William4u wrote:I have friends that agree that Deadwood is the best (and I can't blame them). I admit that Deadwood's Swearingen is one of the best written and acted characters in TV history.
Yes. It's an interesting coincidence that the other amazing character that David Milch created, Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue", has the same initials. And a coincidence it must be, as Andy is fictional and pre-dates Al, who is based on a real person (as are many if not most of Deadwood's characters, such as Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Seth Bullock, and George Hearst).
To me the most amazing thing about Deadwood is the language in the show. It is poetry, just beautiful. I have memorized some of the speeches. I know of nothing else like it, TV or movies. Shakespearian. Yet oddly it's also about the most incredibly profane thing ever written, almost every line of dialog containing some variant of the f-word, though they're oddly squeamish about curse-words related to excretory functions ("we'll take a break for nature").https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgaEYyIjykM
Skip to 4:00 or so if you want to avoid the celebration of the cursing. Still, a lot of my favorite stuff is missing, for example:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAZ1bKU-vx0
But all the production values, sets, costumes, extras, everything, are amazing. The shot at 8:50 (in the first link) or so could be a painting.
Oh yeah, and there's acting, skip to 3:30 or so in the following, where a woman tries to seduce a man she's married to and loves, but doesn't love in a boy-girl sort of way:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2JaVChtWhs