(Sundays, 9 ET/PT)
James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in this incredibly evocative series about the birth of the porn industry in a decaying, decadent early-1970s New York City. While that sounds interesting, here’s what should put the show on top of any must-see list: It’s co-produced by David Simon, who gave us what might be TV’s greatest drama series, The Wire. Which means that once the eight-episode season gets going (and it’s a somewhat slow starter) you can count on it being about much more than just porn and sex and the ’70s, delving deep into where we are as a society today.
James Franco faces off with James Franco in The Deuce.