HBO’s newest brilliantly reviewed series is known simply as The Deuce. The hour-long drama from the creators of The Wire and Treme is an unflinching look at one of the United States’ most transformative and fascinating moments, that period of time when porn made the leap from dingy basements to main street cinemas. The grimy, but vibrant streets of 1970s Time’s Square are the backdrop for this gritty odyssey through a long-lost version of the US. If you were unfortunate enough to miss the first season of The Deuce, here are ten reasons you should stop what you’re doing and get to watching this magnificent new show.
1. A Unique Moment in American History
Though the stories unfolding onscreen are fictional, great pains have been taken to resurrect the real world of early porn in the 1970s. Originally illegal, loosening standards made room for budding entrepreneurs to slowly carve out a cottage industry that would eventually blossom into a billion-dollar phenomenon. This is the world where The Deuce kicks things off.
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