The Deuce is a new HBO series that shows off a historical moment in America that modern viewers might be surprised to learn of. The period drama set in the seventies is a fictional retelling of the real-life underbelly in New York City that propagated from, of all places, Times Square.
Today, Times Square has been revived; it's a haven for tourists that offers hundreds of schlocky, family-friendly attractions. However, in the seventies, the central Manhattan square was a hotbed of sleaze, full of prostitutes, gangsters, and gambling. The Deuce depicts that sultry time in Times' history, with a plot that revolves around the beginnings of the pornography industry.
The series stars big name actors like Maggie Gyllenhall as a former prostitute and James Franco, who plays both roles of twin brothers. It is produced and created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, the key creative minds behind HBO's landmark early 2000s series 'The Wire.'