2004 TV-MA 2 seasons


2004 TV-MA 2 seasons
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It's 1876 -- the height of the gold strike -- and rebels and outlaws are drawn to Deadwood, a South Dakota town where everyone, including ex-marshal Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and infamous Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine), is out to make a name for themselves at whatever cost. Ian McShane (Sexy Beast) co-stars as foul-mouthed saloon owner Al Swearengen in HBO's award-winning, dramatic Western series.
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, W. Earl Brown, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, Dayton Callie, Leon Rippy, William Sanderson, Robin Weigert, Sean Bridgers, Bree Seanna Wall, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Jones, Kim Dickens, Powers Boothe, Titus Welliver, Peter Jason, Anna Gunn, Larry Cedar, Geri Jewell
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2004) - 6 discs

At the height of the gold strike, rebels and outlaws reside in Deadwood, a South Dakota town where everyone is looking out for number one. In Season 1, Wild Bill (Keith Carradine) and Al (Ian McShane) check out a frontier family massacre, a new gambling outfit and more. Deadwood makes its own laws to try a murderer, a treaty with the Sioux Indians is worked out and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) enters the scene at the Pest Tent.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this harsh, brilliant drama isn't a romanticized Western. It pulls no punches about the brutality of life in the Old West and isn't for kids. Murder, drinking, drugs, and viciousness toward the vulnerable (especially women) are common. People have ugly experiences, use each other horribly, speak with unrepentant racism, and die violently. In its grittiness, however, the show delves deeply into complex, sophisticated themes that might intrigue mature audiences.

Sexual Content

Nudity, vulgar talk, some brutal and blatant scenes (including group and fetishistic sex). Breasts, butts, and male genitalia sometimes visible. Sex is dirty and rough, and prostitution is part of the everyday landscape -- sex was a commodity in lawless Deadwood.


The body count (from accidents, disease, and disputes) is impressive. Murder (often bloody) and gunfire are common. Various depictions of rape and violent sex.


Never has "f--k" (and every other swear word under the sun) been heard so often or used in so many ways. Sailors would blush.

Social Behavior

In a lawless era, some characters are struggling to impose order while others take advantage of everyone and every situation. Swearengen is the king of manipulators, and even the "good" guys struggle between right and wrong. Plenty of racism and sexism.


No products, but lots of gambling.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Plenty of carousing, smoking, drugs, and drinking. Some characters are addicts.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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