The Deuce: Season 2 (2018)


Season 2
The Deuce

Critics Consensus

The Deuce's excellent character-driven drama returns with even more immersive world-building and a welcome focus on its leading ladies, carried by a tour de force performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal.



Critic Ratings: 37


Audience Score

User Ratings: 539
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Air date: Sep 9, 2018
Air date: Sep 16, 2018
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Disco and punk are in full swing, and police corruption and political tolerance for New York's midtown demimonde is at its height. And the Mafia, the early backer of pornography at the moment when courts declared for its legality, is now seemingly poised to reap great profits. A comparable -- and, in some ways, more professional -- porn industry is rising on the West Coast as well. But for now, New York is holding its own in a city flush with movies, music and art, as the drug-fueled party rages around the clock.

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Critic Reviews for The Deuce Season 2

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (15)

Maggie Gyllenhaal, as an ambitious self-pimping prostitute who goes by the name Candy, is altogether excellent.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Season two doesn't have the tightest plotting or the most heart-stopping storylines, but that's hardly the point. It slugs across the screen with its funky outfits and its quotidian heartbreaks.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Simon and Pelecanos seem to have hit their stride with this particular story, expertly balancing character-driven storytelling with a wide-angle view of the social, economic, political, cultural, sexual, and gendered dynamics of the era.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Deuce's clunkier interludes only look more so given that Gyllenhaal is doing career-best work as Candy, in such an extraordinary performance that everyone else pales by comparison.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling - and complicated - as the Martino brothers' lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Maybe more powerfully than any show on air, it shows the futility so many women face when their ambitions get stalled by Harvey Weinstein-esque gatekeepers.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The Deuce is so good at revealing the indignities and paradoxes of power dynamics in the sex industry -- which only casts its approach to offscreen controversy into deeper relief. It risks turning the show into a walking contradiction.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

'The Deuce' expands its value with a second season that shines the signs with which David Simon distinguishes his creations. [Full Review in Spanish]

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

I would not call The Deuce's vision of morality a sign of progress, but HBO's drama about the sex trade in 1970s New York City does present a different way to think about female desire and agency inside sexist systems.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

None of it bodes well for the long-term future of the Life, as it is known, but it makes for very good drama indeed.

Dec 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Deuce: Season 2

  • Mar 18, 2019
    I think this show is underrated by those who turned it off because of the subject matter. They missed out on great character driven stories.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    I tried, but this is just not compelling to me. It's preachy but nostalgic at thr same time, which is confusing. Otherwise its a period piece thats been done to death, though not specifocally this topic. Nobody stands out in this. The acting is as sub par as the plot.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    Like going to Denny's in a bad neighborhood at 3am and then seeing those sad Maggie flapjacks covered in cig ashes is too much to keep the booze down.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Great show to put on at night to help you sleep. ZZZZZZZ
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Did not enjoy as much as the first season.
  • Jan 03, 2019
    The Deuce returns without missing a beat continuing the development of its characters and telling a compelling story.
  • Jan 01, 2019
    The seasons seem to drag out with nothing really happening. I forced myself to watch it hoping it would get better.
  • Dec 29, 2018
    i Was looking forward to watching the Deuce . What a let down , i stuck it out through 5 episodes waiting for the writers to hit their stride and develop the characters and plot. Unfortunately it has juvenile writers and 1 dimensional actors , at best it is a juvenile plot which Segways between scenes of juvenile titillation and the score of 99% only reflects how many people are entertained by the sight of tits on the television.
  • Dec 04, 2018
    Good start. a bit disjointed. Good watch though
  • Nov 27, 2018
    Awesome! Heard it got cancelled...I hope not.

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