodes
Ted Mann Rutherford 2, 3 8 episodes
Julie Ariola Countess 3 8 episodes
Richard Gant Arnette Hostetler 1, 2, 3 7 episodes
Meghan Glennon Lila 1, 2, 3 7 episodes
Jennifer Lutheran Jen 2, 3 7 episodes
Garret Dillahunt Jack McCall 1 6 episodes
Gill Gayle Huckster 1, 2, 3 6 episodes
Monty Henson Hawkeye 1, 2, 3 6 episodes
Allan Graf Captain Joe Turner 2, 3 6 episodes
Leah Cevoli Leigh 2, 3 6 episodes
Philip Moon Mr. Lee 2 6 episodes
Erica Swanson Doris 2 6 episodes
Alice Krige Maddie 2 5 episodes
Fiona Dourif Enid 2 5 episodes
Dennis Christopher Bellegarde 3 5 episodes
Kevin Kearns Pasco 3 5 episodes
Timothy Omundson Brom Garret 1 4 episodes
Dean Rader-Duval Jimmy Irons 1 4 episodes
Everette Wallin Joey 1 4 episodes
Tom Simmons Lou 1 4 episodes
Holly Carbrey Atlantis 2 4 episodes
Chandra Richards Rosie 2 4 episodes
Dan Hildebrand Shaughnessy 3 4 episodes
Angela Nicholas Mary 3 4 episodes
Sarah B. Lund Sara 3 4 episodes
Nicolas Surovy Captain Massie 1 3 episodes
Marshall Bell Magistrate Claggett 1 3 episodes
Izabella Miko Carrie 2 3 episodes
Allen Keller Marvin Somes 2 3 episodes
Aubrey Morris Chesterton 3 3 episodes
Nicole Ansari Cox Josiane 3 3 episodes
Franc Ross Louis 3 3 episodes
Chase Ellison Richie 3 3 episodes
Sarah Pachelli Janine 3 3 episodes

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