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Series Review

Big changes threaten to rock the porn industry in 'The Deuce' S2

Female characters take the lead as season two of 'The Deuce' jumps ahead five years to explore New York's sex scene in the late seventies

09 December 2018 - 00:00 By tymon smith

In it's first season last year, David Simon and George Pelecanos's show The Deuce showed off The Wire creators' talents for telling both big-picture, socially critical stories and small, carefully created real tales of everyday people caught in the webs of forces beyond their control.
Taking place against the backdrop of the seedy world of New York's Times Square sex industry in the early 1970s, The Deuce, like all Simon's work, gave us memorable characters, multiple intertwining narratives and a gritty visual evocation of place and time.
In its second season, the show's creators have stepped things up a gear and given a suitably complex twist to their sprawling but carefully controlled narrative of the world of the first season and its characters five years on in 1977.
The pimps, the prostitutes, the pornographic filmmakers, peep-show booths, club-owners, vice cops and the mob are still hustling their way through New York's darkest, sleaziest streets, but changes are coming.
They're coming for Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal,), a former prostitute who has moved into the world of adult films and has her heart set on directing.
They're coming for C.C. (Gary Carr), a coldly manipulative pimp who is increasingly frustrated by the film success of his once top-earning prostitute Lori (Emily Meade).
WATCH | The trailer for The Deuce season 2..

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