PW: The Deuce
Master of None is always worth watching! Special shout out to Frank Harts most recently in Season 2, ep 6.
The second season of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix comedy-drama is delightfully uneven. At times, its romanticism seems almost smothering, but a great experiment in which all the main characters give up the spotlight for an episode, as well as the instantly TV-canon-worthy episode “Thanksgiving,” are among highlights that easily outweighed any tonal missteps. — Linda
NPR mentions The Deuce as one of the best shows of 2017.
There are so many ways a TV show about the genesis of the porn industry could have gone wrong. But David Simon, creator of The Wire, brought his eye for authenticity to a surprisingly compelling story: how X-rated films moved from under-the-counter illegality to a multi-million-dollar business. James Franco got loads of attention playing twin brothers at the center of the prostitution and bar scene in 1970s-era Manhattan, but it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal’s work as a pimp-less streetwalker determined to become a porn director that gives the show its beating heart. — Eric