HBO Celebrate’s Deadwood’s Tenth Anniversary With a Weekend Marathon

Posted by at 12:07 pm on March 14, 2014

In time for the 10th anniversary of the neo-Western show “Deadwood—and this weekend’s HBO marathon of all three seasons—RogerEbert.com critic and editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz teamed with Hitfix to produce “A Lie Agreed Upon,” a near half-hour investigation into the themes, characters, and influences of “Deadwood.”

It charts the show’s beginnings as an ill-timed Roman drama (just as HBO was prepping “Rome” itself), and then a western narrative with gangster film notes following a rather fluid transformation. Seitz and editor Steven Santos also illustrate the historical accuracy, motivations, and vices of characters such as Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), and Alma Garret (Molly Parker).

In Milch’s eyes and in reality, post-Civil War South Dakota was a savage and unrelenting place, but such is the quality and worth of the show that we’re still wrapping our heads around it now. “The show is…a political drama, about how civilization is constructed and maintained,” Seitz writes. “It’s about how things usually happen for reasons of profit, not for the greater good. Sometimes the two impulses intertwine, but not often.

Watch the full video below. The “Deadwood” marathon starts on HBO on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. (ET/PT), and wraps up Sunday, March 16 at 10:00 p.m

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