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The Best Episodes of Deadwood

Every episode of Deadwood ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Deadwood!

The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an organized wild-west civilized town. The story focuses on the real-life characters Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen.


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The best episode of "Deadwood" is "Sold Under Sin", rated 9.1/10 from 2273 user votes. It was directed by Davis Guggenheim and written by Ted Mann. "Sold Under Sin" aired on 6/13/2004 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "A Two-Headed Beast".

  • Sold Under Sin
    9.1/10 2,273 votes

    #1 - Sold Under Sin

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-06-13

    In the first-season finale, Farnum and Tolliver take advantage of the arrival of a U.S. Army general. Adams teaches Clagett a thing or two about loyalty. Bullock reacts when Alma's father states his intentions regarding her claim.

    Director: Davis Guggenheim

    Writer: Ted Mann

  • A Two-Headed Beast
    9.0/10 1,666 votes

    #2 - A Two-Headed Beast

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2006-07-09

    Tolliver looks for a representative, the Captain calls Dan out, Swearengen continues to be perplexed by Hearst's moves, and Alma and Ellsworth's relationship takes a turn.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: David Milch

  • Boy the Earth Talks To
    8.9/10 1,745 votes

    #3 - Boy the Earth Talks To

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-05-22

    Mining magnate George Hearst arrives while the camp is preparing for a celebration. Yankton officials react to a Swearengen power play. Violence erupts among the town's Chinese population.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Ted Mann, David Milch

  • The Catbird Seat
    8.9/10 1,490 votes

    #4 - The Catbird Seat

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-08-20

    Another attack is made at Hearst's behest, Harry and Bullock travel to Sturgis for campaigning, and there's unrest in Langrishe's troupe.

    Director: Gregg Fienberg

    Writer: Bernadette McNamara

  • Here Was a Man
    8.8/10 2,366 votes

    #5 - Here Was a Man

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-04-11

    Alma asks Hickok to investigate the tragic fallout of her husband's gold claim purchase. McCall plots revenge after being humiliated at poker. Charlie Utter departs camp for Cheyenne. Doc Cochran makes a house call to the Bella Union.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • Mister Wu
    8.6/10 2,003 votes

    #6 - Mister Wu

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2004-05-23

    Swearengen receives a double dose of irritation when a drug supply is stolen and bad news arrives from a nearby town. Rev. Smith is an unlikely customer at the Gem. Merrick hatches an idea for Deadwood's first club.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Bryan McDonald

  • A Lie Agreed Upon (1)
    8.6/10 1,880 votes

    #7 - A Lie Agreed Upon (1)

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-03-06

    Bullock and Swearengen settle their most recent score with a bloody brawl, and Joanie welcomes her new business partner---with or without Cy's blessing. Also: a stagecoach brings important passengers; and Utter and Bullock investigate a shooting at Tom Nuttall's.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: David Milch

  • Amalgamation and Capital
    8.6/10 1,591 votes

    #8 - Amalgamation and Capital

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-05-01

    Wolcott draws Utter's ire during the questioning of a suspect. Merrick is overzealous in re-establishing his newspaper. Fields and Hostetler have little luck with a wild horse. Swearengen alters his agreement with Miss Isringhausen.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • A Constant Throb
    8.6/10 1,441 votes

    #9 - A Constant Throb

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-08-13

    Swearengen is spurred to action when a prominent camp member is attacked, Langrishe makes arrangements for his theater, and Jane has an epiphany.

    Director: Mark Tinker

    Writer: W. Earl Brown

  • Something Very Expensive
    8.5/10 1,623 votes

    #10 - Something Very Expensive

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2005-04-10

    Merrick gives a schoolteacher a tour of the camp. An influx of Chinese labor enters the workforce. Swearengen is finally able to honor appointments. Alma suggests the idea of a bank; and Bullock insults the owner of a gold claim.

    Director: Steve Shill

    Writer: Steve Shill

  • I Am Not The Man You Take Me For
    8.4/10 1,494 votes

    #11 - I Am Not The Man You Take Me For

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-06-18

    Campaign speeches are rescheduled, Sol makes an investment, Alma's condition worsens, and Hearst starts a deadly game with Swearengen.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: Regina Corrado, David Milch

  • Tell Him Something Pretty
    8.4/10 1,611 votes

    #12 - Tell Him Something Pretty

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2006-08-27

    Election day arrives, Hearst has his revenge, Sol and Trixie have it out, and Tolliver releases rage at his impotence.

    Director: Mark Tinker

    Writer: Ted Mann

  • Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking
    8.3/10 1,892 votes

    #13 - Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-06-06

    Adams helps Swearengen out of a jam. Jewel seeks out Doc for treatment. Leon and Eddie go back to work for Cy. Alma's father arrives from New York. The camp's choice for a sheriff doesn't please Bullock.

    Director: Steve Shill

    Writer: Ricky Jay

  • E.B. Was Left Out
    8.3/10 1,568 votes

    #14 - E.B. Was Left Out

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2005-04-17

    Alma and Bullock discuss the camp's financial future. Swearengen shares news about an important visitor. Wolcott seeks to make a deal with Utter involving Wild Bill Hickok's last letter. Tolliver relies on Lee's expertise.

    Director: Michael Almereyda

    Writer: Jody Worth

  • The Whores Can Come
    8.3/10 1,534 votes

    #15 - The Whores Can Come

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2005-05-15

    Jarry worries that Bullock and George Hearst will side with Montana on the annexation issue and a showdown looms between Wu and Lee. Andy Cramed holds his first religious service, though he doesn't count on Tolliver's participation.

    Director: Gregg Fienberg, Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Bryan McDonald, David Milch

  • Tell Your God To Ready For Blood
    8.3/10 1,548 votes

    #16 - Tell Your God To Ready For Blood

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-06-11

    Elections are just days away, and Bullock lets his temper get away from him. Alma's pregnancy is not progressing as expected, and Swearengen baits Hearst.

    Director: Mark Tinker

    Writer: Ted Mann, David Milch

  • Deadwood
    8.2/10 3,154 votes

    #17 - Deadwood

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-03-21

    Former Montana marshal Seth Bullock starts a hardware business for miners, and the arrival of Wild Bill Hickok creates a stir. Meanwhile, a corrupt saloon owner brokers a land claim for a wealthy New Yorker.

    Director: Walter Hill

    Writer: David Milch

  • Deep Water
    8.2/10 2,416 votes

    #18 - Deep Water

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-03-28

    Calamity Jane helps Doc protect a young girl who survived a recent massacre. New Yorker Brom Garret realizes he may not be cut out for prospecting. Dan mulls over a difficult order from Al Swearengen.

    Director: Davis Guggenheim

    Writer: Malcolm MacRury

  • Suffer the Little Children
    8.2/10 2,160 votes

    #19 - Suffer the Little Children

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-05-09

    A much-needed vaccine arrives in Deadwood. There are rumblings of a treaty with the Sioux. Swearengen is reluctant to accept advice from Farnum while Trixie is away. Alma reconsiders her plans for her gold claim. Stubbs learns an important lesson from Tolliver.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • A Lie Agreed Upon (2)
    8.2/10 1,713 votes

    #20 - A Lie Agreed Upon (2)

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-03-13

    Calamity Jane returns to camp; Swearengen nurses his wounds while Dan and Johnny await Bullock's next move; Joanie and Maddie prepare their new place of business; Alma is asked to make a decision about her future. Maddie: Alice Krige. Adams: Titus Welliver.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Jody Worth

  • Requiem for a Gleet
    8.2/10 1,652 votes

    #21 - Requiem for a Gleet

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2005-03-27

    Alma fires Miss Isringhausen as her ward's tutor. Bullock struggles with domestic life. Cochran suggests a risky surgical procedure for an ailing Swearengen. Dority deals with a former associate's robbery proposal.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: Ted Mann

  • Advances, None Miraculous
    8.2/10 1,534 votes

    #22 - Advances, None Miraculous

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-05-08

    Cochran's ominous prognosis puts the camp on alert. Smallpox survivor Andy Cramed returns as a minister. Swearengen asks an unlikely pair to pull a scam on Commissioner Jarry. Martha Bullock has second thoughts about staying in Deadwood.

    Director: Daniel Minahan, Gregg Fienberg

    Writer: Sara Hess

  • Amateur Night
    8.2/10 1,415 votes

    #23 - Amateur Night

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-08-06

    An Amateur Night is organized by the new theater troupe, Pinkertons hit town, the students move to their new school, and Hearst makes another move regarding the elections.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Nick Towne, Zack Whedon, David Milch

  • Reconnoitering the Rim
    8.1/10 2,257 votes

    #24 - Reconnoitering the Rim

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-04-04

    Believing he's been duped, Brom Garret threatens to call the Pinkertons on Swearengen. Star and Bullock finally reach a deal on their hardware-store property. A new gambling outfit arrives from Chicago.

    Director: Davis Guggenheim

    Writer: Jody Worth

  • Plague
    8.1/10 2,021 votes

    #25 - Plague

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-04-25

    Bullock's form of vigilante justice meets resistance from the locals. The town fathers band together to fight an epidemic. Farnum reluctantly agrees to keep an eye on Alma and Trixie. Swearengen adds journalist to his colorful résumé.

    Director: Davis Guggenheim

    Writer: Malcolm MacRury