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Deadwood, Season 1, Episode 1

Original concept executed flawlessly.

Perfectly cast actors of the highest order, with Ian McShane giving the performance of a lifetime as Al Swearengen. Must be seen to be believed.

David Milch pulls off the ultimate expression of art: he creates a completely believable, fabricated universe that has its own unique language. It’s both familiar and foreign at the same time.

It reads as an allegory about the birth of what would become the United States Of America. Violent, profane, and brutal – interspersed with brief moments of tenderness.

Pretty much everything is perfectly laid out in the first episode.

This is about as good as it gets.

This is art.