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The story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early ’70s through the mid ’80s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence of the area.


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The best episode of "The Deuce" is "Finish It", rated 9.1/10 from 1066 user votes. It was directed by Roxann Dawson and written by George Pelecanos, David Simon. "Finish It" aired on 10/28/2019 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "That's a Wrap".

  • Finish It
    9.1/10 1,066 votes

    #1 - Finish It

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-10-28

    Big changes come to The Deuce as Gene sees opportunity in the city's public health crisis. Vincent looks to get out from under the mob's thumb and makes peace with Abby. Candy makes a critical choice in her relationship with Hank. Series finale.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • That's a Wrap
    8.7/10 714 votes

    #2 - That's a Wrap

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-10-21

    A struggling Lori turns to Candy for help before revisiting The Deuce. Candy makes a surprising deal to secure funding for her film. Abby takes a stand against the latest phase of Midtown redevelopment. Tommy explains the new world order to Vincent.

    Director: Alex Hall

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • Inside the Pretend
    8.6/10 780 votes

    #3 - Inside the Pretend

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-11-04

    "Red Hot" premieres as Candy, Harvey and Frankie get caught between competing investors. Vincent and Abby must deal with an unexpected loss. Lori is affraid to go to L.A. without C.C.'s permission. Paul turns to a familiar source to help finance Tod's Dreams. Darlene comes clean.

    Director: Minkie Spiro

    Writer: David Simon

  • Au Reservoir
    8.5/10 1,061 votes

    #4 - Au Reservoir

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-10-22

    With police pushing their business off the streets, C.C., Larry, Rodney and other pimps worry about becoming obsolete. Candy eyes a different job on Harvey's set as Lori struggles with the demands of porn acting. At her wit's end, Ashley hangs out with Frankie and, later, washes up on Abby's door. Bobby is smitten with an employee.

    Director: James Franco

    Writer: David Simon, Megan Abbott

  • Nobody Has to Get Hurt
    8.5/10 733 votes

    #5 - Nobody Has to Get Hurt

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-10-28

    Kiki finds new partners for a deal for Lori. Vincent visits his father for advice. C.C want to get payed for Red Hot.

    Director: Tanya Hamilton

    Writer: George Pelecanos

  • They Can Never Go Home
    8.5/10 652 votes

    #6 - They Can Never Go Home

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-09-30

    Lori returns to New York for an audition and runs into some familiar faces. Candy speaks to her critics at a Women Against Pornography meeting. Alston takes a drastic step to deliver for Goldman. Vincent and Frankie celebrate an eventful birthday.

    Director: James Franco, Will Ralston

    Writer: N/A

  • My Name is Ruby
    8.4/10 1,061 votes

    #7 - My Name is Ruby

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-10-29

    In the Season 1 finale, Vincent balks at getting in deeper with Rudy, as expansion fever hits Frankie and Bobby. Candy gets a taste of directing, and enjoys the red-carpet perks of a major premiere. Alston finds himself in limbo at his precinct. Abby changes up the Hi-Hat's clientele; Sandra faces editorial and legal hurdles; Vincent settles a score.

    Director: Michelle MacLaren

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • We're All Beasts
    8.3/10 707 votes

    #8 - We're All Beasts

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-10-14

    Candy shoots her opus guerilla-style on the streets of New York. Vincent makes a confession to Abby, along with a promise to change. Ashley and Abby help a prostitute escape the Deuce, with a little help from Vincent. Larry Brown gets a promotion. Paul celebrates the opening of his new upscale club. Bobby turns to Vincent to find work for his wayward eldest son, Joey.

    Director: Susanna White

    Writer: Megan Abbott, Stephani DeLuca

  • This Trust Thing
    8.3/10 601 votes

    #9 - This Trust Thing

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-10-14

    In the wake of a personal loss, Candy finds the emotional core of her latest movie. Abby confronts Vincent after she makes an alarming discovery. Paul turns to activism as the AIDS epidemic continues to ravage New York's gay community.

    Director: James Franco

    Writer: Stephani DeLuca

  • You Only Get One
    8.2/10 604 votes

    #10 - You Only Get One

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-10-07

    A distraught Vincent follows a lead down a dangerous path. Paul reaches out to Tod's parents. Candy battles Harvey over her latest script. Lori hits the feature dancing circuit. Abby reflects on her choices. Bobby does right by Black Frankie. Alston defends the plan to clean up Midtown. Gene reckons with his conflicted personal life.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Chris Yakaitis

  • Pilot
    8.1/10 1,899 votes

    #11 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-09-10

    Twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino navigate their way through the rough-and-tumble world of 1971 Times Square. Vincent crosses paths with other midtown denizens while plotting to improve his situation. Abby gets enlisted to buy amphetamines.

    Director: Michelle MacLaren

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • Seven-Fifty
    8.1/10 733 votes

    #12 - Seven-Fifty

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-09-23

    Lori envisions a sunny future in LA after attending the AFAA Erotica Awards with Harvey and Candy, who's looking to connect with west-coast producers willing to turn her fairy tale into reality. Paul and Kenneth approach Vincent about a loan for a new nightclub, free from mob ties. Goldman visits Alston's precinct to share the mayor's vision for cleaning up the Deuce.

    Director: Steph Green

    Writer: Chris Yakaitis

  • The Principle Is All
    8.0/10 1,213 votes

    #13 - The Principle Is All

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-09-24

    The appearance of an unexpected partner surprises Vincent. Rudy buys into a rival's plan to reconfigure the Deuce. Candy considers entering the filmmaking business. Abby languishes in her new job. Darlene works overtime to compensate Larry.

    Director: James Franco

    Writer: David Simon, Richard Price

  • What Kind of Bad?
    8.0/10 1,042 votes

    #14 - What Kind of Bad?

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-10-08

    Looking for a way out of his construction gig, Bobby tries to change Vincent's mind about Rudy's offer. Darlene returns from a trip home with a new girl, disappointing Abby. Roughed up by a john, Candy contemplates a change of careers. After getting busted, Paul explores the underbelly, and the exhilaration, of gay life in the city. With an assist from Alston, Sandra scores a key interview with a pimp.

    Director: Uta Briesewitz

    Writer: Richard Price, Chris Yakaitis, Will Ralston

  • Why Me?
    8.0/10 1,005 votes

    #15 - Why Me?

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-10-15

    An end-of-the-year crackdown by police in and around The Deuce sparks Vincent and Bobby. Candy tries to persuade Harvey, her adult-film director, that she can do more than act. Rudy witnesses a pivotal lower-court ruling on obscenity, and enlists Frankie and Big Mike to protect his interests in the peeps. Alston tries to convince Sandra that he's not just a “source.”

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Richard Price, Marc Henry Johnson

  • I See Money
    7.9/10 1,098 votes

    #16 - I See Money

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-10-01

    Rudy dangles a lucrative offer in front of Vincent. Longo uses strong-arm tactics to restore order among Bobby's unhappy construction workers. Candy attracts unwanted attention and is intrigued by a legitimate suitor. Paul questions his place at the Hi-Hat. Frankie hits a hot streak. Darlene gets a gift from Abby. Alston sees through Sandra. Bristling after a police shakedown, Vincent adds muscle in the person of Black Frankie, a Vietnam war vet.

    Director: Alex Hall

    Writer: George Pelecanos, Lisa Lutz

  • What Big Ideas
    7.9/10 696 votes

    #17 - What Big Ideas

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-09-30

    Ashley and Abby resolve to track down the identity of a 16-year-old sex worker killed in a recent fire. Vincent is shaken after witnessing the brutal side of Rudy's operation. Candy recruits some new faces to help her out with the production. Frankie finds his dry-cleaning business a less-than-perfect fit. Lori looks to forge a deal with Kiki.

    Director: Uta Briesewitz

    Writer: Anya Epstein

  • All You'll Be Eating is Cannibals
    7.9/10 678 votes

    #18 - All You'll Be Eating is Cannibals

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-10-07

    Temporarily flush with cash, Frankie is tapped by Candy to be a co-producer on Red Hot. Lori eyes a plum role in the film, but still feels the burden of being under C.C.'s yoke. With Rudy's blessing, Big Mike and Black Frankie hit a gambling house in the Bronx. Bobby finds himself stigmatized at home and at the Hi-Hat after a surprise raid overseen by Alston.

    Director: Zetna Fuentes

    Writer: Richard Price, Carl Capotorto

  • The Feminism Part
    7.9/10 664 votes

    #19 - The Feminism Part

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-10-21

    Trapped by his own success, Vincent envisions an idyllic rural life with Abby. Candy is frustrated by her mob backers' misogyny and weighs telling her son, Adam, what she really does for a living. Shay reverts to form, to Irene's dismay. Joey falls in love. Darlene deals with unexpected news. Lori hits a roadblock in her quest for adult-film stardom. Alston faces a dilemma.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: Will Ralston

  • Show and Prove
    7.8/10 1,341 votes

    #20 - Show and Prove

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-09-17

    Vincent moves into a seedy hotel and contemplates an offer from mob capo Rudy Pipilo. Bobby hopes to take advantage of Vincent's new connections. Filmmaking intrigues Candy. C.C. shows Lori the benefits of having a pimp. Larry feels unsettled.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: George Pelecanos, Richard Price

  • Morta di Fame
    7.8/10 598 votes

    #21 - Morta di Fame

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-09-16

    Frankie takes his amateur porn business to the next level and ends up in a confrontation with Rudy, who pushes Vincent to up his profits. Candy brainstorms a new film based on the experiences of her fellow sex workers and finds that her new beau Hank is not shaken by her past. Abby and Loretta take care of Shay when she shows up to the Hi-Hat in bad shape.

    Director: Susanna White

    Writer: Carl Capotorto

  • Normal Is a Lie
    7.8/10 600 votes

    #22 - Normal Is a Lie

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-09-23

    Abby befriends a graffiti artist named Pilar and takes a surprising trip downtown. Candy sets a firm line with Hank when it comes to money. Todd re-examines his priorities and asks for Paul's support. Melissa is forced to face her past.

    Director: Tanya Hamilton

    Writer: Iturri Sosa

  • Our Raison d'Etre
    7.7/10 893 votes

    #23 - Our Raison d'Etre

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-09-09

    Times Square, 1977. Vincent is now proprietor of a new mob-backed disco, while his girlfriend Abby has brought the nascent punk-rock culture into the Hi-Hat. Vincent's twin brother Frankie remains a problem, "borrowing" money from the sex emporium he manages to pay off his debts. Meanwhile, Candy looks to make more artful, ambitious adult films.

    Director: Alex Hall

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • The Camera Loves You
    7.7/10 675 votes

    #24 - The Camera Loves You

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-09-09

    On the eve of 1985, a worn-out Vincent reconnects with his ex-wife, Andrea, as his open relationship with Abby grows more distant. Despite becoming a family man, Frankie continues his risky side hustles. With the newly dominant VHS format shaking up their industry, Candy and Harvey travel to Las Vegas for an adult film convention. Now a bartender at the Hi-Hat, Loretta becomes an active member of Women Against Pornography.

    Director: Alex Hall

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • There's an Art to This
    7.6/10 763 votes

    #25 - There's an Art to This

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-09-16

    Confronted with the changing realities of prostitution and porn, C.C. doubles down on his assets while fellow pimp Larry Brown eyes a new opportunity. Candy turns to Genevieve Furie, a onetime porn director who's graduated to slasher films, for filmmaking advice. Paul is approached by Matty the Horse, a rival of Rudy's, who promises Paul the mob protection he deserves.

    Director: Alex Hall

    Writer: Richard Price