Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO


The drama created by George Pelecanos and David Simon see the rise of the porn industry in New York City during the 1970s-80s through the eyes of twin nightclub owners Vincent and Frankie Martino (both played by James Franco), college student Abigail “Abby” Parker (Margarita Levieva), Times Square prostitute Eileen Merrell (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a pimp named Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinna), Vincent and Frankie Martino’s brother-in-law Chris Bauer (Bobby Dwyer) and a bartender named Paul Hendrickson (Chris Coy).

What The Critics Say (Metascore 86)

  • The look of The Deuce is thoroughly transporting, and that’s just the start. … As with “The Wire” and “Treme,” we meet a large, multicultural ensemble of characters in The Deuce, most of them written with remarkable specificity and distinguished by shrewd acting choices. And as with “The Wire” and “Treme,” their stories piece together slowly but surely into a single broad canvas of Americans on the fringes of our economic system. — Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
  • Each of Mr. Simon’s works is ultimately about systems: people of different classes, races and levels of power, whose choices (or lack thereof) define an economy and a society. That macro idea makes The Deuce smart. Its micro detail–a Studs Terkelesque catalog of the million ways to chase a hustle–makes it art. … But man, is there a lot of setup. — James Poniewozik, New York Times
  • The world and its citizens are so rich that it’s a pleasure to spend time in it at all, as written by this team, as directed by the great Michelle MacLaren and others (including Franco for a couple of episodes), and as performed by this superb cast. — Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX