THE DEUCE

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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.

PAUL SCHIRALDI, HBO

James Franco faces off with James Franco in The Deuce.

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